A creative life-sciences family

We are Pulmotree: a young medical technology start-up from Munich. The headquarters in the creative district of Maxvorstadt is where our hearts beat.

This is the place where new ideas and concepts come to life. And this is the place that is saying farewell to outdated processes and ways of thinking.

Based on partnership. And genuinely authentic.

Whatever we develop and whoever we advise, we do it in a spirit of partnership, remaining true to ourselves. The Pulmotree team are then more than just specialists in their field.

Partnerships connect us with customers and with associates from the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries to form a creative life sciences family.

The minds behind Pulmotree

Ulf Krüger
CEO and Founder

Ulf´s deep knowledge in respiratory drug delivery combined with his strong management skills and innovative entrepreneurial vision are the foundation of PULMOTREE. His comprehensive experience involves key areas across the non-propellant liquid inhaler lifecycle, from research and development, through corporate strategy to successful commercialization.

In his former position as Director – Fox Nebuliser Programs at Vectura, he was responsible for the entire sector of the proprietary mesh nebulizers business. Previously, he held various positions in the research and development department at PARI. He is a graduate biomedical engineer, an inventor listed on numerous patents, and recognized speaker and conference chairman. As a member of The Aerosol Society, and the European Respiratory Society (ERS), he is particularly also involved as PhD student mentor for the TANDEM program at RWTH Aachen University, and chairman of the networking group New Devices, Emerging Therapies and e-Health at the InternationalSociety for Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM).


Carolina Dantas
Medical & Scientific Affairs

Carolina’s expertise as a pulmonologist MD adds to Pulmotree the valuable insight of both physicians and patients. Specialized in respiratory infectious diseases and lung related indications such as cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis, she has a vast hands-on clinical experience with inhaled drug therapies.

As a Manager of Medical and Scientific Affairs her search for innovation in healthcare matches with Pulmotree’s forward-thinking approach to the evolution of respiratory therapies. Besides her knowledge in clinical research, Carolina is an accomplished communicator in science, counting with published scientific papers, a book chapter, and several original presentations in international conferences. Carolina holds a Master’s degree in Medicine, is a member of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Pneumologia, the European Respiratory Society (ERS), and the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM).

Elena Schaefer
Chief of Staff

As part of the Pulmotree management team, Elena wears many hats and seamlessly manages the HR department, financial planning, budget monitoring, and organisational reporting. She plays an important role in growing Pulmotree with a controllable speed and in a sustainable way. With a background in general management, Elena has held diverse positions in international corporations and start-ups.

Her experience extends across operations, with a focus on supply chain management and procurement in the FMCG sector and international consulting. In the startup industry, she acquired practical expertise in driving business expansion, fostering rapid but sustainable growth for the company.

Before joining Pulmotree, Elena played a key role in a hyper-growth start-up’s management team. She played a crucial role in scaling the team from 10 to approximately 2,500 employees. Her responsibilities included not only overseeing expansion strategies but also integral aspects of human resources management.

Portrait of Pia Goerstner - Technical Project Lead at PULMOTREE

Pia Görstner
Technical Project Lead – Device Partnering

As Technical Project Lead, Pia is responsible for the technical management of our partnering programmes for combination products, where she drives the device optimisation and its documentation. Her valuable expertise developed throughout the Kolibri nebulizer platform project management transfers perfectly into the partnering programmes. In addition to managing internal and external development projects, she is responsible for the usability of our products at PULMOTREE.

In addition to her activities in PULMOTREE’s R&D department, she advised various medical technology and pharmaceutical companies in the Business Unit Consulting, mainly in the areas of usability and risk management. Pia holds a Master’s degree in Engineering with a focus on medical device development and project management.

Portrait of Pascal Förner PULMOTREE

Pascal Förner
Device Tailoring Lead

As PULMOTREE’s Device Tailoring Lead, Pascal is responsible for requirements management, product development, and specification of customized solutions for our proprietary drug delivery platforms for combination products. His scope of work ranges from initial feasibility studies to technical support in clinical development, all the way to final documentation, including relevant in-vitro activities. Serving as a technical point of contact, he bridges the gap between device technology, customer requirements, and internal/external project management.

