CEO | Business & FinanceAlexander Belcredi has been working in the pharmaceutical space for over a decade. He spent nine years at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he was part of the global Healthcare team, focusing on Pharma and Medtech. While at BCG, Alexander became acutely aware of the urgent need to develop alternatives to antibiotics and was fascinated by the role that phage therapy can play. In 2017, he co-founded PhagoMed Biopharma GmbH, a biotech company developing phage-based pharmaceuticals to treat bacterial infections. At PhagoMed he serves as a CEO and focuses on the Business & Finance responsibilities. Alexander holds an MA in Modern History and Economics from the University of St. Andrews as well as an MBA from INSEAD.CEO | Research & Development
Lorenzo has long been fascinated by the many examples of phages effectively treating bacterial infections. And by how under-exploited this extremely abundant natural resource is. Lorenzo spent the last 9 years at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and was a Senior Principal in his latest role. Lorenzo has advised the top Biopharmaceutical companies, on how to improve their quality and efficiency of production. Earlier in his career he worked at Sanofi Aventis in lead optimization after high-throughput screening. Lorenzo co-founded PhagoMed in 2017 and currently serves as CEO with a focus on the Research & Development responsibilities. Lorenzo studied biochemistry at Frankfurt University and holds a PhD from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg.Director LysinsChristine is passionate about bringing new drugs from the bench to the clinic. She spent the past ten years at the Austrian biotech company AFFiRiS AG where she ultimately was the Head of Pre-Clinical development. In that role Christine drove a number of development programs all the way from basic research towards clinical trials. Before joining AFFiRiS, Christine spent three years developing diagnostic tools for early detection of life-threatening fungal and bacterial infections in immunosuppressed patients at the Children’s Cancer Research Institute. Christine studied Microbiology in Vienna and Lund (Sweden) and holds a PhD from the Max F. Perutz Laboratories at the University of Vienna, Austria.Head of Trauma & Orthopedic Surgery at the Helios Clinic Hildesheim | Co-Founder
Burkhard has been fascinated by phages since the 1990s. During his time at the Medical University Hannover, Burkhard saw numerous patients with a long history of suffering from antibiotics failure or intolerance to antibiotics. After meeting a colleague from Georgia, Burkhard saw a chance to help patients with severe cases of bacterial infections.
Since the late 1990s, Burkhard has been one of the very few physicians in Germany treating a small number of cases per year under the Helsinki declaration. His personal treatment expertise is highly relevant today and forms a basis for PhagoMed’s research and development program. Burkhard is currently the Head of the Trauma and Orthopedic surgery department at the Helios clinic Hildesheim as well as a co-founder of PhagoMed. Burkhard studied medicine at Hannover Medical School (MHH) as well as the Mayo Clinic in the US. He remains part of the teaching staff of Hannover Medical School.Director Business DevelopmentAlbina is a trained business developer with scientific background and more than 10 years of experience within biotech industry. Before joining PhagoMed in January, Albina was the Head of Business Development at the Austrian biotech company AFFiRiS where she was responsible for the development of new business opportunities and management of all business development activities. Albina studied Biology, Genetics and Microbiology in Vienna and Zagreb, Croatia, holds a PhD from the University of Vienna in microbiology and genetics and an university degree in Project Management from the University of Salzburg Business School, Austria.Phage Research Lead
Susana has spent more than fifteen years researching multi-drug resistant bacteria. During this time she held various Post-Doc positions in Portugal and the US. Her studies focused on understanding the mechanisms of drug resistance formation in pathogens such as S. aureus. Susana also held the position of an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at Marymount Manhattan College. Susana holds a PhD in Biology as well as a Graduate degree in Applied Chemistry/Biotechnology from the New University of Lisbon.Research Lead
Michele has been studying human pathogenic bacteria for many years – with a particular focus on gram-negative and antibiotic-resistant species. Prior to joining PhagoMed in the summer of 2018, Michele completed his PhD studies at another Austrian biotech company focused on the development of novel therapies to combat multi-drug resistant infections. Michele holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Biotechnology as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.Junior ResearcherVera joined PhagoMed in September 2019 after completing a year-long research project at the University of Vienna. Vera is an experienced microbiologist, whose main interest lies in developing novel pharmaceuticals for areas of high medical need. Vera holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna.Senior ResearcherMarcela is an experienced phage researcher with more than ten years’ work experience in academic and industrial research laboratories across the globe. Marcela joined PhagoMed in the summer of 2019 after moving to Austria from New Zealand. Marcela holds a Master of Science from the University of Calgary, Canada.Junior ResearcherDavid is a passionate researcher with a focus on phages and phage-based products. He gathered initial experience around different labs in Europe and at a leading phage institution in Poland before joining PhagoMed in August 2019. David holds a Master’s Degree in Food Biotechnology and Food Security and a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Burgos, Spain.Phage Research LeadLenka is an accomplished phage researcher with deep experience in developing phage-based antimicrobials. Amongst other mostly phage-related projects, Lenka has worked on novel phage lysins against S. aureus. After working in various academic and industrial research positions in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, and lately at the Leibniz Institute-DSMZ in Braunschweig, Germany, Lenka joined PhagoMed in November 2019. Lenka holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius of Trnava, Slovakia.Phage Research LeadZehra is an accomplished scientist with a long-standing background in pharmaceutical development in the field of novel anti-microbials and in particular novel therapies targeting S. aureus. After working for another biotech company at the Vienna Biocenter for seven years, Zehra became a part of PhagoMed in September 2019. Zehra holds a Doctor and a Diploma of Microbiology and Genetics from the University of Vienna.Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group | Advisor
