The Management

Prof. Dr. med. Marc O. Schurr
Chief Executive Officer


Marc Schurr was founder of Ovesco in 2008 and is the company’s CEO since 2021. Marc successfully led Ovesco’s technology & product development, clinical science and international market launch.
Before starting Ovesco, Marc held various positions in academia, contract research and consulting and became a serial entrepreneur, creating an incubator for medtech products and services in Tuebingen, Germany. He joined Steinbeis University Berlin in 2005, where he had multiple teaching and scientific responsibilities as director of the IHCI Institute until 2021. He has been serving on the board of different institutions and committees in industry, medicine and the investment community as well as in charitable societies.
Marc graduated as a medical doctor from Eberhard-Karls University School of Medicine, Tuebingen, is a certified physician and has a medical science degree from the same institution. He also holds an executive MBA from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).

Geoffrey E. Yates
Executive Board Member


Geoffrey E. Yates has served as President of Ovesco Endoscopy USA since its foundation in 2010. He has extensive experience in sales of innovative medical devices, building international distribution channels, marketing and product development. Prior to joining Ovesco, he worked at several companies including Boston Scientific, Smith and Nephew Endoscopy, Abbott Vascular, Bard Electrophysiology and a number of startup companies. Geoffrey Yates is a member of Ovesco's Executive Board and is also responsible for Ovesco Endoscopy's U.S. business. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Aleksandra Michalke
Vice President of People Operations


Aleksandra Michalke joined Ovesco in 2019. She fills the position of Vice President of People Operations. Prior to joining Ovesco, she worked in Human Resources for international companies in the electrical engineering and engineering services sectors. She has extensive expertise in all relevant aspects of Human Resources such as staff development, recruitment, administration, employment law, optimization of HR processes, etc. She is a graduate of Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences with a Master of Arts in International Business & Intercultural Management. She also holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of St. Gallen.

Alicia Pulfermuller
Senior Product Manager and Team Leader Product Management & Marketing


Alicia Pulfermuller started her career at Ovesco in 2017 as Product Manager of the RESECT+ product group. Since the beginning of 2022, she has been team leader with a focus on marketing and coordinates the marketing and communication activities in digital & print.
She completed her studies in biology at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen with a Master's degree in Cell Biology & Immunology. She subsequently completed a Master's Degree in economics in the field of Marketing, Strategy & Leadership at the Technical University of Munich.

Anette Bort
Director of Accounting


Anette Bort has been employed at Ovesco Endoscopy AG as an accountant since 2014. In addition to her work as head of the accounting department, she played a leading role in setting up the HR department and still supervises the trainees and students in the dual studies program today. Before joining Ovesco, she gained considerable experience in finance in medium-sized companies and corporations (mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals, trade and publishing). After her apprenticeship in the field of taxation, she studied Foreign Economics at the University of Applied Sciences in Reutlingen and graduated with a Master of Business Administration.

Azzedine Bouteraa
Senior Vice President of Finance


Azzedine Bouteraa has been working for Ovesco since April 2014 as Senior Vice President of Finance. He has established global controlling management in the company and is continuously developing it as the company internationalizes. Before working in medical technology, he gained controlling experience in various positions in the automobile industry with global companies. Azzedine Bouteraa is a graduate of Grenoble Ecole de Management in France and holds a Master of Finance.

Antonio Caputo
Senior Product Manager and Team Leader Product Management & Enhancement


Antonio Caputo is team leader in Product Management and Enhancement and has been with Ovesco since 2012. His field of work is the coordination of market monitoring and clinical follow-up activities as well as further product development. He has extensive expertise in the application of instruments for flexible endoscopy and their market launch. Antonio Caputo studied at the University of Pisa, where he graduated with a Master of Biomedical Engineering.

Bettina Stritzke
Senior Product Manager and Team Leader Product Management & Customer Success


Bettina Stritzke joined Ovesco in 2015. She holds the position of Senior Product Manager for the FTRD® System product family and is responsible for all management activities regarding FTRD®. As Team Leader Customer Success Management, she is instrumental in the continuous development of Ovesco's training program and other activities to increase customer success. Bettina Stritzke is a graduate of the University of Tübingen with a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and a Master of Science in General Management.

