Protagen’s corporate leadership team combines over 40 years of commercial expertise and experience within the biotechnology industry, with a background spanning immunology, oncology, biomarker discovery and more. The supervisory board holds decades of high-level expertise from both a scientific and business standpoint, with thought-leaders from the worlds of global research to corporate finance.

Corporate management

Dr Georg LautschamCBO

A chemist and immunologist by training, Dr Lautscham also has over 15 years of experience as a biotech executive, with a strong commercial track record in business development, marketing and sales. Dr Lautscham has led a number of interdisciplinary teams in Germany, the UK and the USA, operating within the fields of immunology, oncology, clinical research, regulatory affairs and bioinformatics. He joined Protagen in 2013.

Dr Peter Schulz-Knappe, CSO

Dr Schulz-Knappe is CSO of the company, being an MD and cell biologist by training. Dr Schulz-Knappe brings over 25 years of protein and peptide biochemistry, biomarker discovery and development experience, as well as 15 years of management experience in R&D, gained while CEO and CSO at BioVisioN and as CSO at Proteome Sciences. He joined Protagen in 2010.

Board of directors

Dr. Bernhard Kirschbaum (Chairman)

Dr. Bernhard Kirschbaum (Chairman) is an independent advisor. He was Head of Global Research and Early Development and member of the Executive Committee at Merck-Serono. Dr. Kirschbaum has a long-standing track record in pharma R&D and held various executive positions at Hoechst, Aventis, Sanofi, and Merck.

Dr. Dirk H. Ehlers

Dr. Dirk H. Ehlers is President and CEO of Trumpf Medical (Hill-Rom Group). Previously he was CEO of Eppendorf AG and over the past 20 years held various senior positions within the life science industry, notably with Roche Diagnostics, Evotec, Fresenius Kabi and Olympus Diagnostics.

Dr. Aristoteles Nastos

Dr. Aristoteles Nastos is Investment Manager at the NRW BANK in Duesseldorf. He has held several positions within the German life science industry, focusing on venture financing. He joined NRW bank from Peppermint Financial Partners in Berlin.

Matthias Guth

Matthias Guth is Venture Partner of MIG Funds and has been active in Venture Capital for more than 15 years. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Matthias Guth Corporate Finance GmbH. Prior to this he worked at Wellington Partners and Goetzpartners.

Oliver Schacht, PhD

Oliver Schacht, PhD is CEO of Curetis N.V. (Euronext: CURE), a molecular diagnostics company active in the area of hospital infection. He was previously CEO of Epigenomics Inc. (Seattle, USA) and CFO of epigenomics AG (Germany) and has co-founded several technology companies in Europe and the US.

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