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AC IMMUNE SA filed this Form 20-F on 03/21/2019
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Initial Year of Appointment

Executive Officers      
Andrea Pfeifer, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer and Director 61 2003

Joerg Hornstein

Jean-Fabien Monin

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Administrative Officer





Marie Kosco-Vilbois, Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer 61 2019
Piergiorgio Donati Head of Technical Operations and Program Management 48 2019
Sonia Poli, Ph.D. Head of Translational Science 53 2019
Other Key Employees      
Olivier Sol, M.D. Head of Clinical Team 52 2016
Julian Gray, M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Advisor 61 2007
Non-Executive Directors      
Martin Velasco Chairman and Director 64 2003
Detlev Riesner, Ph.D. Director 77 2004
Friedrich von Bohlen und Halbach, Ph.D. Director 56 2015
Peter Bollmann, Ph.D. Director 65 2015
Thomas Graney Director 54 2016
Douglas Williams, Ph.D. Director 60 2018
Werner Lanthaler, Ph.D. Director 50 2018


The current business addresses for our executive officers, other key employees, directors and director nominee is AC Immune SA, EPFL Innovation Park, Building B, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.


Executive Officers


Andrea Pfeifer, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director: Dr. Pfeifer co-founded AC Immune in April 2003, and has served as a director on our board since our IPO. Prior to founding us, Dr. Pfeifer was head of Nestlé’s Global Research in Lausanne, Switzerland. While at Nestlé, she led the scientific development of the first Functional Food, LC1, and one of the first Cosmoceutical products in a joint venture with L’Oreal, Innéov Fermeté. She also co-founded the Nestlé Venture Capital Fund, a Life Sciences corporate venture fund. She serves as chairwoman of Investment Fund BioMedInvest, Basel and AB2 Bio, Lausanne and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Symrise AG, Holzminden. Dr. Pfeifer is a member of the CEOi Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease.


Dr. Pfeifer holds a Ph.D. in Toxicology, Cancer Research from the University of Würzburg, Germany. She continued with post-doctoral work in Molecular Carcinogenesis at the National Institutes of Health, Human Carcinogenesis Branch, in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Pfeifer is a registered toxicologist and pharmacist. She received her habilitation from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and is also an honorary professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).


 Joerg Hornstein, Chief Financial Officer: Mr. Hornstein has served as our Chief Financial Officer since April 2017. Prior to joining AC Immune, Mr. Hornstein served as Senior Vice President Group Controlling for Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller based in Luxembourg from January 2014 to March 2017. Between 2002 and 2013 he worked for Merck KGaA, a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials, where he held various senior finance roles. Amongst others, he was CFO for Merck’s operations in Indonesia and Merck Serono’s operations in China. Furthermore, he served as Vice President Group Controlling for Merck Group Headquarters in Germany and as Divisional CFO for Merck Millipore in the U.S. Mr. Hornstein holds an MBA with Distinction from London Business School, UK, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in the U.S.


Jean-Fabien Monin, Chief Administrative Officer: Mr. Monin was nominated Chief Administrative Officer in July 2015 following his role as our Chief Financial Officer from March 2009 to July 2015. Prior to AC Immune, he held several positions during his tenure of 14 years at bioMérieux, a leading international in vitro diagnostics group, culminating in his nomination as Chief Financial Officer. His last position was CFO of bioMérieux Central Europe based in Vienna, Austria from December 2006 to March 2009. Mr. Monin holds a Masters in Finance and International Business from the University of Paris-Dauphine, France.


Marie Kosco-Vilbois, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer: A US citizen, Dr. Kosco-Vilbois has extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and served as Chief Scientific Officer of Novimmune since 2005. Prior to joining Novimmune in 2002, Dr. Kosco-Vilbois was Head of Immunology and Preclinical Pharmacology at the Serono Pharmaceutical Research Institute, a Senior Scientist and then Head of Immunology at the Glaxo Wellcome Research Institute in Geneva and a Scientific Member of the Basel Institute for Immunology. During her career, she has taken numerous Biologicals from discovery into pre-clinical studies and clinical development, most notably filing market applications of a Biological for an Orphan indication. Dr. Kosco-Vilbois gained her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Rutgers University, New Jersey, US, and a PhD in Anatomy and Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, US.



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