Meet the leadership team

Franz-Werner Haas, Ph.D., LL.M.

Chief Executive Officer

Vita Franz-Werner Haas

Malte Greune, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Vita Malte Greune

Pierre Kemula, B.Sc.

Chief Financial Officer

Vita Pierre Kemula

Mariola Fotin-Mleczek, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

Vita Mariola Fotin-Mleczek

Antony Blanc, Ph.D.

Chief Business Officer
(CBO) & Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

Vita Antony Blanc

Igor Splawski, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Vita Igor Splawski

Klaus Edvardsen, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Development Officer

Vita Klaus Edvardsen

Baron Jean Stéphenne, MSc, MBA


Jean Stéphenne, MSc, MBA, is former Chairman and President of GSK Biologicals. He began his career with SmithKline-Rit where he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He served as the President of Union Wallonne des Entreprises (UWE) from 1997 to 2000.

Furthermore, Jean Stéphenne has been Chairman of BESIX Group S.A./N.V. and TiGenix N.V. Currently he serves on the Board of various life sciences companies including Bone Therapeutics, Vaxxilon, and Bepharbel. He also heads the board of Nanocyl, a company specialized in carbon nanotubes for batteries and polymers.

Ralf Clemens, MD, PhD

Dr. Clemens has been working in vaccine industry since 1988 in various senior scientific and business positions, such as Head of GSK Biologicals’ Vaccine Development and Latin American business, and thereafter leading the global vaccine development at Novartis. During these years, Ralf developed and brought to licensure more than 25 different vaccines globally.

Ralf graduated with a medical degree from the University of Mainz, Germany and holds an executive business degree from the Wharton Business School, Philadelphia, PA, USA. He was member of the advisory board of the International Vaccine Institute in Seoul, Korea, and currently serves as an external scientific advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool, and to Aeras, a non-profit organization focusing on the development of vaccines against tuberculosis.

Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach, PhD

is managing partner and co-founder of dievini Hopp BioTech Holding GmbH & Co. KG. dievini manages the life science activities and investments of Dietmar Hopp, co-founder of SAP, and his family. Friedrich von Bohlen holds a diploma in biochemistry from the University of Zurich and a PhD in neurobiology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. He held various positions at Fresenius AG, FAG Kugelfischer KGaA and WASAG Chemie AG.

In 1997 he founded LION bioscience AG whose CEO he was for seven years. He is chairman of the Board of Apogenix AG and Novaliq GmbH, and board member of AC Immune SA, CureVac AG, immatics biotechnologies GmbH, Heidelberg Pharma AG and Co-Chair of the Evaluation Board of the Wyss Translational Center Zurich. Friedrich is also co-founder and managing director of Molecular Health GmbH.

Mathias Hothum, PhD

Dr. Hothum is managing director of dievini GmbH & Co. KG, advisors in health sciences. Dievini manages the biotech investments of SAP co-founder Dietmar Hopp. He received his degree in Economics from the University of Mannheim and his doctorate from the University of Magdeburg.

For the past 20 years, he has worked as an economist in the sectors of healthcare, health services and life sciences. Mathias specializes in pricing, reimbursement and the evaluation of mid-sized companies, as well as of publicly-owned/market-listed companies. He is the owner and founder of HMM Consulting. Furthermore, he serves as a member of the boards of Apogenix GmbH, Cytonet GmbH, Joimax GmbH, and Novaliq GmbH.

Chris Tanner, PhD

Dr. Tanner is Chief Financial Officer and Head of Investor Relations of Cassiopea, a position he’s held since 2015. Prior to this, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Investor Relations of Cosmo Pharmaceuticals from 2006 until 2016. He also has served as a Board Member of Cosmo Pharmaceuticals NV since 2006.

Additionally, Chris is a member of the board of directors or advisory board (Beirat) of DKSH AG (SIX: DKSH), Paion AG, Qvanteq AG and Joimax GmbH. From 1998 to 2001, he was a partner of Dr. Ernst Mueller-Moehl and co-founder of the 20 Minutes group of newspapers, and founded A&A Active Investor, a SIX-listed investment company. From 1992 to 1998, he was the head of corporate finance & capital markets of UBS in Zurich and from 1976 to 1991, he worked within the Corporate Banking Department of UBS in Zurich, Madrid and Los Angeles. Dr. Tanner has a PhD in economics and diploma as an economist from the University of St. Gallen.

None of the companies where Chris Tanner is a major shareholder or holds a management or board position has any business activities with CureVac.

