Bayer AG has been involved in several projects since the beginning of IMI and initiated this 11th call for proposals: Blood-based biomarker assays for personalized tumor therapy: value of latest circulating biomarkers.
Thomas Schlange is the coordinator of CANCER-ID on behalf of the participating EFPIA member companies. He has previously worked in several collaborative projects at the European level. He was breast cancer WP co-leader of the IMI PREDECT project and participated in the FP7 EPC-TM-Net project on pancreatic cancer stroma. He is a chemist by training (TU Braunschweig, Germany; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA) and focused his research on signal transduction in embryonic development, later on cancer, angiogenesis and fibrotic disease. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Friedrich-Miescher institute in Basel, Switzerland, before joining Bayer in 2008.
Sabrina Pleier works as a postdoctoral fellow in CANCER-ID. She received her PhD for the discovery of a novel biomarker and drug target in medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumour in childhood. During the time of her thesis project and post-doctoral research at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, she was also working on several collaborative projects in the field of personalized medicine for cancer patients. She has strong expertise in functional genomics, using lentiviral mediated RNAi and overexpression of candidate genes, and microarray based analyses as well as phenotypic assays for functional in vitro studies.
Thomas Krahn holds a Diploma in Biology and Ph. D. with focus on Physiology and Pharmacology. Since 1990, he is an employee of Bayer AG, up to 2001 as lab head in different functions of Cardiovascular Research. Since then he has been head of different departments in research and early development and in 2006 he became Department Head of Translational Medicine / Global Biomarker Research at Bayer Healthcare. Thomas Krahn is currently also Professor at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, giving lectures in Translational Research / Medicine,
He is active in several public private partnerships relevant to “Personalized Medicine” and biomarker like IMI’s SAFE-T, the Emerging Technology Fund “Blood Based Biomarker: Capturing of Rare Cells” and the FP7 Project CanDO.