Munich Innovation Group

IP Monetization and Strategy

Munich Innovation Group is a leading service provider for patent monetization and
IP advisory services.

Industry and Country Experts

Charles J. Beede

Charles J. Beede, Consumer Products & Safety

Mr. Beede is the head of the international sales organisation at a German consumer goods company. Through his career he has been active in Japan, Europe and the U.S. in various operational and managerial roles covering market oriented product innovation. Mr. Beede has a B.A. degree in East Asian Studies from Hamline University in Minnesota.

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Dr. Jens Elsner

Dr. Jens Elsner, Telecommunications

Dr. Elsner leads the Engineering Services unit of Munich Innovation and serves as industry expert for signal processing and telecommunication patents. His research and consulting projects focus on signal processing for industrial and medical applications, secure radio communications and spectrum regulation. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and information engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and is co-inventor of patent applications in the area of ad hoc network communications and optoelectronic sensors.

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Dr. Meiko Hecker

Dr. Meiko Hecker, Technology Transfer

Dr. Hecker supports the technology transfer of the Technical University of Darmstadt as a consultant, teaches a class in entrepreneurship and is an expert for the technology transfer from research institutions. Dr. Hecker holds a diploma in architecture (TU Darmstadt and National University of Singapore) and in economics (TU Munich and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) plus a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and technology transfer from the TU Darmstadt.

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Dr. med. Simon Weidert

Dr. med. Simon Weidert, Healthcare

Dr. Weidert is a doctor at the trauma orthopedics department of the Hospital of the University of Munich. He is head of the research group Computer Aided Surgeries and Simulation and focuses on the intersection of medicine and computer science. An area of particular interest for Dr. Weidert is the commercialisation of new technologies in the healthcare market. Amongst other projects, he took part in the development of a next-generation intraoperative X-ray device and won several national business competition prizes with his team of SmartSurgicalSolutions. He is an alumni of the University of Mainz.

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Michael Louis

Michael Louis, Software

For more than 20 years Mr. Louis has been working in the information and communication technology sector and was awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2004 for his achievements. He co-founded US software Mindjet Corporation in 1998, the developer of the acclaimed MindManager software and has since dedicated his efforts to helping to grow young companies either as a Business Angel or through his operational involvement using his sector experience and his network in the IT industry.

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Dr. Lars Ullerich

Dr. Lars Ullerich, Biotechnology

Dr. Lars Ullerich is founder and managing director of GNA Biosolutions GmbH. The company develops instruments for ultra-fast DNA diagnostics with nano particles. He holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology from the trinational university "Ecole Supérieure de Biotechnologie Strasbourg (ESBS)" in France. In addition, he obtained his Ph.D. dissertation and a second Masters degree in Business Research from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) at the Institute for Innovation Research, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship.

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Dr. Harald A. Wieland

Dr. Harald A. Wieland, Cleantech & Manufacturing

Dr. Wieland draws his experience from a 25-year long career in the industry and management consulting covering such diverse industries like energy, automotive, plant engineering, IT, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He is an alumni of the Helmut-Schmidt Universität of Hamburg where he studied mechanical engineering and business administration.

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