Martin Gutfleisch was born on March 19th, 1965 in Dossenheim near Heidelberg. After apprenticeship as an Electrician, he studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim and completed this course in 1990 as a graduate engineer (FH). To get to know the language, country and people, Gutfleisch traveled through South America for over 6 months with a focus on Argentina. In addition to his work as a part-time engineer, he studied physics at the University of Heidelberg from 1991 to 1997 and completed this course as a graduate physicist with a thesis on Laser Spectroscopy in Gases and Flames.
In September 1997 Gutfleisch continued his professional career as a development engineer and project manager Pre-Development at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Initially, the focus was on the development and expansion of the Pre-Development division, which was founded in 1997. He founded and headed the completely new field of work “Rewritable Offset Printing Master” for HEIDELBERG. Through the implementation of training in Total Quality Management (TQM, “Quality of Management”) and the consortium management and project management of BMBF projects, he was also able to gain broad professional experience in other specialist areas and in the world of public funding projects. He demonstrated his innovative strength through numerous inventions and patent registrations and carried out a doctorate at RWTH Aachen from 1999 to 2004 (topic: surface analysis on wet-chemically, photochemically and photothermally modified titanium-dioxide surfaces, degree: Dr. rer. nat.)
In 2009 Gutfleisch joined the newly founded InnovationLab GmbH in Heidelberg (iL). As Research Coordinator, he was responsible for the InnovationLab research location and for the R&D management. Initially, the focus was on building InnovationLab GmbH as “Applied Research and Transfer Platform” InnovationLab. In a first large-scale project, Gutfleisch was involved in the planning, construction and expansion of a clean room laboratory (800 m², total budget € 4 million) together with employees from the companies BASF, Merck, SAP, Roche, Freudenberg and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, as well as the universities of Heidelberg, Darmstadt, Braunschweig, Karlsruhe and Mannheim. With the establishment and expansion of the iL partner network, the InnovationLab was permanently established in the community of Printed Electronics. As Head of Technical Operations and later as Director Technology, he was responsible not only for the operational management of the application-oriented R&D platform, but also for all-inclusive technology projects from pre-development to development and production development. As part of the business development, the first customers for products and R&D services in the field of printed electronics were acquired.
In 2017 Gutfleisch started as Vice President R&D at Witte holding GmbH & Co. KG (Münster) to set up the “Printed Electronics” business area for Witte. After the development and introduction of the innovation strategy for the group, ways to create product and business concepts were shown. As part of business development, Witte was established as a reliable, competent partner for Printed Electronics. Strategic R&D partnerships were established, R&D projects were successfully carried out and completed. As a basis product- and technology-platforms were developed for printed components.
Together with Andreas Laib and Dr. Richard Leys in January 2020 he founded HyPrint GmbH based in Heidelberg. The company offers complete solutions in the field of hybrid electronics. In addition to fully printed electronic components such as NFC antennas, batteries, electrochromic components and sensors, this also includes partially printed electronic labels including extensive development services with app and cloud software. The focus is on the platform and building block principle in order to be able to introduce products to the market inexpensively, quickly and sustainably by demonstrating the feasibility based on demonstrators (understanding by handling).
Martin is an enthusiastic athlete who took part in many competitions as a young soccer player, later as a passionate rower and nowadays as an age group triathlete. After work, he also likes to play the guitar or to maintain his old motorbike.