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Eckhard Alt, MD, PhD
Chairman of the Board

Eckhard U. Alt, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans and was Professor of Medicine at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Technische Universität in Munich. He received his medical degree as Valedictorian from Heidelberg Medical School. After two years in cardiac surgery at the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich he completed his education at Rechts der Isar Medical Center of the Technische Universität Munich in Internal Medicine/Cardiology.

He is a frequent reviewer and serves on the Editorial Boards of respected journals. From 2001 to 2007, he was President of the International Cardiac and Electrophysiology Society. Prof. Alt has organized major national and international congresses, authored more than 500 publications in peer reviewed journals, books or book chapters. His innovative spirit is demonstrated by more than 600 granted world-wide patents, primarily in the fields of Stem Cells, Electrophysiology, and Interventional Cardiology. He has introduced new therapies to clinical practice, including novel methods and devices such as Rate-adaptive Pacing, Defibrillators, Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation and Stem Cell Treatment. His contributions have substantially influenced the modern practice of medicine. Prof. Alt was elected among the leading 1000 physicians in Germany, the magazine Focus rated him among the “Best 12 Cardiologists in Germany.” He received the Hahn Research Award from the European Society of Thoracic Surgery and from Erasmus University in Rotterdam the Ethica Award as Best Experimental Researcher. In 2009 he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Munich and Health Care Hero / Innovator of the Year in Houston, TX. In addition to being Chairman of the Board of InGeneron, Inc., he is also Chairman of the Board of ISAR Klinikum in Munich, Germany.

Bobby I. Griffin, PhD
Director

Bobby I. Griffin, PhD, retired from a 25 year career with Medtronic, Inc., where he held various positions, including Executive Vice President from 1985 to 1998 and President of Medtronic’s CRM Business from 1991 to 1998. Since his retirement, Mr. Griffin has been a private investor, managing his own fund of companies as well as serving on the advisory boards of Affinity Capital Management Fund III and IV and Sapient Capital Management Fund, in which he also invests. In addition, Mr. Griffin has served on the Board of Directors of several public companies, including MTS Systems Corporation and Urologix, Inc., and is currently a director of several private companies.

Jerry C. Griffin, MD
Director

Jerry C. Griffin, MD, is president of Griffin & Schwartz, Scientific Services, Inc. a management consulting firm in the healthcare products field. Dr. Griffin has assisted several development stage companies in areas ranging from venture and public financing to FDA and clinical trial strategy. In addition, he is currently a member of the Boards of Directors of private companies. During his academic tenure, he held leadership positions in several national and international cardiology organizations and is the author or co-author of five books, four patents, and over 170 medical and scientific articles.

 

Klaus L. Keller
Director

Klaus L. Keller is founding chairman, CEO, and majority shareholder of Sueba USA Corporation in Houston, Texas. He is active in the area of acquisition, development, and management of US real estate. In addition, Mr. Keller is also a private investor, syndicator, and manager of US real estate investment funds.

Kelby K. Krabbenhoft
Director

Kelby K. Krabbenhoft is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sanford Health, one of the largest integrated US health systems with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and three countries. He has served as President and Chief Executive officer since 1996. During his tenure, Kelby has led dynamic growth and development of the health system and created the vision for Denny Sanford’s initial $400 million gift, and subsequent gifts of over $300 million. These gifts have made possible the Sanford Initiatives involving children’s health and global clinics, research centers to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer as well as Sanford Imagenetics, combining genomics and advanced internal medicine, research and education. Previous positions held by Kelby include President and Chief Executive Officer, Freeman Health System, Joplin, MO; Executive Vice President, Sisters of Mary of the Presentation Health Corporation, Fargo, ND; President, St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley, IL; President, Guttenberg Hospital, Guttenberg, IA. Kelby holds an MBA from Minnesota State University Mankato.

Sanford Health is an active collaboration partner of InGeneron as well as an investor in the company’s Series D financing.