The Newsenselab Team
Our goal is to make chronic illnesses which occur in recurring attacks or episodes controllable for those affected. Alongside the development of software algorithms for the early recognition of attacks, we are working on mobile therapy methods for sufferers. Our first product is the headache and migraine app M-sense, which is available at the German Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Florian studied economics at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich as well as the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Lausanne and has a doctoral degree in health economics. After his studies, he worked in business consultancy and subsequently took on various roles on both a domestic and international level to promote the commercialisation of innovations in healthcare, which culminated in work for a major international pharmaceutical corporation. As a member of the management board, he is responsible for strategy, partnerships, and business development.
By training, Markus is a theoretical physicist. Previously, he spent more than 20 years in academic research using computer models to understand the pathophysiology of migraine. Important parts of his research have been published in migraine textbooks. Market access, medical science liaison, and regulatory affairs are his new responsibilities.
Stefan studied industrial engineering and human factors. He conducted research in human-computer interaction for the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) as well as app evaluation studies for Deutsche Bahn AG (DB-Navigator) and Deutsche Telekom AG. In addition to this, he is the co-founder of the Cyborgs e.V. society in Berlin.
Martin studied web and media technology and worked for the software and consultancy company CRP Informationssysteme GmbH as a software architect and developer. As a freelance software engineer, he has gained extensive experience in the integration of software and hardware systems.
Simon studied cognitive science and computational neuroscience and was part of the Machine Learning Group at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin). As a data scientist and software developer for Ocado and Zalando, he worked on the development of statistical prototypes and their implementation into executable statistical systems.
Diana studied political sciences and sociology. After her studies, she co-built the IPTV music channel MotorTV and worked as a radio editor at MotorFM as well as in the music editorial office for Puls/BR. She recently managed the online editorial team for the Berlin-based radio station FluxFM and supervised the station’s app.
Following her master's in psychology, Stephanie is currently training to become a psychological psychotherapist. Through her work with other health startups, she has gained considerable experience on the subject of digital therapies. As executive assistant, she works to ensure a strong team dynamic and productive and creative workflow at M-sense.
As a graphic designer, Luis works to ensure visual quality and consistency at M-sense. During his studies in interface design, he developed interactive installations for clubs and exhibitions and worked especially passionately on experiments in brain-computer interfaces for digital health products. He worked as a UI/UX designer on the conception of various apps and services for IXDS and helped shape the startup Mimi Hearing Technologies from the very beginning. Ever on the hunt for new challenges, he is now working for M-sense as the design generalist, always ready to provide his expert guidance and assistance.
Having studied photography at university, Johannes contributes his visual expertise to the marketing team at M-sense. As someone who is himself affected by migraine, he is constantly on the lookout for new perspectives and exciting stories about all things headache-related.
Annika completed a bachelor’s degree neuroscience and has just finished her master’s at the Charité university clinic in Berlin. Eager to venture into new territories after her studies, she joined M-sense and is currently working on the intersection of marketing and communication of medical content and research. Aside from this, she helping evaluate projects and working on ways to effectively support migraine patients in the workplace.
Laura completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and subsequently joined our marketing team. She is passionate about educational work, destigmatisation of chronic and psychological illness, and feminism. Alongside her volunteer work in various social projects — such as the German Alliance for Mental Health (Aktionsbündnis Seelische Gesundheit), Wahnsinnig Normal, and her own co-founded feminist group G21 — she works on our blog, social media channels, and project management.
Stefka is a psychologist and a licensed psychotherapist. During her training, she worked in inpatient psychosomatic care, specialising in pain therapy. She teaches relaxation techniques and doctor-patient communication at the Charité university clinic in Berlin as well as working as a psychotherapist. Her professional experience and enthusiasm are a great boon to the development of M-sense.
Stefanie is a psychologist and currently in further studies for psychological psychotherapy. She has worked in inpatient psychosomatic and psychiatric care. In addition to this, she was responsible for the psychological treatment of chronic pain patients in stationary care. Alongside her work at M-sense, she practices outpatient psychotherapy. The wide-ranging practical experience which she brings to the table plays an important role in the development of M-sense.
After completing her diploma and MSc in psychologist, Irina went on to become a fully licensed psychological psychotherapist. Currently, she is in further training to become a specialist in pain psychotherapy. She works at the Charité university clinic in Berlin in pain therapy and leads behavioural therapy-oriented groups for the headache clinic. She also works with patients individually, with a focus on non-pharmaceutical strategies for coping with pain. In addition to this, she has a teaching position for doctor-patient communication and teaches a relaxation therapy course. Irina’s provides us with important professional experience and in depth practical knowledge in the field of psychology.
Lorenzo originally comes from Rome, where he completed his degree in software engineering. Alongside his passion for basketball and music, he works diligently on iOS development at M-sense. With his background in machine learning, Lorenzo has considerable experience as a developer, especially in mobile technology and gaming. We are very grateful to have him on the team at M-sense, where he delivers his invaluable skills and experience in the development of our app.
During his studies in film and camera work, Tobias discovered that his real passion and talent lay in IT. He consequently adjusted his focus and studied media computer science in Berlin. He specialises in Android devices and with his passion and expert knowledge he is a great asset to the M-sense team.
Nils once studied law, but found applied computer science much more interesting. Following this change in direction, he is now working at M-sense on his bachelor's thesis in data science, specifically on the triggers of migraine. Alongside his research, he also helped develop the iOS version of the app.
Mona studied special needs education in Cologne with a focus on mental development and learning and is soon to start her master’s in rehabilitation science. As a member of the MigräneLiga e.V. Deutschland (a self-help organisation in Germany for people who suffer from migraine and headache) and someone who has been affected by migraine for many years, she helps with her knowledge and personal experience with the illness in our marketing team.
Birgit Schmitz is an author and directs the Hamburg-based publishing house Hoffmann & Kampe. In her book “Der Schmerz ist die Krankheit” (Pain is the Illness), she writes about her chronic tension-type headaches.
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