Team - Management

Peter Llewellyn-Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer (CEO/CFO)
Non Executive Board Member of Shield Therapeutics plc and Expedeon AG,
Founder of Accellerate Partners
CFO/CBO Medigene, CFO Wilex, interim CFO Suppremol,
non-executive board member Immunocore and Catherex
Romana Gugenberger

Romana Gugenberger

Project Head APN301/APN311/APN401
Romana Gugenberger holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Vienna and worked several years at the Medical University of Vienna in the field of Cardiovascular Research and Tumor Biology. Since 11 years she works at APEIRON Biologics and supports non-clinical and clinical projects. At the moment she is leading the APN401 – APEIRON´s autologous cellular therapy.

Andreas Stadler

Director Finance
Andreas Stadler holds a Master in Business Administration (Mag.) from Johannes Kepler University in Linz and is a certified accountant. Prior to joining APEIRON he worked in corporate controlling, accounting and treasury of an international logistics company.
Gerald Wirnsberger

Gerald Wirnsberger

Project Head APN01/APN431
Gerald Wirnsberger holds a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Vienna and has extensive research experience in immunology, genetics, cancer immunotherapy and respiratory diseases. He did his PhD at the IMP in Vienna and the LMU in Munich and did is postdoctoral work at the IMBA in Vienna. He joined APEIRON Biologics in 2017 and is employed as project head for pre-clinical and clinical projects. At the moment he is leading APN431, a small molecule project in immunotherapy and APN01, a clinical stage project in the field of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.
Alexander Dohnal

Alexander Dohnal

Head of Preclinical Development, Project Head APN411/APN421
Has a doctoral degree in Biochemistry from the Technical University Vienna. He gained profound knowledge and expertise in pre-clinical and clinical development of small molecules and cell-therapeutics in the field of Immune Oncology at the Children’s Cancer Research Institute, Vienna and the Biotech Industry.
Michael Ruppert

Michael Ruppert

Business Development
Michael has studied biology in Mainz and Heidelberg, Germany, and holds a PhD in tumor immunology from the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. He also received a MBA from Henley Management College, UK. Michael joined Apeiron as a Business Development Advisor in August 2019, looking back to almost 20 years of experience in business development & licensing in life science.
Sonja Höller

Sonja Höller

Head Clinical Development
Sonja Höller holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics from University of Vienna and has over 11 years of experience in Clinical Research and Development of medical devices and pharmaceuticals in the pharmaceutical industry. Thereby leading multidisciplinary clinical development projects from inception through early clinical investigations up and including clinical Phase III studies.
Since February 2020 she is working at APEIRON Biologics as Head Clinical Development, overseeing the clinical projects for APN01 and APN401.
Vladimir Preveden, PhD

Vladimir Preveden, PhD

Strategic Advisor
Vladimir has two decades of strategy consulting experience for large corporations in a variety of industries and countries, out of which 10 years as Managing Partner of two country entities. His specific expertise lies at the interface of new technologies, innovation and financing growth. He is author of numerous publications on the topics mentioned. Furthermore, he has also experience as a fund manager in an European early-stage Venture Capital firm. His academic background consists of studying mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Graz and Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, a Ph.D. on Corporate Venture Capital at the University of Vienna and a Machine Learning Certificate at Stanford University. Vladimir is supporting APEIRON Biologics as Strategic Advisor since March 2020.

Supervisory Board

Manfred Reichl, PhD, JD, MSc

Entrepreneur, investor, business angel ("Austrian Business Angel of the Year 2009"), and Senior Adviser to renowned global institutions (e.g. UBS Investment Bank, World Economic Forum). More than 20 years of experience in international strategic consulting as Senior Managing Partner at Roland Berger, heading Austria and Eastern Europe for more than 15 years. European Program Manager for a Computer Line at Hewlett Packard. Lecturer in Vienna respectively Munich on "Corporate Governance", "China", and "Globalization".

Rainer C. Burian, MSc

More than 30 years entrepreneurial experience in the global life sciences business. Was managing director of Bioinvest AG in the eighties, an Austria based life science investment holding. 1988 founder of PAA Laboratories. Developed the company from a small local lab to a leading global supplier of cell culture products to the biopharmaceutical industry with subsidiaries on four continents. Sold the company to a multinational pharma corporation and became a successful investor and entrepreneur with extensive focus on the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.

Josef Penninger, MD

Founder of Apeiron. Studied Medicine & Arts at the University Innsbruck, since 1990 worked as post-doctoral fellow at the Ontario Cancer Institute. Author of more than 400 publications and patents; ranked twice among top 10 most cited scientists globally. Worked for 13 years with Amgen, the Ontario Cancer Institute and University of Toronto. Former Scientific Director of the IMBA in Vienna (2002 until 2018), now Scientific Director and Professor of the Life Science Institute of the University of British Columbia.

Erwin Rasinger, MD

Austrian physician and politician. Studied Medicine and Business Administration in Vienna. Referee for ecology of the Medical Association of Austria. Member of Austrian National Assembly from 1994 until 2017.

Helmut Schuehsler, PhD

VC and deal maker on more than 30 direct investments in life science companies in Europe and the U.S. Has overseen more than 100 investments in the life science industry. Built the TVM Capital Life Science practice as an internal start up within TVM Capital.

Scientific Advisors *

Arthur S. Slutzky, MD, MSc, BSc

Scientist, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, St. Michael’s Hospital; Keenan Chair in Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital; Professor, Departments of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and Surgery, University of Toronto; Chair, Clinical Trials Ontario

Hans Loibner, PhD

Former CEO of APEIRON for 13 years. Dr. Loibner holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Vienna. Since 1985 he has been engaged in clinically oriented cancer immunotherapy.

Ulrich Granzer, PhD

Ulrich Granzer has a wide range of experience in all aspects of drug development and regulatory affairs, including drug safety and GXP.

Ruth Ladenstein, MD

Associate professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Cancer Research Institute Vienna (CCRI).

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Reed and Carolee Walker Professor of Pediatrics, Human Oncology, and Genetics; Director of Research, UW Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and BMT, UW Carbone Cancer Center and American Family Children’s Hospital
University of Wisconsin

*None of the named persons is a member to an executive body of the Company