Jörn Aldag is CEO of gene therapy company uniQure N.V., Netherlands, which received the first approval of a gene therapy product by any Western regulatory agency and recently listed the company on NASDAQ. He is Chairman of alternative antibody company Molecular Partners AG, Switzerland. He previously transformed Evotec AG from being a provider of ultra-high throughput screening equipment to being a leading CRO for small molecule research, listed the company at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and managed the acquisition of LSE-listed Oxford Asymmetry and NASDAQ-listed Renovis Inc. He holds business degrees from the European Business School and the Harvard Business School.
Dr. Petry joined uniQure’s predecessor company AMT in May 2007 as Director of Research and Development. He has worked in the area of gene therapy for more than 15 years and has extensive experience in pharmaceutical research. After his PhD, he built up a career in academic research and subsequently in the international biopharmaceutical industry. For the last 10 years, in addition to uniQure, he has worked at Jenapharm GmbH (Germany), and Berlex Biosciences (US) in different functions with increasing managerial and leadership responsibility.
Dr. Preusting joined uniQure’s predecessor company AMT in August 2006 and is responsible for Business Development. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry and an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management. He has 20 years of experience in product development and manufacturing using fermentation and cell culture techniques. Prior to uniQure, he was at Solvay Pharmaceuticals, DSM and Gist-brocades. Hans Preusting holds two patents and has published over 20 scientific articles.
Dr. Meyer joined uniQure as Chief Medical Officer in 2013. He has more than 13 years of clinical research experience with both biotechnology companies and large pharmas and particular expertise in the development of treatments for rare diseases. Dr. Meyer joined uniQure from Cardoz AB where he spent three years as Chief Medical Officer. From 2006 to 2010, Dr. Meyer held leadership positions in clinical development at Symphogen A/S, where he was Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Vice President, Clinical Development. Prior to Symphogen, he played an important role in clinical development at Zymenex A/S and spent five years in clinical development at Novo Nordisk A/S. Dr. Meyer received both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Eric Goossens joined uniQure as Chief Operating Officer in 2014 from Dätwyler Pharma Packaging Belgium N.V. where he spent three years as Site Director responsible for the Belgium and Germany sites. Prior to this, he held leadership positions in operations at Sekisui S-LEC Europe B.V., where he was responsible for the Film Plant Operations and Supply Chain. From 2002 to 2006 he was Project Manager and Director Production Operations at Centocor B.V. where he played an important role in a major site expansion, building a new biopharmaceutical production facility. Mr. Goossens holds a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, as well as a Master of Engineering from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. His educational background includes international executive leadership programs at the business schools of INSEAD and IMD.
Matt Kapusta joined uniQure as CFO in January 2015 with nearly 20 years of experience in the life sciences industry. Most recently, Matt was Senior Vice President at AngioDynamics responsible for corporate development, strategic planning and national accounts. Prior to AngioDynamics, he served as Vice President, Finance for Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics. Matt's career also includes more than a decade of investment banking experience focused on emerging life sciences companies. Matt was Managing Director, Healthcare Investment Banking at Collins Stewart, and held various positions at Wells Fargo Securities, Robertson Stephens and PaineWebber. Matt holds a Master of Business Administration from New York University's Stern School of Business, a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and earned his Certified Public Accountant license in 1996 while at Ernst & Young.
Mrs. Konforty joined uniQure as SVP Corporate Services beginning 2014. She has more than 15 years of experience in leading Service Strategy for both internal and external customers in global public corporations, with strong culture diversity and changing economic climates in Europe and the US. Mrs. Konforty joined uniQure from eBay Classifieds Group where she led both HR and Operations in the NL branch. Prior to eBay, Mrs. Konforty worked in NetApp EMEA headquarters, HR consultancy group and startups in different growth phase. She graduated Psychology and Communication in Haifa University and has a pending Master in Labor Studies from Tel Aviv University, Israel.
Dr. Richard joins uniQure with 30 years of industry, academic and medical practice experience with a focus on rare and orphan diseases and the translation of emerging genetic technologies into drug development. Dr Richard most recently served as Chief Medical Officer of Oxyrane, a biotechnology company focused on developing second-generation enzyme replacement therapies for rare lysosomal storage diseases, where he remains a member of the Board of Directors. Previously, Dr. Richard led the Translational Medicine group at Shire Human Genetic Therapies, in the role of Principal Medical Director and Head of Translational Medicine, Clinical R&D. There he was responsible for the clinical development of novel enzyme replacement therapies for rare and orphan diseases including Sanfilippo A syndrome and Hunter Syndrome, among others. Prior to Shire, Dr. Richard held multiple roles at Wyeth, including Vice President and Head of the Department of Genomics at Wyeth Discovery Research where he established and led a team of 135 scientists providing core functions in bioinformatics, genetically-modified animal models, gene expression profiling, molecular medicine and pharmacogenomics, functional genomics and genomics core sciences. Before moving into industry, Dr. Richard was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and before that position had completed nearly 10 years of medical practice and academic research. He received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and an M.D., both from the Ohio State University School of Medicine, and a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University.