interview with thomas reichthalhammer
interview with thomas reichthalhammer

04. September 2020

Life ScienceEntrepreneurshipAccelerator ProgrammInterview

Today we present you the next coach for the Life Science Track 2020! Thomas was already there last year and will help you again this year with all your questions. Check out our interview and learn more about Thomas!

Dear Tom, thank you for the interview with us. Please tell us a little bit about your person and your life science connection.

Educated in electrical engineering I was working the whole career in the MEDTECH area. Between my master thesis and my PhD I worked in an in-house medical start-up at Carl Zeiss. In the second step I worked as the CTO and quality manager for a medical start-up company in Munich. Funded by venture capital we developed a product running in the intensive care units at the end.

Since two years I’m doing my own business with MEDTECH360. My mission is supporting small and mid-sized MEDTECH companies in different fields to bring their device to market by minimizing technical, regulatory and strategic errors.

Why are you one of the coaches for the AHEAD Life Science Track?

I know the questions of a start-up and the hard decisions it has to make, since I was in the same situation and now have customers with very similar issues. So I went the way to the market of a medical device several times.

What do you think is the special thing about the AHEAD Life Science Track?

Access to professionals from very different domains. Specific input to the single ideas.

Why should teams apply for the AHEAD Life Science Track?

Quiet good chance to check with professionals if there is an option for business beyond the scientific work.

How far does a team have to be for the AHEAD Life Science Track?

It should be a team with a mature idea based on sound scientific knowledge.

What would you recommend teams that are in the early stages of formation? What should teams pay attention to?

Clarify financial aspects as soon as possible. Clarify what happens if a team member leaves the team. Build up a team and discuss frankly the roles and the expected responsibility before starting to work together.


interview partner: Dr. Thomas Reichthalhammer
website: Medtech360

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