Striatech – The Company
Understanding vision and healing visual disorders are the ultimate goals of vision research. The founders of Striatech emerge from this background: We are active vision scientists, working on the basic understanding of the visual system, and on developing strategies for healing blindness. Such basic research is done with animals. It is an inherent problem that one cannot ask animals how well they see; one therefore needs behavioral assays to
- evaluate their visual abilities,
- judge if a certain disease affects the visual system,
- verify if a new treatment approach benefits the animal.
We developed the OptoDrum system out of this urgent need for a reliable and objective device to measure the visual abilities of mice. Through interactions with numerous colleagues, it quickly became apparent that the OptoDrum system was superior to anything available on the market. Striatech makes the OptoDrum available to all vision researchers.
Company funding: The OptoDrum was developed with generous support from the University of Tübingen, the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, the European Union, and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Excellence Cluster CIN). Striatech participated as independent team in the MedTech Startup School 2015.
The Striatech Team
Thomas Münch is Research Group Leader at the University of Tübingen at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research, and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience. Thomas studied Biology and Mathematics in Karlsruhe. After obtaining his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California at Berkeley with Frank Werblin, he did a PostDoc in the lab of Botond Roska at the Friedrich Miescher Institute in Basel. He is expert on vision research, and initiated and supervised the development of the OptoDrum System, initially targeted for the lab’s own research needs. As respected member of the vision research community, Thomas knows the current and future needs of users in the field.
Finances, Marketing and Sales
Marion Mutter is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Tübingen, working in the laboratory of Thomas Münch on vision restoration with optogenetic tools. On the side, she obtains an MBA from the European Business School in Reutlingen. Marion studied Biology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and obtained a Master of Science Degree. From the beginning, Marion was involved in the development and practical usage of the OptoDrum, and she intimately knows the needs of users.
Research, Development and Customer Support
Boris Benkner is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, working in the laboratory of Thomas Münch. Boris holds a Diploma in Biology from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. During his PhD in Neuroscience, he developed the OptoDrum System. His achievements earned him a two-year Innovation Grant of the University of Tübingen, so that the OptoDrum could be further developed into the premier system for behavioral vision testing in rodents. He is constantly testing new innovations to make the system ever more powerful and user friendly.