Striatech Team

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 Striatech

Dr. Thomas Münch

Founder and Owner
Director of Research and Development

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.

Marion Mutter Striatech

Dr. Marion Mutter

Founder and Owner
Chief Customer Officer

Marion Mutter has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Tübingen, and 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.

Boris Benkner Striatech

Dr. Boris Benkner

Chief Executive Officer

Boris Benkner obtained his PhD 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.

Lena Schadock Striatech

Lena Schadock

Head of Marketing

Athanasia Durban Striatech

Athanasia Durban

Head of Sales

Ersoy Kocak Striatech

Ersoy Kocak

Software and IT