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European Innovation Council

Ingmar Hoerr

EIC Ambassador, EIC pilot Advisory Board Member, Member of the EIC High-Level Group (2016 – 2018)

Hoerr Ingmar


Founder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CureVac AG

Ingmar founded “CureVac, the RNA people“ together with colleagues in Tübingen, Germany in 2000. His entrepreneurship was motivated by his surprising discovery during his doctoral research that naked mRNA can be expressed in vivo without the risk of rapid degradation, while exhibiting the ability to generate strong specific immune responses, in contrast to what had previously been believed.

During his time as CEO until June 2018, Ingmar initiated with CureVac the first clinical human trials testing mRNA therapeutics, thereby contributing to the development of the mRNA industry. During this time, he and his colleagues raised approximately USD 500 million in equity and significantly grew the company. He held the position of chair of the Supervisory Board of CureVac AG until March 2020.

In June 2021 he and his wife Sara Hoerr initiated the MORPHO Foundation, together with Florian von der Mülbe, also Founder of CureVac and his wife Kiriakoula Kapousouzi.

Ingmar is Member of the Board of Trustees at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and was Advisor to the former Commissioner Carlos Moedas.