Prof. Sahin is a doctor of medicine and translational researcher with long-standing expertise in managing projects in the public-private interface. A pioneer in cancer target discovery using high throughput immunological methods and bioinformatics approaches, Prof. Sahin holds more than 50 independent patent applications covering novel cancer biomarkers and targeted therapeutics platforms. His key focus is solving deeply rooted challenges in the multifaceted process of translating innovation from bench to bedside, an interest that was originally prompted by his experiences as a physician. Prof. Sahin’s publications have more than 8000 citations and he is the recipient of prestigious awards from the German Hemato-Oncology Association, German Association for Immunology, German Ministry of Education and Research and American Society of Clinical Oncology. Prof. Sahin is the founding director of the translational research institute TRON.
Michael Föhlings has been Managing Director (CFO) of the non-profit institute TRON GmbH in Mainz, Germany, since 2011 and has built up its financial and administrative organisation.
During his 30 years career in glass, steel and polymer industries, he has held diverse senior financial and general management functions in British, Anglo-Dutch and Swiss multinational companies. During that time he was also a member of company boards in Germany, Italy, Spain, the United States and China.
He is a practitioner in the financial management of international multi-site groups operating in manufacturing business environments and also gained practical experience in the restructuring and repositioning of companies in Germany, Spain and the US. He built up a number of financial and administrative organisations from scratch before he joined TRON.
Michael Föhlings studied business administration, business and labour law and real estate management at Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, EBS European Business School, Schloss Reichartshausen and IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. He holds Diplomas in Business Administration and Real Estate Management.