Philipp Bürling studied Business Informatics at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mannheim, which he compeleted with a Diploma in 2007. Afterwards, he was working in different professional and general management positions at the global head office of DB Schenker. In 2015, Philipp co-founded NUMAFERM, an award winning German startup focused on bioproduction of peptides. During this time, he also obtained his degree as Master of Business Administration from the Heinrich-Heine-University, Duesseldorf. After leaving NUMAFERM as CFO in mid 2020, he joined Priavoid as CEO.
Dr. Antje Willuweit studied Biology at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany) and received her PhD from the Max-Planck-Institute in Bad Nauheim (Germany). She gained 9 years of industrial experience in the following Biotech companies: Artemis Pharmaceuticals GmbH, Evotec Neurosciences AG, Evotec AG. In 2011 she joined the Jülich Research Centre at the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-4), where she established her own research group. In total, she has got 20 years of experience with animal models in preclinical research, including at least 13 years in the field of preclinical drug testing against Alzheimer´s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. She co-founded Priavoid in 2017 and is since then Director of Preclinical Research.
Dr. Dagmar Jürgens studied Agricultural Sciences at University of Göttingen (Germany) and subsequently earned her PhD at the University of Gießen. She gained experience at national and international levels since 1990, after founding and leading a small and medium-sized biotech enterprise for more than 15 years. In 2006 she changed her focus to Clinical Research and Drug Development. She furthered her experience in Phase II and III Clinical Trials, whilst working at the German Competent Authority (BfArM) and with international Contract Research Organizations. She has been working at the Jülich Research Center since 2011, first at the Technology Transfer Department, and then at the Institute of Complex Systems (ICS-6), where she is the Project Manager for Preclinical and Clinical Research. She co-founded Priavoid in 2017 and is since then Director of Clinical Development.
Dr. Knut Adermann has more than 20 years experience in peptide therapeutics discovery, translational medicine and clinical development, with a focus on the chemistry, manufacturing and control of novel, peptide active pharmacological ingredients. He holds a PhD in organic chemistry and has co-founded several biotech start-ups, pursuing indications in the fields of antivirals and antibacterials. He was involved in the successful sourcing of seed and round A financing for various start-up companies and has served as managing and scientific director of these ventures. As a consultant in peptide development, he has also supported various preclinical and clinical programs in cardiology, hematology and metabolic diseases. He is an author of more than 90 publications and is a co-inventor of numerous internationally filed patents and patent applications. He co-founded Priavoid in 2017 and is since then Director of CMC.
Dr. Gunther Kauselmann
Director Quality Management and Regulatory Compliance
Dr. Gunther Kauselmann studied Biology at the University of Hamburg and completed his PhD at the Center for Molecular Neuroscience Hamburg (ZMNH). In 1998 he joined the startup company Artemis Pharmaceuticals GmbH in Cologne, which was renamed Taconic Biosciences GmbH after being acquired by Taconic Biosciences Inc. in 2009. At Taconic Dr. Kauselmann held several management positions in scientific operations, quality management and regulatory compliance with increasing responsibility, before being appointed as Vice President of Operations to oversee the production process at the Cologne site. During his professional career he also graduated in Drug Regulatory Affairs and obtained his Master´s Certificate from the University of Bonn. He co-founded Priavoid in 2017 and is since then Director of Quality Management and Regulatory Compliance.
Professor Dr. Riesner held the chair of Biophysics at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf from 1980 to 2006, was dean of the Science Faculty and prorector of research. Since his retirement in 2006, he was member of the board of trustees of Heinrich Heine University until 2017. During his academic career Professor Dr. Riesner worked as a research assistant at Princeton University and as a visiting professor at the University of California, San Francisco and Academia Sinica (China). Professor Dr. Riesner is a co-founder of Qiagen N.V., member of the Supervisory Board and held the position as Chairman of the Supervisory Board from 1999 to 2014. He was also a member of the Supervisory Boards of NewLab Bioquality AG, Erkrath, Drevo AG, Cologne, Alantos AG, Heidelberg and AC Immune, Lausanne. Furthermore, Professor Riesner was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Friedrich-Löffler Institute, Isle of Riems and PrioNet and APRI, both in Canada. He received awards from the Federal Government, from the State of NRW and the Max Planck Society. Prof. Dr. Riesner works with Priavoid as a business angel, partner and mentor.
