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Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Muster is the Chief Scientific Officer of Vivaldi Biosciences Inc. and is a Managing Director of Vivaldi Biosciences AG. Dr. Muster is also founder and CEO of Blue Sky Vaccines KG. In 2002 he co-founded AVIR Green Hills Biotechnology AG and served as its CEO and CSO until 2013. At AVIR Green Hills Biotechnology, Dr. Muster led the company's development programs for delta-NS1 live attenuated influenza vaccines (LAIVs) for seasonal and pandemic strains, including three Phase 1 clinical trials of monovalent LAIV candidates and a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of a trivalent LAIV candidate. He also led the company's preclinical development programs for oncolytic viral and antibody-based therapies for cancer. In 2013 Vivaldi Biosciences Inc. acquired delta-NS1 LAIV clinical-stage research and development assets formerly owned by AVIR Green Hills Biotechnology. Prior to AVIR Green Hills Biotechnology, Dr. Muster was a Research Fellow at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (now the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai). Previously, he was founder and staff investigator of the Virology group at the Institute of Applied Microbiology of the University of Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria, and Head of the Viral Oncology group, Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna. He has contributed to several key inventions in vaccine development, including discovery of a conserved epitope on HIV, a melanoma-associated retrovirus, and the influenza nonstructural protein 1 (NS1). He has co-authored more than 50 scientific publications and book chapters in the fields of vaccinology, virology and oncology. Dr. Muster earned an Engineering degree in Biotechnology and a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Applied Life Sciences, Vienna.  



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