LENICURA

Our vision

We aim at changing hidradenitis suppurativa / acne inversa to no longer be life determining for those affected.

Here at LENICURA( a name inspired from the Latin words “lenitatis” meaning “gentleness” and “curatio” meaning “treatment”), we have made it our mission to help people, who suffer from hidradenitis suppurativa / Acne inversa and acute skin abscesses, by developing an effective, non-invasive treatment method.

Every day, we see patients and learn more about how devastating and limiting chronic abscesses can be for the patient’s daily life, for not only themselves but their families, their businesses as well as their intimate environments. Permanent pain often limits mobility as well as it causes considerable psychological stress. Our daily motivation is to help patients suffering from hidradenitis suppurativa by providing them with a gentle treatment method. We are inspired when we see our patient’s condition improve – subsequently improving their overall quality of life.
Our technology has the potential to not only provide relief from the painful symptoms, but also to reduce the formation of new abscesses, resulting in a preventive effect.

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Our philosophy

  • Our claim

    LENICURA was founded with the goal of providing a gentle and effective alternative treatment for a medical problem.
  • Our mission

    The name LENICURA speaks for itself: A gentle alternative for MORE LIVING.
  • Our role

    We aim to be a reliable partner in the fight against HS for both patient and doctor.

How it all began…

How it all began…

Like many innovations, LENICURA’s formation was motivated by a desire to help others, and an openness to developing new, effective methods, in the process. In 2011, Katharina Reinhard was running her own firm in the beauty industry and teaching at university. During a consultation with a client at her beauty firm, Ms. Reinhard got to know a patient suffering from hidradenitis suppurativa. The 44-year-old woman explained to Dr. Reinhard, how the disease had affected her, causing years of suffering, both physically and psychologically. After intensive research, Dr. Reinhard identified technologies used in instrument-based cosmetic procedures, which showed the potential to have a positive effect on stifling the progression of the disease. While the single components were well-researched with regard to other syndromes, the data basis for hidradenitis suppurativa was very limited – and only investigated in a few cases. Dr. Reinhard convinced particle physicist Dr. Andreas Hafner from the University of Mainz, as well as human biologist Prof. Dr. rer. biol. hum. Stefan Zirn to participate in the research project. The duo’s in-depth knowledge about electromagnetic waves and medical engineering lead to the development of the lAight® therapy and a specially designed apparatus for the treatments. A first documented test series confirmed a significant reduction of the symptoms of HS as a direct result of the lAight® therapy. As positive results and feedback from patients began to rise, it became inevitable:

“All patients with hidradenitis suppurativa needed access to this effective and gentle form of treatment.”

Yet, the lAight® therapy was not designed to be just an effective long-term treatment to reduce the symptoms of HS. Discussions with people suffering from HS had shown that because of the systemic and chronic nature of the illness, an effective interdisciplinary outpatient care system was also needed. To design and implement an extensive care-concept for patients and treating physicians, Arend Poppner joined the company in 2012. LENICURA was born. The requirement for the approval of lAight® was a certified Quality Management System (LENICURA certified EN ISO 13485:2012+AC:2012 in May 2016) as well as clinical evidence supporting the effectiveness of lAight®, as a treatment. The clinical trial for the lAight® therapy was conducted under the supervision of Univ.-Prof. (Ph.D.) Dr. med. Esther von Stebut-Borschitz, at the time senior physician in the dermatology department of the University Clinic Mainz, since October 2017 director of the clinic and policlinic of dermatology and venerology at the University Medical Center in Cologne. Because of its proximity and well-established expertise in inflammatory dermatosis, the University Clinic Mainz was a perfect partner for a research collaboration. The NICE-trial (Non-Invasive Combination therapy in acnE inversa) included patients diagnosed with all Hurley stages (all degrees of severity) of the disease. First results were presented at the European Dermatology and Venereology Congress (EADV) in Vienna in September 2016, in April 2017 at the DDG conference in Berlin, and at the SHSA 2017 in Detroit, USA.

lAight® by LENICURA was certified as the first treatment device for the indication of hidradenitis suppurativa in Europe beginning of 2017. Now it is our goal and motivation to make the lAight® therapy available to as many patients as possible so that suffering from hidradenitis suppurativa can be made a burden of past generations – going forward. LENICURA offers lAight® as a gentle treatment method for hidradenitis suppurativa / acne inversa, acute abscesses and other forms of acne – combined with an extensive service-concept for patients and physicians.

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The founders

  • Dr. rer. pol. Katharina Reinhard
    Managing Director and
    Head of Controlling
  • Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Hafner
    Head of Research and
    Development
  • Arend Poppner, MSc., MBA
    Head of Sales and
    Marketing

The advisory board

LENICURA collaborates with an extensive circle of experts who support and consult the team on various topics.

  • Jürgen Siegemund
    Advisory board, data protection and health insurance
    Former head of Federal Union of German Associations of Pharmacists
  • Prof. Dr. rer. biol. hum. Stefan Zirn
    Science advisory
    Professor of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, lecturer for Medical Technologies
  • Mathias Dehe
    Advisory board, operations & sales
    License concept development, CEO Dehe Consulting,
    Former CEO of Hairfree GmbH, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. jur. Thomas Schlegel
    Legal advisory
    Professor of Medical Law and Law for Physicians, scientific coordinator of the Health Care Academy
  • Dr. rer. pol. Mynia Deeg
    Health economics advisory
    Former director of clinical trials and business development at Personal MedSystems
  • Dr.-Ing. Michael Reinhard
    Production & Operations advisory
    Head of operations and board executive member at Geberit group, former coordinator of pharmaceutical packaging at Schott AG