CEO & Founder
Institute for Molecular Vaccines
Matthias Giese has studied Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Saarland University/Germany. He got a first PhD in Tumor Immunology in the German Cancer Research Center/ Heidelberg. After his PostDoc, Matthias Giese joined the pharmaceutical industry. His team in Vienna/ Austria started the first European multicenter clinical trial with a personalized genetic engineered anti-melanoma vaccine. Also animal health was interested in his expertise in modern vaccine technologies and so he changed the company and headed from now on a global portfolio on innovative vaccine approaches for the next years. His sabbatical leave from the industry was a return back to his academic roots. At Leipzig University/ Germany Matthias Giese got a major PhD (venia legendi) in Molecular Virology. He developed a therapeutical DNA vaccine against a chronic viral infection. This vaccine was able to eliminate the virus and to cure the patient. Currently he is working again for the human pharmaceutical industry as independent consultant (IMV Heidelberg) and additionally he teaches graduate students as associate professor. His focus is on neoantigenes, therapeutical vaccines, and the interaction with immune checkpoint modifiers as combination therapy. Matthias Giese is author of the textbook “Introduction to Molecular Vaccinology“ and other specialized books on modern vaccines. He is an enthusiastic mountain marathon runner.
Therapeutical vaccines, cancer vaccines, neoantigens, novel adjuvants, chronic infections,neurological disorders, modulation of checkpoint inhibitors, signal cascades and immune responses.