San Francisco, US
San Francisco, US
Hong Kong, China
Frank studied Medicine, did his PhD in Pharmacology and specialized in Pharmacology and Toxicology. He spent more than 10 years in academic research in the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin and in the Institute of Pharmacology of the Freie Universität, Berlin. His academic research focused on gene regulation by transcription factors and signal transduction mediated by ion channels and G proteins.
In 1997, he began his industrial career by joining Schering AG as senior scientist in Experimental Dermatology. In 1999, Frank moved to Boehringer Ingelheim and joined the department of Pulmonary Research. In 2005, he took over the responsibility for the Licensing Department. In this function, he was responsible for the licensing activities of the German Boehringer Ingelheim organization in various indication areas. In addition, he built up the NBE Research unit at the German Research site in Biberach.
In 2010 - shortly after its initiation - Frank joined the Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund.
Sebastian studied Technical Biology at the University of Stuttgart and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Immunology. In 2004, he started his career in Pharmaceutical Industry as a scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim. Since then, Sebastian held various positions in different functions within the BI research organization covering responsibilities as Laboratory Head and Project Leader ranging from early stage drug concept work to advanced drug discovery projects in various disease areas. From 2015 to 2019, before joining the BI Venture Fund, Sebastian was working in the Research Beyond Borders department to implement an integrated R&D strategy for virus-based Gene Therapy as a novel treatment modalitiy for BI.
Mia recevied a B.Sc from University of Saskatchewan in Canada and her Ph.D. in the School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Hong Kong. Her academic research focused on cancer therapy, stem cell, gene therapy, aging, tumorigenesis, DNA damage repair, mitochondrial biogenesis, virology, protein structure and embryonic development.
In 2017, she began her industrial career by joining China Resources Capital Management as Senior Vice President, leading several healthcare investment, including biotech, pharmaceutical, medical devices and healthcare service.
Johannes studied Animal Sciences and Biology, and earned a PhD in Animal Sciences (Dr. sc.agr.) at the University of Hohenheim in 1992, followed by postdoctoral positions at the Medical Faculties of the Universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg, where he completed a postdoctoral thesis (Habilitation) and was appointed Associate Professor (Privatdozent) for Physiology in 1998. Johannes then started his industrial career in 1999 as a Group Leader for in vivo Pharmacology at Pfizer Global Research & Development (Sandwich, UK). He joined Boehringer Ingelheim in Research Coordination in 2002, and became Global Head of Business Development and Licensing for Cardiometabolic Diseases in 2009. In this function, he identified, championed and negotiated multiple partnerships with pharma, biotech and academia, and served on the Therapeutic Area Leadership Committee for Cardiometabolic Diseases. In addition to his role at Boehringer Ingelheim, Johannes still continues to act as an adjunct (Apl) Professor of Physiology at the University of Ulm.
Kanad joined Boehringer Ingelheim from Merck (MSD) where he was Director, Business Development and Licensing in their West Coast Innovation Hub. He evaluated assets in Immuno-Oncology, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases and Ophthalmology in the preclinical space up to human proof of concept. Kanad started his career at Genentech as a post-doctoral fellow. He then worked as a medicinal chemist at KAI Pharmaceuticals, where he was an inventor of Parsabiv, approved in 2017 for the treatment of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism. After KAI, Kanad worked at Stanford University’s SPARK program, an academic accelerator designed to take basic science discoveries and bring them to fundable assets. He received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.Sc. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley.
Fei received her Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and a B.Sc in Biochemistry from East China University Science & Technology. In 2007, she started her industrial career at Theravance Biopharma as an in vivo pharmacologist and led a lab in driving multiple research projects from exploratory, lead optimization to development candidate nomination, including TD-1473 in Ulcerative Colitis, Ampreloxetine in Fibromyalgia, Velusetrag in Gastroparesis, TD-8954 in Post-operative Gastrointestinal Dysfunction. In 2015, she joined Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. Global Immunology and Respiratory Disease Research in Ridgefield where she started as a Laboratory Head and became the Head of in vivo Pharmacology group in 2016. From 2015 to 2020, before joining the BI Venture Fund, Fei led a group of ~20 in vivo pharmacologists supporting the Immunology and Respiratory Portfolio for small molecule, antisense and antibody projects.
