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Interview with NEULAND

We were interviewed by the KIT magazine “NEULAND” about our startup Metis Neurotec. In the magazine you can now read what makes our startup so special and which approaches we envision in our treatment concept against dementia.

The symptoms of dementia are painful – for everyone affected. Sooner or later, the increasing mental and physical limitations mean that patients are no longer able to lead independent lives and are dependent on time-consuming and high-cost assistance. Therefore, the disease is also a great burden for relatives.

Our Goal
Optimal treatment planning after diagnosis by the doctor using a digital, AI-supported concept.

The course of dementia is complex, there are different forms with countless risk factors and symptoms. We are developing a fully comprehensive system that records and validates risk factors and treatment approaches. The heart of our AI-powered treatment approach is the METIS app. Accessible via smartphone, it is complemented by wearable sensor technology such as fitness trackers and an EEG device. This allows the patient’s risk levels to be recorded and collected in the app using artificial intelligence, evaluated and automatically transferred into treatment measures. In this way, the course of dementia can be greatly influenced, especially in the early stages, by individual treatment of reversible risk factors such as unhealthy sleep, smoking or lack of social contact, and the progression of dementia can thus be reduced.

Our Engagement Strategy
App on prescription: METIS app in combination with wearable sensor technology.

As a team, we are currently preparing the foundation. Our solution is attracting widespread interest from university clinics, to health insurance companies, to the German Alzheimer Society. The app is currently being tested by pilot patients and further developed. In the medium to long term, we would like to launch the ‘app on prescription’ as a medical product and thus support neurologists, general practitioners and health insurers. In order to obtain approval as a medical product, we are working intensively on the regulations for digital health apps. Now the next important steps towards approval include a clinical trial and certification according to the requirements of the European Medical Device Regulation.

Source of Content: https://kit-neuland.de/fileadmin/PDFs/NEULAND_Magazin_2021.pdf

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Metis Neurotec benefits from expertise of the ALFREDO project

Worldwide, only 20-50% of all dementia cases are detected. Yet almost 90% of all physicians and patients surveyed call for early diagnosis in order to be able to respond to associated changes in care and everyday life. One-third of these dementias can be prevented, or the course positively influenced by timely treatment of specific risk factors, thus significantly increasing the patients’ autonomy.

Briefly about ALFREDO

AI-based platform for outpatient early detection and individualized treatment of dementia

The project, funded by the Ministry of Social Affairs of Baden-Württemberg, provides an excellent environment in the research field of telemedicine and health care research to design, develop and validate different tools in the context of the advancing digitalization in gerontological medicine.

The insights generated in this project also shape our further requirements for the system. We are pleased about ALFREDO, as well as all the research funding of comparable projects. We are excited about the results that will pave the way for projects like Metis Neurotec.

Our goal is to provide a fully comprehensive outpatient treatment approach. This way, dementia can be treated in a targeted manner by addressing risk factors and can be made accessible to a large number of people in a very structured way. In this context, Metis Neurotec accompanies professionals and patients from diagnosis to treatment. Through our AI-supported platform for risk factor treatment, physicians can quickly and on an outpatient basis, detect cognitive performance impairments in patients, for example, to detect Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage and treat it in a tailored manner.

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Team Introduction: Markus Schinle

Markus Schinle

Markus Schinle has an excellent academic record. His studies focused on the development of information systems, technology management and entrepreneurship and led to a  M. Sc. degree in Information Engineering and Management at KIT in 2015 with stays abroad at TEI Larissa (Greece) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland). In addition to a private sector scholarship from a consultancy in finance, he was awarded twice during his studies by receiving the Deutschlandstipendium (2011/2013) and by being accepted into the SAP FastTrack Program. During his PhD, he was a participant of the Software Campus 2018 Program. Besides practical experience at a management consultancy, he can boast the Certified Project Management Associate (IPMA Level D) certification. Markus is doing his PhD at the KIT-ITIV under supervision of Prof. Stork in the field of data-driven development of medical software applications in neuropsychology.

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Team Introduction: Simon Stock

Simon Stock

Simon Stock is doing his PhD at KIT-ITIV  under supervision of Prof. Stork in the field of AI-supported medical technology using brain-computer interfaces. He started a research collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before that, he specialised in Systems Engineering (M.Sc.) at KIT in the field of electrical engineering. During his studies, he received the Microsoft Studentpartner Scholarship due to his outstanding qualifications in the IT field and was active as a Microsoft Campus Expert. He also published numerous apps for the Microsoft platform. He developed his enthusiasm for start-ups both during his master’s thesis in the San Francisco Bay Area at Zeiss and during his successful participation in international hackathons. In 2020, he was awarded the prestigious faculty teaching prize for the “Laboratory for Applied Machine Learning Algorithms” for his teaching activities.

