ABOUT US

At INOPTEC, we are passionate about vision.

Our start-up is taking a disruptive approach to novel systems for human vision enhancement and protection.
We also offer industry partners consulting and R&D services around our patented core technologies.
With offices in Germany and the UK, our intellectual property has relevance to wearables, automotive, avionics, industrial, medical and personal safety applications.


Company History


2011 August
incorporation
2011 November
registration of „Independent Branch Establishment Germany“ under EU harmonisation law at the local court Munich.
2012 Jan
first consulting contracts (e.g. to restructure a LASER start-up company, KLASTECH GmbH, Dortmund.)
2012 May
first hands-on calibration service for the German Army to calibrate “JULEM” (reference for LASER based range finders).
2014 June
first activities towards highly scalable start-up for vision enhancement systems (first ideas and patents formulated)
2014 October
first shareholder in seed-fund, which is the holding, KNOLL Capital Group Ltd.
2015 March
first significant in-payment into the very same seed-fund, which lead to the official starting date of INOPTEC in its role as a typical highly scalable start-up company, addressing a potential market of more than EUR 10bn.
2017 May
500k EUR seed-money exceeded since 2015; first offers from top B2B brands regarding series A round investments have been received.

Team

Management

  • Ralf G. J. Knoll (1963) is a seasoned independent management consultant and technology expert with 20 years of experience. His background is in electronics, physics, photonics, economics, innovation management, entrepreneurship, start-up culture, coaching and psychology, corporate ethics and philosophy. Further honorary and voluntary/political work comprises: member of the Economic Advisory Council for the Bavarian Union (DE), Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), member of expert juries to judge high-tech start-ups (EU), member of SPIE, member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), founder of the Philosophy Round-Table Symposium in Munich (DE).

    Ralf entered the start-up scene in 1997 and has to date been primarily involved in activities related to rendering services for venture capital firms (technical due-diligence, fostering their portfolio companies). Consequently, in 2014 he founded his own seed fund (KNOLL Capital Group Ltd, UK), which currently invests seed money in his start-up companies.

    Academia: MSc in engineering physics (applied physics Dipl.-Phys. Ing.) in Germany jointly with electronics (EE) / telecommunications (1990); a second MSc in Optoelectronic and LASER Devices from Heriot-Watt and St. Andrews University, UK (1994); Harvard University Boston, MA, USA, Micro and Macro Economy and Corporate Ethics/Philosophy (1995).

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  • Thomas Gathmann (1957), management and finance consultant (USA, GB, DE). Areas of expertise: finance/controlling, restructuring, BI + IT, process optimisation. German KFW / BAFA certified.

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  • Dr. Pierre A. Morgon (1963) earned a doctorate in Pharmacy, a master’s degree in Business Law and an MBA and has held a variety of executive positions internationally (US, UK, FR, CH, DE, JP, MY). He is also an alumnus of INSEAD and IMD. Pierre’s focus is on the therapeutic and rehabilitative use of our remote-controlled smart goggles in medical applications as well as for the reduction of eye fatigue. Within our investor relations team, he serves as the main contact for the med-tech industry with regard to investment opportunities.

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  • Markus Kruegl (1977) is a highly experienced sales and key account manager with a passion for business development, who holds academic degrees in finance, economics and human resources. He teaches at institutions offering advanced coursework in business finance. Sales and business development are his areas of expertise at INOPTEC. Due to his prior experience as an army officer, Markus also handles the ‘personal protection equipment’ applications of our smart goggles for law enforcement officers (LEOs) and security personnel.

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  • Dr. Ralf Leutz (1967) is a member of INOPTEC’s management team and specialises in optics. He is an optics expert and has also founded and managed high‐tech enterprises. He received his degree (Dipl.‐Ing.) in engineering and business administration from the Technical University of Berlin. He earned his PhD in engineering in Tokyo. His dissertation formed the basis of a book he subsequently coauthored for the Springer Verlag publishing house. Ralf is well connected throughout the world of optical design and manufacturing. Business development along the value chain and creating process technology products are Ralf’s areas of expertise. He is very comfortable in international settings, where he eagerly advances INOPTEC’s pioneering vision enhancement systems.

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  • Daniel Niederberger (1983), automotive and strategy consulting experience, technology & innovations, academic background in engineering and business (MBA).

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R&D Team

  • Dr. Joerg Gross – Electronics Team / Analog Design

  • Wolfgang Gaerber – Electronics Team / Hard- & Software

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  • Martin Bayer – Design Team / Mechanical 3D-Design

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INOPTEC team Team photo: Clare College Bridge, Cambridge, UK. From left to right: Wolfgang Gaerber, Ralf Knoll, Daniel Niederberger, Gwillem Mosedale, Martin Bayer.

Advisory Board

Our neutral and independent experts bear witness to the feasibility and expediency of our anti-glare systems:
  • Dr. med. Frank Kommerell – Ophthalmologist
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Friedrich – FOM University of Applied Sciences – Economics and Management
  • Dr. Pero Micic – FMG FutureManagementGroup AG – Future Management
  • Mary Spio – Speaker of US States Department of State

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