Ten years of OPASCA: From Radiation Therapy to an Entire Hospital

Mannheim, Jan. 14, 2021 Even before its official founding, the Mannheim-based company was setting new safety standards for staff and patients by using specially developed technology in the particularly demanding environment of radiation therapy. Today, OPASCA GmbH, which celebrates its tenth anniversary on January 14, 2021, offers field-proven solutions for the digitalization and automation of clinical processes with a high level of application expertise. 

“We know that efficient and secure processes are the key to optimal healthcare,” explains OPASCA CPOO Steffen Liebscher: “We work on this every day.” CEO and Founder Dr. Alexej Swerdlow adds, “The growing awareness among healthcare providers of the need to digitize, optimize and automate clinical processes confirms us. We are pleased and proud of what we have achieved, but we will certainly not rest on our laurels, but continue to pursue this path consistently.” OPASCA has successfully mastered the transformation from innovative startup to international SME. “For this, we would like to thank everyone who has accompanied us during this time, especially our employees, users and partners,” adds OPASCA founder and CTO Dr. Timo Machmer. 

Fast, flexible development of custom-fit solutions to optimize clinical workflows is OPASCA’s mission. The modular solution portfolio of software and hardware can be individually adapted to the specific requirements and convinces with intuitive operation. The portfolio ranges from special applications for patient safety in radiotherapy and intelligent call management in doctors’ practices to digital mapping of patient-centric workflows throughout the hospital. In the process, the OPASCA solution can be networked with other IT systems and by recording interactions and data, efficiency, safety and also staff and patient satisfaction are increased. 

The managing directors, Dr. Timo Machmer and Dr. Alexej Swerdlow, completed their doctorates at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in the special research area of humanoid robotics. The actual starting shot for OPASCA was fired back in 2010, when both received an order to develop a person and object recognition system for radiation therapy shortly before completing their doctorates. Machmer and Swerdlow developed a solution that ensured that no one but the patient was in the safety area. By the time OPASCA was officially founded in January 2011, the first systems were already running successfully in clinical operations. The start-up company was immediately funded. 

In order to ensure sustainable growth, further capital was raised in the form of dormant and open investments after taking advantage of funding from the start-up programs “EXIST” (Federal Government) and “Junge Innovatoren” (State of Baden-Wuerttemberg), which also enabled expansion into other markets. Today, OPASCA employs more than 60 people and offers its proven solutions both directly and through partners internationally, currently in 20 countries. 



OPASCA, a company based in Mannheim, Germany, specifically addresses the special requirements of everyday radiotherapy operations in terms of patient and workflow management, (patient) safety and patient-centered treatment processes. The focus is always on the intelligent networking of data, players, equipment, rooms and processes for a patient-centered workflow. Another goal is to involve patients more closely in the accompanying therapy process and to provide them with new opportunities for interaction with clinical experts in order to strengthen their autonomy and positively influence the course of therapy. 

For more information, visit opasca.com