Team

DR. DANIEL VITT

CEO, President and Director

Dr. Daniel Vitt, Ph.D., joined Immunic in January 2017. Previously, he was Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Development Officer of 4SC AG, a publicly traded company based in Germany that he co-founded in 1997. During his time at 4SC, Dr. Vitt was responsible for all research and development activities and successfully grew the company from the research stage into an advanced therapeutic development company with several clinical-stage product candidates in the pipeline, addressing autoimmune, oncology and infectious diseases. Among these were resminostat, domatinostat and vidofludimus. In 2005, Dr. Vitt took 4SC AG public on the Frankfurt stock exchange.

During his tenure, Dr. Vitt also successfully negotiated and executed several key research and licensing agreements with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies including Sanofi, LEO Pharma, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd., Schwarz Pharma and BioNTech AG.

Dr. Vitt studied chemistry in Siegen and Würzburg, Germany, and graduated from the University of Würzburg, where he focused on quantum-chemical calculations of organic reactions. He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Organic Chemistry at the University of Würzburg, where he focused on molecular design of small molecule therapeutics.

Dr. Vitt is currently a member of the supervisory board of Quattro Research GmbH, a software solutions provider for life science and chemistry applications, located in Planegg, Germany. He also is member of the advisory board of the venture capital fund “Wachstumsfond Bayern 2” managed by Bayern Kapital GmbH.

Profile

Skills
Entrepreneurial track record and leadership

Qualification
Co-Founder of 4SC AG, managing director and board member of several companies in the life-science industry

Experience
Transformation of R&D company to advanced clinical development stage and IPO on German stock exchange

Motivation
Leading companies to outstanding levels of excellence

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DR. Hella Kohlhof

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Hella Kohlhof joined Immunic in January 2017 from 4SC AG, a publicly listed German biotech company where she was responsible for the management of the clinical product portfolio. Dr. Kohlhof also serves as Managing Director of Immunic’s research subsidiary, Immunic Research GmbH, Halle (Saale). She brings to Immunic a very strong scientific background in the immunology and oncology field and is experienced in drug development, preclinical and translational pharmacology.

In 2008, Dr. Kohlhof joined 4SC AG as a research scientist and group leader and established the research laboratory for translational pharmacology. She worked on 4SC’s preclinical and clinical stage projects including IMU-838 and IMU-935. From 2011 to 2015, Dr. Kohlhof was responsible for the management and development of 4SC’s epigenetic clinical stage small molecule inhibitor 4SC-202. In 2015, Dr. Kohlhof was named Director, Development Projects, and assumed responsibility for the entire product development pipeline of 4SC including clinical trial design and biomarker development.

Dr. Kohlhof studied biology in Aachen and Munich, Germany, and Gothenburg, Sweden. She received her doctorate in biology from the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology and Tumor Genetics at the Helmholtz Centre in Munich, where she worked on normal and malignant B cell development influenced by Notch and Epstein Barr Virus mediated signaling, and where she also performed her post doctorate work.

Dr. Kohlhof has been awarded several patents and is co-author of several scientific publications. She is a frequent guest speaker at scientific and industry conferences.

Profile

Skills
Expertise in transitioning from preclinical to clinical-stage development

Qualification
Experienced in immunology and preclinical research up to managing clinical stage projects

Experience
Drug development, preclinical and translational pharmacology, clinical trial design, biomarker development

Motivation
Developing state-of-the-art treatments of autoimmune diseases

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DR. ANDREAS MUEHLER

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Andreas Muehler, M.D., M.B.A., joined Immunic in August 2016. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the U.S. and European pharmaceutical industry, with an emphasis on preclinical and clinical development, business development and licensing, private equity, as well as marketing.

From 2009 until joining Immunic, Dr. Muehler was an independent medical consultant, working on assignments in the U.S. and in Germany. During this time, he served in key interim leadership rolesat a number of pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As such, Dr. Muehler was responsible for overseeing large clinical oncology trials, including the pivotal trials leading up to the launch of newly approved pharmaceuticals for inflammatory bowel disease, Vedolizumab and Budesonide MMX.

In 2009, Dr. Muehler also was a Managing Director of Palladius Healthcare GmbH, a Munich-based healthcare private equity fund. Prior to this, he served at the helm of several U.S. based companies. Specifically, Dr. Muehler was President and Chief Executive Officer of medical device start-up, MicroMRI, Inc. and President of medical device company, 3TP LLC (d/b/a CAD Sciences), which he subsequently sold to iCAD Medical in 2006. Dr. Muehler also served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice President, Corporate Development at Cellectar Inc., a developer of cancer therapeutics and imaging agents. Earlier in his career, Dr. Muehler served in a number of key positions at the mid-sized, U.S.-based pharmaceutical company Berlex Laboratories, where his roles spanned preclinical and clinical development, business development, as well as licensing and marketing.

