09. Oktober 2018

„Challenges for MedTech Start-ups“, an interview with Karina Candrian

In a recently published interview, Karina Candrian (CEO of Effectum Medical) talks about the challenges which MedTech Start-ups are facing today, names critical success factors and shares valuable insights on how to get support in starting a business in the MedTech industry.

Please click here to read the interview in full.

09. Oktober 2018

Upcoming Event: New EU MDR/IVDR regulations: Consequences and solutions for Start-ups and SMEs (23. October 2018 in Zurich)

Is your company prepared to face the strategic and operational challenges imposed by the new EU MDR/IVDR regulations?  Karina Candrian (CEO of Effectum Medical) will explain how Effectum Medical is going new ways for mastering the challenges arising from the new MDR/IVDR.  

The event which is organized by Health TechCluster Switzerland brings together leading experts from the industry to discuss the current situation and possible solutions. 

If you are in MedTech, you are affected by the MDR/IVDR!
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Karina in person and address your concerns! To register, please click here.

New Paths

Walking new paths
with Effectum Medical

We bring Medtech start-ups to market.

We accelerate innovation in the Medtech & Healthcare industry and bring them successfully to market. As a center of excellence for the entire innovation process we reduce costs, shorten time-to-market, increase chances for market success and reduce risks for investors.

Providing all needed competences and a own quality management system, we can act as legal manufacturer and provide our clients with a lean product registration as well as marketing and back office services.

Effectum Medical creates innovative, new products and companies.

our value proposition for start-ups

Team, Network & Services

Through our team and network, we cover the entire value chain. You focus on your core competences and we provide supply chain management as well as marketing, project management and back office services. Further more we enable direct access to financial partners and investors.

Legal Manufacturer

We act as legal manufacturer of your product. Therefore, you do not have to go through the long process of building your own quality management system and you profit from lean product registration.

  • Reduced time to market
  • Reduced project costs
  • Risk mitigation & risk sharing
  • Higher efficiency

our value proposition for Investors


We are an experienced medtech team encompassing the necessary know-how and network of specialists to develop a successful business.


We are effective and efficient due to our experience and to leveraging existing organizational structures, including ISO certification.

  • Higher return on investment
  • Shorter time to exits
  • Risk hedging



When you Choose Us
What Makes Us Different?


We maintain a quality management system according to ISO standards for medical devices.


We share the risk by acting as legal manufacturer for your product.


We support you in maintaining your product registration (i.e. process validations, post market surveillance, etc.).


We offer organizational structure & back office services, enabling you to focus on your core business.

We offer a wide range of services and infrastructure
you choose what you need


Interdisciplinary core-team with ­competence and ­experience in

ISO Certification
Product development
Product registration
Business development


Encompassing infrastructure & services

Quality Management System (ISO)
Legal Manufacturer
Central back office services:

Pay rolling
Financing of ventures


Extensive network of partners and experts

Suppliers & manufacturers
Surgeons of different specialties
Scientific & technical experts
Financing partners


Profound project management skills in

Project coaching
Set-up & planning of projects
Project management
Systems (profit center, QMS, PLM, contracts, etc.)

We offer tailor made partnership models
with different risk profiles

Our interdisciplinary team
a broad range of competencies

Advisory Board

Dr. Michael Ahrens

CEO & Surgeon

Dr. Michael Ahrens, is an active orthopedic spine surgeon, currently practicing in Germany. He has experience working with start-up companies and has been on several scientific advisory boards of startup and large medical device companies. With a vision for innovations in the healthcare industry, Dr. Ahrens has developed over the last years the concept of SURGITENT® a single use sterile glovebox type surgical isolation system. As one of the founding members of the DRG committee of the German Spine Society (DWG), Dr. Ahrens has seen the full circle of bench to bed developments of medical devices and their respective challenges for reimbursement. He holds an MBA from IE University Madrid, Spain, is a certified International Regulatory Manager(TUV SUD) and has been inventor and coinventor of several patent applications.

Prof. Dr. Philippe Cattin

Computer Scientist & Entrepreneur

Philippe Cattin was born in Switzerland in 1967. He received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Applied Science in Brugg/Windisch in 1991. In 1995 he received the M.Sc. degree in computer science and in 2003 the Ph.D. degree in robotics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. From 2003 to 2007 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Computer Vision Laboratory at ETH Zurich. In 2007 he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Basel and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015. He is the founder of the Center for medical Image Analysis and Navigation (CIAN) group at the Medical Faculty of the University of Basel. He is currently heading the recently founded Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Basel. Philippe just was this year a Research Fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston/MA.His research interests include medical image analysis, image-guided therapy, robotics-guided laser osteotomy and virtual reality. As a Principal Investigator he has finished many projects in these areas and published over 100 papers, patents and book chapters. He is also the founder of two spin-off companies and licensed his patents and software to medtech companies.

Beat Steffen

Founder & CEO confinis AG

Beat is very experienced in the Medtech Industry. He used to work for companies like Disetronic and Ypsomed. Today he is the founder and CEO of confinis, a consultancy specializing in providing advice and services to the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech and diagnostic industries. Further more he is member of the Board of Directors in several companies and an auditor for Medical Team of the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS). He is also Co-Founder of Medical Human Factors AG and a lecturer at Berne University of Applied Sciences as well as an Inspector at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr. Heiko Visarius

Entrepreneur & Coach

Heiko has international experience in the health care sector, especially in the area of medical device technology. A Ph.D. in engineering obtained in the USA and a Swiss/US MBA degree combined with his professional experience allow him to relate to a broad spectrum of business areas. He served as CEO of a successful start-up company with an associated exit. Since then, he held various leadership positions with global players of the medical device industry. In 2012 he started VISARTIS Healthcare GmbH. Since 2017, he is also responsible for the Medtech part of the innovation agency of the canton of Bern. In addition, he is a CTI Startup Coach and has various board mandates of companies in medical devices as well as the FHNW and the Swiss Excellence Foundation.

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Solothurnerstrasse 235
CH-4600 Olten

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