06/08/2022 | CureVac AG | News

CureVac Announces Changes of CDO - Myriam Mendila to succeed Klaus Edvardsen


  • Myriam Mendila appointed as Chief Development Officer starting from February 1, 2023
  • Klaus Edvardsen returning to Denmark after holding numerous leadership positions in the U.S. and Europe
  • Ulrike Gnad-Vogt, Senior Vice President Area Head Oncology, will act as interim Chief Development Officer

TÜBINGEN, Germany / BOSTON, USA – June 8, 2022

CureVac N.V. (Nasdaq: CVAC), a global biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of transformative medicines based on messenger ribonucleic acid (“mRNA”) today announced that Chief Development Officer Klaus Edvardsen will leave the company on June 30, 2022. He plans to return home to Denmark for a new professional opportunity. CureVac is pleased to welcome Myriam Mendila to this key role. Myriam’s appointment will take effect on February 1, 2023. Until then, Ulrike Gnad-Vogt, Senior Vice President Area Head Oncology, will act as interim Chief Development Officer.

“We would like to sincerely thank Klaus for his leadership across several strategically decisive projects. We will miss his talents as Chief Development Officer,” said Jean Stéphenne, Chairman of CureVac’s Board of Directors. CEO Franz-Werner Haas added: “With his wealth of experience and expertise, Klaus has been a great asset for the expansion of our pipeline, the development of our technology platform and the growth of our company. We thank him for his contributions to CureVac and wish him well for his next professional steps.”

“With Myriam, we will continue our strong focus on oncology,” continues Jean Stéphenne. “I am convinced that her international leadership experience combined with her expertise in building a broad product portfolio, especially in oncology across different types of cancer, will be of significant importance as we expand our pipeline and develop our organization.”

“After having worked around the world for the past 20 years, I have decided it is time for me to return home to Denmark,” Klaus Edvardsen said. “It has been a privilege to contribute to CureVac’s progress in advancing mRNA as a key technology, and I am confident the company will continue to make significant progress on this journey. I would like to thank all of my colleagues at CureVac and the Supervisory Board for their support and trust.”

Myriam Mendila, MD has more than 20 years of global experience in product development, medical affairs, pharmacovigilance and healthcare compliance as well as global product strategy, including commercial strategy at Roche, Genentech and Novartis. Over the last 5 years, she has held the position of Worldwide Head of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Oncology at Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland where she drives and oversees the development and cross-functional execution of the long-range global medical affairs vision and strategy for the Novartis oncology portfolio. Myriam earned her medical degree and subsequently doctoral degree from the Medical University of Hanover, Germany.

Ulrike Gnad-Vogt, Senior Vice President Area Head Oncology at CureVac, is responsible for defining, building and executing CureVac’s oncology strategy and will serve as interim Chief Development Officer. Ulrike joined CureVac in 2011 as Head of Clinical Development and served as Chief Medical Officer from 2013-2019, before transitioning to her current role. Prior to joining CureVac, Ulrike held positions as an oncologist at the National Center for Tumor Diseases in Heidelberg and as Global Medical Leader at Merck KGaA, where she focused on early clinical development of cancer vaccines and immune cytokines. Ulrike holds a medical degree from the University of Homburg/Saar.

Further Information

Dr. Sarah Fakih
Vice President Corporate Communications & Investor Relations

CureVac AG, Tübingen, Deutschland
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M +49 160 – 90496949

Bettina Jödicke-Braas
Manager Communications

CureVac AG, Tübingen, Deutschland
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