The Neurotrim Systems founding team: Maximilian Schiff and Rebekka Mirlach.
© Photo: Neurotrim Systems

Neurotrim Systems: Fighting the Next Injury With Personalized Therapy

Reoccurring ankle, knee, hip and back injuries are not uncommon. The reasons are many, from insufficient measurements and objectivity in physical therapy to a therapeutic process that is too rigid or not personalized enough. This is exactly where the Munich healthtech startup Neurotrim Systems comes in with its hardware software solution for therapy and training. The two founders, Maximilian Schiff and Rebekka Mirlach, explain how the young company wants to help patients in our interview.

Munich Startup: What does your startup do? What problem are you solving? 

Neurotrim Systems: We believe in a world without unnecessary injuries and help people achieve extraordinary things in fitness and health. Therapy errors in ankle, knee and back injuries lead to one in five patients suffering from injuries again in the future. Even in professional sports, with all of the high-end possibilities available, one in five athletes still end their career because of an injury. This involves not only excessive costs, but also a great deal of personal suffering. 

Hardware software solution for therapy and training 

At Neurotrim Systems, we’ve shown that it doesn’t have to be that way. Our N1.System – a hardware-software solution for therapy and training – analyzes movement patterns, finds motor-skill deficits and offers objective insight into patients. Through personalized exercises, we can then use the same system to correct the identified deficits, prevent injuries and improve the rehabilitation process.

The N1. System in use. (Photo: Neurotrim Systems) 

In professional sports, we also support the coaching staff with performance monitoring and return-to-play decisions. The advantages for clubs are obvious: We reduce the time players have to spend on the sidelines instead of on the field and enhance their performance, which ultimately leads to better results for the club. 

In addition, rehabilitation clinics gain a completely new, objective view of their therapeutic success, can optimize the process for their patients and can actually display the results of their physical therapy work in black and white. 

Balance trainers and eye tracking 

Munich Startup: But that’s nothing out of the box! 

Neurotrim Systems: You would think so, but it is. Even in professional sports, which are otherwise advanced, players’ motor skill deficits are “measured” with a few exercises, balance trainers and eye tracking. This almost borders on gross negligence, but there was simply no alternative in the field until now. But now with us, there are no more excuses! 

Munich Startup: What’s your founding story? 

Neurotrim Systems: The father of our CEO Maximilian Schiff has been developing the Neurotrim method since 2010 and has already worked with over 500 patients and athletes. We couldn’t get the many success stories out of our minds. It was clear to us that we wanted to help as many people as possible with the approach, and that meant we needed a scalable solution that is easy to use. Neurotrim Systems was created first and then our product, the N1.System. 

“The pandemic was no walk in the park” 

Munich Startup: What have been your biggest challenges so far? 

Neurotrim Systems: The pandemic was no walk in the park, but we got through it very well. Increased material prices, chip shortages and development and production delays have always been a challenge and required us to find new solutions. 

Munich Startup: Where would you like to be in one year, and where in five years? 

Neurotrim Systems: The motto for the coming year for us is “creating value.” In one year, we want to be the analysis and rehabilitation tool of choice for the first professional sports clubs and have the N1. system integrated in the first rehabilitation centers. The team should be just as fantastic as it is today. The same applies in five years, but the team will have grown significantly by then.  

In five years, we want to be in the international market, and that includes US sports leagues. We’re also planning an automated version of our system, which could also be used in gyms and physical therapy practices. 

Technical focus in Munich 

Munich Startup: How have you experienced Munich as a startup location so far? 

Neurotrim Systems: We were closely integrated in the TUM and UnternehmerTUM network right from the start and were able to learn a lot. We’ve seen a high level of seriousness in Munich and we obviously also like its technical focus. The funding, support and programs that Munich has to offer are outstanding. The area also has great production partners that we work with. 

Munich Startup: Quick exit or staying power? 

Neurotrim Systems: Staying power – definitely. We want to make a difference with our product and help as many people as possible, and that takes time. Hardware and the industry we operate in usually have longer cycles anyway. That combination means all the more grit is required – and we have it!