Since December 2015, Kurt is Director of Business Creation at EIT Health, one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide. Kurt is leading the EIT Health Accelerator supporting more than 750 startups with close access to all leading players in health industry and a budget of more than 15mio€ per year. Within Innolife, the preparation consortium of EIT Health, Kurt was part of the Executive Committee as a spokesperson for all German academic partners. From 2009 to 2015, Kurt has been the managing director of the Central Institute of Healthcare Engineering (ZIMT) at Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU). Since then he has gone on to found and direct several other companies. Since May 2015 he has been a member of the city council in Erlangen and member of the supervisory board of ESTW AG, vice-chairman of the supervisory board since July 2020. After attaining his Diploma of Electrical Engineering at FAU in 2005, he gained his Doctorate in at FAU with research stays at TU Munich and Johns Hopkins University, USA. His research activities focused heavily on health innovation, with his thesis on “Novel Techniques for Spatial Orientation in Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES)” (book published in 2011). He also has published 30 journal articles, conference papers and patents. Kurt went on to earn an MBA with focus on Entrepreneurship at Deggendorf Institute of Technology (THD) with a research stay at Santa Clara University in the Silicon Valley.
Director of Business Creation EIT Health, Germany