Pascal is an expert in research and development, holding a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Resource-Efficient Design and Simulation. Prior to joining PULMOTREE, he worked at Johnson Matthey, specializing in the characterization of adhesive composites and simulation of piezo actuators.

The 2nd degree Pulmotree family

Stefan Kaltenbacher Advisory Board Member Pulmotree

Stefan Kaltenbacher
Advisory Board Member – Marketing & Corporate Finance

Stefan is the one connecting the dots between the Life Science industry and the corporate finance world. His broad background in Life Sciences delivers a number of values to Pulmotree when sharing insights and capabilities in identifying the strategic direction coupled with tactical sales and marketing excellence.

In his former positions as General Manager for Corporations like BAYER AG, Johnson & Johnson and CareFusion Stefan gained a richness of experience in a number of healthcare disciplines but foremost in leading people and developing talents. His extensive international work helped him to practice a global mindset but noteably sharing experiences and let others benefit from them. He lives by his credo.. “ healthcare is all about curiousity, every day.” Stefan is advising world class Private Equity groups and Family offices. He is a graduated  Bachelor of Business Administration and holds a Corporate Master degree from the University of Notre Dame, USA.

Benjamin Schimmel Advisory Board Pulmotree
Benjamin Schimmel
Advisory Board Member – Finance

As a tax consultant and German chartered accountant, Benjamin has many years of experience in implementation-oriented consulting for SMEs, which he gained among other things as a consultant at Deloitte. Benjamin is the managing director of the tax consultant and accountants firm Schimmel Steuerberater, Wirtschaftsprüfer.

We trust in his broad competence and knowledge around the topics of taxes, startups, business management and organizational design. He is our cooperation partner for internal / external accounting, tax declaration as well as tax and business consulting. Benjamin holds a degree in business administration and is a member of the chamber of chartered tax accountants, and the chamber of tax advisors.

Thorsten Reh - Advisory Board Pulmotree

Thorsten Reh
Advisory Board Member – Legal

Thorsten looks back at more than 16 years of international experience in med-tech and pharma as Attorney, Legal Counsel, Head of Legal, Healthcare Compliance Officer, Chief Administration Officer and Managing Director. Thorsten Reh is the managing director of MEDIAS REHS, a law firm based in Munich, Germany.

His experience includes medium-sized companies such as Helios and Biotest as well as innovative international groups like ResMed and large international companies such as Linde Healthcare. Thorsten is a fully qualified German lawyer and holds a Master of Laws degree from UNSW (University of New South Wales, Sydney) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Management from ESMT (European School of Management and Technology, Berlin). He is a Certified Compliance Officer (DIZR) as well as a Certified Data Protection Officer (TÜV).

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Our loft

Lofty spaces at Pulmotree Medical GmbH in Munich’s Maxvorstadt reflect what and how we think. They inspire us to seek out new perspectives. They encourage us to go on reinventing ourselves. A perfect environment for flexible and agile working, focused and straightforward.

Close to the creative and cultural centre of Munich and very close to science and research. With the three universities, the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Munich University of Applied Sciences (HM), we and our future employees benefit directly from each other.

This means Pulmotree is no ordinary Munich medical technology start-up but rather a life sciences partner with interests far beyond the city borders.

We believe in honest values


We assure customers and partners get full insight into our activities. They become a part of the team during the project.


Mutual trust is vital to long-term customer relationships. We are open and approachable, including to criticism. We continuously reflect on what we do and how we communicate.


We understand integrity as communicating and acting authentically. We think and act morally and ethically by keeping to our word. Without exception.


We are passionate about our mission: to improve the quality of life of patients. When a patient forgets for a moment the seriousness of their illness, then we are doing our job right. This is what motivates us.

Sustainability deep into the lungs

We strive to reduce the amount of disposable materials used in our products to a minimum while ensuring maximum patient safety. On the one hand, this reduces the costs of therapy and, on the other hand, protects our planet from the unnecessary consumption of fossil resources.

We believe sustainability is an important factor and is applied throughout the entire company. In addition to development and production with a resource-saving strategy, we also think about what other contributions we can make. We drink our company cappuccino with oat milk instead of cow’s milk – and this is only the beginning!