The Founders

It always seems impossible until it’s done. (Nelson Mandela)

Dr. Alfredo E. Bruno

After completing his master of science degree in Computational Quantum Chemistry and earning his doctorate in Laser Physics at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), Dr. Bruno went to Munich (Germany) to work on lasers as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Technical University of Munich. In 1988, he began working for Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis) and conducted a variety of research and development projects in collaboration with the American companies Spectra-Physics and Chiron Diagnostics. In 2004, he founded TLT Medical AG, an affiliate of Novartis. After selling TLT, he became the co-founder and CEO of FreiBiotics, an affiliate of the University of Freiburg (Germany,) which is a leader in the research of next-generation antibiotics. He has authored more than 50 scientific publications in his career, and holds over 15 patents.

Prof. Dr. Philippe Cattin

After earning his doctorate from the Institute of Robotics at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Prof. Cattin was appointed director of the Medical Imaging Analysis Group at the Computer Vision Laboratory at that same institution. He was then appointed to the rank of professor at the University of Basel (Switzerland,) a position he still holds today. Prof. Cattin also founded and directs the Medical Imaging Analysis Center (MIAC), a joint venture between the University of Basel and the University Hospital in Basel. Prof. Cattin has excellent professional contacts in the computerized visualization and robotics communities worldwide.

PD Dr. Dr. Philipp Jürgens

Following his training in Munich (Germany) as a dentist and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Jürgens completed his residency at the Technical University of Munich (Germany) and the University of Basel (Switzerland.) He specializes in cranio-maxillofacial correction and reconstructive surgery. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Jürgens was the coordinating officer for a research network on “Tissue Engineering and Rapid Prototyping” in southern Germany. He was then appointed deputy project manager for the CMF (Cranio-Maxillofacial) project within the NCCR (National Center of Competence in Computer-Aided and Image-Guided Medical Interventions.) Today, Dr. Jürgens heads the Computer-Assisted Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery research unit (CACMFS) at the University of Basel, and works as senior physician in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery department of the University Hospital in Basel and at the medical care center in Lörrach, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Florian Zeilhofer

Prof. Zeilhofer heads the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Hospital in Basel (Switzerland) and the Cantonal Hospital and its affiliated research center in Aarau, Switzerland. In addition, Prof. Zeilhofer chairs the research group “Clinical Morphology and Biomedical Engineering” at the University Hospital in Basel, and is president of the Swiss Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. An internationally-recognized leader in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a bent for innovative technologies, Professor Zeilhofer lends his profound medical expertise to a variety of institutions and projects.