Craig A. Tooman, MBA

Craig A. Tooman is Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Leadership Team at Silence Therapeutics. Before he has served as President, CEO and Board Director at Aratana Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: PETX) since January 2019, following his 6-year tenure as CFO. Craig has decades of executive level experience and a strong résumé of operational expertise, including in pet therapeutics and the broader pharmaceutical industry.

He played a vital role in successfully completing Aratana’s initial public offering and has raised more than $5B in the course of his career. Craig has built strong business relationships and a successful track record in executive leadership roles for several pharmaceutical companies, including as CEO of Avanzar Medical, Inc. and CFO for Enzon Pharmaceuticals and Ikaria Inc. He’s also held key executive roles at ILEX Oncology, Inc. and Pharmacia Corporation. Craig earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BA in Economics from Kalamazoo College.

Dr Viola Bronsema

Dr Viola Bronsema has been Secretary General and CEO of BIO Deutschland, Germany’s Biotechnology Industry Association since 2006. With its 350 corporate members, the sector association represents the interests of Germany’s biotechnology industry nationally and internationally. Currently she is member of e. g. the Advisory Boards of the German Federal Government (Bioeconomy Advisory Board), of the German Life Sciences Association (VBIO e. V.) and of one of the oldest German economic policy associations (WPCD e.V.).

Previously, Viola was Head of Communications of Roche Diagnostics GmbH and of Roche Diagnostics Europe, Middle East, Africa, and before that, of Lilly Pharma Holding GmbH. She earned her Ph.D. at the Centre for Molecular Biology (ZMBH) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

Ralf Clemens, MD


Dr. Clemens is the former VP/SVP at GSK Biologicals, Novartis Vaccines and Takeda Vaccines. He is also an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF). In addition to serving on CureVac’s Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Clemens is a member of CureVac’s Supervisory Board.

Professor Nina Bhardwaj, MD

Dr. Bhardwaj is a professor and researcher in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Hematology and Medical Oncology Department, located in New York, NY, USA. She is also an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the American Association of Physicians (AAP). Dr. Bhardwaj is a senior editor of the AACR journal Cancer Immunology Research.

Michel De Wilde, PhD

Dr. De Wilde is a member of the Board of Directors at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) and at VBI Vaccines, Inc. He has previously served as SVP of R&D at Sanofi Pasteur and VP of Research at GSK Biologicals.

Professor Dirk Jäger, MD

Dr. Jäger is the director of Medical Oncology at the University Hospital of Heidelberg in Germany. Additionally, he leads the Applied Tumor Immunity research group at the German Cancer Research Center.

Professor Karim Fizazi, MD

Dr. Fizazi heads the Department of Cancer Medicine at the Institut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France. He is also President of the French Study Group of Carcinomas of Unknown Primary and an associate editor of the European Journal of Cancer.

Christopher Karp, MD

Dr. Karp is the Director of Global Health Discovery and Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Professor Michael P. Manns, MD

Dr. Manns is the Director of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endocrinology at Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany.

Professor Stanley Plotkin, MD

Dr. Plotkin is a professor emeritus at the Wistar Institute and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Plotkin is an editor of the core medical textbook Vaccines.

Jean-Paul Prieels, PhD

In addition to his work with CureVac, Dr. Prieels serves as a board member of various biotech companies, including DNAlytics and Vaximm. Formerly, he was SVP of Research & Development at GSK Biologicals.

Professor Hans-Georg Rammensee, PhD

Dr. Rammensee heads the Department of Immunology at the University of Tübingen in Tübingen, Germany.

George R. Siber, MD

In addition to his work with CureVac, Dr. Siber serves as the Chief Scientific Officer at ClearPath Vaccines. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President of Wyeth Pharma, CSO of Wyeth Vaccines, and Director of the Massachusetts Biologic Laboratories.

Professor Daniel Speiser, MD

Dr. Speiser heads the Clinical Tumor Biology and Immunotherapy Group within the Department of Oncology and Ludwig Cancer Research Center at the University of Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Professor Xiao-Ning Xu, MD, PhD

In addition to teaching, Dr. Xu serves as Chair in Human Immunology at the Imperial College London.

Professor Fred Zepp, MD

Dr. Zepp is the Medical Director and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University Medical Center at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in Mainz, Germany. Previously, he served as President of the German Society of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Zepp is also a member of the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute.

Gerd Zettlmeissl, PhD

Dr. Zettlmeissl is the Chairman of the Hilleman Laboratories and serves on the Board of Directors of Aeras, as well as on the board of various biotech companies. Formerly, he was the Managing Director of Chrison Behring and Chief Executive Officer of Intercell.