One of the co-founders of InflaRx, Nicolas Fulpius has served as Chairman of the Board since its inception in 2007. Long active in the venture capital field between the US and Europe, for the Lombard Odier Immunology fund, for Ultreia Capital and as Partner at Affentranger Associates, Nicolas has become an entrepreneur at heart: he created, developed and helped finance several companies in the Biotech, cleantech and ICT field. Recently, Mr. Fulpius was - among others - CEO of Veltigroup, CDO of Swisscom and member of the Swisscom Ventures investment committee. In 2020 Nicolas Fulpius co- founded the Ansam Group one of the leading ICT services company in Switzerland for which he is acting as CEO and Chairman. Nicolas Fulpius holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a Masters in Science in Engineering from Stanford University, USA.
Mr. Kubler has served as a director on our board since 2015. Mr. Kubler has been a partner with the GIG Ltd., a venture capital advisory firm with offices in Switzerland and Malta, since 2012. He previously served on the boards of WWM AG and Jobydu AG, each based in Switzerland. Mr. Kubler was a managing director and corporate secretary of a private equity holding company from 2003 to 2010. Before 2003, he held various roles in international investment banks and boutiques. Mr. Kubler has a master’s degree in business and economics, as well as a master’s degree in law from the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland.
Richard Brudnick currently serves as Chief Business Officer for Prime Medicine, Inc., a leader in the field of gene editing. Prior to joining Prime Medicine, Mr. Brudnick was Chief Business Officer and Head of Strategy for Codiak BioSciences, a leader in the field of exosome therapeutics. Before Codiak, Mr. Brudnick was Executive Vice President of Business Development and Alliance Management at Bioverativ, Inc., a company he helped found in 2016. Until Bioverativ’s acquisition by Sanofi in March 2018, Mr. Brudnick led business development efforts to build a significant pipeline in rare blood disorders, including an acquisition, a multi-product collaboration and additional scientific collaborations and licenses. Mr. Brudnick joined Bioverativ at its spin-off from Biogen where, over the course of nearly 15 years, he initiated, led and completed transactions that led to several of the company’s marketed products and late-stage pipeline, including Tecfidera, Spinraza, Leqembi and its biosimilars joint venture with Samsung. Mr. Brudnick also was CEO of a regional pharmaceutical distribution business, which he sold to a strategic buyer; co-founded two companies; and was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company.
Tony Gibney is currently the Chief Business and Strategy Officer at Iveric Bio, overseeing the business development and corporate strategy for the retina-focused, biotechnology company. Prior to Iveric, Mr. Gibney was the CFO and CBO at FogPharma, driving the business development and finance functions of the company. Mr. Gibney served as the Chief Business Officer of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., where he was responsible for corporate and portfolio strategy, business development and corporate communications and led the successful sale of Achillion to Alexion in 2020. Before Achillion, Tony Gibney was a life sciences-focused investment banker for 24 years. From 2009 through 2017, he served as a managing director and co-head of the biotechnology investment team for Leerink Partners LLC, where he was a senior leader of Leerink's biopharmaceutical investment banking franchise. From 1999 to 2009, he worked as a managing director at Merrill Lynch Inc. and executed a variety of significant financing and M&A transactions for various biotechnology companies. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Gibney was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers in the firm's Healthcare Investment Banking Group. He graduated with distinction from Yale University in 1993 with a B.A. in History and Economics.
Hege Hellstrom is currently Chief Commercial Officer in Advicenne, a French pharmaceutical company specializing in the development of innovative treatments in Nephrology. She is a non-executive board member of Vivesto AB since 2019 and Camurus AB since 2020, both public Swedish companies and she is also a member of the Audit Committee in both companies. She is the founder and managing director of Belnor BV, an investment and consulting company.
Mrs. Hellstrom has more than 30 years’ experience in sales, marketing, strategy development, commercialization, partner alliances and executive management. From 2013 to 2018, she worked as President Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Russia in Sobi, a Swedish biopharmaceutical company where she led several launches in rare diseases such as hemophilia and metabolic diseases. Before Sobi, she worked in Genzyme for 11 years in roles ranging from General manager in Benelux to head of Renal and Endocrine business in Europe, LATAM and JAPAC. When Genzyme was acquired by Sanofi she continued as Global Vice-president of Cardiovascular products in Sanofi. Before Genzyme she worked in Baxter Healthcare for 13 years.
Hege holds aB.Sc. as Biomedical Laboratory Scientist from Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway.
Prof. Niels C. Riedemann, Prof. Dr. med. (equivalent to M.D., Ph.D.)
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Prof. Riedemann has over 15 years of experience in the biotech industry and drug development as well as over 20 years of experience in complement immunology research. He founded InflaRx in 2007 and has served as Chief Executive Officer since inception of the company. He has been instrumental in and led numerous private and public financing rounds of the company and has been the responsible lead for its Nasdaq IPO in 2017. He is named inventor on several internationally granted core patents of InflaRx. As physician he has been appointed Vice Director (“Leitender Oberarzt”) of Intensive Care Medicine, and he has led a 50-bed University ICU unit for over 6 years at Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany until 2015. Before that, he received his board certification as General Surgeon upon completion of his surgical fellowship at MHH (Hannover Medical School, Germany) in 2007 where he also received his habilitation (equivalent to Ph.D.) and where he still holds an Adjunct Professorship (APL Professor). He spent three years as postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan, USA until 2003. He received his medical training at Albert Ludwig University (ALU), Freiburg, Germany, and Stanford University, USA and graduated as Dr. med. (equivalent to M.D.) from ALU in 1998. His research has been awarded with several national and international awards. He has received extensive extra-mural funding and published over 60 peer reviewed scientific publications in highly ranked journals. He has served as a member on a Board of Directors and a Scientific Advisory Board of two large scientific governmental funded programs. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Health Politics working group of Bio-Deutschland and he serves as member of the board of trustees for the German Sepsis Foundation.
Prof. Renfeng Guo, M.D.
Chief Scientific Officer and Founder
Prof. Renfeng Guo co-founded InflaRx in 2007. Since its inception, he has headed scientific development at InflaRx as the full-time CSO. Prof. Guo leverages his expertise in antibody research and inflammation, bringing together a highly effectual research team for drug development to build a focused pipeline based on cutting-edge technology. His early research led to the discovery of InflaRx’s leading drug, vilobelimab. He continues to be the driving force for the development of other pipeline drugs as well as a key inventor for InflaRx’s intellectual property portfolio. Prof. Guo received his M.D. degree from Norman Bethune Medical School in China and conducted post-doctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. Peter Ward at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After stints as a junior and senior faculty member beginning in 2001 at the University of Michigan, he is currently an Adjunct Research Associate Professor. Prof. Guo has over 80 high-impact, peer reviewed publications in the fields of cancer, infectious disease, and inflammation research.