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19 September 2019 - 20 September 2019
Tuebingen, Germany


Dr Johannes Stelzer

Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Co-founder of Colugo GmbH

Dr Johannes Stelzer studied physics, biophysics and philosophy at the Universities of Hamburg and Leipzig and worked on neuronal growth processes. He then pursued a PhD degree at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain sciences in Leipzig, where he investigated human brain function by means of ultra-high field functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Here, he developed novel statistical methods for interpreting machine learning results from fMRI. Currently, Johannes is employed at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, where he develops analysis methods for fMRI, with special focus on network methods and artificial intelligence (AI). Since 2019 he co-founded the company Colugo GmbH in Tübingen. Colugo's goal is to empower companies by transferring cutting-edge AI methods into practical applications.

Patrick Springer

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing, Engineering & Automation, IPA

Patrick Springer is group leader at the Fraunhofer IPA since 2017. He studied mechanical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), specializing in product development and design. After his diploma focused on "Simulation of Sintering Processes" at the Institute for Applied Materials Computational Materials Science IAM-CMS he joined the company ARBURG GmbH + Co KG as Development Engineer in the field of process and plant development of additive manufacturing processes (Freeformer). Since 2014 Patrick Springer is research assistant at the Fraunhofer IPA in the field of additive manufacturing with the main focus on:

  • Development of additive manufacturing processes and plant engineering with a focus on thermoplastic and thermoset materials
  • Development of hybrid overall process chains based on additive manufacturing processes for functional integration with the aim of intelligently exploiting the process-specific advantages of conventional and additive manufacturing
  • Automation of additive manufacturing processes with the aim of making them usable as a fully-fledged means of production

Hicham Abghay

Senior expert in the field of innovation, technology transfer, EU research funding in the Health domain
Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH

Hicham has been active member and coordinator of several European projects dealing with closing the innovation & research gap, co-designing e-health roadmaps, deciphering success factors in research as well as the impact assessment of e-skills in e-health Workforce in EU & US as well as the valorisation of EU research. Within the largest technology transfer network in the World Enterprise Europe Network – EEN Hicham has been active member in several working groups and was chairperson of the Healthcare Sector Group for more than 10 years. Furthermore, he has been advisory board member in several European projects and coach and mentor for mainly SMEs and technology transfer networks. Furthermore, Hicham is Ambassador of the European IPR Helpdesk and coordinator of the European projects SENET – SINO European Health Networking Hub and IDIH: International digital health cooperation for preventive, integrated, independent and inclusive living.

Hartmut Welck

Senior Project Manager Bioeconomy, Nutrition, Industrial Biotechnology and Innovation Management
Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH

Hartmut Welck has a university degree in Agricultural Sciences from University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart) and has been working as senior project manager since 2006 at Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH in the area of innovation-, project- and network management as well as technology transfer with special focus on Biotechnology, Bioeconomy and Food.  

He was and is involved in many EU Research and innovation projects (FP 6, 7, Horizon 2020 and Interreg) as coordinator and as lead partner.

On national level he manages since 2010 the “Bioactive plant Foods network” which comprises 17 partners from Germany and which aims at developing bioactive foods (also considering valuable plant residues / wastes) together with the industry.

In addition he is author / co-author of the following publications:

  • Eco-Innovation – Turning ideas into marketable results - (ISBN 978-3938062-91-3)
  • Boosting research and innovation friendly support programmes for SMEs in Europe - (ISBN 978-3-943356-02-1)

Dr André Zimmermann

Senior Investment Manager
SHS Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsmanagement mbH

Dr André Zimmermann joined SHS in 2002 as Senior Investment Manager and became partner in 2010. He previously worked as a research associate at the University of Freiburg and co-founded a biotech startup. He studied biology and then received his doctorate in molecular biology at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg. At the same time, he completed a 2-year degree in economics at the University of Hagen and is a trained banker.

Johannes Horsch

Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing, Engineering & Automation, IPA, Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnologie, PAMB

Since 2017 Johannes Horsch has been the head of the group Medical Engineering Assistance Systems at the Project Group for Automation in Medicine and Biotechnology (PAMB). PAMB is a department of the Fraunhofer IPA. Johannes  studied mechanical engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), specializing in product development and design.  In 2014 he started as a research associate at the Fraunhofer IPA. The focus areas of his group are:

  • Research and development of intelligent instruments, devices and robots for minimally invasive and image-based interventions (e.g. with the following technologies: 3D printing, artificial intelligence and 5G)
  • Analysis of clinical processes and development of innovative solutions for the clinic
  • Transfer of new technologies into the clinical workflow


Closed since 17 September 2019


Elfriede-Aulhorn-Straße 8
72076 Tuebingen, Germany

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Belgium 2
France 4
Germany 21
Italy 4
Japan 1
Poland 9
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Large Company 1
University 7
Association/Agency 1
Consulting 3
Manufacturer 7
Service Provider 1
Investment/Financing 1
Cluster Organisation 6
Research Organisation 7
Hospital 1
Other 1
Total 41