Executive Management Team

Dr. Jan Schmidt-Brand

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
  • Curriculum vitae

    Dr Jan Schmidt-Brand has been Chief Executive Officer of Heidelberg Pharma AG since 2014 and Chief Financial Officer since 2012. Furthermore, Dr Schmidt-Brand holds the position of CEO/CFO in the subsidiary Heidelberg Pharma Research GmbH. The doctor of law has over 30 years’ experience in leading positions in the commercial as well as the fiscal sector of pharmaceutical companies. From 1997 to 2001 he was Managing Director of EBEWE Arzneimittel GmbH, an Austrian BASF Pharma subsidiary. Prior to this, he held several positions at the BASF Group for a total of eight years, most recently as an executive in the central tax department with a general commercial power of attorney (“Prokurist”). Dr Jan Schmidt-Brand studied law, business management and French at the universities of Bayreuth and Geneva and obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Mannheim.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Pahl

Chief Scientific Officer
  • Curriculum vitae

    Professor Andreas Pahl acts as Chief Scientific Officer of Heidelberg Pharma AG since June 2016. Professor Pahl has worked as Chief Scientific Officer and member of the executive management of the subsidiary Heidelberg Pharma Research GmbH since September 2012 and can look back on 25 years’ experience in research and higher education. Prior to his position at Heidelberg Pharma, he was Head of Late Pharmacology at Nycomed and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. After graduating in chemistry from the University of Berlin, he spent several years lecturing at TU Berlin and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), at which he was also appointed Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology. He will continue to perform his teaching duties at FAU.

Dr. András Strassz

Chief Medical Officer
  • Curriculum vitae

    Dr. Strassz has been appointed Chief Medical Officer in March 2021. He has already joined the company in April 2020 as Senior Medical Officer to build up the clinical development function. He has strong experience in clinical development, including in oncology. Dr. Strassz joined Heidelberg Pharma from Affimed, where he served as Medical Director. Previously, he held positions in clinical development at Sandoz and Amgen, among others. He holds both an MD and MBA from the University of Pécs, Hungary.

Dr. Mathias Locher

Chief Development Officer
  • Curriculum vitae

    Dr. Locher has been appointed Chief Development Officer in March 2021. He has over 30 years of experience in drug development. He joins Heidelberg Pharma from Janssen (Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson), where he was Senior Director - External Innovation at the J&J London Innovation Centre. Prior to that, he held management positions at Covagen, Merck Serono, Micromet (now part of Amgen) and ASTA Medica. Dr. Locher holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Tuebingen.

Dr. George Badescu

Chief Business Officer
  • Curriculum vitae

    Dr. Badescu has been Chief Business Officer of Heidelberg Pharma AG since November 2021. Previously, he served as Vice President Business Development of the company. Before joining Heidelberg Pharma, Dr. Badescu was responsible for business development at Abzena Plc. He began his career at PolyTherics in London, where he led the antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) program. He is co-inventor of several patents in the field of bioconjugation and ADCs. He conducted his PhD in biological sciences at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom.


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