Leadership changes to drive these six startups forward

Healthcare startups bNovate, NovaGo Therapeutics and Neuria and deeptech startups 3D2cut Lumvim and Loft Dynamics have welcomed new C-level leaders in the positions of CEO, CFO and CSO to accelerate their growth and achieve their goals.  

Serge Gander, the former CEO of CleanGreens Solutions SA, is taking over the role of CEO at bNovate, the startup that developed BactoSense, a device that automatically detects all bacteria in water through a single sampling tube in less than 30 minutes. With three decades of experience as an entrepreneur, including operational management and market development in key Asian, Middle Eastern, Eurpean and North American markets, tGander is in a good position to guide the company’s international expansion and develop subsidiaries around the world. Simon Kuenzi, co-founder and former CEO of bNovate, will remain an integral part of the company during the transition, ensuring a seamless handover while continuing as an active member of the Board of Directors. NovaGo Therapeutics has a new CFO The Schlieren-based startup dedicated to the development of regenerative therapies for diseases of the central nervous system, such as stroke and spinal cord injury, appoints Roger Wetli as its new CFO. The former Senior Director Tax and Finance at Neurimmune Subone AG, who holds an MBA from the University of Zurich and a diploma as certified Swiss tax expert, brings a wealth of experience to the healthcare startup. He will lead the finance and accounting organization of NovaGo and will report directly to the company’s CEO, Stefan Moese.

Neuria’s leadership changes with new CEO 
Fribourg-based startup Neuria has welcomed Frederik Plourde as its new CEO to drive its first product launch and market scale-up. Neuria has developed a digital therapy hidden in video games for the purpose of improving eating behaviors. Its solution lies in digital interventions for behavioral change and cognitive recovery to scientists, clinical institutions and companies. After steering two deeptech startups, Statera Medical and Axya, as executive and co-founder in the past, Frederik has proven his business strategy and leadership skills.  

A new CEO for 3D2cut to drive business growth 
Michael De Vivo has been appointed as the CEO of Martigny-based startup 3D2cut, which specializes in the development of advanced AI solutions for the agricultural sector. This appointment comes at a time when the founders planned their first Seed Round to accelerate the company’s commercial development. In the past, De Vivo co-founded and managed depsys, a technology company empowering grid managers to evolve their operations through digital technology, until it was successfully acquired by a UK Energy group in 2022. His proven leadership experience will be valuable in pushing 3D2cut’s boundaries to position itself as a transformational player in the AgTech sector. 

Cleantech startup Lumvin presents its new CFO 
Founded in 2020, Lumvin from Baden specializes in retrofitting existing luminaires and special luminaires. At Lumvin old lighting units, with high-quality and intact housings, can be equipped with the latest LED components and continue to be used as intelligent and autonomous lighting systems. Björn Fröhlich, a HSG alumnus who has worked at companies including Smallpdf, MyCamper or Rentouch, is taking over the position of CFO. Known by Swisspreneur as the “Finance Wizard” Björn’s wealth of expertise and entrepreneurial mindset presents a good match for the Lumvin team.   

Loft Dynamics introduces its new CSO 
Loft Dynamics provides pilots with virtual reality (VR) flight simulation devices worldwide. The use of these simulation devices can effectively reduce pilot air time training, improve training safety and help reduce in-flight carbon emissions. Sabrina Barbera has joined the leadership team as Chief Sercive Officer (CSO) to support the company’s market growth, including its recent market entry in the U.S. With her background in mechanical engineering and operational research, she will lead the Flight Simulator Training Device Organization (FSTDO) team for excellent simulation training to the aviation industry.  


(Press releases / SR) 
Images: bNovate, Loft Dynamics, Lumvin, 3D2cut