Mr. Thomas Widman is CoFounder at Actelion Ltd. A cardiologist educated at Universitat Heidelberg and Paris in Medicine and Computer Science with further training at the University Hospital in Geneva he later spent seven years at the University of California San Diego as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular Associate. During his nine years at F. HoffmannLa Roche he was responsible for the worldwide clinical development of the company cardiovascular portfolio. He was chairman of F. HoffmannLa Roche cardiovascular strategy team and led an international cardiovascular development team of over 60 people in Europe and the US. In 1996 he founded Hesperion. Due to his continuing interest in strategic RD and other management topics he has also attended business courses at INSEAD.