|PS15||TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014||ROOM: 13
|From Technology to Impact:
Focus on Diagnostic Imaging and Neonatal Incubators
|Dr. Klaus Schönenberger
CEO EssentialMed Foundation. Program Leader, EssentialTech, Cooperation & Development Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland
|Mr. Bertrand Klaiber
Chief Operating Officer, EssentialMed Foundation. Project Manager, EssentialTech, Cooperation & Development Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland
|Mr. Matthieu Gani
Scientific collaborator, EPFL’s Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV), Switzerland
|The goal of this session is to mobilize the Global Health Community at the Forum to address the challenges in the process of developing, deploying and scaling-up innovative technologies. After short presentations of two existing projects, discussion will be opened regarding technical and socio-economic aspects such as maintenance, business models, logistics and training.The first project concerns access to radiography; In spite of its importance in primary healthcare, radiography is still not accessible to an estimated two thirds of humanity. This is a major issue in the fight against important diseases such as tuberculosis or pneumonia, but also for the proper diagnostic of trauma, with an ever growing burden of road traffic accidents. The project (www.globaldiagnostix.org ) aims to entirely develop a digital x-ray system adapted to the needs of district hospitals in resource-poor settings.The second project (www.globalneonat.org ) aims to develop an affordable and appropriate neonatal incubator. Despite the fact that child mortality is decreasing sharply globally, new solutions are required because the neonatal share of that mortality appears more and more as resistant to that trend.|
Klaus Schönenberger obtained a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in 1996. After a post-doctoral research assignment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA), he joined the medical devices industry. During 10 years, Dr. Schönenberger held various leading positions in medical devices companies, such as director of R&D and global vice-president of R&D. In his last position he was the global vice-president of Research and Technology at DJO Inc. (Vista, California) a Medical device company with annual revenue of $1bn. In 2009 he left the industry to create the EssentialMed foundation, with the goal to develop appropriate medical devices for developing countries. In 2011, he took the position of program leader at EPFL’s Cooperation and Development Center. He created and currently leads the Center’s EssentialTech programme, which aims to fight poverty through the development of appropriate technologies and implementation models.
Mr. Bertrand Klaiber, Chief Operating Officer, EssentialMed Foundation. Project Manager, EssentialTech, Cooperation & Development Center at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne Switzerland.
Mr. Klaiber is an experienced business development manager with several achievements in launching innovative industrial and consumer electronic products.
After graduating in Electrical engineering at EPFL in 1994, Mr. Klaiber worked for 10 years as an engineer and project manager for Motorola Semiconductors and Logitech. In 2004, he completed an MBA with honors at the University of Lausanne and then worked as Stategy and Marketing manager at LEM, an international leader in electrical measurement products. In 2010 he was promoted Worldwide Business Development Manager for Energy Solutions at LEM.
In 2012 he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) to launch the EssentialTech program that aims at developing appropriate technologies for impoverished countries. He is the COO of the EssentialMed foundation which he co-created in 2010.
Mr. Gani is a scientific collaborator at EPFL’s cooperation and Development Center (CODEV). After completing an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, he worked on cochlear implants at the Geneva University Hospital, developing research interfaces and conducting tests with patients. He was then employed as a social worker and assistant manager at the Soup Kitchen in Lausanne, Switzerland, providing free meals and guidance to people in need. He joined CODEV’s EssentialTech team in 2013 to manage the GlobalNeonat project.