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Why Biopetrolia?

We create yeast cell factories

Biopetrolia was founded to explore the synergy between science, engineering and entrepreneurship as a way to provide solutions to some of today’s sustainability problems. From a group known for its in-depth knowledge and world expertise in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering of yeast cell factories, the company was created as vehicle to transfer these evolving technologies to the market and industry.

How do we operate?

Biopetrolia currently holds a patent portfolio that allows us to develop yeast strains for production of different compounds, especially oleochemicals.

Recognition

Biopetrolia received a pre-seed grant from Novoseeds for product and business development.

Management and People

Biopetrolia is small group of dedicated and passionate people with a sense of mission for groundbreaking research and bringing innovation to the market.

MANAGEMENT AND BOARD

Anastasia Krivoruchko, PhD

CEO
Anastasia holds a PhD in biology with a focus on molecular adaptations to stress. At present, she supervises various activities aimed at cell factory development. Anastasia has a strong interest in creating synergies between academic and industrial research and has been involved in coordinating collaborations with industrial partners. Anastasia is a co-author of several patent applications and multiple scientific publications.

 

Florian David, PhD, Dr. Tech.

Board of Directors, COO
Florian holds a PhD degree in Biotechnology with a focus on holistic bioprocess optimization. He coordinated projects ranging from upstream strain development to bioprocess optimization and downstream processing. These resulted in several publications and patent applications. For his studies, he was awarded the Biotechnica Award and the Bluesens© Competition Award.
Florian sees a great potential in combining science, engineering and entrepreneurship towards biotechnology innovations.

 

Jens Nielsen, Professor

Chairman of the Board, CSO
Jens heads a research group of more than 80 researchers, and he has a very strong international profile in the field of metabolic engineering and systems biology. He has co-authored more than 400 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals, which have been cited more than 13000 times. He is the inventor of more than 35 issued patents and patent applications, and he has founded 4 companies that combined have raised more than €25 million in venture capital.

 

EvelinaEvelina Wängberg Monika

Board of Directors
Evelina is responsible for the Technology Transfer program at Chalmers Ventures, working with commercialization of research results. She is a civil engineer in Biotechnology with a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Business design from Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship. She is currently active as business developer in several research based projects and companies.

 

Henrik Dalbøge

Board of Directors
Henrik has through more than 30 years been involved in the establishment and growth of the international biotech and life science industry in Denmark. Henrik has worked in Chr. Hansen, Novozymes, Novo Nordisk, and Nordisk Gentofte, from where he has substantial business, strategy and scientific experience. He has been responsible for development of several commercialized products both within the biopharmaceutical- and the industrial biotechnology area, and he has led the creation of successful business operations with high and very profitable growth rates.

 

Jan Svärd

Board of Directors
More than 30 years of international management experience in the Specialty Chemicals industry. Former Director of AkzoNobel and President of Eka Chemicals. In addition to operational positions Jan has been an active Chairman and board member of several medium sized companies, research and branch organizations with a focus on the Process industry. Jan is particularly interested in developing new concepts and innovations into successful sustainable businesses.

 

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Verena Siewers, PhD

Project Leadership and Management
Verena has a PhD from the University of Münster, Germany, with a focus on fungal genetics and molecular biology. As postdoc at the Technical University of Denmark, she has worked on production of non-ribosomal peptides in yeast. Since then she has been involved in several projects aiming to produce biofuels and chemicals in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

 

Paulo Gonçalves Teixeira

Communication and Research
Paulo is currently a PhD Student at Chalmers developing new strategies for production of fatty acids and fatty-acid derived chemicals. He has a MSc. in biochemistry from theUniversity of Coimbra, Portugal and experience in biotechnology and microbiology from work at Biocant and CNC – Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology. Paulo is very enthusiastic on exploring the interface between science and different technologies to drive innovation.

 

StefanStefan Tippmann, PhD

Research Scientist
Stefan is a passionate biochemical engineer with several years of experience in fermentation and metabolic engineering. He has a M.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Magdeburg, Germany and a PhD in Biotechnology from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. During his PhD he was studying production of isoprenoids in yeast. He joined Biopetrolia as research scientist to work on engineering of yeast metabolism for production of fatty acid derived chemicals.

 

zongjieZongjie Dai, PhD

Research Scientist
Zongjie obtained a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Science and Technology of China, focusing on molecular biology and metabolic engineering of anaerobic bacteria. He did his postdoctoral training at Chalmers University of Technology, where he worked on engineering the central carbon metabolism of yeast. In Biopetrolia, his current research involves metabolic engineering of yeast for production of biochemicals. Zongjie has a broad expertise on genetic engineering of bacteria and fungi and is eager to tie academic research with sustainable industrial application.

 

ChristosChristos Skrekas

Research Scientist
Christos holds a BSc in Biology from University of Athens, Greece and an MSc in Genomics and Systems Biology from University of Gothenburg. He has hands-on experience on microbiology and molecular biology. His master thesis project involved high throughput screening methods in yeast. His current research at Biopetrolia focuses on metabolic engineering of yeast for the production of valuable chemicals.

 

MonikaMonika Tolgo

Master Student
Monika is a Master student of Biotechnology at Chalmers University of Technology. She has a BSc from Tallinn University of Technology in Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology. During her Bachelor studies she also worked in a food flavour analysis group at Competence Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies in Tallinn. She is mainly interested in flavour and fragrance chemicals and their sustainable production in metabolically engineered yeast. This also brought her to Biopetrolia to work on her Master thesis.

 

MaxMaximilian Otto

Master Student
Maximilian studied molecular biotechnology at the Technical University of Munich. At the moment he is pursuing his MSc. in biochemistry at the Free University Berlin and he recently joined Biopetrolia to work on his master thesis. The project is going to involve the design and use of biosensors for yeast cell factories. Maximilian focused his studies on synthetic biology and plans to specialize in this field of research for his PhD.