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AGCT's entrepreneurial team

Management Team


Hans-Joerg Hess, PhD
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.

CTO and Founder

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.

Head of R&D

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.
Supervisory Board

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Dirk Loeffert, PhD
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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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.