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Faculty overview

Meet our faculty

Listed here are our current faculty members.

Marco Janezic

  • MD of Blue Ribbon Partners
  • MD of Life Science Factory
  • Mentor at Creative Destruction Lab Oxford for Health-focused Start-ups
  • Experienced entrepreneur and life science enthusiast with 2+ successful exits

Daniela Sommer (MBA)

  • CFO, CTO (acting) and Head of HR @ Helmholtz Munich
  • Expert and certified coach in Systemic Organizational Development, Change & Leadership Coach
  • 3+ years as Head of BSH corporate Academy

Prof. Matthias Tschöp

  • CEO @ Helmholtz Munich
  • Prof for Metabolic Diseases @ TUM and for School of Medicine @ Yale University
  • 15+ years of teaching experience for scientists
  • Co-Founder of Helmholtz Pioneer Campus

Prof. Jörg Rocholl

  • President of ESMT Berlin since 2011
  • 19+ years of teaching experience
  • Finance and Corporate Governance
  • Vice Chair of Economic Advisory Board to the Ministry of Finance

Sonia Allinson-Penny

  • Transformed and led the Allianz Group Leadership Academy and Corporate University
  • 20+ years of experience in the people side of success for start-ups and corporates
  • Qualified psychometric practitioner & human factor due diligence assessor for VC and private equity

Oliver Hennig

  • Senior Vice President Operations at BioNTech SE and Managing Director of Biontech Manufacturing GmbH
  • responsible for the successful scale-up of the production to a commercial capacity during “Project Lightspeed”
  • 10 years in R&D @Siemens in the field of renewable energy

Dr. Grit Zahn

  • Head of Research for Life Science Start-up Eternygen
  • 4+ years Senior Director for Biology Lead Discovery @ Jerini AG
  • 12+ years Life Science Consultant for pre- and clinical drug development

Dr. Nora Grasselli

  • Program Director Executive Education @ESMT Berlin
  • 19+ years of teaching experience
  • “Young Physician Leaders” and “Women’s Leadership Excellence” Program lead

Dr. Thorsten Lambertus

  • Head of neurotechlab @Biogen
  • 6+ years @ Fraunhofer, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Technology Transfer Program AHEAD
  • 7+ years of teaching experience for Innovation & Entrepreneurship @ WU Executive Academy
  • Business Coach for scientists @ Max-Planck

Dr. PD Camin Dean

  • Group Leader @ DZNE / Charité Berlin
  • 15+ years in life science academic research with PhD in Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Early- stage Start-up Founder with +500k investment for Dementia Drug Screening Platform

Dr. Jens Weinmann

  • Program Director Executive Education @ESMT Berlin
  • 10+ years of teaching experience
  • Program Lead e.g. “Leading People & Businesses”
  • PhD London Business School “Decision Making”

Prof. Francis de Véricourt

  • Professor for Management Science and Director of Center for Models & Data @ ESMT Berlin
  • 9+ years teaching experience
  • Professor @Duke University, INSEAD and Researcher @ MIT

Dr. Martha Smets

  • Venture Manager @ Blue Ribbon Partners
  • Life Science company-building and consulting for entrepreneurial scientists
  • Jury Member of Catapult by EIT Health 2022
  • PhD in Chromatin Biology from LMU

Dr. Robert Macsics

  • Managing Director, Co-founder and Scientific Lead at smartbax GmbH
  • PhD in Biochemistry from the Technical University of Munich and an MSc in Pharmacology from the University of Oxford
  • His PhD was funded by the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds and formed the basis for co-founding smartbax in 2021  

Barbara Diehl

  • Head of Partnerships @ SPRIND 
  • Passionate entrepreneurship educator & enthusiastic creator of applied entrepreneurship learning programmes & experiences
  • 12+ years teaching experience in creativity, entrepreneurship & innovation in UK, Ireland & Germany 

Dr. Jonas Helma-Smets

  • CSO and co-founder of biotech startup Tubulis GmbH with recently closed 60Mio Series B
  • Co-founder of Chromotek GmbH, aquired by Proteintech in 2020
  • 10+ years of research experience as PhD, PostDoc & group leader @ LMU

Prof. Dr. Pradeep Kumar

  • Prof for Pharmaceutical Sciences @ Wits University
  • 14+ years of lab experience in biomaterials and bioengineering
  • Prolific innovator and inventor on 28 granted patents from 08 patent families

Dr. med. Verena Schoewel (MBA)

  • Co-Founder and CEO of the stem cell biotech start-up MyoPax
  • MBA in Healthcare Management with focus on gene- and cell therapies 
  • MD, 10+ years as clinician scientists for muscle diseases & ATMP development at Charité & MDC/Helmholtz Association Berlin

Tasdik Hasan

  • Global Mental Health researcher with 80+ scientific, peer reviewed, international publications
  • Medical doctor with a MPH (Epidemiology) and a MSc (Global Mental Health); Assistant Professor of Public Health in Bangladesh
  • International recognitions as Young Physicians Leader (Germany), New Voices in Global Health (World Health Summit) and Commonwealth Scholar (UK)

Prof. Stefan Wagner

  • Prof for Strategy & Innovation and Director of PhD studies @ ESMT Berlin
  • 11+ years of teaching experience
  • Expert at intersection of law, technological innovation, firm strategy and industrial organization

We will continue to add faculty members to the program!



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