Career Day 2016
Career Day  *  University of Fribourg - Switzerland  *  22 January 2016
Speakers background

Prof. Dr. Michael Ignaz Schumacher

Prof. Michael Ignaz Schumacher has been a full Professor in the Institute of Business Information Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) since 2007. Previously, he held positions at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), where he was responsible for the FP6 European project CASCOM, and at the Robotics Institute in Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (USA) as a visiting researcher. He has worked in project management in an international Swiss foundation committed in social investment. He holds a PhD and a MsC in computer science from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Schumacher’s research focuses on distributed information systems and artificial intelligence applied to healthcare.

Dr. Michel Kropf

Michel joined SICHH in 2014 and brings over 6 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, managing either the business development & licensing activities or the intellectual property portfolio within a biopharmaceutical company. Michel holds a PhD in Life Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of technology of Lausanne (EPFL) and a M.Sc. in Molecular Biology from the University of Lausanne. In addition to his scientific education, Michel also graduated with a MBA from Hult International Business School in London and Shanghai.

Dr. Jeanette Wood

Jeanette Wood has more than 30 years of experience leading small molecule drug discovery teams in big Pharma and Biotech. She has scientific expertise is in the areas of oncology, inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases and her discovery expertise covers all aspects from target identification, validation and screening, through to biomarker development and scientific support to clinical trials. She is currently the CSO of Genkyotex in Geneva, Switzerland. Previous roles include: VP of Oncology small molecule discovery at AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, UK; Head of Biology S*BIO Pte Ltd Singapore; Head of Translational Pharmacology and Head of the Angiogenesis Platform at Novartis, Basel, Switzerland and Cardiovascular Group Leader at Ciba-Geigy, Basel, Switzerland. Jeanette obtained her PhD in Pharmacology at Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has served as an Adjuvant Professor at Universities in Switzerland, Singapore, Korean and New Zealand and is an author of numerous scientific publications and patents.

MD Bruno Walter

2013 - present Managing Director and Medical Writer at Medical Minds GmbH (
2008 - 2013 Senior Product Manager at DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson
2007 Doctorate of Human Medicine (MD)
2003 Research Associate, Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital of Basel
2000 - 2007 Studies of Human Medicine, University of Berne

Dr. Laura Ciarloni

2015 - present Clinical Development Manager - Novigenix SA, Epalinges, Switzerland
2014 Clinical Scientist - Philip Morris International, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
2009 - 2014 Project Leader, R&D and Clinical Research - Diagnoplex SA, Epalinges, Switzerland 2010
2002 - 2006 «Certificate of Advanced Studies in Management of Biotech, Medtech and Pharma Ventures», EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
2000 - 2007 PhD in Life Sciences, Univ. of Lausanne, Switzerland
1993 - 1999 Diploma di Laurea in Biological Sciences, Trieste, Italy

Dr. Matteo Binda

2013 - present R&D Project Manager - Medion Grifols Diagnostics, Switzerland
2012 - 2013 Protein purification specialist - Swant Inc., Switzerland
2010 - 2013 Sr. Pre-clinical research coordinator - Frimorfo Ltd., Switzerland
2010 - 2013 Post-Doc in Biology, Unit of Plant Biology - Univ. of Fribourg, Switzerland
2005 - 2010 Ph.D. in Biology, Unit of Biochemistry - Univ. of Fribourg, Switzerland
2000 - 2005 Bachelor and Master in Industrial Biotechnology - Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca, Italy

Mrs. Rahel Chopathar

2015 - present Communications Manager at the Faculty of Humanities - Univ. of Fribourg, Switzerland
2012 - 2014 Project Manager and Career Advisor at the ETH Career Center - ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2008 - 2012 Project Manager and Deputy to the Director at the Career Center - EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
2006 - 2008 Employer Relations Manager and Student Career Advisor for the Academic and Career Advisory Program - ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Mr. Julien Blöchlinger

2011 - present Responsable domaine Technique Careerplus, Lausanne, Switzerland
2011 - 2005 Responsable d'équipe Careerplus, Lausanne, Switzerland
2005 - 1998 Trainee HR Management dans une multinationale Studies in Psychology at the Univ. of Geneva, Switzerland and HR Management in Amsterdam, The Netherland

Prof. Carole Bourquin

Full Professor, Chair of Pharmacology. Vice President, Department of Medicine.
Head of the Cancer Immunology Lab, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Diploma and degrees
2009 Medical Specialisation in Immunology, Germany
2008 Medical Specialisation in Clinical Pharmacology, Germany
2000 Doctorate in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
1996 Doctorate in Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland
1995 Diploma of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Postgraduate Education
2002 - 2003 Postdoctoral fellow, Clinic of Medicine, Hematology-Oncology, Ludwig-Maximilian University Hospital of Munich, Germany
2000 - 2001 Postdoctoral fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Division of Neuroimmunology, Munich, Germany

Clinical appointments
since 2011 - present Clinical Pharmacologist, Fribourg Regional Hospital Physician, Division of Clinical Pharmacology
2003 - 2011 Ludwig-Maximilian University Hospital of Munich, Germany
1995 Resident (Médecin assistant), Clinic of Medicine I, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Academic appointments
since 2011 - present Professor and Chair of Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Science, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
2009 Habilitation in Clinical Pharmacology, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich
2004 - 2011 Head of the research group Tumor Immunology, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Career Day  *  University of Fribourg - Switzerland  *  22 January 2016