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Dr. Bodo Brückner

After his studies of Biology at the University of Heidelberg, Bodo Brückner was awarded his doctorate at the Center of Molecular Biology (ZMBH) in the laboratory of Renato Paro in Heidelberg.

He then started postdoc positions at the Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina "López-Neyra" in Granada (Spain) and at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).

At the DKFZ he worked with Prof. Frank Lyko on cancer epigenetics and was involved in several translational research projects with Cancer Research United Kingdom, Clavis Pharma ASA, Bayer HealthCare and Beiersdorf AG.

Since January 2011 he has been working as a freelancing/self-employed consultant scientist.

From August 2011 to March 2015, Bodo Brückner enhanced the BioRN Clustermanagement as an innovation manager in the department of project and science management. To foster life science entrepreneurship and the creation of start-ups, Dr. Brückner teaches Master and PhD students at the Biotech Entrepreneurship Training Program at Heidelberg University.

Since April 2015, Bodo Brückner has been working as an Entrepreneurship Manager at German EIT Health GmbH where he is responsible for education activities, with a focus on entrepreneurship. He is also member of the EIT Health Education Committee and leads the MOOC and Digital Engagement segment in EIT Health Campus.

Eva-Maria Gottmann

Eva-Maria Gottmann is a marketing and communication specialist, connecting communication and design skills with entrepreneurship.

Eva studied Media and Communication Sciences at the universities of Erfurt, Augsburg, and Barcelona. During her stay in Catalonia’s capital she decided to turn her theoretical knowledge into practice. Thus she began working as a freelance journalist while finishing her master’s thesis.

In 2013 she joined the BioRN Cluster Management as online editor. Since then she has been involved in the Biotech Entrepreneurship activities at Heidelberg University and further business creation programs such as the "Health Axis Europe Accelerator" for start-ups. Furthermore, Eva created and implemented a communication and marketing strategy for the BioMed X Innovation Center.

Since July 2016 she is Business Creation Manager at German EIT Health providing accelerator and education services to EIT Health members and start-ups in the field of biotech, medtech and digital health.

Dr. Christian Tidona

Christian Tidona is a serial biotech entrepreneur, business angel, and managing director at the BioMed X Innovation Center in Heidelberg, Germany. He studied molecular biology and received his doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg. Throughout his entire professional life his focus has always been to foster innovation at the interface between academia and industry. Christian is board member of the BioRN Network and co-founder of the Health Axis Europe alliance between the European health innovation clusters in Leuven, Maastricht, Copenhagen, and Heidelberg. He is chairman of the Weizmann Young European Network (WYEN) and member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Christian is married and father of two children.