Solid Tumors, Metastasis & Therapy Resistance

Hematopoietic Stem Cells and Leukemia

Stem Cells and Tumor Microenvironment

HI-STEM Group Leaders

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Prof. Dr. Christof Hettich

Prof Dr.Hettich is a lawyer and partner at RITTERSHAUS Rechtsanwälte in Mannheim, Germany and is specializing the fields of Mergers & Acquisitions, the structuring and restructuring of companies as well as general corporate law. He is also a co-founder and managing director of dievini Hopp BioTech holding GmbH & Co. KG. For many years he has been on boards of private and publicly traded companies in different industry sectors. Dr. Hettich is currently also the Chief Executive Officer of SRH Holding as well as an honorary professor at the Hochschule Heidelberg. He was for many years also an assistant lecturer at the University of Heidelberg (LL.M. coporate restructuring). He studied law and political science at the Universities of Freiburg, Würzburg and Mannheim, Germany and received his Ph.D. from the University of Würzburg, Germany.

Dr. Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach

Dr. Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach is managing director of the dievini Hopp BioTech Holding GmbH & Co. KG. dievini manages the biotechnology interests in companies owned by the SAP co-founder Dietmar Hopp and his family. He worked for the Fresenius AG, FAG Kugelfischer and the WASAG Chemie AG. In 1997 he founded the LION Bioscience AG (ow Sygnis Pharma AG), which he managed for six years as CEO. Since 2004 he is their chairman. In addition, he is actively participating in several boards of other biotechnology and biopharmaceutics companies.

Michael Baumann

Prof. Dr. Michael Baumann

Since November 2016, Prof. Dr. Michael Baumann is chairman and scientific member of the board of directors of the German Cancer Research Center.


Prof. Dr. Josef Puchta

Since August 1st, 1996, Prof. Dr. Josef Puchta is administrative commercial director of the German Cancer Research Center. Between 2001 and 2003 Prof. Dr. Josef Puchta was vice spokesman of commercial directors and member of the board of directors of the Helmholtz AssociationIn January 2011, the University Mannheim appointed Prof. Dr. Josef Putcha honorary professor. This appraisal honours his great commitment as longtime lecturer in study and teaching and his merits of supporting the university in science and scientific policy.