Hello, we are midge medical.

We use cutting-edge R&D combined with proven technologies and expertise in digital solutions to develop and bring impactful products to market.

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Michael Diebold

CEO & Managing Director

Michael’s belief in integrating the unusual allows him to go beyond borders. After co-founding meisterwerk ventures, midge medical now benefits from Michael’s integral position as their Inventor and the business’ vision of combining disruptive thinking with unique engineering solutions to found and build companies in the areas of medical and cloud technology. Prior roles saw Michael as Managing Director of medical think tank BIOLAB, where he developed their concept and built a successful team who delivered ground breaking insights, patented technologies and disruptive therapy approaches. Previous still, at Biotronik, Michael was Vice President Software Development, responsible for the development of the world’s first CE and FDA approved remote patient management.

Together with an educational background in computer science and electrical engineering under his belt, Michael is also holder of 20 US and European patents in the field of medical devices and medical device security.

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Dr. Markus Riester

Managing Director

Markus is passionate for innovative approaches to tricky challenges. In 2013 he co-founded Multiphoton Optics, developing and marketing 3D-nanoprinting equipment for micro-optical and biological products. Markus held previous roles as Head of R&D, CTO, Senior Scientist and Technology consultant for companies like AT&S, Microsystems Technologies, Dyconex, Biolab, Motorola and IBM. Markus consulted the EU Commission in Future Emerging Technologies (FET), the SME program and in DG Connect, in roles of evaluator and reviewer, as vice chairman of the FET Innovation Launch Pad and as expert for Innovation Radar reviews.

He is Advisory Board member for a bioprocessing startup. He holds a PhD degree in Chemistry, and an engineering degree in Chemical Technology. His 12 patents are in the field of printed circuit boards and optical assemblies, and medical diagnostic devices; he has received two awards for technical innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Laura Henrich

Chief Marketing Officer

Laura’s heart beats for digital health and building visible brands with impact. With years of expertise in the healthcare sector, and in diverse leadership positions, she drives the development and implementation of marketing and communication strategies for highly innovative products in new markets. She has contributed to the beginning of the digital health movement in Germany at Vilua – a company with individual B2B prevention and care solutions for leading healthcare corporations, pharmaceutical and health insurance companies. Before she worked for leading agencies in the field of digital transformation, branding and communication, and led cross-functional teams for international consumer brands like Ferrero, Volkswagen, and many others.

Her educational background in international business administration harmonizes her vision for innovative solutions at the intersection of healthcare and user-friendly technology. As a regular lecturer at events and industry meetings, Laura is keen to share her knowledge and drive the future of digital health forward.

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Arne Heissel, PhD

Head of Market Access & Outcomes Research

To midge medical, Arne brings more than 20 years of experience in academia, non-profit organizations and world-leading companies in the biotechnology and medical device industry. He studied at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and was a visiting graduate student at Princeton University, USA, before he completed a post-doc research fellowship at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). Holding a PhD in economics, Arne is an expert in clinical and health economic value creation and technology assessments. His worldwide understanding of healthcare systems arises from invaluable positions co-designing large clinical and economic research projects, to negotiating patient access, to breakthrough innovations with governments, national and private payers and Health Technology Assessment Agencies. Arne's life mission is to offer innovative and disruptive solutions to help people stay healthy and heal.

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Rita Bedö

Head of People & Organisation

With a solid background in HR, Rita is passionate about people. Rita has experience in building up structures, teams and companies from the very early stages of a start-up to a grown-up. She’s also a certified business coach with a wealth of expertise in organizational development, change management and leadership consultancy and is educated in Systemic Organisational Development.

She joins midge medical from the OLX Group, where she was previously HR Director of Global Product and Tech and responsible for the global HR organization of a large team.

Prior to that, Rita held roles as the HR Business Partner at Direct Line Versicherungs and Zalando SE, where her combination of a hands-on mentality and strategic mindset was crucial for the planning and implementation of HR concepts and processes of a dynamic business unit. Rita works with an authentic, respectful and resource-oriented approach, underpinned by her educational expertise; she holds a master’s degree in Social Studies, Psychology and Intercultural Business Communication from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany.

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Rolando Gennari

Chief Financial Officer

Rolando is a reliable, empathetic and communicative executive with a solid background in international commercial banking and over 20 years of experience at C-level management. He is highly knowledgeable in the integration of financial systems and holds expertise across all stages of financial statement preparation, risk-management and compliance. No stranger to working in multinational environments, Rolando has a proven history of adaptability across industries and regions; previously he has been responsible for reorganization and restructuring of corporations in Germany, Italy and the Middle East, most recently, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as CFO/Head of Corporate Services for Proger SpA in Riyadh. Former employment also includes C-level roles at multiple organizations active in the renewable energy sector, specifically with the Solon Group and Colexon Energy. His CFO experience includes an IPO track-record and strong international investor relations understanding – all valuable assets which will help drive midge medical’s growth forward.

