Team

Roberto Iacone
CEO

Roberto joined Alentis as CEO in 2020, bringing over 15+ years of life science industry experience.
Roberto is a physician-scientist and a serial entrepreneur. He most recently served as Entrepreneur-in-residence for the Versant Ventures group where he co-founded Bright Peak Therapeutics and the Ridgeline Therapeutics, Versant’s Basel-based Discovery Engine. In this role he was responsible for sourcing and evaluating academic opportunities from European institutes, and for leading biology and translational activities for Ridgeline New Cos. He was part of the leadership team which built the precision oncology medicine company, Black Diamond Therapeutics from inception through multiple financing rounds and a NASDAQ IPO in early 2020.

Previously, Roberto was at Roche for over 10 years, most latterly he was Global Head of Rare Diseases Research where he established numerous external collaborations with academic and biotech partners, which included large molecule, small molecule and gene therapy programs. During his time at Roche he also gained considerable experience in preclinical research and early development, managing discovery programs across a range of therapeutic areas including Neuroscience, Ophthalmology and Rare Diseases.

Roberto holds an M.D. from the University of Napoli, and a Ph.D. from the Max Planck Research School for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.

Thomas Beumert
Founder and Executive BoD

Thomas Baumert is the founder of Alentis. Thomas is Professor of Medicine and Chair, head of the Inserm Research Institute for Viral and Liver Diseases (IVH, Inserm U1110), director of the Laboratory of Excellence HEPSYS at the University of Strasbourg and Hepatologist at the Center for Liver and Digestive Disease at the Strasbourg University Hospitals. Thomas brings a 25+ year internationally recognized unique R&D experience in liver disease and cancer.

Following his doctoral thesis at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and his internship at the University of Munich, he was a fellow at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Liver Diseases Branch at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA. He joined subsequently the Department of Medicine at the University Hospital in Freiburg, Germany to become a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist, attending physician, lab head, associate professor and department deputy head. He then relocated to the University of Strasbourg in France as full Professor of Medicine and Chair to head a newly created Inserm research unit on virus-host interactions and liver disease and establish a highly recognized program in translational hepatology. He also spent a sabbatical as a research scholar the BROAD Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, USA and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

The understanding of the molecular mechanisms of liver disease biology has allowed his laboratory to uncover novel strategies for treatment of chronic liver disease and cancer. He has received several awards such as the Hans Popper Young Investigator Award, the Chair of Excellence Award of the French National Research Agency, the Infectious Disease Award of the German Infectious Disease Society and the Prix Galien. He has received several European Research Council (ERC) awards for the discovery and development of novel approaches to treat chronic liver disease. He has published 300+ articles in peer-reviewed high impact journals including N. Engl. J. Med., Lancet, Cell, Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications, PNAS, J. Clin. Invest. and J. Exp. Med. as a senior author. He is an inventor on 16 patents and patent applications. Research in his laboratory is supported by the European Union, the US National Institutes of Health, the French Research Agencies (ANR, ANRS, FRM) as well as pharma. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Hepatology – the leading liver journal world-wide and serves as editorial board member of several other high-impact journals. He is a member of the EASL, AASLD, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and American Association of Physicians (AAP).

Thomas holds an M. D. from the University of Heidelberg and is a board-certified and licensed internist and gastroenterologist.

Tamás Schweighoffer
CSO

Tamás is a physician-scientist who joined Alentis in 2019 bringing with him 20+ years of industrial drug development experience, and a track record in academic medicine and biomedical research.  Most recently he was senior project team leader with the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) Basel, Switzerland, overseeing and bringing to decision milestones two dozen of programs in multiple therapeutic areas from early discovery into clinical phases, involving small molecules, biologicals, cell and gene therapy approaches. 

Prior to that Tamás was group leader at Boehringer Ingelheim oncology R&D, Vienna, Austria.  Previously he held fellowships at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria, and at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH, Bethesda, MD USA, and was assistant professor at the Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.

Tamás holds a PhD / CSC in molecular immunology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and an MD from Semmelweis University.

Markus Meyer
VP R&D Operations

Markus joined Alentis in Sep 2019. Markus is a senior R&D Leader and Project Management Professional (PMP) with >20 years of drug development experience in multiple aspects of Pharma and Biotech R&D. A molecular biologist by training and drug developer with profound experience from discovery to Phase III with small molecules, antibodies and mRNAs.

Prior to Alentis Markus was Director Project Management at CureVac managing collaboration projects with mRNA-based tumor vaccines in oncology. Previously he was Global Project Leader at Novartis/Sandoz being in charge of global biosimilar projects. Prior that Markus was a Senior R&D Project Leader at Roche responsible for managing global drug development projects in several therapeutic areas.

He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from University of Munich and Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry (Martinsried) and had a post-doctoral fellowship at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg.

Greg Elson
CTO

Greg is a product development leader with more than 25 years of experience in the BioPharma industry who joined Alentis in April 2019. He has with a strong track record of designing and executing development strategies for innovate biologics based on cutting edge technologies, whilst building and providing leadership to dedicate teams of SMEs and program heads.

Prior to this role, Greg was most recently VP Biologics CMC at Glenmark Pharmaceuticals. In this role he was responsible for cascading vision and strategy for the development and production for clinical development of a large pipeline of mAb, bispecific and biosimilar products to a department of highly-trained scientists and engineers.

Previously, Greg was CMC/Bioprocess Sciences Department Head, as well as having Product Discovery/Development responsibilities at NovImmune SA. Prior to that he was also a discovery scientist at the Pierre Fabre Immunology Research Centre and the Glaxo Institute Biomedical Research Institute. Greg is also the owner of GE Consulting, providing BioPharma product development solution to a portfolio of SME and startup ventures.

He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology, from the University of Manchester, UK.