Eckhard U. Alt is professor of medicine and biomedical engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans and was professor of medicine at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and at Technical University of Munich. He received his medical degree as valedictorian from Heidelberg Medical School. After two years in cardiac surgery at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, he completed his education at Technical University of Munich in internal medicine/cardiology.

Eckhard is a frequent reviewer and serves on the editorial boards of respected journals. From 2001 to 2007, he was president of the Cardiac Electrophysiology Society. He has organized major national and international congresses; authored more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals, books, or book chapters; and has acquired more than 600 worldwide patents, primarily in the fields of stem cells, electrophysiology, and interventional cardiology. The magazine Focus rated him among the “Best 12 Cardiologists in Germany.” Eckhard received the Hahn Research Award from the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons as well as the Ethica Award as Best Experimental Researcher from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In 2009, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Munich and Innovator of the Year in Houston. In addition to being chairman of the board of InGeneron, Inc., he is also chairman of the board of ISAR Klinikum in Munich, Germany.