Heinz Schwer


Heinz is a Partner and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Gold Nest Capital. He has also been a Managing Director at EMBL Ventures since 2019, focusing on venture building in the life science sector.

Prior to joining EMBL, Heinz was founder and CEO of Sloning Biotechnology which was acquired by MorphoSys. Thereafter, he became member of the senior management group with responsibilities in the M&A team, corporate finance and head of Innovation Capital, the corporate venture business of MorphoSys. Heinz was also CEO of Lanthio Pharma, a Dutch biopharmaceutical company that develops therapeutic peptides against difficult to target receptors and CEO of ViraTherapeutics, a leading immuno-oncology company in Austria which was recently acquired by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Heinz studied Chemistry in Regensburg and earned his PhD in Clinical Chemistry from the University Hospital. He was postdoc at the Harvard Institute of Medicine and the Dana-Farber-Cancer Institute in Boston, USA. In addition, he holds a master degree in Business Administration from Henley Management School, UK.