Dr. rer. nat. Andreas Bergmann
Chief Executive Officer
Andreas Bergmann has worked in the diagnostic industry for over 25 years. With an outstanding track record, he has spearheaded the discovery, validation and the development of blood biomarkers. Bergmann was one of the founders and managers of B.R.A.H.M.S. AG where the sepsis marker Procalcitonin (PCT®) was developed under his responsibility as Chief Research Officer. B.R.A.H.M.S. AG started as a management buy-out with 180 employees 1994 and grew to approx. 400 employees by 2009. The biomarker Procalcitonin created a new diagnostic standard of care supporting patient management in sepsis. Andreas Bergmann is inventor holding 121 patent rights and also co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Bergmann went on to establish sphingotec which is located in Hennigsdorf. He leads the development of diagnostic methods for the prediction, prevention, intervention strategies and early treatment of diseases in the fields of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and acute care. Focusing on plasma biomarkers to indicate the susceptibility of a specific disease, the resulting information can enable monitoring, prevention and intervention strategies. His philosophy is that diagnosis and methods of treatments are to aid in the prevention of diseases rather than having to cure them.
Bergmann studied biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin (free university Berlin) and later obtained a PhD in biochemistry at the Technische Universität Berlin (technical university Berlin) in 1987. Before co-founding B.R.A.H.M.S. AG he worked for Henning-Berlin GmbH, Berlin. Dr. Bergmann is also member of the Executive Boards of the “Waltraut Bergmann Stiftung zur Förderung der Krebsforschung”, the Adrenomed AG.
Dr. rer. nat. Ute Kilger
Chief Marketing Officer
Ute Kilger has worked in the patent departments of large pharmaceutical companies for over 10 years. Ute Kilger studied chemistry at the University of Merseburg and obtained a PhD in biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin. She finished her training as a European patent attorney in the patent department of Boehringer Mannheim GmbH. Afterwards she was patent attorney for Roche Diagnostics GmbH in Mannheim for several years, before she joined the patent department at Schering AG in 2002. During her time at Schering AG, she was involved in comprehensive Due Diligence processes, mergers and acquisitions, and contract negotiations. In 2004 she was appointed Head of Global Patent Business Area Molecular Imaging.
Since August 2009, Ute Kilger is working as a partner at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT in the areas of biology/chemistry/pharmaceuticals. She frequently lectures on IP protection at the University of Potsdam and at the Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
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Board of Advisors
Stephan J. L. Bakker, Prof., University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
Claude Bouhon, Prof., Emeritus of University of Paris XI, France
Salvatore DiSomma, Prof., University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
James L. Jannuzzi, Prof., Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Ute Kilger, PhD, Patent Attorney, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT, Berlin, Germany
Alan S. Maisel, Prof., M.D., University of California, VA San Diego Health Care System, USA
Olle Melander, Prof., Malmö University Hospital, Sweden
Gerald Möller, PhD, former Chief Executive Officer at Boehringer Mannheim Group, Germany
Bernd Wegener, PhD, Board Member of German Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry, Germany
Max Wicha, M.D., Director of UM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, USA
Marion Kiechle, Prof. Dr., Technische Universität München (TUM), University Hospital Klinikum Rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany
Peter A. Fasching, Prof. Dr., Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Germany
Anton Scharl, Prof. Dr., Brustzentrum Klinikum St. Marien Amberg, Germany
Alexandre Mebazaa, Prof., M.D., PhD, Saint Louis Lariboisière University Hospitals, University Paris Diderot, Paris, France