Hans-Peter Gerber, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Hans-Peter Gerber is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in oncology drug development, including antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), redirected T-cell targeting compounds (bispecifics), and adoptive T-cell therapies (TCR-T and CAR-T cells). He has built and led highly successful drug development teams in pharma, biotech, and startup companies and oversaw the preclinical development of therapeutic programs in oncology, from target identification to IND filings.
Hans-Peter is the co-founder of Codeable Therapeutics, an ADC startup company focusing on the development of next-generation ADCs that induce immunogenic cell death. He also serves as independent board member at Athebio, a startup company located in Basel, Switzerland developing the next generation of Darpin biotherapeutics and as Chairman of the Board at T-CURX, a startup company located in Wuerzburg, Germany, dedicated to the development of next-generation CAR-T cell therapies.
From 2018 to 2022, Hans-Peter served as CSO and SVP of 3T Biosciences, where he built up the research organization to over 30 FTEs. He oversaw target identification, platform- and preclinical program development of TCR-T cell and CD3-bispecific programs targeting pHLA complexes. He completed an oversubscribed series A round as interim CEO, where he presented to over 80 VC firms and raised a total of over $50M by June 2021.
Between 2017 and 2021, he also served as an independent director on the board of NBE Therapeutics, a clinical-stage ADC company located in Basel, Switzerland, which was acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim in Q1/21 for $1.5B.
From 2016 to 2018, he built up the R&D organization at Maverick Therapeutics to 25 FTEs as President and CSO in the context of a “build to buy” collaboration with Takeda. Takeda exercised its option to acquire Maverick for $525M in Q1/21, after the Maverick team successfully filed two INDs for conditional CD3-bispecifics.
Prior to his recent roles in startup Biotechs, Hans-Peter held leadership positions at several top biopharmaceutical companies, including Genentech, Seattle Genetics, and Pfizer, where he led the R&D group in Pearl River, NY, as CSO. During this time, he oversaw the development of multiple oncology biotherapeutic programs and modalities, from discovery through IND filings. He oversaw the development of novel, site specific ADC platforms with various linker and payloads and bispecific compounds redirecting T-cell to tumors. His teams contributed to three BLAs, including Avastin and two ADCs (Mylotarg, Besponsa), and he led the filing of over ten INDs for ADCs and bispecifics, several of which are currently undergoing late-stage clinical trials.
Hans-Peter is an author on over 100 peer-reviewed papers and reviews in high-impact journals and a co-inventor on over 100 issued patents. He received an MS in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland.