People

Meet the people inside InSphero!

InSphero’s team combines many years’ experience in three dimensional microtissue research, engineering and laboratory automation and valuable know how in marketing communications and quality assurance. It is complemented by the strategic management expertise of our Board of Directors and Strategic Advisory Board members.

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Dr. Jan Lichtenberg
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder & Member of the Management Team

Engineer and expert in laboratory automation with 20 years of experience in high-tech startups from chemical processing to medical devices.

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Dr. Jens M. Kelm
Chief Technology Officer, Co-Founder & Member of the Management Team

Long-term experience in the design and production of various scaffold-free microtissues; portfolio of 50+ microtissue types developed and characterized.

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Dr. Wolfgang Moritz
Head of Research and Applications, Co-Founder & Member of the Management Team

Expert in production and assay methods for microtissues using laboratory-scale approaches, valuable background in clinical applications of microtissues.

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Melanie Aregger
MBA-HSG, Chief Operating Officer & Member of the Management Team

10 years of professional experience in strategy consulting (L.E.K. Consulting / h&z Consulting), business development, commercial operations and medical devices (ConvaTec). Profound know-how in establishing and developing businesses on both, the strategic and operational level. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of St. Gallen (HSG).

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Oliver Krähenbühl
MBA, Chief Financial Officer & Member of the Management Team

Qualified Accountant with over 25 years of experience at rapidly growing companies in the technology field. Expert in corporate finance including funding, corporate transactions and M&A. Experienced in systems integration and process reengineering.

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Dr. Patrick Guye
Chief Scientific Officer & Member of the Management Team

Long-standing experience in life sciences, engineering, business innovation & development, operations and new ventures consulting. Leadership positions in industry (Sanofi) and in academia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University) with focus on cell therapy, 3D cellular models/organoids, synthetic biology, human stem cells, biologics and small molecules development and precision genomic engineering. PhD in Molecular Infection Biology from the University of Basel.

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Stewart Hunt
Director North American Business Operations InSphero Inc. USA & Member of the Management Team

Dynamic team leader with over 25 years of Life Science experience. I have a strong passion to advance the general understanding of in vitro microtissues/spheroids applications to better define drug efficacy and safety assessment.

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Dr. Randy Strube
Director of Global Marketing InSphero Inc. USA & Member of the Management Team

Ph.D. in Cancer Biology with over 8 years of life sciences marketing experience, excited to help InSphero expand global awareness of its innovative 3D cell culture and microtissue technologies.   

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Dr. Marion Bavand
Head of Quality Assurance & Member of the Management Team

A seasoned Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs professional with 20+ years of experience in pre-market and post-market product development of life science- & biotech products and medical devices, including medical device vigilance and postmarket surveillance. Hands-on experience in establishing Quality Systems supporting pre-clinical and clinical product development and product release to market.

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Dr. Katrin Roduner
Head of HR & Member of the Management Team

HR professional with over 9 years of experience in Talent Management, Learning & Development, operational HR, Assessment, Management Development, Coaching and Training.

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Dr. Simon Messner
Head of Product Management

Trained biochemist and molecular biologist with extensive experience in product development, characterization and application of 3D microtissues.

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Board of Directors


Dr. Jens M. Kelm, Chief Technology Officer InSphero AG & Member of the Management Team


Dr. Jan Lichtenberg, Chief Executive Officer InSphero AG & Member of the Management Team


Thomas Pfisterer, Wild Group Management AG


Dr. Jürg Gysi, President of the Board, Switzerland

Former CEO, Promega AG Switzerland. Molecular Biologist with more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and management in the biotech industry in Switzerland, Germany and the US.


Beat Schillig, Founder and President IFJ Institute for Young Entrepreneurs

Serial Entrepreneur and Business Angel.


Dr. Thomas Rinderknecht, Senior Partner at Badertscher Rechtsanwälte


Anna Evodokimova, VC Investment Director at Millhouse LLC


Strategic Advisory Board

Gordon McVie Professor Gordon McVie

Professor Gordon McVie (born 13 January 1945) is an international authority on the treatment and research of cancer. Along with Umberto Veronesi he is the founding editor of ecancermedicalscience, an open access cancer journal from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan.


 

Koman Dr. Igor Koman

Dr. Igor Koman is the Director of Ariel University's Institute for Personalized Medicine. Dr. Komen graduated from the Russian Medical University and holds a PhD and DSc in clinical pharmacology.


 

Qualls Charles Qualls, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Dr. Qualls is a toxicology expert who retired as Executive Director of Investigative Toxicology and Pathology at Amgen Inc. Before working at Amgen, he served as Director of Molecular and Ultrastructural Pathology at GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Qualls had a distinguished career over two decades in academia prior to moving into the pharmaceutical industry. 


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