immatics biotechnologies GmbH, a late-stage biopharmaceutical company developing therapeutic vaccines that are active against cancer, has announced the appointment of Dr Harald F Stock to the board of directors, effective February 2011.
Harald Stock has been Chief Executive Officer of the Grünenthal Group since January 2009. Previously, he was Chairman and Managing Director of the German DePuy Group, the orthopeadics division of Johnson & Johnson, from 2006 to the end of 2008. Between April and December 2008, he also represented Johnson & Johnson on the Board of BVMed, the German Medical Technology Industry Association.
Dr Stock held senior management positions at Roche before being appointed Senior Vice President of the global Near Patient Testing Diagnostics Business in Graz, Austria in 2005. Dr. Stock holds degrees in Chemistry and Business Administration and has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Heidelberg.
“Harald’s extensive experience within the healthcare industry and at the board level makes him a valuable addition to the immatics’ team,” says Thomas Widmann, Chairman of the Board of immatics. “I am confident that his knowledge and counsel will help the Company achieve its next set of value creating clinical and business development milestones.”
“I am extremely excited to be joining the Board of immatics, a fast emerging company in the field of therapeutic cancer vaccines,” says Harald Stock. “The positive survival benefits that have been seen in renal cell carcinoma patients with the Company’s lead vaccine IMA-901, along with its strong financial position and talented management team have clearly positioned immatics for success.