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AGCT's entrepreneurial team

Management Team

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Hans-Joerg Hess, PhD
CEO
Hans earned his PhD at the TU Berlin, where he also studied business administration and mechanical engineering. He worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company and as a senior corporate manager in M&A and business development. Hans was also a partner in an advisory firm specializing in venture capital transactions and co-funded multiple companies.
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Dirk Loeffert, PhD
COO
Dirk is a serial entrepreneur, owner of Bluecatalysis, co-founder of Biomillenia and Six Pines NV. He has over 20 years of experience in product development and commercialization in the life science industry. After earning his Ph.D. in immunology, Dirk joined QIAGEN, a global leader in Life Sciences and molecular diagnostics products, where he became Global Head of Product Development Life Sciences and VP Research of Molecular Diagnostics in the US. He has a proven track record in building high-growth profitable product portfolios and has authored numerous patents.
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Dr Dimitry Cherkasov
CTO and Founder
Dmitry has conducted in-depth research in nucleic acid chemistry, modified nucleotides and molecular biology at the University of Luebeck. He has authored numerous patents and is also an M.D. As the former head of molecular diagnostics at the University Hospital of Marburg, Dmitry contributes his experience from ten years in clinical diagnostics.
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Christian Grunwald, PhD
Director R&D
Christian studied chemistry and was awarded a PhD in biophysical chemistry from the University of Bochum. He worked for several years in different R&D positions at QIAGEN and Miltenyi Biotec. He is an expert in sample-prep and assay technologies and has a strong background in product development.
Frontline Staff

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Fabian Bietz, PhD
Scientist Assay Development
Fabian was awarded a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Giessen. He studied protein/DNA interactions with three generations of "gene scissors". During his PhD and postdoc research, he worked on R&D projects for Cellectis and Syngenta.
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Yuan Cao, PhD
Senior Scientist Assay Development
Yuan received a PhD in Medical Genetics from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 and worked for QIAGEN (Suzhou) and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Her expertise lies in multiplex PCR-based molecular diagnostic assay development.
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Maren Egidi
Scientist Assay Development
Maren studied biology at the University of Giessen. She worked for four years as a scientist in pancreatic cancer research at the University of Halle/Wittenberg. She has extensive experience in sample preparation and a strong background in basic cancer research. 
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Claudia Gand
Office and Laboratory Manager
Claudia studied biochemistry and worked several years as a scientist in basic research on T-cell neoplasia. Due to her studies and work at the University of Greifswald Medical School she gained wide experience in cancer genetics and molecular biology. 
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Patrick Unverzagt
Scientist Assay Development
Patrick studied biology at the University of Giessen and gained an M.Sc. Biology degree. Subsequent to his studies, Patrick worked as an R&D Scientist for GFE Blut. He is well trained in developing and validating PCR-based assays and sample preparation technologies.
Supervisory Board

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Norbert Basler
Norbert is founder, chairman and majority stockholder of Basler AG, a global market leader for digital cameras used in industrial applications (stock symbol: BSL). He is a technology expert in image digitization and a founding investor of AGCT.