Smart Wearable Devices – Cicor Innovation Insights Symposium

Welcome to the first Cicor Innovation Insights Symposium. This Symposium is dedicated to cutting-edge research in wearable technologies and to issues related to on-body and worn technologies. Meet with opinion leaders from different industries and get insights into the latest developments, trends, outstanding innovations and learnings from studies, projects and products.

Special feature:

Smart Wearable Healthcare Report Mobile devices, smart algorithms and the existence of huge, easily accessible health databases are having a profound impact on the health industry. Today, the global size of this market (devices, software and directly linked services) is estimated at around USD 2 billion. By the year 2020, this market is estimated to reach USD 41 billion. Key learnings out of the study will be presented and discussed and a copy of the Smart Wearable Healthcare Report will be provided to each participant.

Target groups / Attendees:

  • Opinion leaders from different industries
  • Start-up companies
  • Investors
  • Consultants
  • Scientific institutions
  • Media




13:30 h


Pascal Koenig, Moderation

The world of wearable devices – Introduction and new innovations

Christian Stammel, CEO and Founder, Wearable Technologies AG

The wearable health revolution - Key learnings out of “The Wearable health revolution“ report

Pascal Koenig, Research Director, Soreon Research

Benefits and challenges in the use of wearables and apps - Telemedicine studies

Dr. Anja Frei, University of Zurich

Big Data for smart health

Dr. Stefan Rüping, Fraunhofer Institute
15:00 h

Podium Discussion – Big Data, Technologies, Innovations

Dr. Gery Colombo, Hocoma AG
Prof. Dr. Milo Puhan, University of Zurich
Christian Stammel, Wearable Technologies AG
Dr. Stefan Rüping, Fraunhofer Institute

Short break


Smart wearables – Watch industry

Pascal Koenig, Managing Partner, Smartwatch Group

Sports and consumers

Niclas Granqvist, Director R&D Switzerland, Polar

Podium Discussion - Market Opportunities

Dr. Valentin Chapero Rueda, Valamero Holding AG, former CEO Sonova Holding AG
Dr. Gery Colombo, Hocoma AG
Pascal Koenig, Smartwatch Group
Christian Stammel, Wearable Technologies AG
Niclas Granqvist, Polar
17:00 h


Patric Schoch, CEO Cicor Group

Networking and drinks reception

Moderation: Pascal Koenig

Pascal Koenig

Business magazine “Bilan” considers Pascal Koenig to be one of the 300 most influential persons in Switzerland. Pascal has been working in wearable technologies for more than ten years. Among other activities, he set up a company offering a wrist-based emergency system, a telemetry company, and research companies in the field of smartwatches and healthcare. Before focussing on wearable technologies, Pascal worked at medtech com- pany Synthes and at McKinsey. Pascal studied at the University of St. Gallen and Columbia Business School in New York. His analyses have been covered by articles in media outlets from around the world, including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and NZZ.

Speakers and Podium Discussion

Christian Stammel

Christian Stammel

Wearable Technologies AG

As founder and CEO Christian Stammel has more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and sales as well as an excellent international network. Using this expertise he supported numerous international companies of all sizes regarding business development, technology marketing, and increase of sales activities with his innovation and marketing company Navispace AG. The natural next step to Navispace’s huge success “Wearable Technology” was the incorporation of the Wearable Technologies AG in 2011. Since then, WT served as a business accelerator for more than 3000 renowned companies and will remain the key hub for marketing new technologies in this field in the years to come.

Dr. phil / PhD Anja Frei

Dr. phil / PhD Anja Frei

Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute,
University of Zurich

Now a Senior Researcher at the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI) of the University of Zurich, Dr. Anja Frei PhD has a solid background in psychology. After completing an MSc and PhD in Psychology specializing in social and health psychology at the University of Zurich, she took up a position as Project Manager and Counselor at the University Hospital Zurich‘s Centre for Patient Education. In 2009, she became a Scientific Staff Member at the Institute of General Practice and Horten Centre for Patient-oriented Research (University of Zurich), before taking up her current position with the EBPI in 2014. She has been enrolled in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine‘s MSc Epidemiology program since 2012.

