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eversyn team meeting

eversyn is a spin-off of the Max Planck Institute Magdeburg - run, founded and supported by current and former Max Planck Society scientists and business professionals. Together we are highly skilled, experienced and motivated team of scientists, industrial and business professionals. We have an excellent track record of successfully working together at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems Magdeburg, manifested by numerous patents and high-profile publications and collaborations. While we are international team with diverse sets of skills and backgrounds, we share the tenacity and grit that will make eversyn a success.


Rachel Thu Nguyen, M.Sc.
Business Development

Majored in entrepreneurship and innovation, Rachel manages the business development of our venture. Her key expertise belongs to sales and account management, marketing and human resources. Her experience varies from hi-tech unicorn to nutrition and medical device industry; and from Vietnam to Germany. Rachel is a Dean’s List Excellent Alumni of Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, having graduated from the MSc program in International Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship. Her hobbies include water-coloring and photographing.

Rachel Thu Nguyen
Rachel Thu Nguyen
Thomas Rexer
Thomas Rexer

Dr. Thomas Rexer
Management & Regulatory Affairs

Thomas is dedicated to managing our venture and leading it to success. He has written the prologue of success story as co-inventor of our IP portfolio. As team leader at the Max Planck Institute DCTS, Thomas has a proven track-record of building and leading a high-performance team in the field of biotechnology. Thomas earned a BSc in process engineering from the University of Stuttgart and an MSc from The University of Manchester. He earned his PhD from Newcastle University. In his free time, Thomas is an avid football player competing in the local football league.


Mariana advances and manages our glycoengineering platform. Her key expertise comprise mammalian and insect cell-cultures, molecular biology as well as N-glycan analysis. Mariana technical expertise is completed by her in-depth knowledge of the biopharmaceutical and food industry. She has successfully worked in R&D as a product leader and analyst for PiSA Farmecéutica and TECHNNAL Group. Mariana has earned a BSc from Universidad de Guadalajara, and specialized in biotechnology during her MSc at Tecnológico de Monterrey and her PhD at UAM Cuajimalpa. In her free time, Mariana loves to spend time with her family.  

Dr. Mariana Juárez
Dr. Mariana Juárez

Alberto Alcalá, M.Sc.
Bioprocess Development

Alberto is spearheading the development of our production processes for nucleotide sugar and oligosaccharides. His key expertise is the upstream and downstream processing of bacterial production systems. Alberto has experience in the food industry as he previously worked for Unilever as a Material Resource Planner. He holds a BSc degree in Biotechnology engineering from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and a MSc from the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. When not in the lab, Alberto enjoys playing the guitar, running, swimming and rock climbing. 

Alberto Alcalá
Alberto Alcalá

Sebastian Bruno Kleeberg, B.Sc.
Production Engineering

Sebastian is in charge of the production and quality of our nucleotide sugars. He is a specialist for the development of biocatalytic processes and microbial fermentation engineering. He has been essential for the development of our technology platform. Sebastian has earned a BSc from University of Applied Sciences Zittau/Görlitz in molecular biotechnology and is about to get an MSc from Bielefeld University. In his spare time, he serves for the German Army Reserve and loves to do functional fitness and hiking.

Sebastian Bruno Kleeberg
Sebastian Bruno Kleeberg

Dr. Karim Jaén
Technology Development

Karim strengthens the glycoengineering platform through the implementation of robust and scalable production processes of glycosyltransferases. Among his major assets counts the wide experience in upstream bioprocess development for manufacturing plasmids, recombinant proteins and viruses intended for clinical applications, by using cellular hosts from the simplest prokaryotic E. coli, to the eukaryotic mammalian, avian and insect cells. Additionally he counts with experience in the validation of aseptic and sterilization processes for PiSA Farmacéutica in Mexico. During his studies in Mexico, Karim earned a BSc in chemical engineering from ITESO, and specialized in biotechnology during his MSc at UNAM and his PhD at UAM Cuajimalpa. In his free time, Karim enjoys playing board games and building puzzles with his family.



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Dr. Ursula La Cognata
ybe - Your Biotech Experts

Dr. Ursula La Cognata holds a doctorate in biotechnology and is self-employed at ybe - Your Biotech Experts - where she has a wide range of contacts in industrial biotechnology, the food industry and research institutions. Before, she worked in the German biotechnology industry for more than 25 years, including 8 years at Bayer for the development of novel carbohydrates and 8 years at aevotis and evoxx technologies as deputy head of research for the product development of food ingredients using genetically modified fermented microorganisms. 

Dr. Volker Landschütze
ybe - Your Biotech Experts

Dr. Volker Landschütze studied food technology and held various positions in industrial biotechnology. In the almost 25 years of his professional career to date, he has successfully founded and managed start-ups and spent many years in a global corporation in management positions, including Product Research Manager, with responsibility for operations and strategy development in the area of new business ventures.

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