Partner at CREATHOR VENTURE / Chairman of the Board
Karlheinz Schmelig is a Partner at CREATHOR VENTURE with focus on the life sciences sector and has been active in the venture capital industry since 1999. He started his venture capital career as an Investment Manager at Technologieholding and later was an Investment Director with 3i.
Prior to his venture capital career, Mr. Schmelig spent ten years in several global management positions with Boehringer Mannheim and F. Hoffmann-La Roche, with seven of those years spent in the USA. During his international career he was responsible for global marketing of biochemical R&D reagents for the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology and the academic R&D market and held leading functions in the field of supply-chain-management and R&D project management for laboratory and point of care diagnostics.
Mr. Schmelig studied business in Mannheim and received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kelley School of Business, University of Indiana (USA). He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for Business Administration. Mr. Schmelig also holds a Certified Production Inventory Manager (CPIM) designation and is a member of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).
Dr. Aristotelis Nastos
Investment Manager at the NRW BANK
Dr. Aristotelis Nastos has held several positions within the German life science industry focusing on venture financing, most recently at the NRW BANK in Duesseldorf as Investment Manager. Previously he also worked at Peppermint Financial Partners in Berlin concentrating on investments in life sciences and nanotechnologies. His deep scientific background has allowed him the seamless transition from academia to industry and finance. With a Masters of Science in Biology from the Ruhr-University of Bochum and subsequent Research Fellowship at the Dept. for Cell Biology at the University of Essen (PhD) and a Post Doc at the Randal Institute of the King's College in London (UK) as an International Fellow of The Wellcome Trust, he was able to successfully take on the position of Head of the Research Group at the German Diabetes Institute in Düsseldorf.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kochanek
Professor at the University of Ulm and Director of the Department of Gene Therapy
Prof. Dr. Stefan Kochanek is Professor at the University of Ulm and Director of the Department of Gene Therapy. He is one the founders of CEVEC and member of CEVEC's scientific board since the very beginning of the company. Stefan Kochanek is an internationally renowned expert in development of new therapeutic procedures for disease using viral and non-viral gene transfer technologies.
Dr. Klaus Zimmermann
Dr. Klaus Zimmermann, Barrister-at-law. After his studies in Würzburg, Lausanne, Freiburg, Paris and Berkeley, Klaus Zimmermann successfully started his chambers in Heidelberg which he has been running now for more than 30 years. He accompanied several start-ups in medicine technology and biotechnology and is supervisory board member of some bigger international companies.