Dr. Thomas Wilckens, Congress Chair
CEO of InnVentis Ltd.
Dr. Thomas Wilckens is a medical doctor and a serial entrepreneur. He serves as the CEO of InnVentis Ltd., with a focus on the convergence of multi-omics technologies with real-world clinical data and machine learning to enable Precision Medicine. The InnVentis technology platform combines data of unprecedented quality and depth with cutting-edge algorithms to create actionable insights such as cost-efficient sourcing of extremely high quality *omics analytics and clinical analytics, proprietary knowledge in machine learning and algorithm development, and stringent control of sample and data collection with proprietary standard operation procedures. Dr. Wilckens is also the founder of the LinkedIn group Precision Medicine Insight. Thomas is also an associate at deep innovation GmbH, a boutique consultancy and spin-off of Vodafone Group R&D Germany. In 1998 he founded a drug discovery company as CEO/CSO with a focus on inflammatory and metabolic diseases. Thomas obtained his MD at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and started his research career as a scholar of the Max-Planck Society and the Max-Kade Foundation in New York. He held several post-doctorate positions at leading academic institutions before becoming an entrepreneur.
Aside from his work in Precision Medicine he developed a novel concept for value creation in research intensive industries; i.e. “Symbiotic Innovation”. With regard to this project Thomas is an associate at the GLORAD Research Center for Global R&D Management St. Gallen/Shanghai. Thomas is convinced that we will see a disruption of current diagnostics & therapeutic concepts and related business models. This paradigm shift will be induced by the advent of even greater communication and computing capabilities in concert with progress in omics and sensor technologies; i.e. Precision Medicine will ultimately be supported by algorithms for prevention, diagnostics and therapeutic decision making and become available anywhere 24/7.
Prof. Dr. Horst Domdey, Congress Co-Chair
Managing Director of BioM Biotech Cluster Development GmbH
After completing his doctorate in biochemistry in 1979, Horst Domdey worked as a scientist at various German, Swiss and US institutes. From 1984 to 1994 he headed an independent research group at the Gene Center of the LMU Munich, where he was appointed professor of biochemistry in 1994. In the same year he co-founded MediGene, one of the first German biotech companies. In 1996 he successfully led the Munich Biotech Initiative into the German BioRegio Competition. Since 1997 he has been the managing director of BioM, the cluster development and management organization of the Munich Biotech Cluster. Since 2006 he has also been the chairman of the Bavarian Biotechnology Network.