Cathrin Gutwald
Head of Communications


Cathrin Gutwald joined Wyss Zurich as Head of Communications in September 2016. Before joining Wyss Zurich, Cathrin Gutwald served as International Communications Manager at the Jacobs Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, and as Corporate Communications Manager for Dr. Zwissler Holding AG in Munich, Germany. Previously she spent nearly ten years at the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum (HNF) in Paderborn, Germany, as Head of Executive Development and Training and Head of Education, Media and Culture. In these functions she developed seminars, conferences and lecture series and edited publications on subjects related to the influence of information technology on man and society at large. She was also responsible for creating, implementing and running a platform for management training in the fields of e-business, technology trends and competency development. Cathrin Gutwald holds master’s degrees in Art History, Communication Sciences and Market and Consumer Psychology from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and a diploma in Design from the Köln International School of Design in Cologne, Germany.

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Patrick Leuthard
Head of Finance & Administration


Patrick Leuthard joined Wyss Zurich as Head of Finance & Administration in July 2016. Prior to joining Wyss Zurich, Patrick Leuthard served Tecan as the Head Finance & Controlling of the Life Science Business. Previously, he spent more than nine years at Siemens Building Technologies, most recently as Head Business Administration, from 2010 to 2013. In this position, he designed, developed and implemented various initiatives that helped maintain sound financial performance. Earlier in his career, he worked at KPMG as a Senior Consultant from 2001 to 2004 and at UBS as a Corporate Controller from 1999 to 2000. Patrick Leuthard is a Swiss Certified Expert in Accounting and Controlling. He holds an Executive MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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Melanie Wiesel
Head of Project Coordination


Melanie Wiesel is Head of Project Coordination at Wyss Zurich. In this role, she is responsible for the project evaluation process as well as the coordination of running projects. Melanie Wiesel is also responsible for IP-related matters of the projects and the IP strategy of the Center. Prior to joining Wyss Zurich, she was a Technology and Licensing Manager at ETH Transfer (technology transfer office of ETH Zurich), where she was responsible for life science technology evaluation, IP counseling, IP management and out-licensing. Melanie Wiesel obtained her “Diplom” in Biology from the University of Regensburg (Germany) and her PhD in Viral Immunology from ETH Zurich. She has conducted postdoctoral research in the pharmaceutical industry, at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, in the area of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Melanie is a member of swiTT (Swiss Technology Transfer Association).

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