“I jumped at the chance to lead a company”

Rémi Charrier is developing a stereotactic neurosurgery guide for Stereotools, a start-up founded by two EPFL professors.

Rémi Charrier

Twenty-seven year old Rémi Charrier, an engineer from the l’Ecole supérieure de physique, chimie et électronique de Lyon, France, can be proud of his well-rounded education and experience. In 2005, he finished his last year of study on the shores of Lake Geneva, specializing in medical applications of computer science. He then spent three years doing research in various laboratories in Switzerland, France and the U.S.

But the young scientist needed to tackle more concrete projects. “After three years of doing research, I had the nagging feeling that I wasn’t really able to develop products that doctors could use. When Philippe Thiran and Claudio Pollo, two EPFL professors, suggested that I take the lead for Stereotools, I jumped at the opportunity.”
His start-up is developing a light, easy-to-use stereotactic neurosurgery guide, which permits the simultaneous placement of two electrodes in the brain, thus cutting in half the time needed for the operation. After successfully passing the first two venture kick financing steps and receiving the 30,000 Swiss francs involved, Stereotools also managed to secure a loan from the Foundation for Technological Innovation. Officially launched in May 2009, the company has recently started development of a prototype for testing on human beings, after conclusive ex vivo results.

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