Sebastian Schoefer, PhD, joined the Performance Materials team as a Senior Associate in March 2017. Recently, Sebastian was investment manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds, a German public-private partnership (around EUR 600 million under management) and an early-stage investor, managing a medtech, biotech, and materials science portfolio of 9 companies of which he successfully sold two. Prior to this, Sebastian was distribution manager for two University of Cambridge spin-off companies, Eight19, a plastic solar-cell company, and Azuri Technologies, a company that develops and sells pay-as-you-go solar-home lighting systems for sub-Saharan Africa. Sebastian obtained a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a MA in physics from the University of Texas at Austin (USA). Sebastian is based in Darmstadt.