According to the World Population Ageing Report (2017) by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of United Nations: the global population aged 60 years or over numbered 962 million in 2017, more than twice as large as in 1980 when there were 382 million older persons worldwide.
The number of older persons is expected to double again by 2050 when it is projected to reach nearly 2.1 billion. The world’s population is ageing: older persons are increasing in number and make up a growing share of the population in virtually every country, with implications for nearly all sectors of society.
As the world’s population ageing grows, it is more important than ever that innovative healthcare systems are designed specifically to target older persons. However, the number of caregivers is not increasing proportionally with the growing elderly population. The development and adoption of elder care robots is an important solution to this issue.
In the upcoming Café des Sciences Lecture, we will invite Michael Früh, CEO of F&P Robotics. With his professional background in Electronics Engineering and Health Economics, Michael Früh has led F&P Robotics to grow from an innovative startup to SME and has built a foothold market presence globally in this right niche. He would delve into the medical care industry in Switzerland and Germany, elaborate on the current user cases, and look into the aging industry in the near future. Then Ms. Monica Zhang, APAC BD Director of F&P Robotics, will share her insights in robotics and the elderly care industry. F&P Robotics, the Zurich-based high-tech robotics company is a leading provider of lightweight robots and focuses on the reduction of complexity in automation. It provides all-in-one robotic solutions leveraging expertise in arm and effector technologies as well as artificial intelligence.
*live broadcasting via Zoom from 18:30-19:35 (China) / 12:30 – 13:35 (Switzerland)
18:30-18:35 Welcome Speech
Cissy Sun, Head of Art-Science, Swissnex in China
18:35-19:15 Presentation- Acceptance of New Robot Technologies in Elderly Care
Michael Früh, CEO of F&P Robotics AG
Monica Zhang, APAC BD Director, F&P Robotics
19:15-19:35 Q&A Session
19:35-20:30 Networking Reception
Michael FrühCEO of F&P Robotics
Michael Früh has laid a solid career foundation in the healthcare industry. After being the health economist at Winterthur Institute of Health Economics of Zurich University of Applied Sciences for six years, he successfully co-founded senseiQoL AG, an expert organization for the disability area, and Familystart Zurich, a non-profit organization with a well-developed network and innovative infrastructure supporting families with newborns. He joined the F&P Robotics AG in 2014, as the role of CFO, and subsequently became the CEO.
Michael holds a Master’s Degree in International Financial Management at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences & Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW) School of Management and Law.
Monica ZhangAPAC BD Director, F&P Robotics
Monica has been working on the vertical application of commercial service robots for five years with excellent international business development and negotiation capabilities. Before joining F&P Robotics, she was the former chief representative of US branch in Suzhou Pangolin Robot Corp (New OTC Listed), where she has fostered profound and unique insights into robotic startup's team establishment, business development strategies and project implementation from scratch. Additionally, she has eight years' experience in I&E foreign trade and was once the Project Manager in Wistron InfoComm (Fortnue 500).
Monica holds a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence MBA at Shanghai Jiaotong University.
F&P Robotics is a hightech robotics company based in Zurich, Switzerland. F&P Robotics China in Shanghai which is a wholly- owned subsidiary of the F&P Robotics AG, founded in August, 2018 in order to build up a strong network for both sales and services.
As a pioneer in personal robotics, F&P is a leading provider of light weight robots and focuses on the reduction of complexity in automation. F&P provides all-in-one robotic solutions leveraging expertise in arm and effector technologies as well as artificial intelligence.
Café des Sciences
Café des Sciences is an event series at Swissnex in China initiated in 2019, offering a platform for Swiss spotlight scientists, start-ups, artists and designers to present their projects and connect with the local community. The lectures offer a casual setting in which speakers can present their work and engage with the attendees during a Q&A period. Audiences are welcomed to enjoy the networking reception with Swiss flavor after the talk. Starting in 2021, the lectures are scheduled to take place on the third Thursday of every other month at Swissnex in China or our partner spaces.