Chi-Nghia Ho
Senior Vice President of Division Therapeutic Devices


Chi-Nghia Ho has been Senior Vice President for Research and Development since 2011.
Prior to joining Ovesco, he worked as a research assistant at the IHCI Institute of Steinbeis University Berlin and as an engineer at novineon in Tübingen. During his first years at Ovesco, he helped to build up the company. During this time he was also responsible for R&D, production and quality management. His work led, among other things, to the successful launch of the first Ovesco product line based on the OTSC technology. Chi-Nghia Ho is a trained engineer for medical technology and graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich in 2003.

Christoph Damm
Director of Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs


Christoph Damm works at Ovesco as Director of Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs. He started as a quality engineer in the dialysis division of B.Braun Melsungen AG, after which he held operational and management positions in quality management and quality assurance at B.Braun Hospital Care Division and NxStage Medical Inc. (Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA), among others.
Christoph Damm graduated in Medical Technology from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich.

Gabor Conrad
Senior Manager Research & Development and Team Leader Product Design


Gabor Conrad is Senior Project Manager and Team Leader Product Design in R&D and has been working for Ovesco since 2013. After taking on various tasks in product management and R&D, he focused on the development of innovative medical instruments and technologies for endoscopy. In addition to development, his focus areas also include the approval of instruments in Europe and internationally. Gabor Conrad graduated in Medical Technology from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.

Gunnar Anhöck
Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations


Gunnar Anhöck is responsible for Production and Operations. Before joining Ovesco in 2007, he worked at the Fraunhofer Technology Development Group in Stuttgart, where he was involved in innovative projects in the field of mechatronics. He has extensive experience in product development and continuous optimization in the product life cycle. He is responsible for manufacturing processes and infrastructure, supply chain management and value stream optimization with quality management. He graduated in Biomedical Engineering from the Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences in Jena.

Jan Keller
Senior Manager Research & Development and Team Leader Embedded Software


Jan Keller is team leader of the Embedded Systems Department and has been working for Ovesco since 2013. His tasks include managing the project portfolios of various development and research projects and completing them in a targeted manner. He has extensive expertise in areas of the development and approval of medical software. He studied at the technical faculty of the University of Freiburg. His major field of study was microsystems engineering, which he completed with a Master of Science in Microsystems Engineering.

Prof. Dr. med. Marc O. Schurr
Chief Executive Officer


Marc Schurr was founder of Ovesco in 2008 and is the company’s CEO since 2021. Marc successfully led Ovesco’s technology & product development, clinical science and international market launch.
Before starting Ovesco, Marc held various positions in academia, contract research and consulting and became a serial entrepreneur, creating an incubator for medtech products and services in Tuebingen, Germany. He joined Steinbeis University Berlin in 2005, where he had multiple teaching and scientific responsibilities as director of the IHCI Institute until 2021. He has been serving on the board of different institutions and committees in industry, medicine and the investment community as well as in charitable societies.
Marc graduated as a medical doctor from Eberhard-Karls University School of Medicine, Tuebingen, is a certified physician and has a medical science degree from the same institution. He also holds an executive MBA from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).

Monika Menke
Director Key Accounts


Monika Menke started working for the Ovesco sales team in September 2011. In the southern sales region, she significantly advanced market penetration and took on the role of Director of Sales. Presently, she continues to expand customer relationships as Director of Key Accounts.
She has more than 30 years of experience in the medical sector with training and years of work as a practice manager, pharmaceutical representative at Boehringer Ingelheim and various independent pharmacy sales and practice concepts.

Philipp Siebrecht
Vice President of Sales


Philipp Siebrecht joined Ovesco in 2022 as Vice President of Sales Europe to further develop Ovesco's local and international sales activities and expand collaboration with sales and distribution partners. He brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing and sales from various branches to the group. Prior to joining Ovesco, he held numerous marketing and sales leadership positions in the areas of life sciences, medical devices, healthcare and musical instrument industries. He studied business administration with a focus on marketing, sales and controlling at Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences. He is also a certified business and management coach at the St. Gallen Coach Academy Switzerland.

