About Us

Lambda Health System was founded in 2015, in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, and wants to democratize advanced robotic assistance for the rehabilitation of the locomotor system.

We develop solutions to help people recover from traumas involving the locomotor system

We do our best to make it as easy as possible to use for both patients and therapists

We help therapists to enhance their programs with new and innovative approaches.

And we do it in a cost effective way to make it available for the majority of rehabilitation centers.

Board of Directors

Dr. Pierre Comte
President

Pierre passed almost his entire career in the Medical devices field. He occupied key executive positions in companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Sulzer Medica, Intermedics SA or Institut Straumann AG. He participated or led different venture creations and exits as a co-founder or member of the Board of Directors. He is lecturer at EPFL, IMD and CTI Entrepreneurship. Pierre brings his experience in the production, marketing & sales of a medical device.   

Aurélien Fauquex
CEO & co-founder

Aurélien holds a Master of Sciences in mechanical engineering. He was in charge of the mechanical development of the robot during the last 3 years. In 2013, he had the privilege of working as a research collaborator in the Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation Service of CHUV during 6 months. This clinical experience motivated him to do his best to push the Lambda robot on the market.

Yannick Charotton
CTO & co-founder

Yannick holds a Master of Sciences in engineering, oriented in industrial technologies. He has implemented the motion control of the robot and led the development of the control interface. Its expertise in assessment and risk management applied to medical electrical equipment allows safe development of products based on the standards in force.

Team

Dr. Rolf Frischknecht
Physician in Physical Rehabilitation

Rolf trained as a specialist in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in Geneva and London with a special interest in neurorehabilitation. He joined the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in 1995 where he created a unit for neurorehabilitation and started to work on rehabilitation robotics together with the EPFL. He became a tenured lecturer and researcher at Lausanne University in 2007 and served the European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine as President from 2012 to 2014. Rolf joined the LHS development team at the HEIG-VD in 2012 as a medical advisor and is in charge of the clinical aspects of the LHS.

Nicolas Perret
Physiotherapist in Neurorehabilitation

Nicolas is a physical therapist specialised in neurorehabilitation. He is currently teacher in the University of Health Science (HESAV) in Lausanne. He works since 2004 with neurological patients and his research interests mainly focus on repetitive movements, spasticity and robotics. Nicolas joined the LHS team in 2013 as physical therapist advisor and is in charge of the training aspect of the company. His input are also very important for the development of the pedal, the seat and the user interface.

Dr. Carl Schmitt
Biomechanics Expert

Carl was involved in the development of medical devices since 12 years. During his Ph.D. Thesis at EPFL, on “Functional orthosis with parallel and serial kinematics for the rehabilitation of the lower limbs”, he specialized into biomechanics and invented the first concept of the Lambda robot. He is currently Professor at the HEIG-VD in the BiomedicalEngineering Group and continues his researches in robotics applied to rehabilitation as the biomechanics laboratory responsible.

Dr. Michel Lauria
Robotics and Control Expert

Michel is a researcher in the field of Robotics and Control with more than 15 years of experience. He specialized into Physical Human Robot Interaction. His past achievements include the development of new class of High Performance Actuators for Interaction and specialized Impedance/Admittance Control Schemes. He is currently Professor at hepia Geneva, member of the HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland. Michel joined LHS development team in 2009 and developed all the Model Based Motion Control Schemes.

Advisors

Prof. Dr. Francis Degache
UNIL & HESAV Professor

Francis is currently Associate professor in the University of Health Sciences (HESAV) of Lausanne. He did his PhD on different training modalities in chronic heart failure patients. He is currently developing new methods of evaluations and training under hypoxia conditions in disabled subjects. He specialized in “physical activity and health”. He aims at investigating the effect of regular physical activity on health in different kind of diseases. Recently, he used hypoxia model to explain neurophysiologic process (i.e. postural stability) in healthy subjects. It is noteworthy that Professor Degache is also internationally recognized in the field of muscular isokinetic evaluations.

Prof. Dr. Reymond Clavel
Professor Emeritus EPFL

Reymond, obtained his degree in mechanical engineering and his PhD degree in parallel robotics at EPFL. After nine years of gathered experience in industrial plants (research and development), he was appointed professor at the EPFL in 1981. He was consecutively entrusted with the following positions: Head of the department, President (dean) of the lecturers’ board of micro engineering and, in 1993, Director of the Laboratory of robotics’ systems (LSRO). His research topics where high speed and high precision robotics, medical robotics’ applications, surgical instrumentation and precision mechanisms. Reymond is at the origin of 30 patents.

