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Christian Apfel

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Founder and CEO, SageMedic, Inc.

Founder and CEO, SageMedic, Inc.

2 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Product
I have an idea I'm commited to

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Biomedical Engineering
  • • Product

Involved In


SageMedic, Inc
Clinical Research Consultants, LLC


SageMedic, Inc
Clinical Research Consultants, LLC
Merck & Co., Inc.
Cadence Pharmaceuticals


Founder and CEO SageMedic, Inc August 2012 - present
Associate Adjunct Professor UCSF 2010 - present
Founder and CEO Clinical Research Consultants, LLC 2008 - present
Associate Professor UCSF 2006 - May 2013
Director of Faculty Recruiting University of Louisville 2005 - 2006
Assistant Director, Outcomes Research Institute University of Louisville 2004 - 2006
Assistant Professor University of Louisville 2003 - 2006
Docent (Privatdozent) Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg 2002 - 2003


University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School 2012 - 2014
The Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg Critical Care Medicine 2000 - 2001
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg Anesthesiology 1993 - 1999
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen Medical Sciences / Epidemiology 1992 - 1995

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Business plan
  • • Business Development
  • • Nontraditional Fundraising
  • • Oncology
Markets of Interest
  • • Education
  • • Healthcare
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact
  • • Higher Education
  • • Medical Devices
  • • Oncology

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Epidemiology • Healthcare • Biotechnology • Clinical trials • Cancer

Key Accomplishments

1. Physician (Anesthesia, Critical Care, & Emergency Medicine) with 20+ years of clinical experience in Germany (Univ of Wuerzburg) and in the United States (UCSF).
2. 100+ peer reviewed clinical research and evidence-based medicine publications, including a 5,000 patient study we published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
3. Founder of SageMedic, Inc., which develops an ex-vivo chemosensitivity assay to predict the best possible chemotherapy for individual patients (truly personalized and comprehensive approach).

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

SageMedic is open to another partner with the following skills:
a) significant experience in business development,
b) great reputation in the oncology space, and
c) significant experience in crowd funding, high net-worth individuals, and angels.

SageMedic looks for somebody who is driven by a higher purpose to make our world a better place, specifically, helping oncologists and patients and make "sage" medical decision when it comes to chemotherapy. This will require significant commitment, hard work, and endurance.
However, if you are primarily driven by self-interest and short term profit, it is most likely the best if both of us pursue our paths separately.

As an Advisor

I can envision two types of engagement.
1. A paid consultant (e.g. for clinical trial design, data analytics, FDA matters) in the pharmaceutical and biotech space for cash (either hourly or per project).
2. A non-paid advisor for somebody who tries to solve a real need (medial, educational, social) and has both an angle and the personality that I am convinced I could help him or her to succeed (advisable, coachable).

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Igor Barani
They're my friends  •  Assistant Professor, UCSF Departments of Radiation Oncology & Neurological Surgery
Christian is an out-of-the-box thinker who finds ways to make things happen. He is very tenacious and dedicated to improving health and hea ... lthcare systems.
Harish Goli
Principal Product Manager, YP Holdings. Previously Founder, Ankur2Angels.