Karin Schütze studied biology and sports in Heidelberg. She finished her doctoral thesis in the Institute for Applied Physical Chemistry in Heidelberg working with Laser microdissection. As a postdoc at the University of California in Berkeley, USA, she assembled her first Optical Trap.
In 1993 she and her husband Raimund Schütze founded the former PALM company – with emphasis on Optical Tweezers and laser microdissection systems for biomedical applications.
In 2004 PALM was successfully sold to Carl Zeiss where she worked as Chief Innovation Officer.
She and her husband got several prices and awards.
2008 the Schützes founded CellTool GmbH with focus on engineering Raman systems for biomedical applications.
With their innovative development of a novel Raman Microscope dedicated for “Next generation cell analysis” they both became finalist at “Berthold Leibinger Innovationspreis” in 2016 .
Karin’s expertise is label-free cell handling and sample enrichment based on innovative photonic technologies, and especially the conversion of complex photonic systems into easy-to-handle tools.
She presents CellTool's scientific results in international congresses and writes publications.
She has more than 80 publications and more than 28 patents.