Prof. Dr. Stéphane Gobron
HE-ARC Professor

Stéphane is Professor at the University of Applied Sciences HE-Arc, where he leads the Graphics Team. His research interests mainly focus on Serious Games for Health and geometric modeling applied to the field  of radiotherapy. He recently wrote a book on WebGL, i.e. real time computer graphics for Internet. Concerning the LHS, Stéphane's team currently focuses on the Serious Games developments.

Balvinder Purewal
Business Development Advisor

Balvinder has more than 25 years of experience as an Information Technology expert with leading Swiss Luxury Goods Brands. Multilingual with work experience at international and national level, he has also helped a Swiss Family Office for it’s IT outsourcing project for developing automated trading systems on World Stock Markets. He is very passionate about new Swiss innovations and has helped in fund raising for Top 100 – Best Swiss Startups. Balvinder is advising us for Business Development.

Partners

Lambda Health System can count on the support of different institutions.

Medical partners

Ingénierie & Santé

A Health-Engineering platform was developed during the last years to federate engineers and health professionals for common realizations. The Lambda robot is a pilot project for this new interesting structure.

CHUV

The Lausanne University hospital and particularly its service of neurorehabilitation is a key partner for the medical input since the early days of LHS. The CHUV is currently the sponsor of the first clinical trials of the Lambda robot. Practicians of the service of neurorehabilitation are co-investigator of this study.

HESAV

The University of Health Sciences of Lausanne and some of its physiotherapists have collaborated during the Lambda robot development to ensure usability for the therapist and usefulness for the patient. A physiotherapist of the HESAV is also co-investigator in the Lambda robot first clinical trials.

Academic partners

HE-ARC

The University of Applied Sciences of Neuchatel, is our close partner for all computer graphics challenges, including Serious Games and Virtual Reality using head-mounted display. The current Serious Game platform is the result of more than 3 years of their work and a few Bachelor and Master Thesis – see the Graphics Team, "Groupe de Compétence Imagerie"

HEIG-VD

LHS is a spin-off of the University of applied Sciences of Yverdon-les-Bains. Since the early days, and for the future, it is our privileged partner for R&D. A lot of bachelor or master thesis linked to LHS have been done in the field of engineering or marketing and finances.

Hepia

Located in Geneva, the Robotics Laboratory of hepia is our partner for the development of all robot motion control algorithms. Several bachelor and master thesis have been achieved and are currently in progress on this topic.

CETT

The Center for Technology Transfer of the University of Applied Sciences of Canton de Vaud helps us to valorize the company. As the winner of the HEIG-VD Start-up grant 2013, LHS disposes of a seed funding to develop business and an access to the services of the University.

BEG

This transversal group is composed of 32 HEIG-VD's co-worker specialized in the medtech industry. It is at the heart of the Lambda robot development.

Support Organizations

CTI

The Comission for Technology and Innovation provides a really important support for LHS in different ways. The CTI-Entrepreneurship Courses "Venture Challenge" and "Business Creation" were highlights in our progression. Furthermore, our start-up is currently in the phase 2 of the CTI-Start-up Coaching process.

Venture Kick!

Turning scientific innovation into entrepreneurial activity and job creation is the basis of societal and economical prosperity. In the very early stages, startups bear very high risk that are neither carried by public money nor by private investors. That's why Venture Kick was created to support seed stage startups, like our!

GENILEM

GENILEM is a non-profit organization founded in 1995. Its mission is to support the creation of innovative companies in all areas. Constituted as a network, it works with other independent antennas in the German et French-speaking parts of Switzerland. LHS has the chance to benefit from a coaching of 3 years given by GENILEM experts.

Innovaud

Innovaud provides various support options for companies, from start-ups and SMEs to giant multinationals. It gives us access to advice on business start and a good address book. The Innovaud Connect are also some useful events.

FIT

FIT aims to support high technology and innovative projects by providing appropriate financial assistance. For LHS, the help is a participation on the HEIG-VD Start-up grant, for the best entrepreneurial project of the year presented by a student or employee of the school.