Max Riedl

Head of ZEISS Innovation Hub

Max Riedel heads the ZEISS Innovation Hub @ KIT. He and his team connect entrepreneurs, academic researchers and ZEISS experts to enable the transformation of ideas into innovations. They also conduct feasibility studies and build technical demonstrators with a focus on micro- and nano-structured devices and sensor systems.

Max is a strong believer in the power of interdisciplinary collaboration and open innovation. He gained broad experience in facilitating both as a key account manager for the partnership of Siemens AG and TU Munich and as senior consultant for the European Quantum Flagship funding program. Max is editing author of the book “Strategic Industry-University Partnerships – Success-Factors from Innovative Companies” and trainer for the University Industry Innovation Network, UIIN. He holds a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Texas and a PhD in experimental quantum physics from LMU Munich.


– Ophthalmology and ENT
– Microsurgery (neuro, reconstructive, pediatric, etc.) and minimally invasive surgery
– Microscopy
– Biosensors for point-of-care and remote diagnostics
– Any life science / medical technology application of photonics or complex optics