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Our Team

Our team combines the knowledge and expertise to continuously develop new project ideas together with partners and to support our research teams during running projects. We are here to find the answers to your questions. Just get in touch!

Management & Support Team

Dr. Christian Tidona

Managing Director

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    Christian Tidona is a biotech entrepreneur, business angel, and managing director at the BioMed X Innovation Center in Heidelberg, Germany. He studied molecular biology and received his doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg. Throughout his entire professional life his focus has always been to foster innovation at the interface between academia and industry. Christian is co-founder of the Health Axis Europe alliance between the European health innovation clusters in Leuven, Maastricht, Copenhagen, and Heidelberg. He is chairman of the Weizmann Young European Network (WYEN) and member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Christian is married and father of two children.

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Yvonne Steinrock

Head of Human Resources

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    Yvonne has been at BioMed X since its foundation in 2013 and has been in charge of HR since fall 2019:
    Beyond all the classical HR tasks she sees her position as a great opportunity to help create a work environment that her colleagues look forward to coming to every day. She has added feel-good-management to her official job description.

    Prior to this position she was BioMed X’ Head of Operations for several years. Before joining BioMed X, Yvonne was an office and events manager at BioRN Cluster Management where she first got in touch with the field of biotechnology.

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Benjamin Raeder

Lab & Operations Manager

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    Benjamin is a biologist by training. At BioMed X, he is in charge of the entire lab infrastructure. He uses his coordinating skills and his eye for detail to create a work environment for our research teams that makes it easy for them to focus on science. Before joining BioMed X in December 2019, Benjamin was Laboratory Officer in Charge at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, and prior to this worked as an application development scientist in a Heidelberg biotech startup.

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Susanne Burkhardt

Personal Assistant to the MD

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    Susanne has been working as Christian Tidona’s Personal Assistant since 2009; first at BioRN Cluster Management and since 2016 at BioMed X. She enjoys working in an international atmosphere and ensuring the smooth running of his office. In addition she deals with legal issues at BioMed X.

    Previously, she managed the family offices of several leadership personalities in industry and politics in Berlin.

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Stephanie Sokoll

Executive Assistant

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    Stephanie’s background in business administration and her organizational skills help her to master the broad range of support tasks in our multi-cultural working environment. Before joining the BioMed X support team as an executive assistant in April 2020, she had been part of Heidelberg’s life science community for a number of years with positions at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and at the Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH).

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Cornelia Ochman

Lab Manager

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    Cornelia is a biological technical assistant by training. In the BioMed X Support Team she takes care of purchasing and general lab management. She joined BioMed X in 2014 as a research associate in the research team Metabolism and Signaling in Cancer (MSC) where she supported all team members in their experimental work. Prior to her engagement at BioMed X, Conny worked as a biological technical assistant at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.

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Supervisory Board

Dr. Gerhard Ries

Chairman

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    Gerhard Ries studied law and received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He has been a lawyer since 1998. Gerhard Ries specializes in corporate, association and foundation law. His main areas of practice are the formation, restructuring and transformation of companies as well as M&A business. For many years he has been advising private and public companies in the healthcare sector. Gerhard Ries is member of the supervisory boards of several companies, has himself managed companies as CEO and is also active on the boards of several foundations.

Fabian Engelhorn

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    Fabian Engelhorn completed an apprenticeship in trade and commerce (Handelsfachwirt) in Munich, studied retail management at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms and then spent 18 months in the USA and Hong Kong undertaking overseas internships. He subsequently worked for two years as a member of the management team at Sportler AG, Bolzano, Italy. In 2003 he took over management of the family company Engelhorn GmbH & Co. KGaA, Mannheim and since 2015 has been CEO of the family owned company. He is active on the board of the Rhine-Neckar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) in his role as vice president, in the supervisory board of the Intersport eG, Heilbronn and the Rhein-Neckar-Löwen handball club, both in Mannheim.

Dr. Bernhard Kirschbaum

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    Bernhard Kirschbaum, PhD, studied and spent his early career as a researcher in biochemistry and physiological chemistry at the University of Konstanz, Germany, receiving his PhD in 1989. He moved on to work at the Rockefeller University in New York and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Subsequently, he joined the pharmaceutical industry where he covered a broad range of technological and disease areas. Before his retirement as an executive, he was head of Global Research and Early Development at Merck Serono. In this role he was a member of the Pharmaceutical Executive Committee. Prior to joining Merck KGaA in 2005 he was Vice President Discovery Research and Global Head of Therapeutic Domains Thrombosis & Angiogenesis for Sanofi-Aventis. He also worked for Aventis, Hoechst Marion Roussel in various senior positions and headed the Centre of Applied Genomics in Martinsried, Germany.

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