Benjamin is a seasoned strategy consultant who has spent more than a decade advising Healthcare companies and governments. As part of his work, Benjamin has authored reports on antimicrobial resistance for the German government. Benjamin studied Chemistry in Munich, Berkeley and Osaka and holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Technical University of Munich.Phage Researcher at Queen Astrid Military Hospital
Maia initially trained at the Eliava Institute in Georgia. Over the past decade, Maia has worked in Belgium, where she has been instrumental in researching pathways for phage therapy that comply with Western regulations. Her papers on Quality-controlled phage production processes have become reference articles for all phage companies and she is core advisor to PhagoMed.Scientific Director of the Leibniz-Institute DSMZ
Jörg is a leading microbiologist with a wealth of experience in isolating, characterizing and researching microorganisms. He currently serves as the Scientific Director of the Leibniz-Institute DSMZ, a core research partner for PhagoMed.Prior to the DSMZ, Jörg led the Department of Biology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich.Head of Bacteriophage Research at the University of LausanneGreg has a wealth of experience in the phage field. He has dedicated his research to all things “phage” since the late 1990s and has been instrumental in building up a team at the University of Lausanne focusing on the development of phages and some of their lysins for therapeutic purposes. Greg is a key advisor to the team. Prior to his role at the University of Lausanne, Greg spent more than a decade studyding phages and phage lysins in the US (Rockefeller University, New York) and Switzerland (University of Basel), including during his PhD.Head of Infectiology & Septic Surgery at the Charité
Andrej is a leading expert on the field of periprosthetic joint and other implant-associated infections. He is currently the Head of the interdisciplinary Center for Septic Surgery at the Charité in Berlin, Germany. During the past decade he has devoted his research to improving the treatment pathway for patients suffering from these – often devastating – implant-related infections. Together with his PRO-IMPLANT Foundation, Andrej created a decision tree for the best surgical and antibiotic treatment, based on the specifics of the biofilm infection, severity, patient conditions and microbiological analyses.
Since 2015 Andrej has also turned his attention towards new modes of action for treating periprosthetic joint infections – to reduce the duration of hospital stay, prevent antimicrobial resistance and address potential side effects of antibiotics. His research group at the Charité in Berlin has shown very promising results for how phages and antibiotics can synergistically interact to improve outcomes in periprosthetic infections. Andrej holds an M.D. from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in the US and subsequently created research groups at the University Hospital Basel and Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2007 he became Assistant Professor for Infectious Diseases. His current research group in Berlin consists of 16 scientists, working on novel diagnostic and treatment strategies against biofilms. He authored 155 peer-reviewed publications and 6 book chapters. In 2017, he received the Charnley Award by the British Orthopaedic Society for his scientific achievements.Professor for Microbiology at Ghent UniversityMario is a researcher in the field of the vaginal microbiome. He also has strong expertise in the field of phage therapy and the combination of these two areas makes him a highly valuable advisor and research partner for PhagoMed.
Mario is a microbiology professor at the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the University Ghent, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences since 2000, where he also completed his PhD as well as his Masters.Director of the Clinic for Urology, Pediatric Urology and Andrology, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
Florian is a leading expert in the field of urological infections. He is currently the Director of the Urological Department at the university clinic Giessen. Over the past decades, Florian has focused his research on urological infections and the optimization of the antibiotics treatment protocols. His research into antibiotics usage in German hospitals has led to several treatment recommendations that are aimed at reducing the antibiotics prescription rate and lower the resistance pressure for multi-drug resistant pathogens. Florian is part of the team of authors responsible for writing the S3 guidelines for how to treat urological infections. He is committed to further exploring the role phage therapy can play in optimizing the treatment protocols for urological infections. Florian studied medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich. After university he joined the Urological Department of the St. Elisabeth clinic in Straubing. After various research fellowships at microbiological and urological institutes in Germany and UK (Scotland), Florian became a senior physician at the St. Elisabeth clinic. In 2006 he moved to the university clinic Giessen, where he became the Director of the Urological Department a few years ago.