Start-up Managers


is a consultant for start-up companies and responsible for portfolio management. She has supported many spin-offs during the seed phase and initial financing and also – as part of the portfolio management for the Max Planck Society – during subsequent financing rounds.
Prior to joining Max Planck Innovation, Astrid Giegold was responsible for biotechnology business development and acquisition at Berlin Business Development Corporation (Wirtschaftsförderung Berlin GmbH).
Astrid Giegold completed her degree in business administration at Cologne University. She then worked at the institute of production and industrial information management of the department of economics at the University of Leipzig. Her research focus was on international strategies and on economic, legal and socio-cultural framework conditions for biotechnology companies.
Astrid Giegold joined Max Planck Innovation in August 2000.

is employed at the Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH as a Start-up Manager. He is screening entrepreneurial opportunities and supports spin-offs of the Max-Planck Gesellschaft.

He studied Business Administrative at the University of Regensburg and passed the MBA program of Murray State University/KY. After graduation he founded a Biotech Start-up in Regensburg as a co-founder. In 2001 he left the company and switched to Ford of Europe, where he worked for the controlling and the pricing departments. From 2003 to 2006 he tought Entrepreneurship und strategic Management as an Assitant Professor at ESC Toulouse. After returning from France he consulted small firms as a freelancer. In autumn 2007 he finished his PhD about Factors which influence the long-term success of habitual Entrepreneurs at the University of Regensburg.

Florian Kirschenhofer is working at the Max-Planck-Innovation GmbH since May 2007.

is authorized representative ("Prokurist") and member of the General Management of Max Planck Innovation. Among others, he acts for the managing director during his absence and is responsible for the spin off activities and the portfolio management.
He has coached and consulted numerous start-up companies during their founding and early stages. In addition, he is a member of the supervisory board of a number of start-ups and an incubator.
Following his diploma in business economics (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich) he was Product Manager Peripheral Products at Hewlett-Packard and coordinated the activities of all product managers for the Hewlett-Packard product portfolio, with a total sales volume in excess of €130m.
Ulrich Mahr joined Max Planck Innovation in July 1998.

is patent and start-up manager and jointly responsible for the evaluation of the scientific background and economic potential of inventions from the Max Planck Society.
Before joining Max Planck Innovation, Dieter Treichel worked as investment manager for the Munich-based venture capital company FORUM Venture Capital AG and as business development manager for two FORUM portfolio companies. In 2003, he moved to the Max Planck Society as personal assistant to the president.
Dieter Treichel studied biology at the Julius Maximilians University in Würzburg and at the State University of New York in Albany, USA. He finished his PhD thesis in Prof. Dr Peter Gruss’s group at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, focusing on molecular mechanisms during mouse embryonic development (focus: central nervous system).
Dieter Treichel joined Max Planck Innovation in April 2004.

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