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Team Introduction: Marius Gerdes

Marius Gerdes

Marius Gerdes most recently completed his M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He gained experience abroad early on through a nine-year stay in Norway. He decided to return to Germany for his mechanical engineering studies. During this time, he became intensively involved with additive manufacturing. He had the opportunity to learn about the chances and risks for start-ups during his work as a student trainee at the start-up Apium Additive Technologies GmbH. Here he was involved in research and development of hardware and software. He also worked for the company as a consultant at home and abroad. With his Master’s thesis, he shifted his focus to neurology and related medical technologies. In this context, he developed a patented concept for EEG electrodes from the idea to the application.

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Helmholtz Enterprise Sponsorship

On October 20, we had the opportunity to present our progress since the beginning of 2021 to reviewers of the Helmholtz Enterprise Program as part of our interim evaluation. We presented our achievements and plans for the future of Metis Neurotec. Thereby, we were able to convince the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers to continue funding us in the Helmholtz Enterprise Spin-Off Program.

Briefly about Helmholtz Enterprise:
“The Helmholtz Enterprise (HE) spin-off program promotes entrepreneurship and spin-off activities of scientists in the Helmholtz community. Since the establishment of Helmholtz Enterprise in 2005, 167 start-up projects (including HE Plus and FSF) have benefited from the initiative. Of these, more than 95 projects have been successfully founded, 83 percent of which are still operating in the market today.” – Helmholtz Enterprise

We have achieved a lot as the startup Metis Neurotec in the past six months:
  • We have made progress in our AI-powered platform for the treatment of neurological diseases.
  • We have been accepted into the @AHEAD Accelerator program of the @Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
  • We have a platform to network with other startups through BadenCampus
  • We are strong in network building with key individuals and organizations for our startup
  • We empirically support our work throughsurveys and interviews with stakeholders and future customers
  • We have undertaken successful field trials for technical validation
  • We have secured our continued funding
  • We are taking business and scientific advice to build the startup competently

We as Metis Neurotec still have a lot to do and are continuously building our startup thanks to the Helmholtz Enterprise Program.

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Finals DemoDay 2021

At the DemoDay 2021 of BadenCampus we were honored with the audience award for our Startup Pitch on November 25, 2021. Our prize was sponsored by BANSBACH GmbH. We presented our startup Metis Neurotec in a pitch as part of the BadenCampus Startup Accelerator competition. On this evening, the 7 finalists presented their startup idea to a renowned jury of investors.

Briefly about BadenCampus
“As an innovation platform, BadenCampus connects start-ups, medium-sized companies, municipalities, talents and scientific institutions. Through joint formats in an inspiring working environment, solutions for business and society are created based on new technologies.”

– BadenCampus

The festive completion of the BadenCampus Startup Accelerator was very successful. We would like to thank Thomas Scheuerle, Tim Weinhold, Günther Kornacker and Florian D. Weber for the whole event and the support.

Our Startup Pitch

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Trip of Delegation to London and Oxford

Markus Schinle (Co-founder of Metis Neurotec) traveled to the United Kingdom with the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, from November 6 to 9, 2021, as part of a delegation of politicians, business leaders and scientists led by Baden-Württemberg International to discuss digitalization and AI in healthcare.

“We want to do everything we can to ensure that our good relations with the United Kingdom remain strong, friendly, long-term and resilient. In the future, our ‘BW-UK Office’ will be a point of contact and an anchor for companies, universities and research institutions, SMEs, start-ups or investors.”

– Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann

During our trip, the Minister President officially inaugurated Baden-Württemberg’s new representative office abroad. This office is located in London and will be a contact center for British companies interested in the Germany’s southwest region and vice versa. It thus serves as a door opener for both sides, as the Brexit has made many things more complicated for international companies and trade between Germany and the United Kingdom. In this context, we also visited the University of Oxford with the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Francis Crick Institute, King’s College London and Imperial White City Incubator.

Baden-Württemberg is now the first German federal state to have its own representative office in the United Kingdom. This serves to enhance relationships and build new networks and alliances for THELÄND in all countries and regions of the UK – especially also for AI and digitalization in healthcare. This cross-national cooperation brings many advantages to Metis Neurotec as a startup. The potential here lies primarily in the exchange of technologies and with other startups, access to new markets and capital for future international expansion, as well as in networking with international key players who would like to support the startup in the future.

During the delegation trip, we met many high-ranking politicians as well as people from research and industry. We are proud to have contributed to the cooperation and networking between the two countries in business and science.

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BadenCampus Accelerator Alumni Day

On the 21st of October, we attended the BadenCampus Startup Accelerator Alumni Day with over 50 other founders. Here, both present and alumni founders of startups within the Accelerator Program gathered at the Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG in Grafenhausen.

The program at the event included an input from Kristof Schimmele, General Sales Manager of Rothaus, who gave an insight into the traditional company and was afterwards available for Q&A. In addition, Kai Klapdor, CEO of Enit Systems, spoke about “Fundraising from the perspective of a startup” and his own insights and experiences. We founders and startups could benefit from this. Afterwards, a brewery tour with beer tasting and a shared dinner took place. This created a framework for exchanging experiences with other founders, which was very valuable for us. We had very interesting conversations and were able to exchange ideas with both already established and new startups alike.

We would like to thank BadenCampus and the der Badischen Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG for the event and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other startups!

