Prof. Dr. Michael Friebe



"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
- Martin Luther King


"I never lose. I either WIN or LEARN."
- Nelson Mandela


"The day before something is a breakthrough, it's a crazy idea."
- Peter Diamandis

What I am interested in and what I do

I have always been interested in new technological and managerial challenges. In the last 25 years I have been involved in diagnostic imaging and image guided therapeutic products and services as well as other related Medical Technology ventures, as founder / innovator / CEO and investor.
I previously was the Founder and CEO of Tomovation + Alliance Medical Northern and Central Europe (Alliance bought Tomovation in 2008 - both radiology services companies) and prior to that of NEUROMED AG (acquired by UMS AG in 2001).
Currently I am a Board Member of three startup R&D companies - intraoperative SPECT System / Volumetric Ultrasound / analgesic pain tracker - a shareholder of several startups, as well as investment partner of a medical technology startup-fund. I also was a board member of three publicly traded medical technology companies in the US and was a non-executive board member of Eckert&Ziegler BEBIG AG from Senefe, Belgium.
Since 1994 I have authored more than 75 patent applications, and written over 100 conference and journal papers. I am a member of IEEE, ISMRM, RSNA, and ECR and an affiliated Professor of Translational Research at the chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures (CAMP) at the TU München. Since 2014 I am a Professor for Image Guided Therapies / Catheter Technologies at the Medical Engineering Institute of the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany and a honorary professor of Biomedical Engineering at the MISR University of Science and technology in Egypt.


  • Dipl.-Ing. Duale Hochschule Stuttgart (Electrical Engineering), 1988
  • MSc., Technology Management, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, 1992
  • PhD, Medical Physics, University Witten, Germany, 1995
  • MSc., Brewing and Distilling, Heriot-Watt-University, Edinburgh, 2016


  • Medical Technology (Image Guided Surgeries, Diagnostic Imaging, Therapy Devices, Healthcare Service Concepts) Innovation Generation
  • IP in that domain
  • Support of Startup-Companies
  • Financing and coaching of Start-Up companies
  • Regulatory Issues and Certification / MDR / Clinical Studies / PMA / 510k / ISO
  • Innovation Generation Lectures and Seminars
  • Public Speaking on Entrepreneurship, Future Healthcare Issues, Exponential Technologies, Reverse Innovation for MedTec Products


Since 12/2014
Professor of Catheter Technologies and Image Guided Therapies, OVGU, Magdeburg, Germany (
Since 2010
Founder and CEO of IDTM GmbH, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany (
Since 2010
Venture Partner of two Medical Technology Startup-Funds, currently invested in 12 companies ( -
2003 - 2011
CEO and Founder of TOMOVATION GmbH, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany
1993 - 2003
CEO and Founder of NEUROMED AG, Castrop-Rauxel, Germany
1988 - 2003
Development Engineer and Product Manager
DIASONICS Inc. / TOSHIBA Medical Systems Inc., South San Francisco, USA
1985 - 1988
Student Fellow at the IBM Research Laboratories, Böblingen, Germany
1984 - 1985
Military Service, 1. ABC Abw. Btl. 750, Germany


Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg, Germany
Universitätsplatz 2, D-39106 Magdeburg, Germany / /
Behringhauser Str. 31, D-44575 Castrop-Rauxel, Germany (