Together with Mareike Göritz and Matthias Stein-Gerlach, Dieter Link is responsible for technology transfer in the life-sciences section. Prior to working for Max Planck Innovation he held various positions with Xantos Biomedicine AG in Munich and, among others, has been responsible for the implementation of novel cell-based assay technologies and for establishing the company's metabolic disease program.
He studied microbiology, biochemistry and human genetics at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, where he wrote his doctoral thesis at the University's Institute of Human Genetics. During his academic career, he initially focused on the control of gene expression in microorganisms, and later on cellular differentiation mechanisms in mammals.
Dieter Link joined Max Planck Innovation in February 2006.
Together with Dieter Link and Mareike Göritz, Matthias Stein-Gerlach is responsible for technology transfer in the life-sciences section. He is co-founder of the biotech companies Axxima Pharmaceuticals AG, Munich, and U3 Pharmaceuticals AG, Martinsried. After heading his own research group at Axxima, starting 1998, he became Director Business Development in 2001 and was appointed VP Business Development in 2002, heading the business development department until 2004.
He studied molecular biology in Mainz and earned his PhD in 1998 in the lab of Dr Axel Ullrich of Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried with a thesis focusing on signal transduction. In addition, Matthias Stein-Gerlach has completed a 3 year education in finance and administration at the Adam Opel AG.
Matthias Stein-Gerlach joined Max Planck Innovation in April 2004.
Together with Dieter Link and Matthias Stein-Gerlach, Mareike Göritz is responsible for technology transfer in the life-sciences section. She studied chemistry at the universities of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Valencia (Spain) and California, Berkeley (USA). She obtained her PhD in bioinorganic chemistry from the University of Heidelberg where she worked on functionalized nucleic acids for sequence-specific detection of DNA. As a postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena she studied the regulation of gene transcription by small DNA-binding molecules in living cells.
Mareike Göritz joined Max Planck Innovation in July 2009.
Together with Wolfgang Tröger, Bernd Ctortecka is responsible for technology transfer in the chemistry, physics and technology section, as well as for the know-how transfer of software from the Max Planck Society.
Bernd Ctortecka began his career in banking. He then studied physics at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg i.Br. and at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK, and completed his Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) with a thesis on NMR studies of superconductors. He wrote his doctoral thesis on comparative studies of metal sites in copper proteins with synthetic macromolecules at the Faculty of Physics at Leipzig University, including regular stays at the isotope separator ISOLDE at CERN, Geneva, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Villigen, Switzerland, and the Chalmers University Gothenburg. One aspect of the PSI collaboration was the development of a radio pharmacon based on the isotope 111Ag. Subsequently, he worked in a Munich-based patent law firm and became internal key account manager at Infineon Technologies AG.
Bernd Ctortecka joined Max Planck Innovation in January 2002.
Together with Bernd Ctortecka, Wolfgang Tröger is responsible for technology transfer in the chemistry, physics and technology section of the Max Planck Society. Following his physics studies at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), he earned his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried and the Physics Department of TUM. Following periods of research in Paris and Copenhagen, he habilitated at Leipzig University. His research interest focused on the application of nuclear techniques and other spectroscopic methods in the life, environmental and material sciences. The interdisciplinary approach of his research at the borderline between physics, chemistry and biology endowed him with a broad experience in these fields, which was an invaluable input for his industry cooperation.
Wolfgang Tröger joined Max Planck Innovation in September 2004.
Together with Wolfgang Tröger and Bernd Ctortecka, Lars Cuypers is responsible for technology transfer in the chemistry, physics and technology section. He studied chemistry at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and devoted his diploma thesis to the field inorganic molecule chemistry. Than he changed to the Philipps University Marburg for his conferral of a doctorate focusing on hydrogallation and the synthesis of gallium clusters. He gained first business experience at the graduate program of the speciality chemistry company Clariant, working on different research and development projects regarding fields like metal working fluids, crop protection, personal care and detergents. The following function as a laboratory manager in the field detergent raw materials enabled him to contribute his services to major projects with direct customer contact.
Lars Cuypers joined Max Planck Innovation in May 2007.
Ingrid Kapser-Fischer is working as a Patent and Licensing Manager at Max Planck Innovation since April 1st 2019. She studied Nutritional Science at the Technical University München (TUM) and the Université de Montréal in Canada and obtained her Master of Science in 2012. After her studies, Mrs. Kapser-Fischer gained first experiences in the field of patent-management at TUMForTe, the office for research funding and technology transfer of the Technical University München, before starting her doctorate at the TUM in 2014. Her doctoral studies on „Dietary interventions in C57BL/6 mice and their interplay with selected metabolic and genetic parameters“ were performed at the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. There, she studied, among other things, molecular underpinnings of a history of obesity in mice. In the next two years, Ingrid Kapser-Fischer will support the life science team, by evaluating invention disclosures, performing patent and market investigations and supporting patent marketing.
Leonie Mönkemeyer is supporting the life sciences patent and licensing team since September 15, 2018. She studied Biochemistry at Goethe University in Frankfurt and at Oxford University, UK, and graduated as Master of Science (MSc Biochemistry). Subsequently, she earned her PhD from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universtät in Munich. She conducted her doctoral research on the structure and function of chaperones at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry. In the department for cellular biochemistry she studied the eukaryotic folding system TRiC/CCT using methods of cellular and structural biology. As patent- and license manager at Max Planck Innovation Leonie Mönkemeyer will evaluate invention disclosures, perform patent and market investigations and support patent marketing until September 2020.