• versameb-team

Team spirit is our key to success

The Versameb team consists of a number of senior experts in growth factor research, drug development and business building, complemented by a strong advisory team in all relevant aspects.

Friedrich Metzger Versameb


Friedrich Metzger is an experienced senior pharma executive and scientist with a long track record in Pharma R&D and scientific excellence. In his previous role as Head of Discovery Rare Diseases at Roche, he led a team of scientists and project leaders to manage a portfolio for highly innovative development programs in rare disorders, and himself lead preclinical activities for the investigational medicine for spinal muscular atrophy currently in pivotal patient trials. Previously, he championed a large molecule growth factor program from initiation into clinic in 2009, as well as multiple other discovery projects in neurological and neuromuscular diseases. Since 2011, Friedrich is also Professor in Neurobiology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and holds a PhD degree in pharmacology from the University of Tübingen, Germany.


Dr. Urs Breitenstein supports companies and investors with his corporate transactions, financing or valuation expertise and with his network. As a partner of Hoffmann & Co AG, a Swiss M&A and CFO services company, he is involved with several startups and growth companies in the life science sector as interim or part time CFO, as business advisor or as a board member. As a board member, he also represents an investment company. Urs previously served for more than ten years as a team leader and partner at international professional service firms (PwC, Deloitte) providing valuation, corporate finance and M&A services. He supported many large and mid-sized life science (but also manufacturing and service sector) transactions in Switzerland and in Europe. He is a graduate of the postgraduate study centre of the Swiss National Bank at Gerzensee and holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Basel.

Urs Breitenstein Versameb
Reinhard Ambros


In his career Dr. Reinhard Ambros has gained board experience in international leadership positions in venture capital, corporate strategy, BD&L and pharmaceutical product development. He serves on the board of public and private bio-technology companies in Europe and the US. He also serves as advisor to German and Swiss Government Biotechnology Funds. Over the past 12 years Dr. Ambros built the Novartis Venture Fund to a leading corporate biotechnology fund.


Roger Meier coached many start-up and growth companies and projects in their set-up, team building, talent and fund sourcing, mainly but not only in the life sciences sector. He is a co-founder of Cellestia, Elthera, Strekin, Kinarus, Aurealis and other companies and serves in number of boards. Roger is also founder and owner of Clarena Ltd., a company that supports corporates and executives in the fields of corporate finance, change management, coaching and HR. In his earlier career, he consulted mid to large sized multinational companies at Coopers & Lybrand (later PwC) in the field of financial and risk management. In the 80ies, he worked at the US investment bank Salomon Brothers Inc., in a Geneva private bank in trading and started his career in Private Banking at Swiss Bank Corporation in Basel. He holds a finance degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Basel.

Roger Meier
Eugene Tierney versameb team


Eugene Tierney is an experienced business strategist and has held senior positions across the whole pharma value chain. He spent several years as head of global pharma business strategy with Roche, before becoming Therapeutic Area Head for Anti-infectives & Transplantation. He was later appointed Head of Neuroscience, with accountability for all aspects of discovery and early development, as well as commercialisation. He currently works as a consultant to pharma and biotech companies and is a non-executive director on the boards of a number of privately owned biotech companies.

Arndt-Peter Schulz
Medical Advisor

Arndt-Peter Schulz is an orthopedic surgeon  and musculoskeletal Expert at the University Lübeck and University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein.  His academic work focuses on clinical Research of Therapeutic devices and Pharmacologics in Musculoskeletal Conditions. Arndt Peter studied medicine at the University of Hamburg, University Hospital Eppendorf. He is a specialist physician in general surgery as well as specialist in orthopedics and traumatology. He has passed subexams in special traumatology and sports medicine. He is also a court appointed assessor in the field of orthopedics and trauma surgery in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia. As an active scientist and certified head of clinical studies (ZKS Lübeck), he has many years of experience in the design and management of clinical studies in various phases in the field of orthopedics and traumatology. Currently he is also Dean of Physiotherapy at the University Lübeck. His research in clinical science as well as  biomechanical studies has resulted in several Publications in the field of translational Orthopedics.

Arndt-Peter Schulz versameb team
Chris Ward versameb team

Christopher Ward
Scientific Advisor

Christopher Ward is a recognized expert in neuromuscular physiology. In his academic role at the University of Maryland Baltimore, his research focuses on cytoskeletal alterations as disease modifiers and therapeutic targets in skeletal muscle, heart and bone. As a co-founder of Myologica, a contract research biotech, he assists pharmas efforts in pre-clinical discovery and therapeutics.  Chris holds a Masters (M.S) in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Virginia Tech and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Physiology from Virginia/Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Mark Sumeray
Medical advisor

Mark Sumeray is a physician scientist with 20 years of broad experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech industry and nine years of clinical practice focused on cardiovascular surgery and physiology. He has been a CMO in the rare diseases area for the last 7 years and has built development, medical and safety functions from the ground up, and supported business development activities and interactions with the financial community. Mark has been responsible for clinical and scientific interactions with Health Authorities globally, and for negotiations with payers. Previous experience includes senior roles at BMS, The Medicines Company and Ethicon, a J&J medical device company. Mark has degrees in medicine and physiology from University College London and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.