Monday - July 26, 2021

Bayer announces Prof. Dr. Dominik Ruettinger as new Head of Research and Early Development for Oncology

Prof. Dr. Dominik Ruettinger

Berlin, Germany, July 26, 2021 – Bayer today announced Prof. Dr. Dominik Ruettinger as the new Head of Research and Early Development for Oncology at its Pharmaceuticals Division, effective October 1, 2021.

“We are pleased to welcome Dominik Ruettinger who is a leader in oncology translational clinical research and therapeutic development and brings extensive experience that will help us to leverage science and innovative solutions to change medical practice and ultimately create superior outcomes for cancer patients,” said Dr. Christian Rommel, Head of Research and Development and Member of the Pharmaceuticals Executive Committee of Bayer AG. “Achieving breakthrough innovation through our pipeline is at the core of our strategy for delivering the transformation of our pharma business.”

Dominik Ruettinger joins Bayer from Roche where he most recently headed Early Clinical and Biomarker Development in Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED). Before he joined Roche in 2011, Dominik Ruettinger was at Micromet Inc. (now Amgen Inc.) where he led all solid tumor development programs and supported the development of Blinatumumab (Blincyto™), eventually resulting in the approval of this first CD19-directed T-cell bispecific in 2014.

Dominik Ruettinger has spent 12 years in academia (Germany and US), is board certified in Surgical Oncology and holds a PhD degree in tumor immunology from the University of Munich, where he also served as principal investigator on multiple Phase I-III clinical oncology trials.

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