Full Professor for “Physical Biology” at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf and Director at the Institute of Complex Systems, Structural Biochemistry (IBI-7) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, is biochemist, biophysicist, structural biologist, and a long-standing expert in the field of AD. He developed the innovative treatment strategy to target severe neurodegenerative disorders and is coinventor of multiple novel drug candidates. Prof. Dr. Willbold has profound expertise in the technology platform applied to identify and optimize D-peptide based drug candidates for the treatment of neurological disorders with high medical needs.
Dr. Schmiegel is a qualified attorney-at-law specialised in corporate law and venture capital and represents one of Priavoid’s shareholders. He studied at the Westphalian-Wilhelms University of Muenster (WWU), underwent his legal traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf and started his legal career in a major international law firm in Düsseldorf. Dr. Schmiegel also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration.
Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, Germany, and president of the non-for-profit International Association of Pharmaceutical Technology (APV), is a long-standing expert in the field of drug formulations, orphan drug development and process analytical technologies.
A world-wide renowned peptide chemist (Ph.D. from the University of Aachen (RWTH), Aachen, Germany) used to serve as an adjunct professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, USA. He held the position of Distinguished Research Leader at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in Nutley, New Jersey. He is a long-standing expert in drug discovery of peptide-based drugs. He authored and co-authored over 250 scientific articles and 21 patents in the field of peptides, acts as reviewer for renowned scientific journals and received multiple scientific awards. He serves as a council member of the American Peptide Society and a board member of trustees of the Boulder Peptide Society.
Full Professor and Director of the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital Cologne and Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine, Cognitive Neuroscience (INM-3) at the Research Center Jülich. He is a member of the Council of the German Neurological Society (DGN) with clinical specialization on cognitive neurology and dementia, stroke and neurorehabilitation, and movement disorders. His scientific interests include stroke and neurohabilitation, movement disorders and deep brain stimulation, and non-invasive neuromodulation including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).
Full Professor at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, is currently chief of the branch Geriatric Neuropsychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité – Campus Benjamin Franklin. He is head of the Memory Clinic and Dementia Prevention Center at Experimental Clinical Research Center (ECRC), Charité – Campus Berlin Buch. He is principal investigator at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and board member of the German Dementia Competence Network (KND e.V.). He is interested in the establishment of, and has extensively worked on, new biomarkers for early diagnosis of chronic neurodegenerative diseases. He has participated as Principal Investigator in numerous observational and interventional clinical trials.
Full Professor of the Institute of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, is an expert in the field of Medicinal Chemistry (i.a. drug research for CNS drugs/neurotransmitters, dopamine receptor subtypes, NMDA receptors and lipid signaling) and co-inventor of Wakix®, the first histamine H3 receptor antagonist into market.
Full Professor at the Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Director of the German Reference Centre for Prion Disease Surveillance at the Department of Neurology at Georg-August-University Göttingen. She is member of the German Neurological Society (DGN) and German Society for Liquor Diagnostics in Neurology (DGLN). Her main research interests include genomics-, proteomics- and interactomics-based scientific approaches to investigate molecular mechanisms and post-translational modifications underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease as well as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease. One of her specific scientific interests in the field of neurodegenerative disorders are patients with rapidly progressive Alzheimer´s disease (rpAD).
Our team consists of highly skilled and specialized scientists with different backgrounds. Scientific excellence is both a goal and a demand on ourselves.
"Decades of research have gone into a unique treatment concept for neurodegenerative diseases. Priavoid continues to translate this concept into the development of efficient and safe drugs."