Chief Executive Officer
Harpreet co-founded Immatics in 2000 to translate pioneering scientific discoveries in immunology into highly innovative immunotherapies to impact the lives of cancer patients.
Since the foundation, he has served as Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer, helping to grow the Company from a start-up to a leading biotech player in the field of immuno-oncology. Harpreet has played a leadership role in raising more than US$200m of venture capital funding over several financing rounds. In 2015, Harpreet became President & CEO of Immatics US, overseeing all operations of Immatics in Houston, Texas to develop next-generation Adoptive Cell Therapies (ACT). He led the team that achieved a $20m CPRIT grant by the State of Texas. Harpreet was awarded "Private Company CEO of the Year" at the Lifestars Awards 2018 (in association with Jefferies), in recognition of his achievements. In 2019, Harpreet became CEO of Immatics Biotechnologies.
Harpreet is the inventor on numerous granted patents and patent applications and co-author of numerous scientific papers published by peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Lancet Oncology. A scholar of Prof. Hans-Georg Rammensee, Harpreet completed his academic studies by gaining a Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Tuebingen, Germany.
Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer
As Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer Carsten Reinhardt is responsible for Immunology, Translational Development, Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs with a focus on T cell receptor identification/engineering and Immatics' bispecific T cell engaging product portfolio.
Carsten Reinhardt joined Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH in October 2009 from Micromet, Inc. (Bethesda, MD), where he was Chief Medical Officer and a member of the management board.
Previously, as International Medical Leader at Hoffmann-La Roche (Basel, Switzerland), Carsten Reinhardt had global responsibility for the development of Herceptin®. Prior to his tenure at Roche, Carsten Reinhardt was Head of Clinical Development at Fresenius Biotech (Munich, Germany).
Carsten Reinhardt has extensive experience in translational development as well as in early and late-stage clinical trial design. Under his leadership multiple biological compounds that address oncology and immunology diseases were progressed from early preclinical development through first-in-man studies towards approvals in the US and Europe. This included the set-up and oversight of pivotal trials leading to the approval of various anti-cancer drugs including Blincyto® in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Removab® in solid tumors as well as various sBLA/MAA for Herceptin® in additional indications such as adjuvant breast cancer and gastric cancer.
Prior to joining the pharma and biotech industry, Carsten Reinhardt held various academic medical positions and worked at the University of Tuebingen and Max Planck Institute, Munich to complete his curriculum in Neurology.
Carsten Reinhardt has co-authored more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals including Science, Nature Medicine, Lancet, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer Research, and Journal of Experimental Medicine.
Carsten Reinhardt received a Medical Degree in 1994 from the University of Munich, Germany and, in addition, completed a Ph.D. thesis in Cellular Immunology at the Institute of Immunology in Munich, Germany (summa cum laude). He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, the Association for Cancer Immunotherapy as well as of the European Society of Medical Oncology, and is Visiting Professor for Pharmaceutical Medicine at the University of Basel.
Managing Director and Chief Business Officer
Rainer Kramer joined Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH in April 2012 from Signature Diagnostics AG where he was member of the Management Board and Chief Business Officer. He is responsible for Immatics’ corporate business development activities, intellectual property and corporate communications.
During his career, he has delivered numerous strategic partnerships and license deals encompassing technology and product deals as well as equity transactions with an aggregate value of more than $3 billion. During the sale of Jerini to Shire in 2008 he was a member of Jerini’s M&A committee and Shire’s appointed principal for the sale of Jerini’s spin out of JPT Peptide Technologies GmbH in 2009. Rainer Kramer has worked in research and business development functions with increasing responsibilities at Amgen Inc., MorphoSys AG, Jerini AG, Shire PLC and Signature Diagnostics AG.
Rainer Kramer holds a Diploma in Molecular Biology from University of Regensburg and a Ph.D. from the Max-Planck-Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany.
Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer
Thomas Ulmer joined Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH in April 2018 from the Merck Group, where he was Chief Financial Officer of the Allergopharma Business Unit. During his tenure with Allergopharma he was the key architect for defining and implementing the business strategy towards geographic expansion and updating the product portfolio.
