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Dr. Oliver Eidel

I'm Oliver, a medical doctor by training. I did my doctorate research in Neuroradiology and published a few papers there. That's how I got into developing software which is the most fun activity for me, ever. I worked at Vara, a Berlin-based company developing machine learning - based breast cancer screening software. There, I developed the first version of the software, built the software team, got the medical device certification (MDD Class IIb) and built the regulatory team.

Now, I've founded my own company called OpenRegulatory. We noticed that other regulatory consultants don't do a good job - not because they're evil by nature, but often because they don't understand software well or are simply disorganized. We try to be different: We value transparency, efficiency and modern tooling. That's why we publish all our templates for free, host a free Slack community for 800+ people to get answers to their regulatory questions, and we offer a eQMS software called Formwork with over 1.100 companies signed up already.

Our end goal is to make consultants unemployed, including us. I like to think about this like when you try to learn software development: There are so many free resources out there and you don't need a "software development consultants" to teach you how to develop software. You teach yourself. And, one day, we hopefully have enough regulatory resources on our website so that you can teach yourself and only need our help when dealing with complicated questions. Long-term, regulatory software like Formwork will have the most leverage in increasing your efficiency.

We also like the idea that, by helping many startups enter the market who wouldn't have made it with other consultants, we can increase the diversity of Healthcare software and thereby help bring some innovation to hospitals which are full of crappy software.

Companies I've worked with

Ada Health

App for personalized symptom assessment

With 9 years of research, 60 million Euro in funding and over 200 employees, Ada Health is one of Berlin's most well-known Healthtech companies. Ada's product is a mobile app which enables patients to conduct a personalized symptom assessment. It has over 10 million users and has won multiple awards.

I was brought in by Jared Cardon, Director of Compliance at Ada. My goal was to work closely with multiple teams of software engineers to optimize their development processes. Importantly, those processes should be harmonized across the company, enabling teams to ship updates regularly while ensuring regulatory compliance.

Another short-term goal was to prepare the engineering teams and review documentation for an upcoming ISO 13485 audit. They successfully passed the audit in June 2020.

Vara Healthcare

AI-based Radiology Software for Breast Cancer Screening

Vara is a Machine Learning - based software which helps radiologists assess x-ray images (mammograms) for early detection of breast cancer. It highlights healthy exams so that radiologists can spend more time looking at potentially suspicious images.

At Vara, I was one of the first employees back in 2017. I developed the first software version (frontend and backend) and recruited the (non-ML) software engineering and regulatory teams.

Together with two other colleagues, we taught ourselves how to certify ML-based software as a Medical Device. We successfully passed the ISO 13485 audit and got our software certified as class IIb Medical Device under MDD.

Exakt Health

Physical Therapy Reingineered

Physical therapy for sports injury is typically non-digital: Patients regularly visit a physiotherapist for exercise sessions. Exakt Health developed an innovative, digital-first approach by providing an app which enables patients to perform physical therapy at home.

We worked with Philip, the CEO, in setting up an ISO 13485 - compliant Quality Management System and Technical Documentation of the app which is compliant with IEC 62304, ISO 14971 and IEC 62366.


Machine Learning Biomarkers For Rare Diseases

Founded by two ex-Googlers and radiologists, imvaria is developing a Digital Biomarker Platform for Machine Learning - based, non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic patient stratification.

While I'm certainly not an expert in FDA compliance, I did help them in implementing IEC 62304 - compliant software development processes and documentation. The main goal was to ensure that regulatory work remains as simple as possible, both ensuring compliance and good product quality, but also enabling developers to continue shipping code. I also assisted in aspects of their ISO 13485 - compliance, reducing the amount of regulatory overhead.

Their leading Machine Learning Biomarker received FDA Breakthrough Device Designation in 2020.


Computational Microscopy

When pathologists assess biopsies, they typically use analog microscopes and manually count cells. This process is slow, subjective and error-prone. MindPeak develops Artificial Intelligence - based automation tools for assessing digital pathology slides. This improves pathologists workflow and enables them to make more accurate diagnoses more efficiently.

I helped MindPeak achieve IEC 62304 - compliance by working closely with their CIO. I also helped set up their ISO 14971 - compliant risk analysis by explaning how the requirements of the standard can be applied to AI-based software.

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