Source of Content: BadenCampus & Recyda GmbH

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Finals – DemoDay BadenCampus Startup Accelerator 2021

We are one of the top 8 startups in this year’s DemoDay 2021, and now we will pitch again for the final title in front of the BadenCampus jury on 11/25. DemoDay 2021 is part of our Startup Accelerator Program with BadenCampus and you are welcome to visit.

 

Our pre-final pitch about us – Metis Neurotec – has convinced the jury! Now we are looking forward to the grand finale on the 25th November. Here, at the grand finale of the BadenCampus Startup Accelerator, selected startups will pitch in front of a jury of renowned experts in Breisach. At the beginning, the participants can exchange ideas with innovative startups from the deep-tech sector at various booths from 2:00 PM onwards. After a break with food offerings, the final startup pitches will begin at 5:15 PM. We are looking forward to the following award ceremony and the social exchange after the event.

Briefly about BadenCampus:

“As an innovation platform, BadenCampus connects start-ups, medium-sized companies, municipalities, talents and scientific institutions. Through joint formats in an inspiring working environment, solutions for business and society are created based on new technologies.” – BadenCampus

Source of Content: BadenCampus und LinkedIn Event

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HackZurich 2021

This year we successfully participated as a team at HackZurich (24.09. – 26.09.21). From a total of 155 projects, we were among the top 25 and thus in the finals.

Briefly about HackZurich: “Founded in 2014, HackZurich rapidly became Europe’s largest and most prestigious Hackathon. Every year, 600 international participants, selected from a global pool of 5500 applications, representing several elite universities from more than 85 countries, are invited to Zurich. Here these tech talents develop highly innovative web-, mobile- and hardware applications during a 40-hours hackathon in teams of 2 to 4 people. For this Hackathon, international companies and organizations of different industries provide participants with hardware, brand new technologies, tools, and APIs to spark the creation of new prototypes.

HackZurich represents a unique opportunity to touch base with new technologies, innovation opportunities and a selection of the world’s best tech talents. The focus at HackZurich is firmly on fun, exchanging knowledge, and the unique atmosphere and opportunities for mutual learning and inspiration.”

– HackZurich

 

In the final, the 25 best teams publicly presented their developments to the HackZurich audience. Team Metis developed the Patronus app during the Hackathon. While the app was developed solely by the Hackathon and is not part of the Metis portfolio, it shows how an implementation of movement therapy can look like in the form of an app:

„PATRONUS is using mobile sensors to digitize a personalized dementia treatment with the help of AI, helping to extend the healthspan of dementia patients and providing relief for carers.”

– Devpost

As a team of medical technology engineers from KIT who want to fight dementia, we developed the Patronus App at HackZurich. Our focus here is the so-called risk factor treatment. Here, our digital platform offers assistance for doctors and their patients, but also for caregivers and health insurers. It helps to monitor risk factors and treat them in a targeted manner; on an outpatient basis and systematically. Patients are equipped with mobile sensor technologies to enable a holistic treatment approach through behavioral training. This motivates patients not only to take walks, but also to engage in new activities through gamification, such as a point system for exploring new places. At the same time, stress is reduced through mindful breathing and living. The basic goal is achieved when the patient stays focused and active, as this stimulates neurogenesis, creating a natural resilience against dementia.

Credit for Content: Devpost

We are looking back to an inspiring, innovative and exciting weekend in Zurich, where we were able to further strengthen our team’s spirit. Special Thanks go to Garmin, Swica und Zurich Insurrance.

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AHEAD® – Empowering Hightech Ventures

“AHEAD is the central platform between the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the national and international entrepreneurship ecosystems. As one of Europe’s premier technology transfer programs, we invest our passion for science into a new generation of deep tech entrepreneurs.”

– AHEAD Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

life science factory®
As part of the AHED Program from the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft we benefit from a one-stop-shop for an enormous source of deep tech ventures and at the same time will find the technological competence for your deep tech need. Therefore, the AHEAD Program gets the right experts at our side, who draw upon their own entrepreneurial experience and support our team through trainings, in-depth workshops, and 1on1s. Thus, AHEAD enables us as a startup and founders to benefit from Fraunhofer technology and bring innovative high-tech products to market. Here, we are supported through focusing on the right problem at the right time, making sure we have the right experts at our side and connecting us to our network for a faster market entry.
 
Last week we accomplished the AHED Bootcamp. This is a 4-day critical entry gate, to assess our venture readiness levels with experts from industry, entrepreneurship as well as team, market and product development coaches to create a tailored roadmap for our startup with their feedback.

Here, we reflected on and planned our next steps in discussions with mentors from the specialist area. Key indicators such as the market, team, product and venture readiness level were evaluated. The goal was to create a well-founded plan of action for the startup based on the results of the readiness level analyses. We were also able to network with other startups and practice our company pitch. It is interesting to notice, that we were accepted as an external startup by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the AHEAD program, while many other teams are already part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Within the AHED Program of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft we will also take part in the Phase I & II to gain more support through networking events, workshops, coaching, co-working, access to Fraunhofer laboratories to bring our technology to market.

Credit for Content: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft