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Outstanding Women in Science Seminar Series: Andrea Pfeifer

Our next speaker is Prof. Dr. Andrea Pfeifer, Chief Executive Officer of AC Immune. She will talk about “From a child’s dream to a successful enterprise – Alzheimer’s therapy and prevention”.

More about the speaker

In 2003 Prof. Dr. Andrea Pfeifer co-founded AC Immune where she holds since foundation the position of CEO. She serves as chairwoman of the Biotechmedinvest AG Investment Fund, Basel and on the Supervisory Board of Symrise AG, Holzminden. Prof. Pfeifer is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council Brain and Cognitive Sciences and was recognized in 2009 as Technology Pioneer by the WEF and Swiss Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst&Young. Additional recognitions include the election as one of the top 10 women in biotech from Fierce Biotech and one of the 300 most influential personalities in Switzerland.

As the former head of Nestlé’s Global Research in Lausanne, Switzerland, where Prof. Pfeifer managed a group of more than 600 people, she brings more than 25 years of senior management experience including broad R&D, business and international exposure. While at Nestlé, she led the development of the first Functional Food, LC1, and one of the first Cosmoceutical products in a joint venture with L’Oreal, Innéov Fermeté. She also co-founded the Nestlé Venture Capital Fund, a € 100Mio. Life Sciences corporate venture fund.

Prof. Pfeifer is an international expert in Biotech and a Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. She completed her studies and doctoral work in Pharmacy and Pharmacology at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and continued with post-doctoral work in Molecular Carcinogenesis at the National Institutes of Health, Human Carcinogenesis Branch, in Bethesda, USA. Being a registered Toxicologist and Pharmacist, she received her habilitation from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland in 2000.

She has published more than 200 papers and abstracts in leading scientific journals.