Dr. sc. hum. Sebastian Schostek
Senior Vice President of Division Diagnostic Systems


Sebastian Schostek has been working for Ovesco Endoscopy AG since 2011. He is responsible for the expansion of the technology portfolio and the implementation into Ovesco's product range. Before joining Ovesco, he worked as a research assistant and lecturer at the IHCI of Steinbeis University Berlin. He moved to novineon, Tübingen, where he was Business Unit Director in the area of technological development. He is also active in teaching as a lecturer at Furtwangen University. Schostek holds a degree in physics from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich and a doctorate from the Medical Faculty of the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen.

Silke Löffler
Team Leader Sales Southern Germany


Silke Löffler joined Ovesco in April 2016 as a medical device advisor. She has held the position of Team Leader Sales South since April 2021.
She brings with her 30 years of professional experience in endoscopy, during which she worked as the nursing director of endoscopy at the university hospitals in Dresden and Erlangen. Furthermore, she was a tutor at the professional societies DEGEA and ESGENA. Silke Löffler completed her studies as a nurse at the professional school at the district hospital in Dresden-Friedrichstadt.

Geoffrey E. Yates
President of Ovesco Endoscopy USA Inc.
Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the Americas


Geoffrey E. Yates has served as President of Ovesco Endoscopy USA since its foundation in 2010. He has extensive experience in sales of innovative medical devices, building international distribution channels, marketing and product development. Prior to joining Ovesco, he worked at several companies including Boston Scientific, Smith and Nephew Endoscopy, Abbott Vascular, Bard Electrophysiology and a number of startup companies. Geoffrey Yates is a member of Ovesco's Executive Board and is also responsible for Ovesco Endoscopy's U.S. business. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

James Potts
Vice President of Sales
Ovesco Endoscopy USA Inc.


James Potts began working at Ovesco Endoscopy USA in 2012 as an independent sales representative before assuming the role of director of sales for the North American East Coast in 2015. He has served as Vice President of Sales since 2021, contributing to the company's revenue growth and helping to introduce a variety of innovative Ovesco products to the North American market. Potts has nearly 30 years of experience in medical device sales. He began his career at Stryker Endoscopy, followed by a 15-year tenure at Olympus America.

Julie Easter
Director of Marketing and Clinical Training
Ovesco Endoscopy USA Inc.


Julie Easter joined Ovesco Endoscopy USA in 2016 and took the position of Director of Marketing and Clinical Training in 2018. She brings over 18 years of medical device experience and has extensive experience in customer relations, clinical education, international marketing and product management. During her career, she led the international product launch of several technologies in endoscopy. Prior to joining Ovesco, Easter spent more than 12 years at Cook Medical. She graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and went on to earn a Master of Science from the University of Phoenix.

Alexandre Lambert
General Manager and Sales & Marketing Director Ovesco Endoscopy France SAS


Alexandre Lambert joined Ovesco Endoscopy France in 2019 as General Manager and Sales & Marketing Director. Alexandre Lambert has extensive knowledge in the medical device industry in the fields of cardiology, surgery, urology and endoscopy. Prior to joining Ovesco Endoscopy, Lambert held various sales and marketing positions with medical device companies including Baxter, CR Bard, WL Gore and Boston Scientific. He holds a degree from ESSEC Business School of Paris and an executive degree from HEC Paris in Business Development and Marketing.

Devan Kizhakee
Commercial Director MEA and Australasia


Devan Kizhakee joined Ovesco Endoscopy in 2017 as Commercial Director for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Ovesco, he worked for Novadaq, CONMED, B.Braun Aesculap and Johnson & Johnson Ethicon. Devan Kizhakee has 23 years of experience in the medical device industry - both in surgery and endoscopy. He held various leadership positions in international sales management and dealer management. He holds a degree in Science from Christ College, Thrissur, India and a Diploma in Business Administration from SCMS Cochin School of Business.

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