Our team

DayOne is led by a neutral Core Team of volunteering industry experts, patients, medical doctors, tech enthusiasts, insurers, and researchers who serve a growing community of 2,000+ healthcare innovators throughout the Basel Area life sciences and healthcare ecosystem.

Frank Kumli, PhD

Position: Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Member of the Management Board
Email: frank.kumli@baselarea.swiss

Frank Kumli has worked at Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2019.

Previously, Frank Kumli worked ten years for Ernst & Young in various global and local functions. Before that, he headed the business development efforts for health ingredients at Lonza and as Director of Marketing & Sales at Carbogen Amcis accompanied its development from start-up to a multinational enterprise.

Frank Kumli completed his PhD in organic chemistry at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Colorado State University (US), a Sales Management degree at the University of St. Gallen (CH) and an Executive MBA at the University of Rochester (USA/CH).

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Frank Kumli, PhD

Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Member of the Management Board

Thomas Brenzikofer

Position: Manager Community and Events, Healthcare Innovation - DayOne
Email: thomas.brenzikofer@baselarea.swiss

Thomas Brenzikofer has been with Basel Area Business & Innovation since 2016.

Prior to that, he was Deputy CEO, Head of Communications and Manager of ICT Technology for i-net innovation networks switzerland.

Thomas Brenzikofer was the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Netzwoche IT magazine. He launched the C-level Magazin business journal and was editor of the WerbeWoche trade paper and of the digital lifestyle magazine Smile as well as a freelance journalist for Cash, Facts, Bolero and various daily newspapers. He is involved as a partner with the quality label Swiss Made Software.

Thomas Brenzikofer studied philosophy and German language and literature at the University of Basel, specializing in communication and media studies.

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Thomas Brenzikofer

Manager Community and Events, Healthcare Innovation - DayOne

Douglas Häggström

Position: Manager Accelerator, Healthcare Innovation - DayOne
Email: douglas.haggstrom@baselarea.swiss

Douglas Haggstrom joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in January 2019.

For more than 15 years, he has worked with large and small companies in the healthcare, media, finance and industrial sectors, helping them think about and execute strategies around growth in Australia, Switzerland and Sweden. He was the European Manager of a Fintech startup and worked as a drug development chemist with AstraZeneca.

He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

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Douglas Häggström

Manager Accelerator, Healthcare Innovation - DayOne

Frédéric Nicolet

Position: Manager Technology Projects
Email: frederic.nicolet@baselarea.swiss

Frédéric Nicolet joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2019. He is responsible for the development and management of technology projects in the Canton of Jura.

Previously, he was Lead Sales Specialist at Bently Nevada, and he held various sales and project management positions at BKW AG in Delémont. He worked as a hardware and firmware developer and as European sales manager in the field of electromagnetic compatibility.

Frédéric Nicolet studied electronic engineering at the Haute Ecole Arc in Saint-Imier and completed his education with a CAS in renewable energies and had further training in coaching.

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Frédéric Nicolet

Manager Technology Projects

Thomas Nirnberger

Position: Manager International Markets
Email: thomas.nirnberger@baselarea.swiss

Thomas Nirnberger started working at Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2019.

He previously worked at MediPaCe as Consultant and Operations Lead in the field of Patient Centricity. Before that, he held various roles at the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in Sweden and Germany, including assignments in Quality Assurance, Supply Chain Management and Procurement, where he supported functions from Early Research, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs to Market Access.

Thomas Nirnberger studied Molecular Biotechnology at FH Campus Vienna, University of Applied Sciences.

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Thomas Nirnberger

Manager International Markets

Stefano Glauser

Position: Manager Project Support, Healthcare Innovation – DayOne
Email: stefano.glauser@baselarea.swiss

Stefano Glauser joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2019.

He previously ran a smart nutrition start-up, which he created during his Master of Science in Entrepreneurship at the University of Liechtenstein. He completed a Bachelor in International Business, studying in Lörrach, Germany and Cardiff in Great Britain. While studying, Stefano Glauser gained experience in healthcare innovation within an international pharma company in Basel.

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Stefano Glauser

Manager Project Support, Healthcare Innovation – DayOne

Mariela Salas

Position: Manager Marketing
Email: mariela.salas@baselarea.swiss

Mariela Salas joined Basel Area Business & Innovation in 2019.

She was previously Director of Marketing at the American University of the Caribbean Medical School and Marketing Manager for Baptist Health South Florida, one of the largest regional hospital systems. Mariela Salas worked in advertising for Saatchi & Saatchi sister agency Conill and prior to that at Hill Holliday. Her clients included Procter & Gamble, Lexus, Cleveland Clinic, CVS/Pharmacy, Dunkin’ Donuts and others.

Mariela Salas studied marketing at the University of Miami (US) where she also earned an MBA in International Business with a specialization in computer information systems. She obtained a diploma in desktop publishing and graphic design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale (US) and a certification from the Digital Marketing Institute.

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Mariela Salas

Manager Marketing

Daniel Sommer

Position: Manager DayOne Tech Incubation
Email: daniel.sommer@baselarea.swiss

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Daniel Sommer

Manager DayOne Tech Incubation

Core team

Alain Bindels


Andre Moeri

Impact Hub Basel

Andrea Huber-Brösamle

ETH Zurich - Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering

Andreas Wicki

Kantonsspital Baselland

Bejal Joshi

T4 Communications

Bhupinder Bhullar


Bram Stieltjes

University Hospital Basel

Christian Bosshard

CSEM - Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique

Christian Elias Schneider

University Basel

Enkelejda Miho

University of Applied Science and Arts FHNW

Erik Schkommodau

FHNW - University Applied Sciences Northwest Switzerland

Giancarlo Covino


Dr. Katrin Crameri, MPH

Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Laurenz Baltzer

Karger Publishing

Melissa Penny

Swiss TPH

Michael Rebhan


Nicole Probst-Hensch

Swiss TPH, Head of Department

Dr. Niko Beerenwinkel

ETH Zürich, D-BSSE - Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering

Peter Groenen


Rocco Falchetto

President Swiss Society for Porphyria

Torsten Schwede

Swiss Personalised Health Network

Viktor Bullain

Global coach

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