Julia received her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where her research centered on understanding the roles of fibroblasts and platelets as sentinel cells of the immune system. In 2002, she joined the Translational Immuno-oncology team in the lab of Molecular Neuro-Oncology at the Rockefeller University. As part of this academic research team, Julia focused on dendritic cell and T cell biology and the development of dendritic cell-based cancer vaccines, which led to successful completion of three Phase I clinical studies.
Julia joined Boehringer Ingelheim’s Immunology and Respiratory Disease Research group in Ridgefield, CT in 2014. Since then, she has served as a Laboratory Head, Disease Positioning Lead, and Research Project Leader. During this time, Julia has made a significant impact on the Immunology and Respiratory portfolio, including having led cross-functional teams to advance two small molecule programs through Start of Development and beyond.
Oliver is a trained biologist and did his PhD in Molecular Biology with a focus on Infectious Diseases. Oliver spent 5 years in academic research at the Institute for Molecular Infection Biology at the University of Würzburg, where he focused on the characterization of oligopeptide transporters in pathogens.
After some time in business consulting, Oliver joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2008. After various roles in business analytics, business development, in-licensing and strategy, Oliver built the Business Model and Healthcare Innovation group in 2014. The team was solely dedicated to scout, identify and pilot digital healthcare solutions for Boehringer Ingelheim’s pill business globally. In 2018, Oliver joined the Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund in the newly created Digital Healthcare investment arm.
Alexander is a physician, who received his medical degree from the University of Bonn, Germany. He also conducted academic research on myocardial perfusion and stress echocardiography at the University of Oxford, UK.
Alexander worked at a biotech start-up and major pharmaceutical companies in a variety of roles in clinical drug development. His focus was on novel imaging tracers and drugs in the cardiovascular and metabolic diseases areas. Alexander joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2012 in Translational Medicine and in 2014 was appointed global head of the Translational Medicine and Biomarker Experts group responsible for translational medicine and biomarker aspects of novel pharmaceutical compounds at Boehringer Ingelheim. Together with the Boehringer Ingelheim Digital Lab he also developed a novel digital product that enables precision medicine concepts with biomarker data.
Tim is a fully qualified English attorney (Solicitor) and obtained his LL.M from University College London. Following his graduation from Cambridge University and the College of Law, London, he joined the international law firm, Allen & Overy, in London and was a partner for 20 years. His experience covers international legal work across a range of sectors and continents, including acting for funds, project/acquisition companies, banks, bond arrangers, development finance institutions and export credit agencies. In addition, Tim worked for Allen & Overy in Germany for seven years and is a fluent German speaker.
Max is a fully qualified German attorney (Rechtsanwalt) who studied law at the university of Würzburg. He holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from Vanderbilt University and is a Fulbright alumni. Following his graduation, he joined the international law firm Linklaters LLP in Frankfurt. Before advising the Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund, Max was a senior legal counsel at BI’s German legal department. His experience covers pharmaceutical sector expertise and international legal work with a focus on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and other cooperations.
Mathias joined the BI Venture Fund in 2023. Mathias studied business administration at Graduate School of Management in Leipzig, Germany and at Grenoble Ecole de Management, France and holds a master degree in business administration. He started his career in investment banking/M&A and transaction advisory services for Metzler Corporate Finance and Ernst Young. After 7 years, in 2014, Mathias joined BI’s M&A team where he accompanied various buy side and sell side projects. In total, Mathias completed more than 100 transactions during his career ranging from large corporate carve outs to biotech acquisitions.
Stefan accomplished his PhD in 1999 at the University of Aachen, Germany, and then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at DNAX Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. He has since headed immunology research labs or groups at Micromet (2003-2006), Schering-Plough Biopharma (2006-2010), Gilead Sciences (2011-2016), and most recently at Boehringer-Ingelheim (2016-2020), across different indication areas including immune-oncology, infectious diseases, inflammatory conditions, and fibrosis.
Niklas studied Biochemistry at the University of Hannover and specialized in Immunology during his PhD and Post-Doc. In 2008, he started his pharmaceutical career at Biotest in Dreieich and was responsible for preclinical and translational aspects of biotherapeutic projects. Niklas joined BI in 2013 as project manager DMPK in the Biosimilars Business Unit. In 2014, he took over the role as Head of Biosciences Biosimilars and steered the pharmacology, toxicology and DMPK activities for the biosimilar portfolio. The last 2 years Niklas was responsible for leading international development projects in oncology, CNS and retinopathy indications in BI´s IPM department.
