Piavita - Startup of the month April

Wanted: Growth financing and innovative horse clinics

Piavita is a Swiss-based medtech company that brings veterinary medicine into the 21st century. The company offers an innovative system for monitoring and recording vital signs of horses.

The product

The Piavet system provides live vital data from horses. It minimizes the equipment needed to obtain the information the veterinarian needs to make a safe, evidence-based decision. The system is suitable, for example, for remote monitoring in the isolation box or colic monitoring, in cases of suspected cardiac arrhythmia or for monitoring during sedation. Respiration, heart rate and temperature are continuously recorded and sent to the veterinarian.

The team

Today, the company employs more than 35 people from over twelve countries. They all share the same vision: the development and implementation of high-tech medical devices to support veterinarians in their daily work.


Dorina Thiess, CEO


Status and next steps

Piavita was able to equip its first leading equine clinics in Europe and the USA with their Piavet system in the past six months. Further growth is planned - in the existing markets and beyond. Contacts with horse doctors, but also pharmaceutical and insurance contacts in the veterinary scene are helpful in expanding the customer base. Likewise, growth financing is scheduled towards the end of 2019.

Startup of the month

Together with our partners, we portray selected young companies. Our goal is to build a bridge between established and emerging companies and help bring together what belongs together. On the left you can see the current startup of the month (Start August 2018). Earlier portrayed startups can be found here.


Bern is a hotspot of the Medtech scene. As part of the HighFlyer program, be-advanced AG operates an accelerator for high-tech startups with a focus on Medtech. In addition to SME coaching, be-advanced accompanies companies individually through the entire lifecycle, thus promoting their innovative strength and competitiveness.

Switzerland Innovation Park Biel / Bienne AG assists innovative startups and SMEs to accelerate their development of ideas and translate research results into marketable solutions. They also help clients find suitable research partners and successfully acquire funding. Various project programmes and workshops are offered to impart specific medtech knowledge. Customers also have access to useful infrastructure like coworking spaces, FABLAB, cleanrooms, as well as electronics and mechanics laboratories.

Contact Person

Project leader is Dr. Heiko Visarius, also Head-Coach at be-advanced. He is the contact for all your questions, comments and suggestions and relates specifically to the companies portrayed here.

Project Manager
Heiko Visarius


Swiss Medtech, be-advanced and Switzerland Innovation Park Biel / Bienne simplify the interface between innovative start-up companies and established medical technology companies.

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