Dr. Myriam Lingg has 15 years’ track record in the medical device industry as an international manager in product management and distribution. She is well experienced in project management, stakeholder relations & leading teams.
Tell us more about macu4 and why did you decide to co-found it.
We are an entrepreneurial team consisting of people who are trained in medical device development and have a very good expertise in healthcare. We love thinking outside the box to create simple solutions to existing challenges. By combining new technologies such as additive manufacturing, or 3D printing and advanced materials, we create new possibilities. We believe in simplicity in manufacturing and ease in doing activities. There is no perfect solution for everyone, but there is an optimal solution for our users. Our passion lies in finding a tailor-made solution for each individual user. The current providers in the field of prosthetics don’t work with such a thinking and therefore the user challenges remain to be unsolved. That is our motivation – show the different stakeholders that system innovation does not necessarily mean high tech.
Have you always known that you would be an entrepreneur?
My co-founders have always wanted to become entrepreneurs. For me it was less important as I am happy with all kinds of work. But what I very much appreciate is to build up something from scratch—that is really exciting.
What have been some challenges you’ve faced?
Besides funding, the biggest challenge is to find out the things that we don’t know today as early as possible by being highly attentive, networking and asking a lot of questions to a lot of different people.
Where is macu4 at today versus when it was founded?
We started to research and prepare the strategy in the beginning of 2021, we started to develop in April 2021 and founded macu4 AG in June. Since then we have managed to finalise the technology, define business and sales models, establish a manifold production process, implement a QMS that aligns to ISO 13485 and expand our skill set.
What drives you?
The rigid structures in the current prosthetic care path and the great user feedbacks that we receive.
What has been some career highlights?
Fostering the capability to become more and more self-reflecting about what we do and how we do it.
What is your view on failure?
As long as we work hard and are structured and aligned to our milestones, there is no failure. There could be missing market traction and therefore a potential risk to shut down macu4. This would definitely feel initially like a failure, but it wouldn’t be a failure. It would be just a consequence of several aspects that we could not influence sufficiently that led to an undesired outcome. We agreed from the very beginning to take such situations as a learning opportunity.
Who or what has shaped who you are?
The network inspires oneself and when you are able to reflect continuously on what you do and how you do it and what are reasons for the undesired outcomes, then you are on a good track.
What is your hope for macu4?
We would be extremely happy when macu4 technology is not only introduced into the market but if it inspires the current care path in any way.