Klaus Dugi

Tell us more about your background and what is your team building at Vandria. I am a physician by training. I spent four years as a PostDoc at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA, and subsequently received my clinical training at Heidelberg University Hospital in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. Inspired by the opportunity to develop new medicines to improve outcomes for patients, I moved from academic medicine to pharmaceutical drug development in 2003.

Erik van den Berg

Could you tell us more about yourself? I enjoy working with dedicated teams of highly skilled professionals to develop innovative products whilst achieving ambitious goals. You could say I am very result-oriented and a team player. Privately, I love playing sports and enjoy good food and company. Professionally, I am and have been involved in creating and growing high-technology companies where I have led several large deals and financing rounds from seed financing through IPO.

Detlef Schumann

Could you tell us more about yourself? Quite early in my life, I got introduced to the world of big pharma. It was a fascinating experience which helped me in my decision to study pharmacy. In the early phase of my study, people started to think about “tissue engineering” and innovative “drug delivery” solutions. By coincidence, I read about a young surgeon who just returned from the USA and was about to establish a team to continue his research in personalized stem cell technologies towards cartilage reconstruction. I had an inspiring discussion with him and decided to join his team for PhD, prepared for a startup company and helped to set up the Center for Medical Biotechnologies.  After several international business assignments and now 25 years later I have the pleasure to be the CEO/CFO of Tetec AG focusing on innovative therapies for cartilage reconstruction, immunotherapy and beyond.

Tom Bertrand and Mathieu Falbriard

What is the team at Bearmind building?
Bearmind developed motion and force sensors that can be integrated into commercialized sports helmets to monitor head impacts. The technology allows for real-time head impact data, translated into a personalized risk assessment, supporting team staff in head injury prevention and cognitive performance analysis. Currently, we are working with professional ice hockey teams from the Swiss National League. 

Sanja Baumann-Tomovska

What is the void in the market?

The void in the Healthcare market is directly influenced by demographic changes, specifically in fertility rates, life expectancy, and net immigration levels. Declining birth rates and increased life expectancy necessitate adjustments in health systems, focusing on age- and needs-based care. This demographic shift has broad implications for economic factors such as growth rates, productivity, living standards, savings, consumption, and investment.

Christian Grøndahl

You started out in your professional career as a vet. Who/what inspired you? I grew up at the Copenhagen Veterinary University where my father NC Nielsen was professor in Internal Medicine. So, I wanted to become a veterinarian since I was a boy. It turned out that both my brother Carsten and I became veterinarians, and I am also married to a veterinarian, Marie Louise. Together we have 4 kids.

Giovanna Dipasquale

Tell us about yourself and HeroSupport. I was born in Zambia, Africa, where I lived for my first ten years in a very different environment than Europe. I think this has influenced my perception of life: I appreciate simple things and always look at the bright side of things. I have also always been a very curious person, wanting to know how things work. I enjoy being creative, doing manual activities, and helping people, so becoming a medical physicist combined all of these interests.

Alexandra Beckstein

Tell us about your background. I am geoscientist by training by training with advanced education in business and leadership. I have worked in the construction industry for a long time in my professional life, for SMEs, startups and the government. I once founded my own company in Berlin, where we drilled holes for the extraction of geothermal energy.