President and CEO, BrainLAB AG, Germany
2002 award winner
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2002
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2001 Germany
At 19, after successfully authoring a book on computer graphics, Stefan Vilsmeier developed an interest in neurosurgical applications. Driven by his vision and funded by the proceeds of his book, he developed the world’s first menu-driven software for neurosurgical planning. His radiosurgery products have set a new standard for non-invasive, cost-efficient tumor treatment for doctors and their patients. The company now employs more than 480 people in 15 countries and has become one of the two world leaders in this area of advanced medical technology. Stefan’s primary motivation is leaving a legacy of improved medical care in as many fields as possible, such as cancer, brain surgery, ENT surgery and surgery for the knee, hip and spine.