• Supervisory Board

    Meet our supervisory board members

Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach, PhD

Chairman of the supervisory board

Dr. Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach 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 CureVac AG, 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.

Volker Geuder

Member of the supervisory board

Mr. Geuder is CEO and managing director of the Geuder Group and Geuder AG in Heidelberg, Germany.
The Geuder AG has been one of the most innovative eye surgical product manufacturers for the past 65 years. Ophthalmic surgeons in over 90 countries rely on more than 3,000 Geuder products when performing surgical operations.
Mr. Geuder is also managing director of the Fluoron® GmbH in Ulm, Germany an affiliate of the Geuder AG. Fluoron GmbH develops and manufactures ultrapure innovative biomaterials for retinal and cataract surgery. Fluoron GmbH plays a leading role in this field worldwide.

Mathias Hothum, PhD

Member of the supervisory board

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 is Chairman of the board of joimax GmbH and board member of CureVac AG, Heidelberg Pharma AG, Apogenix AG, Molecular Health GmbH and Novaliq GmbH.

Dr. Thomas Kaercher

Independent member of the supervisory board

Dr. Thomas Kaercher is an independent ophthalmologist in Heidelberg, Germany.
Dr. Kaercher graduated with a medical degree from Heidelberg University and undertook further training at the University of London, UK, before specialising in ophthalmology at Heidelberg University`s ophthalmic hospital. He worked as a senior physician at the ophthalmic hospital of Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Dr. Kaercher`s research interests include dry eye, Meibomian gland diseases, ocular surface diseases, contact lenses and ectodermal dysplasia syndromes. He is a member of the German Ophthalmologic Society, and the Association of German Ophthalmologists. He also works as one of the four members of the German Dry Eye Group. He is active in the scientific board of the German-speaking patient support group for ectodermal dysplasia and is a member of the judging panel for the German Sicca Award.

Berthold Wipfler

Member of the supervisory board

Berthold Wipfler is an independent tax advisor and co-founder of Wipfler & Partner in Walldorf, a tax advisory and business consulting firm specializing in corporate transactions and structuring with internationally renowned clients. Before starting his own consulting business as a certified tax consultant Mr. Wipfler held executive positions in the fiscal administration of the Land of Baden-Württemberg from 1969 to 1985. In his last position, Mr. Wipfler was responsible for the Department of Audit, Investigation of Suspected Tax Offences, Criminal Matters and Fines at the Regional Tax Office in Karlsruhe. During his academic career Mr. Wipfler was a lecturer at the School of Finance in Karlsruhe and Technical University for Finance in Ludwigsburg as well as at the Bundesfinanzakademie Siegburg (1969 – 1985). Mr. Wipfler holds a Master of Fiscal Affairs from the Technical University for Finance. He is also member of additional supervisory boards and Honorary Senator of Hochschule Karlsruhe for Technology and Economics.