Sebastian joined the Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund (BIVF) in 2019. With over 15 years of experience in translational research and drug discovery within the pharmaceutical industry, he has a strong scientific background in various disease areas and is familiar with a broad range of therapeutic modalities. From 2015 to 2019, he worked in the Research Beyond Borders department at Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) to implement a platform concept for viral vector-based gene therapy as a novel therapeutic modality for BI. During this time, he established a global collaboration network involving collaborations in Europe, China and the US. Before that, Sebastian held a variety of positions within the BI R&D organization. He studied technical biology at the University of Stuttgart and holds a PhD in molecular biology and immunology. In addition to Topas Therapeutics, he serves as a board member for Abalos Therapeutics GmbH, Rewind Therapeutics and Quantro Therapeutics GmbH.