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Christian is setting up new businesses both in the digital space and medical technologies. These businesses are either data-driven, or build on strong IP. He also supports and advises several startups.


Christian's research interests lie at the intersection of strategy, innovation, and economics. He is particularly interested in the role and mechanisms of intellectual property rights such as patents which help companies gain and maintain a competitive edge.
Christian has a background in early stage venture capital, serving as an Investment Director with Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen (TGFS), a local 120m EUR fund. There, he invested in and advised 20 different startup companies from diverse industries, primarily in the software sector. Christian continues supporting some teams as a Venture Partner with the fund. Before, as an engineer, he worked in an early digitization project in Argentina, served as a business developer in a mechanical engineering firm in the US and as a consultant in pharmaceuticals in Argentina. For almost a decade, Christian was also heading an entrepreneurship competition for high-school students that he co-founded with college friends.


Christian holds a doctoral degree in management and information science (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Bremen and studied electrical engineering and management at the University of Minnesota and Ilmenau University of Technology from which he received his graduate degree (Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing.). Christian's academic endeavors were supported by the Foundation of German Business. Both during his studies and work, he acquired an exceptionally broad understanding of diverse industries and technologies. He is a member of the Academy of Management (AoM) and the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB - TIE).
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Christian's work has appeared in Journals such as Research Policy, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Scientometrics, or World Patent Information. He serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for some top-tier academic journals and conferences.
Sternitzke, C., 2017. Interlocking patent rights and value appropriation: insights from the razor industry. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 64 (2), 249-265. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., 2014. Drug repurposing and the prior art patents of competitors. Drug Discovery Today, 19 (12), 1841-1847. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., 2013. An exploratory analysis of patent fencing in pharmaceuticals: The case of PDE5 inhibitors. Research Policy, 42 (2), 542-551. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., 2010. Knowledge sources, patent protection, and commercialization of pharmaceutical innovations, Research Policy, 39 (6), 810-821. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., 2009. Defining triadic patent families as a measure of technological strength, Scientometrics, 81 (1), 91-109. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., 2009. Patents and publications as sources of novel and inventive knowledge, Scientometrics, 79 (3), 551-561. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., 2009. The international preliminary examination of patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty - a proxy for patent value?, Scientometrics, 78 (2), 189-202. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., Bergmann, I., 2009. Similarity measures for document mapping: A comparative study on the level of an individual scientist, Scientometrics, 78 (1), 113-130. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., 2009. Technological specialization and patenting strategies in East Asia - Insights from the electronics industry, Scientometrics, 78 (1), 69-76. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., 2009. Reducing uncertainty in the patent application procedure - Insights from invalidating prior art in European patent applications, World Patent Information, 31 (1), 48-53. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., Bartkowski, A., Schramm, R., 2008. Visualizing patent statistics by means of social network analysis tools, World Patent Information, 30 (2), 115-131. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., Bartkowski, A., Schwanbeck, H., Schramm, R., 2007. Patent and Literature Statistics - the Case of Optoelectronics. World Patent Information, 29 (4), 327-338. [pre-publication version]
Sternitzke, C., Bartkowski, A., Schramm, R., 2007. Regional PATLIB centres as integrated one-stop service providers for intellectual property services. World Patent Information, 29 (3), 241-245. [pre-publication version]
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