Nodus Medical is a Swiss startup that helps surgeons boost efficiency and quality by adapting the insights and technology found in aviation to the activities within an operating room. Our easy-to-use digital assistant allows surgeons to focus on what they do best while we assist in procedure planning, documentation, communication and much more. Building on this platform, we enable surgeons to share best practices, access relevant research and data-based advice in real time.
Sophie BrackertzProduct Manager
Alain KertészBusiness Development Manager
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.
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.
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.
Martin Boruvka is the Chief Revenue Office of Nodus Medical. Prior to joining Nodus, Martin has had various commercial roles at B2B technology companies in Switzerland and UK. He also worked at McKinsey & Company in Prague and Zurich where he was advising clients on sales and operations topics across a variety of sectors. Martin holds an MBA from London Business School.
Alain Kertész is the Business Development Manager of Nodus Medical. He is responsible for go-to-market activities and customer success. Previously, Alain was a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) focusing on Healthcare. Alain holds two master degrees from the University of St. Gallen and CEMS.
Despite amazing clinical and research developments, the field of surgery has seen little development around improving procedures within the OR in the past few decades. Naturally, medical and surgical skills are the focal point of a physician’s education and training. Process management and risk control are often not taught in medical curricula. Furthermore, the surgeon needs to focus on the patient while orchestrating a whole surgical team, coaching a resident surgeon, keeping the overall schedule in mind and making sure all quality standards are followed – all at the same time and with no digital assistance. These circumstances increase the risk of complications. The result can be a suboptimal and inconsistent quality of care in the overall healthcare system.
In contrast, military aviation is guided by the highest process management standards in its commitment to mission-driven risk management. Founded by leading surgeons, Swiss Air Force pilots and technology enthusiasts, Nodus Medical has built an aviation-inspired, tech-enabled digital assistant along the entire journey of a surgical procedure. The solution helps surgical teams reduce expensive complications and administrative overload by bringing a voice-controlled navigation plan for procedures into the operating room.
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.
Fabrice Alexander Külling
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.
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.
Dr. Med. Fabrice Alexander Külling is senior physician at Kantonsspital St. Gallen and leads the spine unit of the orthopaedic department. He earned his MD degree at the University of Bern and received further medical Training in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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.
Christian brings hands-on operational startup execution experience into the LG Capital team, incl. team leadership, turnaround management, product development and fundraising expertise. Christian spent 5 years as operating CEO within the LG Capital portfolio prior to joining our team as Managing Director in 2018.
Prior to his startup career, Christian had been a strategy consultant with Booz & Company focused on the telco, media & advertising industries.
Christian grew up in Switzerland, holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School and a B.A. degree in Business Administration from University of St. Gallen.
Leo is a serial investor in, and co-founder of more than a dozen successful start-ups across multiple industries incl. Fintech, Food, E-Commerce, Leisure & Entertainment, Software/IT. His ventures were able to secure significant VC funding and many have realized above-average returns for shareholders in multiple successful exits.
Before founding LG Capital, Leo was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. with a focus on Banking & Start-ups, and prior to that an Investment Banking M&A Analyst with HSBC.
Leo grew up in Switzerland, holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School and a B.A. degree in Business Administration from University of St. Gallen.