ABOUT US

 

About MUVON

Therapeutics

MUVON Therapeutics is a clinical stage Life Science Spin-off from the University of Zurich developing an autologous cell therapy for the regeneration of skeletal muscle tissue aiming to provide safe and effective treatments to millions of patients suffering from seriously debilitating diseases by not only repairing damaged tissue but also increase the regenerative potential of weakened muscles. Our initial area of focus is the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in women, supporting them respectfully throughout their journey to a healthy life.

THE HISTORY

The research behind our technology began over 12 years ago in the laboratory of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine of the University of Zurich. Following the completion of preclinical Proof of Concept studies demonstrating the efficacy and safety of our therapy for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence in 2015, an international consortium led by the University of Zurich was established with the goal of transferring these results from the lab to the clinic. This project was given the acronym MUS.I.C. www.music2020.ch and is completely funded through a H2020 grant from the European Union. Having completed all necessary documentation and the GMP validation of the production process, the first in-human trial using our novel therapeutic approach began in January 2020 at the University Hospital of Zurich and was completed successfully in September 2021.

To ensure that this promising therapy and technology is developed further clinically as well as commercially and made available to the millions of patients in need, we decided to intensify our efforts and found a startup. Thus, MUVON Therapeutics was born. 

MEET THE TEAM

Deana Mohr, PhD

CEO & Co-Founder

Deana has been central to the development of MUVON from the very beginning. The results of her PhD thesis were the final step before the authorization of the muscle tissue-engineering... more

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Jenny Prange, PhD
CSO & Co-Founder

Jenny joined the MUS.I.C. project in February 2017 and was responsible for the setup of the GMP-compliant production of muscle precursor cells as well as management of the production team... more

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Steve Kappenthuler, PhD

CBO & Co-Founder

Steve joined the team in 2019 during the last year of his PhD and since March 2020 is fully committed to the growth of MUVON.With his interdisciplinary background in science and economics... more

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Natalie Hensky, MSc

GMP & R&D Technician

Natalie joined the MUS.I.C. project as a GMP production operator in October 2020 and is now a core member of the MUVON production team. Additionally, ... more

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Nicolas Steinke, MSc

GMP & R&D Technician

Nicolas joined the team as a GMP Production operator in September 2019. He has since helped finalize the GMP-compliant process and is a core member of the production team. Furthermore, ... more

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Beatrix Rauch,  MAS MTEC
Innovation Manager
 

Beatrix joined the team in the beginning of 2021. With her broad work experience in many R&D labs internationally and her interdisciplinary background... more

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Milena Brankov, MSc, MBA
Regulatory Affairs
Consultant

Milena joined the team in July 2021 to lead the regulatory work related to Muvon’s innovative products and technologies. Milena has strong scientific and business background and... more

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Rita Pettinello, PhD
Quality Manager

Rita joined MUVON in March 2022. After completing her BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Lausanne, she continued her studies at the university of Aberdeen, where she completed her PhD... more

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Yvonne Neldner, Dipl. Ing.
GMP & R&D Technician

Yvonne joined MUVON in October 2021 to support the production and R&D team. After finishing her studies in Biotechnology at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences she gained experience in basic research.... more

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Laura Ferreiro, MSc
GMP & R&D Technician

Laura joined in December 2021 as a member of MUVON’s production team, and also participates in the R&D projects needed for MUVON’s growth. Laura obtained her Master’s degree in Biochemistry... more

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Markus Veit
Study Coordinator

Markus joined the Team in April 2021 towards the end of the MUS.I.C. project and is responsible for the coordination between the GMP team and the hospital team. For this he could rely both on his experience form being a trained nurse... more

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John Coelho
Medical Affairs
Consultant

John has joined the MUVON Team in June 2022 to support the team in medical affairs. John’s career has focused on enterprise medical strategy for global diversified pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies ... more

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chris Jäggi

Chairman

Chris holds a Bachelor's degree of Science and a Master's degree in Business Administration. He supports the team with his extensive experience in the areas of strategy, market analytics, ... more

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Jonathan Grahm

Jonathan studied Business Administration at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and holds a Master’s degree in Marketing, Services & Communications Management. He is currently CMO ... more

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Prof. Stergios Doumouchtsis,

MD PhD

Prof. Stergios Doumouchtsis is currently a Consultant Obstetrician Gynaecologist and subspecialist Urogynaecologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust... more

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Christine Günther, MD PhD

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Deana Mohr, PhD

Deana has been central to the development of MUVON from the very beginning. The results of her PhD thesis were the final step before the authorization of the muscle tissue-engineering... more

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SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD

Prof. Daniel Eberli, MD PhD

Prof. Daniel Eberli, MD, PhD, is Senior Attending Physician at the Department of Urology (University Hospital Zurich) since 2011. He founded the Laboratory for Stem Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering (2008) ... more

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Cornelia Betschart, PD Dr. med

PD Dr. med. Cornelia Betschart Meier, MD completed her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006. For her subspecialty training in Urogynecology she did a Research Fellowship from 2011-2013 ... more

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Prof. Grannum R. Sant,
MA, MB BCh BAO (Hons), MD, FRCS, FACS

Grannum is Professor and former Chair of Urology and Urology Residency Program Director at Tufts University School of Medicine. He graduated MB, BCh, BAO (Hons.) and M.D. (by thesis) from...  more

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ADVISORS

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Daniel Häring

Business/Financial Advisor

Daniel Häring

Business/Financial Advisor

Daniel Häring has more than 20 years of experience in the field of multinational companies in various management positions. Daniel has led various strategic merger ... more

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Nicolas Mohr

Legal Advisor

Nicolas Mohr completed his law studies at the University of Zurich in 2010. He was admitted to the bar in 2013 and has since been authorized to represent clients ... more

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Branimir Brankov
Business & Strategy Advisor

Branimir Brankov is a Pharma industry leader, a Medical Doctor with 30+ years of Pharmaceutical industry experience.  His experience includes... establishing and turning around business in multiple therapies ... more

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