Dr. Stefan Rüping

Dr. Stefan Rüping

Fraunhofer Institute

Dr. Stefan Rüping heads the Integrated Data Mining group at the Fraunhofer Institute IAIS. He has years of experience in knowledge discovery and data mining in both industrial and academia projects. Before joining Fraunhofer he was working as a research assistant and Ph. D. student at the Artificial Intelligence Unit of the University of Dortmund, where he finished his Ph. D. in 2006 as a student of Prof. Katharina Morik.

Niclas Granqvist

Niclas Granqvist

Director, Polar R&D Switzerland

Mr. Niclas Granqvist has a long experience in devices starting with TV software in the 90's as a developer and then later moving into diving computers and sports in 2000. The focus over the past 15 years has been on low power mobile devices electronics and software. By founding the Bluetooth sports and fitness working group and driving standards he was deeply involved in the creation of the Bluetooth Sports ecosystem and a significant horizontal market for sports sensors. For the work in Bluetooth SIG Niclas received a Bluetooth Key Contributor Award in 2014. Niclas has also been evangelizing the Bluetooth ecosystem very actively. Currently he is Director, R&D Switzerland, where he focuses on developing applications for sports and fitness in business and consumer applications.

Dr. Valentin Chapero Rueda

Dr. Valentin Chapero Rueda

Valamero Holding AG

Dr. Valentin Chapero Rueda (born in 1956 in Madrid) is working as an investor/entrepreneur. Valentin Chapero has been from 2002 until March 2011 CEO of Sonova Holding (Phonak), with CHF 1.6 billion the leader in the hearing health care device market. During Valentin's tenure Sonova tripled its revenue, became the most profitable company in the industry and established the first integrated, multi-brand hearing health care business model composed of hearing instruments, consumer headphones, wireless communication systems, cochlear implants and a significant global direct-to-consumer retail operation. Before joining Phonak, Valentin was CEO of the Mobile Networks division of Siemens AG with a revenue of more than 5 billion Euro. Prior to this he was CEO of the Siemens Audiology Group, then the world’s largest hearing instrument manufacturer. Valentin graduated in Physics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and completed his doctorate with a thesis on medical physics.

Prof. Milo Puhan

Prof. Dr. Milo Puhan

University of Zurich

Prof. Milo Puhan, born in 1975, studied medicine at the University of Zurich and at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. After working as an internal medicine resident at the Zurich Höhenklinik in Wald, Switzerland and as a Research Fellow at the University of Zurich’s Horten Center, he earned a PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2006. Immediately following, Prof. Puhan was a “Senior Research Fellow” at the Swiss National Science Foundation. From 2008 to 2012, he was a tenure track Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. 2013 Milo Puhan became Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Dr. sc. techn. Gery Colombo

Dr. sc. techn. Gery Colombo

Hocoma AG

Dr. sc. techn. Gery Colombo has nearly 20 years‘ experience in the biomedical engineering industry. After obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in biomedical engineering from the ETH Zurich, in 1996, he co-founded Hocoma GmbH, a company that specializes in robotic and sensor-based devices for functional movement therapy, together with Peter Hostettler and Matthias Jörg. In 1999, he was awarded The Outstanding Young Person of Switzerland (TOYP) award for the development of Lokomat, a driven gait orthosis developed by Hocoma. This was followed by several other awards for both him and the company, including the Ludwig-Guttman-Prize of the German Medicinal Association for Paraplegiology for his doctoral thesis, the Winner Herring 100 Europe and Global awards for Hocoma, and the High-Potential SME quality label awarded by the Swiss Economic Forum. In 2000, Hocoma GmbH became Hocoma AG, a stock company, of which Dr. Colombo is the CEO.


Thursday January 29, 2015,
13:30 – 18:00
including discussion and drinks reception


Each participant receives a copy of: “The wearable health revolution – how smart wearables disrupt the healthcare sector“, Soreon Research Report October 2014.


Priora Business Center 
Balz-Zimmermann-Strasse 7 
8302 Kloten


Cicor Management AG
Corporate Communications
Leutschenbachstrasse 95
8050 Zurich I Switzerland
Tel. +41 43 811 44 28

The Innovation Insights Symposium is FREE OF CHARGE. Number of participants is limited. Registration is obligatory.

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