Proud to be part of the EAP challenge and communityRead more
Starting in 2017 with BRIDGE Programm funding the TOFI project was just a concept idea with numerous challenges to overcome. When it came to prepare our first investment rounds in 2019, a leading Medtech experts showed great interest but canceled its commitment at the last minute. To far from the market – to great the business risks.
Nevertheless, driven by inspired minds Bottmedical was founded in 2019 as start-up from the University of Basel, and now we are proud to present the first TOFI prototype. Our Tongue Fitness Trainer is a digital interface between tongue and mobile phone allowing for increased compliance during sleep & speech therapy – now ready for usability tests. At this point, we would like to thank all our partners who participated in the innovation: Universität Basel, Universitätsspital Basel (USB), ZHdK Zürcher Hochschule der Künste & EMPA.
Together, we want to make the current therapies more long-term sustainable, and we are glad that committed innovators on our side for this.
Innosuisse supports the pioneering R&D activities between Bottmedical AG and University of Basel with CHF 0.4 millionRead more
The fruitful R&D collaboration between Bottmedical, the University of Basel, and the University Center for Dental Medicine Basel (UZB) continues: In-vitro tests will pave the way for the next generation NaturAligner® material system.
Combining teeth alignment with natural oral care: The team at Bottmedical currently incorporates natural ingredients into their certified NaturAligner® plant-based material system – to prevent plaque bacteria and biofilm development. Furthermore, Bottmedical foresees to personalize it with colors and taste. This innovation will improve the user experience by making aligners more comfortable and fresh for longer periods.
Commenting on their vision, Tino Töpper, CEO of Bottmedical, said: “Concise consumer behavior accompanied with the rising awareness of natural-based products are for us the driving motivation to innovate the field of dental clear aligner therapies. With Dr. Olivier Braissant at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Prof. Dr. Daniel Häussinger at the Department Chemie, and Prof. Michael Bornstein at the UZB, we found the perfect partners to finalize the in-vitro tests reaching for the highest benefit and quality standards for the patients”. Finally, Bottmedical leverages its European network and continues mechanical evaluation with Prof. Nadia Bahlouli at the ICUBE, University of Strasbourg.
Driven by inspired minds…
UZB: Monika Astasov-Frauenhoffer and Nadja Rohr
Uni: Sarah Worreth
ICUBE: Delphine Wagner, Hamdi Jmal and Jihed Zghal
Bottmedical is proud to expand its board of directorsRead more
Thomas Bussmann, founder of Bussmann Orthondontie Labor in Luzern, and Ulrich Hoffmann, former UBS executive, with more than 30 years of expertise in Swiss dental industries and global financial services, respectively, have joined the board of directors at Bottmedical. Pascal Brenneisen, co-founder and life science entrepreneur, hands over his chairman mandate to Ulrich and will continue to accompany the team’s path as a board member.
Bekim Osmani, Tino Töpper initiated Bottmedical 2019 as a start-up from the University of Basel. Their entrepreneurial endeavors were supported by Christian Schneider, who has created a lively bridge between academic research and start-up ventures with an entrepreneurs’ club, design workshops, and international exchange events at the Innovation Office (University of Basel).
Through informal meetings at the entrepreneurs club and a joint trip to India as part of a Swissnex delegation, Ulrich Hoffmann met with Tino in February 2020 for the first time and got excited about Bottmedical. After a long-standing corporate career at UBS and various roles in global financial services, Ulrich has embarked upon new roles as a mentor of young entrepreneurs, supporting their innovative ventures as advisor and board member.
Thomas Bussmann led business activities at Bussmann Orthondontie for more than 40 years – the first provider to offer clear aligner therapy in Switzerland with Orthofolio®. Since 2020 Thomas has left the operational business and is now on the way to innovate the Clear Aligner therapy with Bottmedical.
Both Ulrich and Thomas will significantly lift the thrust and value to accelerate the scale-up implementation and commercialization efforts of Bottmedical. Its NaturAligner® material system and platform technology enables the world’s first plant-based clear aligner combining teeth alignment therapy with natural oral care in a health-conscious and sustainable way. The market entry in Switzerland is planned for this year, with a broader market expansion into Europe to follow as the next step.
CHF 1.1 million to prepare Swiss market entryRead more
Multiple private investors, both business and renowned dental experts, have contributed CHF 1.1 million to support Bottmedical’s market entry with the NaturAligner in Switzerland. The investment will also flow into growing the team and accelerating its European expansion, see startupticker
CE certificate for NaturAligner®Read more
Bottmedical AG acquires the CE certificate for its flagship product – the NaturAligner® – and starts its clinical trial in Switzerland with the support of BaselDent clinics and the University of Basel, DBE, Biomaterials Science Center, see startupticker
DIN EN ISO 10993 for the NaturAligner®Read more
Bottmedical acquires DIN EN ISO 10993 for the NaturAligner®- the first clear aligner material with a biopolymer surface.
Innosuisse grant acquiredRead more
Tongue fitness (TOFI) trainer – Digital & interactive anti-snore therapy
Innovation granted by University BaselRead more
The University of Basel supports revolutionizing the anti-snoring and speech treatments through digital technologies with an innovation grant of CHF 50,000.
Foundation of Bottmedical AG
T. Hollritt & G. Sigron join the teamRead more
By the beginning of 2019, Tobias Hollritt and Guido Sigron have been inspired as co-investors and joined the team. We are happy to have them on board as valuable experts in the field of dentistry and digital marketing strategies.
Innosuisse CoachingRead more
The team enters the Innosuisse Coaching.
J. v. Jackowski joins the teamRead more
Jeannette v. Jackowski approached the team with the idea to combine the unique sensor technology with traditional myofunctional therapy for interactive tongue training. The vision to digitalize old-fashioned therapy approaches in oral health care fascinated us and turned out to be a great business opportunity due to the variety of clinical needs we could serve. She is rewarded with an MD-PhD fellowship in Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Biomedical engineering, university of Basel to conduct medical research focusing on detecting tongue dysfunctions.
joins the team
Beginning of 2018 Pascal Brenneisen got inspired to accompany the team on the road by crystallising the right business strategies and partners for this technology.
BRIDGE Proof-of-concept grant approvedRead more
An SNF-Bridge grant was approved to push the pressure sensor nanotechnology towards the commercialization of medical applications, e.g. implantable pressure sensors in artificial muscle implants for incontinence treatment.
Start of our journeyRead more
Tino Töpper and Bekim Osmani start their Ph.D. thesis within the Nano.tera.ch initiative students