• Meet your investment partners

    Meet your investment partners

    The AO Invest team is composed of skilled and
    knowledgeable professionals who are committed to
    making the most innovative investments to advance
    patient care.
  • Meet your investment partners
  • Meet your investment partners

    The AO Invest team is composed of skilled and knowledgeable professionals who are committed to making the most innovative investments to advance patient care.

Our Team

Board of Directors


Michel Orsinger

Michel Orsinger

Michel Orsinger is the Chairman of AO Invest and has held various global leadership positions in the Consumer and Healthcare/Med Tech industries—including Novartis (Divisional President), Synthes (CEO & President) and Johnson & Johnson (Worldwide Executive Chairman Global Orthopedics DePuy Synthes). Orsinger is now an investor, board member of various start-ups, advisor to a Private Equity company and Member of the Board of Takeda. Orsinger studied at the University of St. Gallen and attended management programs at Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

Amitai Ziv

Amitai Ziv

Amitai Ziv is a medical doctor and senior hospital management executive with strong experience in medical simulation for education. Ziv is the Deputy Director and Director Risk Management & Quality Assurance at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as the Founder and Director of MSR, the Israeli Center for Medical Simulation. Over the years Ziv has worked with many startups, supporting them with medical simulation and education expertise.

Daniel Buchbinder

Daniel Buchbinder

Daniel Buchbinder is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and currently Professor and Chief at the Division of Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, New York, US. Buchbinder is a former Chair of the Department of Dentistry and Oral, Maxillofacial Surgery, Mount Sinai Medical Center. Buchbinder has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles.

Beat Merz

Daniel Buchbinder

Beat Merz is Managing Director and Head of European Equity, Rockport Venture Securities LLC based in Zurich, Switzerland. Merz has a PhD in biomechanics from the ETH in Zurich, and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde. He has strong life sciences, medical technology and medical device experience as an investor, entrepreneur and executive manager. Merz also has extensive experience in venture capital and equity financing and operations and has managed investments in the US, Europe and Israel.

Gerhard Ries

Gerhard Ries

Gerhard Ries is Managing Partner at LifeCare Partners, Basel, Switzerland. He has a PhD and MSc in molecular biology from the University of Basel, and a diploma in biotechnology from Fachhochschule Weihenstephan. Ries has extensive experience evaluating target companies, managing investments and serving on boards. With a strong pharma, biotech and consulting background, Ries has led and executed investments in almost 40 companies in twelve years.

Ulf Claesson

Ulf Claesson

Ulf Claesson has, over the last 25 years, created and rapidly built sustainable businesses for large corporations, industrial investors and VCs in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Claesson has a senior executive background with Hewlett-Packard and IBM, managed spin-outs from Intuit and Ericsson, and has initiated more than a dozen merger and acquisition transactions to-date. Claesson is also a member of European and US company boards, and various innovation initiatives. In addition he is a lecturer at the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics of the ETH Zurich.

Investment Team


Dominik Mayer

Dominik Mayer

Dominik Mayer is an Investment Manager at AO Invest and passionate about technology, firmly believing in its potential to do good. His enthusiasm for start-ups has led him to some of the world's most vibrant start-up ecosystems (Berlin and San Francisco), where he worked for Digital Health VC XL Health and big data start-up Jumpshot. He has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen.

Jörn Sievers

Jörn Sievers

Jörn Sievers is an Investment Manager at AO Invest and Managing Partner at Total Twelve GmbH, Hünenberg, Switzerland. He has an MBA from the University of Tübingen and is a Swiss CPA. With his strong venture capital and private equity background, Sievers has led and executed VC and PE investments in almost 20 companies in the last five years. Sievers also has extensive experience in evaluating target companies, as well as afterwards refining and developing their business models through the go-to-market phase.

Craig Cooper

Craig Cooper

Craig Cooper is Managing Director of AO Invest parent company AO Technology and has been with the AO Foundation since 2010, previously heading up the AO Strategy Fund innovation program. Cooper has an Executive MBA from Copenhagen Business School and a Bachelor in Politics and International Relations. He has extensive experience in both the private and non-profit sectors with a particular focus on social innovation in health care oriented international organizations.

Contact

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Clavadelerstrasse 8
7270 Davos
Switzerland

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www.ao-invest.com

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