Philipp studied Molecular Biology at the Biozentrum in Basel (Switzerland), holds a PhD in Biochemistry (2009) and has a long track record of working in translational immuno-oncology research, the infectious disease area as well as drug discovery within the pharmaceutical industry.
Philipp spent multiple years of translational immuno-oncology research in an academic environment (studying, amongst others, targeted agents, ADCs, CPIs, cancer vaccines, bispecific T-cell engager, immuno-cytokines, CD40 and CD137 agonists), during which he built and managed an extensive, global collaboration network with academic, biotech and pharma partners as well as published in high ranking scientific journals. He joined Boehringer Ingelheim in 2015 as a research team and project lead within the newly formed department of Cancer Immunology and Immune Modulation in Biberach an der Riss, where he specifically engaged in integration of outside innovation into the BI discovery strategy.
During his time within Boehringer Ingelheim´s R&D Philipp was leading multidisciplinary research teams, successfully moving two cargo armed oncolytic virus-based projects into development. He effectively managed stakeholders including both internal and alliance governance bodies and delivered IO research strategy for innovative novel platforms and new areas of biology. Contributing to Boehringer Ingelheim´s external innovation strategy he further identified, evaluated, initiated and managed alliances with multiple external partners.
In October 2020, he joined the Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund investing in clinical translation of pioneering therapeutic approaches, i.e. in the field of immuno-oncology, immuno-modulation and anti-infectives with a novel mode of action.
Yifang gained PhD of Neuroscience in Hamburg University and MD in Shanghai Jiaotong University, extensive experience in industry drug discovery, both small and large molecules and applied experience in project management and IND filing.
Yifang has 9-year research experience in AbbVie Germany with broad and solid knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases, autoimmune CNS disorder and eye diseases. He also supported AbbVie Venture German for licensing-in and out project.
Marc holds a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt and absolved a vocational training as a qualified bank employee. Before joining the Group Accounting of Boehringer Ingelheim he spent seven years with an international audit company. After eight years in the Group Accounting Marc moved to the Venture Fund in 2021.
Adam is a trained scientist with a PhD in neuroscience from University of Geneva, University of Lausanne and EPFL, Switzerland. He has published several articles in international peer reviewed journals and lectured at international conferences on developmental neuroscience and retinal degeneration.
Adam has started his career with Boehringer Ingelheim Corporate Market Access Team in 2012 as a Senior Global Payer Strategy Manager in Ingelheim, Germany. He was managing global pricing and market access strategies for the HCV and oncology portfolio and driving the development of innovative market access approaches and payment schemes. He then moved to the UK and Ireland in 2015 to head the Pricing and Contracting Team, working across the whole Boehringer Ingelheim prescription medicines portfolio. Adam returned to Germany in 2018 to lead the Strategic Market Access Initiatives as well as Tech Partnerships within the Global Healthcare Affairs and Patient Engagement Team. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim Adam worked as a life sciences strategy consultant for IQVIA, IBM Watson Health Consulting and Simon-Kucher & Partners in Belgium, France, Germany, Poland and The United States. He also worked as a research assistant at Jules Gonin Eye Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland and as a Junior Project Leader at AnalyCen in Poland and Sweden.
Kathryn received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the National University of Singapore in 2012, and then completed her postdoctoral training at the Singapore Immunology Network, A*STAR. Her academic research centered on cell cycle regulation, infectious diseases, and T cell immunology.
Kathryn began her pharmaceutical industry career in 2015 as a senior scientist at Eli Lilly China Research and Development Center, focusing on the early drug discovery and preclinical translational research in metabolic diseases. In 2017, she moved to Fosun Kite Biotechnology, leading the clinical translational research on CAR T cell therapy. In 2021, Kathryn joined Zentera Therapeutics, taking charge of the translational research department for targeted oncology drug discovery, preclinical development, and clinical translational research. Throughout her career, she has also played a role in assessing external business development and collaboration opportunities, as well as managing external research partnerships.