Thomas Ulmer began his professional career with Merck in 2004 and has held a number of roles, including Head of Business Planning & Analysis and previously Head of Planning, Forecasting & Resource Allocation for the Merck Group. During this time, he acted as a sparring partner to the Group Executive Board and helped develop and implement the new company strategy which included a major transformation. He has also been Chief Financial Officer for Australia/ New Zealand and Financial Controller for Merck’s global generics business when it was sold to Mylan and he played a leading role of the integration of the business and built up an OTC business unit in Australia for which he received the company’s innovation award.
Thomas Ulmer is a Certified Practising Accountant of CPA Australia and holds an MBA of Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen.
Chief Technology Officer
Toni Weinschenk co-founded Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH in 2000.
Over the past two decades, Toni Weinschenk has been active in the field of cancer immunology. At Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH, Toni Weinschenk heads the Discovery Department dedicated to target discovery and validation.
He is the inventor of Immatics’ proprietary XPRESIDENT® technology platform, which is enabling the discovery and validation of the most comprehensive array of cancer targets derived from both, cell surface and intracellular antigens. Toni Weinschenk has earned the reputation as the world’s leading expert in ultra-sensitive, quantitative and high-throughput mass spectrometry of HLA ligands, a technology that is integral to XPRESIDENT®. Targets identified by XPRESIDENT® have proven to be important assets in several licensing deals with partners from the pharma industry and academia.
At Immatics US Inc., he has the role of Chief Technology Officer where he oversees Immatics’ biomarker and other target discovery capabilities.
Toni Weinschenk is an inventor on many patents and co-authored publications in the cancer immunology field in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Immunology, Immunological Reviews and Cell Report.
Toni Weinschenk studied biochemistry at the University of Tuebingen, Germany and at the Max-Planck-Institute, Munich, Germany.
Chief Medical Officer,
Immatics US, Inc.
As Chief Medical Officer of Immatics US Inc. Stephen Eck leads the clinical development of Immatics Adoptive Cell Therapy programs in Houston.
Stephen Eck joined Immatics US in April 2018 from Astellas. Stephen Eck previously served as VP Oncology Medical Sciences at Astellas Pharma Global Development managing a portfolio of assets which included enzalutamide (Xtandi), erlotinib (Tarceva) and gilteritinib.
Stephen Eck is a Hematologist and Oncologist with more than 25 years of experience in academic and industrial biomedical research. He began his professional career at Monsanto in cancer target discovery and later joined the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Anne B. Young Assistant Professor of Cancer Research and the Director of the Cancer Gene Therapy Program. He subsequently held leadership roles in drug development at Pfizer, as VP Translational Medicine and Molecular Profiling, and at Lilly, as VP Translational Medicine, Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics, prior to joining Astellas.
Stephen Eck has authored numerous publications in basic and clinical research and public policy. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Chairman of the Personalized Medicine Coalition (Washington DC). He serves on the Board of Directors of Luminex Corporation (Austin, TX), on the Board of Directors of the Central Pennsylvania Clinic (Belleville, PA), and the External Advisory Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Orphan Diseases Program (Philadelphia). He is a Trustee of the Keck Graduate Institute (Claremont, CA).
Stephen Eck received an BA (chemistry) from Kalamazoo College, an MS and a PhD (chemistry) from Harvard University and an MD from the University of Mississippi with Residency (Internal Medicine) and Fellowship (Hematology & Oncology) training at the University of Michigan.
Chief Scientific Officer,
Immatics US, Inc.
Steffen Walter joined Immatics Biotechnologies GmbH in 2005 where he became VP Immunology.
For over 15 years he has been active in the field of cancer immunotherapy and a leader in human T-cell biology. In addition to supporting the development of the XPRESIDENT® technology platform, under his leadership, Immatics developed its powerful Immunomonitoring and T-cell receptor (TCR) discovery platforms to support the generation of safe and effective T-cell-based therapeutic modalities.
In 2015, Steffen Walter established operations of Immatics US, Inc. in Houston, Texas in close collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) as Chief Scientific Officer to develop next-generation adoptive cell therapies (ACT). He contributed significantly to raising the necessary funding including a $20m CPRIT grant by the State of Texas.
Steffen Walter leads a team that is responsible for Product Science, Process Development, Manufacturing, Quality Control and Program Management for Immatics’ cell therapy programs.
Steffen Walter is an inventor on numerous patents and patent applications and has co-authored more than 30 publications in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including Nature Medicine, Cell Reports, Lancet Oncology, Brain and Blood.
Steffen Walter gained his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Tuebingen, Germany.