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Prof. Dr. med.
Harald Renz

Prof.Dr.med. Harald Renz

Harald Renz is a co-founder of sterna biologicals and the company's chairman.

He is Professor of Laboratory Medicine at the Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, and is sub-specialised in Clinical Immunology and Allergology. He is Head of the Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiochemistry - Molecular Diagnostics of the University Hospital Gießen and Marburg GmbH.

His work on disease-related animal models has let to the development of mouse models for various disease-related phenotypes (including acute and chronic airway inflammation, airway remodelling, perinatal immune-development).

He has further developed the concept of neuro-immune interaction in bronchial asthma and atopic dermatitis and is currently involved in the translation of the hygiene hypothesis from epidemiology into mechanism of action. He has published more than 200 original articles in peer-reviewed international journals. He has contributed to 87 review articles and editorials and has edited 44 book chapters.

He is an active member in several national and international scientific societies including AAAAI, EAACI, ERS and the German Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI). He is the current President of the DGAKI.


Dr. rer. nat. habil. Holger Garn

Dr. rer. nat. habil. Holger Garn

Holger Garn co-founded sterna biologicals.

He is a biologist with specific focus on immunobiology. Since 2003 he is Head of Research in the Institute of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiochemistry - Molecular Diagnostics of the Philipps University of Marburg, where he was appointed Private Lecturer (Venia Legendi) in the field of Immunology and Experimental Medicine in 2006.

Holger Garn is an acknowledged expert in the field of immune mechanisms of chronic inflammatory diseases, including novel concepts of therapy and prevention. He is well experienced in the organisation and leading of collaborative research projects with partners in academia and industry.

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