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Thorsten Helmert

Chief Operating Officer

Thorsten’s challenge is to drive growth and transform the company into a globally renowned business. Prior to his current role, he spent 15 years with GE. Having started his career in the Netherlands with GE Plastics, he served in various operation leadership positions in several countries between the US and Japan, finishing with GE Power Conversion as a Business Leader. He is well recognized for his strong commitment, delivery and creativity in building a world class operation. His diverse skillset aids his entrepreneurial spirit; his sporting nature and drive can be seen in his prior role as a competitive athlete and coach in sailing for almost ten years. Following this passion, he became a strong enabler of the coming generation in sport and business. A native of Munich, Thorsten earned an engineering degree in renewable energies and energy technology from the University of Applied Sciences in Flensburg, Germany.

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Dr. Christian Wahnes

Chief Technology Officer

Christian shapes strategy at the intersection of technology, added value and transformation. He’s a senior manager in the MedTech sector, and has profound experience in regulatory, R&D, quality and sourcing for class 2 & 3 devices, including analytical development. Christian has designed successful strategies of more than 10 launches (orthopedic, spine, and ventilation) on the technology side, managed a multiple of international registrations, and implemented effective cross-functional process-landscapes for two market leaders. His leadership skills include functional reorganizations, building structures from scratch, integration and development of teams, and implementation of company-wide project management and boards. Entrepreneurial thinking has led him to roles in heading corporate strategic innovations and managing new technologies. Through his education at a number of international universities, including ETH Zürich, as well as Mainz, Kyoto and Bordeaux, his background consists of physical chemistry, large molecules and biomaterials. Christian holds a PhD from Johannes Guttenberg University of Mainz and a more recent MBA from Mannheim Business School and ESSEC.

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Wojciech Gaca

Head of Software Engineering

Prior to joining midge medical, Wojciech’s previous long-standing employment in software engineering made him an invaluable member of the OLX Group, where he was responsible for engineering teams to make OLX a safer and more trustworthy platform. Putting users’ needs at the heart of his actions, Wojciech’s expertise stems from hands-on product management, building tools for faster, more reliable software. His managerial expertise and technological prowess make him a savvy navigator in the transition from development to usability. An international player, Wojciech is familiar in managing teams across various time zones and is passionate in encouraging leadership.

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Mirjam van Heek

Head of Product

Mirjam always strives to bring the lean, agile approach into a traditional context. As a passionate Product Manager for over 8 years, her clear mission is to create absolute user delight. She has vast experience in both dynamic startup environments and health agency contexts, and has built award-winning products with well-known brands from the health insurance and international pharma industry. Mirjam is an experienced team leader with a knack for servant leadership; she believes that empowering teams with a clear mission is the key to true innovation.

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Prof. Dr. Manfred Weidmann

Head of Application Development

Manfred brings a wealth of experience in developing diagnostic assays for field use to midge medical. As Professor of Virology at the University of Stirling, UK, he coordinated a Wellcome Trust project developing and providing mobile point of care diagnostic testing for the Ebola virus in Guinea, during the epidemic in West Africa 2014-2016, together with his partners at the Institut Pasteur de Dakar, Senegal. He is currently continuing this work in several EU-funded projects. His experience in Virology is well documented in over a hundred publications; Manfred is also associate editor of Virology Journal since 2012, and a member of the European Society of Clinical Virology, and the Gesellschaft für Virologie, Germany. He is the recipient of a Commendation of the Times Higher Education Award (2016), the Abbot Diagnostic Award (2003) and was shortlisted for the Heine Medin Award (2014).

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Frida Arrey, MSPH, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Frida is a humanized mouse model expert and bench scientist with more than 10 years’ experience in immunology and handling of bio level 2 and 3 samples. When not Scientific Advisor, she channels her expertise as a Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Infection Biology in Berlin and consults on business development for various biotech and technology startups. With a unique PhD thesis, Frida developed a humanized mouse model for pulmonary and disseminated tuberculosis. Prior positions involved research at Rockefeller University, New York; and data management at Tulane University, New Orleans, with an MSPH in Public Health (Tropical Medicine emphasis) also from the latter. Frida has extensive background experience in flow cytometry and immunopathology, and a solid understanding of working in clinical, translational and industry drug consortium settings.