The Team

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Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Gregory Katzmann (Chief Executive Officer)
Gregory Katzmann is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of NovionX GmbH. He holds a Dipl.-Ing.(FH) degree in physical engineering from the University of Applied Science Ravensburg-Weingarten and did his diploma thesis (Self-induced Plasma Discharge for Protection of Infrared Sensors) at EADS. His main focus is in environmental science and process engineering. Gregory is passionate about building scientific instruments and programming microcontrollers. He also has hands-on experience in programming Siemens PLC for JT-Elektronik GmbH in Lindau (Bodensee).

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M.Sc. Ralf Dumler (Chief Technology Officer)
Ralf Dumler is the co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer of NovionX GmbH. He holds a M.Sc. degree in chemistry from the University of Vienna and pursues a MBA degree at SRH Fernhochschule Riedlingen. His main research interests are building ion sources for mass spectrometry, mass spectrometry imaging, analytical instrumentation and blockchain technology for pharma applications. Besides chemistry, Ralf has a strong background in business and is in charge of leadership & business development, as well as intellectual property. On the rare occasion his passion for science, innovation, and entrepreneurship allows it, he can be found in the orchestra pit, playing the viola.

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Alberto Torreño Núñez (Chief Design Officer)
Alberto Torreño Núñez, is the man who makes everything possible in the mechanical field. Due to his professional experience, stay abroad among others in Switzerland and the urge to constantly progress he perfected his broad knowledge spectrum in precision mechanics and turned it into great 3D constructions. Design and customer-oriented functionality are his top priorities.

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Dr. Silvio Kühn (Head of RF-Energy Development)
Dr. Silvio Kühn holds a PhD degree in high frequency engineering from the famous Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik and is in charge of entrepreneurship. His excellent knowledge in solid-state RF-Energy leads to new inventions and prototypes of atmospheric pressure ions sources for mass spectrometry. Silvio is also a big fan of open-source hardware and open-source software.


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Prof. Dr. Robert Winkler ( Scientific Advisory Board)
Dr. Robert Winkler is Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Biochemical and Instrumental Analysis at the CINVESTAV Unidad Irapuato and faculty member for the postgraduate programs Plant Biotechnology and Integrative Biology. His research topics include novel mass spectrometry techniques such as low-temperature plasma ionization and covalent protein staining, new approaches in the high-throughput metabolomic profiling of plants, computational mass spectrometry and proteomics.

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Dipl.-Ing. Jörg Niebel (Advisory Board)
Joerg Niebel, CEO of MS-Wil GmbH, Zurich made his way into mass spectrometry working with GC/MS systems back in the 1980s before changing gear and moving toward life science mass spectrometry related technologies such as Traps, ToFs, Hybrids in conjunction with ESI, Nano ESI and MALDI. Familiar with a wide range of mass spec companies (Advion BioSciences, Micromass, Waters, Bruker Daltonics and CovalX), applications and market needs, Joerg decided to take over responsibility at MS Wil in 2012 and joining NovionX GmbH as a superior consultant.

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Dr. Christian Berchtold (Advisory Board)
Dr. Sc. ETH Zürich Christian Berchtold is working since November 2014 as a scientific associate at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW with a strong focus in metabolomics and clinical application mass spectrometry. After he received his Ph.D. in 2013 he spend one year as a researcher at the clinical metabolomics facility of the University Hospital in Bern. Especially during his thesis at ETH Zürich in the group of Prof. Renato Zenobi he developed various designs of ion sources for real time breath analysis and other applications.Christian advises NovionX GmbH in respect to the technical adoption for ion sources. His experience bridges the needs of a user of mass spectrometric tools and the technical aspects necessary to gain results for various applications. In addition to that he supports the all grant applications and cooperation projects with his experience. He is the on-site contact for new projects and collaborations with the University of Applied Sciences as a scientific partner.

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Dr. Arno Wortmann (Advisory Board)

Arno Wortmann is the group head for mass spectrometry in the pharmaceutical development at F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG in Basel. With his great experience he is supporting NovionX GmbH as a member of the advisory board. He has more than 15 years of experience in mass spectrometry in academic positions and in industry.