Philipp Brunnbauer (Founder, Director) and Christian Mellor (Founder, Director) Nils Lucas


Increasing the Quality of Life for People With Parkinson’s

Digital Health
Founded in 2017
8 employees
Funding: €600K
Stage: Seed

With Parkinson’s, most people only think of the tremor, which is the tip of the iceberg. What remains hidden is the non-motor part. Merging fashion and function, we have created a traditional analog watch with embedded sensors to track motor symptoms, combined with an app that tracks non-motor symptoms. We use this complete picture of the disease to empower patients with real-time, data-driven insights, helping them make informed decisions with their doctor. Website
Highlight of the year: The founding moment and finding people who believed in the idea.

Interview with MedEngine

What inspired you to found your startup?

It started in a chaotic lab at Imperial College, where Christian was working on a wearable tremor-monitor for Parkinson’s. He teamed up with Philipp, and they realised the potential for a low-cost medical device that could empower patients through continuous monitoring of their Parkinson’s disease.

How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

Existing solutions for Parkinson’s tend to focus on motor symptoms, and are tailored to doctors only. Patients are left out. We are strong advocates of patient engagement and shared decision-making. Our solution is firmly patient-centric and provides insights into motor and non-motor symptoms.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

MedEngine was founded on the belief that affordable, effective, and proactive healthcare should and can be made available to everyone. Our purpose is to increase the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease, and to use technology to improve the level of care that Parkinson’s patients receive.

What do you want to achieve next year?

Next year, we will launch our product. We will also publish a set of clinical studies demonstrating the impact patient-centered technology can have on improving healthcare outcomes. Our main focus is to constantly develop our product further, with contributions of the Parkinson’s community.

Why do people want to work at your company?

We have a strong vision with the potential to make a meaningful impact on the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s. For us, creating an environment in which everyone can thrive and find purpose is essential. We promote personal development, and we encourage uniqueness and creativity above all.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

We recently travelled back to the UK to demo the solution to patients and held our first “Parkinson Café” (a mixture of presentations and hands-on workshops) here in Berlin. The feedback we received was fantastic — it was amazing to see how engaged and excited the patients were about our product.

Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

There is little substitute for amazing feedback from patients affected by Parkinson’s. We are incredibly proud of having an amazingly diverse and motivated team that shares our values and vision of pushing healthcare to the next level. It is such a pleasure to work with like-minded individuals.

Where do you see your company in 5 years?

In 5 years, we hope to have achieved mainstream adoption in the Parkinson’s community and to be integrated into the fabric of care for Parkinson’s patients. Our goal is to be pioneers in the field of patient engagement and empowerment in a new age of digital healthcare and shared decision-making.

What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

Berlin has a unique, entrepreneurial, and collaborative vibe. Some of the best talent in health and tech reside here. The city boasts a diverse culture with a very dynamic music and creative art scene, making it an exceptional place to found a startup. Anywhere you go you can find inspiration.

What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

The German startup machinery is just ramping up, with so much going on in so many different sectors! It really gives you the sense that anything is possible. There are strong ties to big industry players and some of world’s the largest companies – so there is plenty of entrepreneurial heritage.

MedEngine was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.

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