Nodus Medical is a newly founded healthtech startup based in Zurich. We help surgeons boost quality and increase efficiency by transferring the insights and technology found in aviation to the activities within an operating room. Our easy-to-use software platform allows surgeons to quickly implement checks and procedures that improve quality and risk control. Building on this platform, we also plan to enable them to share best practices and access relevant insights and data-based advice in real time.
Dr. med. Sophie Brackertz earned her MD degree at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin. She further received medical training in the United States, France and Israel and obtained her doctorate at Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration.
As the CTO of Nodus Medical, Nenad Tripic defines the vision for our platform and oversees its implementation. Prior to joining Nodus Medical, he built high performing engineering teams and launched scalable, robust services in fast growing environments, ranging from banking to social networking. Nenad holds a Master Degree in Management, Technology and Economics from ETH and a B.S. in Computer Science from ZHAW.
Lukas Vogt is the CEO and Co-Founder of Nodus Medical. Previously, Lukas was a member of the executive board at Sanitas, a leading Swiss health insurer where he drove the digital transformation program and led the Business Development and IT business unit.
Lukas started his career at McKinsey & Company where he worked on a wide range of projects with clients across Europe and the Middle East. Lukas holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD and a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of St Gallen.
Despite amazing clinical and research developments, the field of surgery has seen little to no development around improving practice and procedure within the OR in the past few decades. Process management and risk control are skills that are regarded as only “nice to have” and are generally not taught in medical curricula or training programs. Furthermore, the individual surgeon is always the ultimate authority when it comes to decision making and process management – which places full trust in the individual’s experience and decision-making capabilities. Both of these circumstances increase the risk of avoidable mistakes, since there is no consistent, quality planning and coordination and no culture of “challenging” within teams. The result is suboptimal and inconsistent quality of care.
In contrast, aviation is guided by the highest process management standards in its commitment to create a culture of zero tolerance toward risks. Pilots regard themselves as managers of processes with the primary objective of minimizing risk for any given task. Notably, this approach leverages any type of support that will minimize the risks involved, and supports a culture where team members “challenge” each other to ensure that proper procedures and information are being employed.
Based on his expertise in both military aviation and surgery Dr. Marc Studer conceived the idea of building physicians’ awareness of the benefits of process management through three-day seminars. These courses garnered highly positive feedback, and so Nodus Medical was founded in 2018 to share this validated approach more widely, leveraging a custom-built software solution.
With a genuine understanding of a surgeon’s daily struggles and a passion for innovation our founding team looks back on a long track record of experience within aviation and surgery.
Dr. med. Marc Studer is an active fighter pilot and earned his MD degree at the University of Zurich. With his insights in both aviation and surgery he recognized the similarities and decided to share his knowledge in military aviation with other surgeons. This led to the initiation of Nodus workshops and later the idea of the software solution.
Dr. med. Ralph Läubli is specialized in spine surgery at the fmi clinics and has worked for different in orthopaedic and traumatology departments in Switzerland during the last 15 years. He earned his MD degree at the University Of Basel.
Maj. Gunnar Jansen is the leader of Patrouille Suisse, fighter pilot and Chief Air Defense. Gunnar started together with Marc the Nodus workshops where they teach military aviation techniques to surgeons and help to decrease the number of avoidable errors.
Prof. Dr. Lorin Benneker is the head of the spine and trauma unit of the orthopaedic department at the Inselspital, University of Bern. He has over 18 years of professional experience and published over ninety articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Lorin is member of the spine expert group of swiss orthopedics, steering committee member of the knowledge forum trauma and chair-elect of AOSpine Europe.