Management: People & Partners


Executive Management

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Leo W. Tristram, MBA, Founder
Mr. Tristram brings several years of experience in senior management positions with major companies, e.g. Texas Instruments Inc., OTTO GmbH & Co KG into the company. He also served as CEO of the RiNA GmbH Berlin, a biotech company focused on in vitro expression of proteins and DNA/RNA aptamers selection.
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Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Bredehorst, Founder
Professor Bredehorst is Lecturer at the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Unversity of Hamburg, and board approved clinical chemist. He has more than 35 years of experience in academic research, proven by more than hundred peer-review research publications. His entrepeneurship is reflected in approximately 50 patents. Before his activity in PLS-Design, Professor Bredehorst founded a diagnostic company based on electrical biochips and successfully merged it with a large bio-analytical company.
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Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Prof. Dr. med. Markus Ollert, Founder
Professor Ollert is director of the Department of Infection and Immunity at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and professor of Clinical Allergology at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense University Hospital. He previously was chief managing physician and professor at the Department of Dermatology and Allergy at Klinikum rechts der Isar, the medical center of Technische Universität München. Professor Ollert, who is a board-certified dermatologist and allergologist and recognized expert in the field of allergy & clinical immunology, published more than 120 scientific peer-reviewed publications. He presented his work in numerous invited talks worldwide. Professor Ollert brings his valuable expertise as a clinician scientist into the company
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Head of Business Development

Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Grunwald, MBA, MSc, Co-Founder
Dr. Grunwald heads the business development unit of PLS-Design. He has more than 15 years of experience in molecular biochemistry R&D. After completion of his PhD in chemistry at the University of Hamburg he joined the group of Sir Gregory Winter at the MRC in Cambridge (UK) as postdoc. 3 years later, he moved to the German Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology to develop silicon based biochips and heading a spin-off company as managing director, which was later merged with a large diagnostic company. In 2004 he joined PLS-Design and strengthens its scientific and management team. Dr. Grunwald holds an MBA and Master of International Finance from the Open University (Milton Keynes, UK).
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