Mireca was set up to continue the R&D work originating from FP7 project DRUGSFORD and to translate the promising data into treatments for patients suffering from rare, inherited retina degeneration. All DRUGSFORD consortium members are founding shareholders of Mireca and in individual cases go back as scientific teams for nearly two decades. Also Mireca's entrepreneurial pedigree in the lineage via its shareholders stands for success and sustainability.
Managing Director Operations
Barbara Brunnhuber, Ir MSc
Barbara graduated in International Business Management (MSc.) at Vienna University after obtaining a Technical College Engineering degree in Chemistry (Ir.).
Barbara is a multi-disciplinary facilitator with an entrepreneurial spirit for progressing life sciences ventures. She has numerous years of professional experience at the interface of science and business. Equipped with a pronounced understanding of people and processes, Barbara supported the growth of to-BBB, a Dutch biotech company, from biotech start-up to clinical stage company. Most recently, life sciences start-ups at Leiden Bio Science Park benefited from her creativity and pragmatism in shaping young enterprises. In addition, Barbara gained major managerial and executive insights early on in her career as CEO of orphan drug biotech start-up Orphanetics. Her mindset and skills perfectly suit for unfolding Mireca’s potential along with scientific and pharmaceutical team members.
Managing Director Science
Prof. François Paquet-Durand, PhD
François studied Biochemistry, Tropical and Marine Biology, Cell Biology, and graduated in Biochemistry. After finishing his PhD in neuroscience in 2003, he went on to do a postdoc in the ophthalmology de-partment at the University of Lund in Sweden, where he first got in contact with retinal research.
In 2008, he moved to the Institute for Ophthalmic Research at EKUT in Tübingen, where he is currently group leader of the Cell Death Mechanisms group. His research activities are centered around photore-ceptor death in inherited retinal neurodegeneration, in particular in retinitis pigmentosa and achroma-topsia.
François studies cell death mechanisms underlying photoreceptor degeneration using human homologous animal models and sophisticated, custom-developed biochemical assays to resolve pathogenic processes at the cellular level. His research aims to identify novel therapeutic targets which may form the basis for innovative neuroprotective treatments.
François served as a coordinator of the EU-funded DRUGSFORD consortium, which laid the scientific foundation for Mireca’s planned activities.
He has produced more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and serves as reviewer for more than 20 scientific journals and international funding agencies.
François is a member of the German Neuroscience Society (NWG), the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), and the Association for Research in Vision and Oph-thalmology (ARVO).
Pieter J. Gaillard, PhD (Chairman)
Pieter graduated in Neuroscience at Utrecht Univer-sity and got a PhD in pharmacology from Leiden university.
Pieter is a scientist, inventor and entrepreneur. He founded Dutch neuroscience start-up company to-BBB in 2003 and successfully conducted six rounds of equity investments, ranging from seed to series C venture capital, as well as numerous non-dilutive credits and grants. As to-BBB’s chief scientific of-ficer, he effectively licensed-in the core technology (G-Technology®) from the Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan, and led the company through the discovery and preclinical phases of drug development, delivering the company’s lead product 2B3-101 in a clinical phase I/IIa brain cancer trial in 2011, and the company’s second product 2B3-201 for acute relapses in MS in a phase I trial in 2013.
After to-BBB was discontinued in 2015, Pieter led the re-start of the venture, now operating as 2-BBB Medicines BV (2-BBB). In 2017, he licensed-out 2B3-101 to Oncology Venture Sweden AB, a listed Swedish company, and established a joint venture around the 2B3-201 program with TTY.
Hans-Gottfried Genieser, PhD
Hans-Gottfried studied Chemistry in Clausthal-Zellerfeld and Bremen and got a PhD in chemistry from the University of Bremen. He worked as a post-doc fellow and lecturer at the Bioorganic Chemistry Dept. of Bremen University. In 1989, he founded Biolog. Since then, he is the CEO of the company.
Hans-Gottfried is the author of 100+ scientific papers and conference presentations. He is inventor, co-inventor and/or owner of 10+ filed patent applica-tions and granted patents.
Janet Hoogstraate, PhD
Janet studied at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands where she obtained a PhD in Biopharmaceutical Sciences in 1995 and an executive MBA from Hult International Business School in London, UK in 2014. Previous positions include Research Scientist at the University of Utah, various project and senior leadership positions in R&D at AstraZeneca and di-rector of Biovation Park, a life science incubator and business park at Acturum Development. Since 2013, she is the chairman of the board of the Stockholm Brain Institute. In addition, Janet is Chair of the Management Board/site head of Valneva Sweden and Head of Technical Development. Valneva is a fully integrated vaccine company including manufacturing of two commercial products, sales, marketing and R&D.