Dr. Muehler received an M.D. from Humboldt-University in Berlin, Germany, and an M.B.A. from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Muehler has served on the Board of Directors of multiple emerging medical technology companies, is the co-inventor of more than 20 patents and is the author or co-author of more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Profile

Skills
Pharmaceutical industry veteran since 1992

Qualification
Developed and managed multiple medical companies in the US and Germany

Experience
Held multiple interim management positions for pharmaceutical and medical device companies

Motivation
Developing innovative therapies for patients with debilitating disease

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DR. MANFRED GRÖPPEL

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Manfred Gröppel joined Immunic in April 2016. As part of the senior management team, he has been serving as Chief Operating Officer and, until April 2019, acting Chief Financial Officer, leading functional responsibility for accounting, finance, risk management and legal. From April 2016 to December 2016, he served as Immunic’s interim Chief Executive Officer.

Previously, he was Head of Business Development at 4SC AG, where he managed worldwide business development activities since 2001 and served as project leader of the development team for IMU-838. Prior to joining 4SC, Dr. Gröppel held various positions at Tripos Inc., where he managed business development activities in Central and South Europe, Scandinavia and Israel. He also worked at the Research Center Siemens from 1994 to 1997.

Dr. Gröppel brings to Immunic more than 18 years of business development leadership and a strong scientific background in drug discovery, product development, manufacturing processes, chemistry, manufacturing and controls (CMC) and project valuation. Dr. Gröppel’s successful track record of licensing transactions in the healthcare industry, worldwide, totals more than 300 million USD and includes Yakult Honsha’s acquisition of resminostat, Link Health’s acquisition of 4SC-205, out-licensing the APAC rights for resminostat to Menarini, and the acquisition of eight oncology projects from Altana. Recently, he successfully negotiated an option and licensing agreement for Immunic’s IMU-856 with Daiichi Sankyo.

Dr. Gröppel studied chemistry at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany and received his doctorate in chemistry from the Institute of Organic Chemistry, University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

He has been a guest speaker at several national and international conferences and has been awarded several patents related to IMU-838.

Profile

Skills
Drug discovery, drug substance & product development, business development, etc.

Qualification
Doctorate in chemistry

Experience
Worldwide business development since 2001

Motivation
Pushing business development to a new level

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GLENN WHALEY, CPA

Vice President Finance, Principal Financial and Accounting Officer

Glenn Whaley joined Immunic as Principal Accounting Officer and Controller in December 2019. In April 2020, he was promoted to the position of Vice President Finance, Principal Financial and Accounting Officer. Mr. Whaley brings to Immunic more than 28 years of experience in accounting and finance.

Prior to joining Immunic, from March 2015 until May 2019, Mr. Whaley held roles of increasing responsibility at specialty pharmaceuticals company, Pernix Therapeutics, most recently serving as Vice President of Finance. Previously, Mr. Whaley was Vice President of Finance for Alvogen, Inc, a global pharmaceutical company; Corporate Controller for ImClone Systems, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing biologic medicines in the area of oncology; and served in various, key financial roles in public accounting and in the pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries.

Mr. Whaley earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University Business School and is a Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Profile

Skills
Accounting and finance leader

Qualification
Seasoned public company finance professional

Experience
20+ years of experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry

Motivation
Transitioning early stage companies to the next level

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DR. DUANE NASH

Executive Chairman

Duane Nash, M.D., J.D., M.B.A, joined Immunic’s board as its chairman in 2019. Since April 2020, he has temporarily assumed the role of Executive Chairman.

From 2012 to 2019, Dr. Nash served in various leadership roles at Vital Therapies (Nasdaq: VTL), most recently as its Chief Executive Officer. Additional roles included Medical Director, Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer and President. Prior to joining Vital Therapies, Dr. Nash held various positions at Wedbush PacGrowth Life Sciences, an investment bank, where he worked from 2009 to 2012, most recently as Senior Vice President in Equity Research. Before that, he was a research analyst at Pacific Growth Equities, which was acquired by Wedbush in 2009.

Dr. Nash also practiced law from 2002 to 2008, most recently at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he focused on intellectual property litigation and corporate matters. Dr. Nash served on the board of directors of Aerpio Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ARPO) from 2012 to 2017, and Akebia Therapeutics (Nasdaq: AKBA) from 2013 to 2018.

Dr. Nash earned a B.A. in biology from Williams College, an M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School, a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Oxford. Dr. Nash completed his internship in general surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

Profile

Skills
Medicine; law; capital markets; corporate governance

Qualification
California licensed physician and surgeon; Member of California Bar (inactive)

Experience
Has held multiple executive and board positions in public and private companies focused on healthcare innovation

Motivation
Working with exceptional teams to improve options for patients and reward shareholders

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