About Us

VALANX Biotech

was founded in 2017 as a spin-off of the Graz University of Technology with IP borne out of the doctoral studies of its founder, Michael Lukesch.

 

Our Mission

is to make the struggle of precise, reproducible protein conjugation a thing of the past, for the benefit of our partners, customers and patients.

 

Our Vision

is to be the first company to offer up to 10 freely selectable conjugation sites on any expressible protein in excellent yield to give superior product quality.

 

Located

on the campus of the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) within the IST Park technology park, we are embedded in a place where vibrant science happens and benefit from access to infrastructure as well as great minds.

 

facts and figures

DNA vectors created 800
Cups of coffee consumed
Money raised 3M+
Scrum Sprints finished 52
Post-its used

No man is an island

Meet the team

Michael Lukesch, MSc

CEO & Founder

Michael studied Chemistry, followed by a PhD in Biotechnology. He is a motivated, optimistic self-starter person and likes to innovate and bring new ideas and concepts to reality.

Through various activities he aquired education and experience in project management, communications, team leadership and business. He likes to spend his free time in nature, exploring and meeting new people.

Georg Altenbacher, PhD

Chief Business Officer

Georg studied Biochemistry, followed by a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. After his time in the wet-lab, he joined the in-house consultancy of Siemens AG in Germany where he contributed to multiple projects within the corporation. In August 2021 he returned to his roots in life sciences to take over the role of Chief Business Officer at VALANX.

Georg spends his free time with home-automation projects, sports, and loves cooking and BBQ.

David Alejandro Peña, PhD

Senior Scientist, Strain Engineering & Platform optimization

David is passionate about the huge potential of biotechnology and synthetic biology to solve real-world problems. He got interested in engineering microbes to make all kinds of products. He focussed on Biotechnology for his master degree (TU Munich) and PhD (BOKU Vienna). At VALANX, he is excited to develop technologies for efficient cell engineering. Besides his passion for sciences and technology, he also loves hanging out with friends, travelling, and movies.

Corinna Kern, MSc

Senior Scientist, Product development & Protein Engineering

Corinna studied Molecular Biology at the University in Vienna. She is an energetic scientist with an all-can-do mentality. She is always motivated to produce high quality data and solve any obstacle in no time.
Her extensive experience in biotech companies makes her a key player in VALANX Biotech, making her a main pillar of the laboratory staff. She is truly passionate about animals and music.

Andrés Magán García, PhD

Scientist, Strain Engineering & Platform optimization

Andrés is a gifted scientist with a PhD in RNA biology from the renowned lab of Renée Schroeder. He is an exceptionally motivated and curious person, who likes to expresses his joy over a successful experiment quite noticeably. He is able to convince colleagues of implementing new ideas and likes to discuss results in detail to grasp causes completely. He is an extremely athletic guy, who is climbing all over the world and also a great cook, who loves to try new dishes, and of course, taste them!

Marta Deneha, BSc

Project Management Assistant

Marta has joined VALANX in November 2021 and has herself proven as a valuable backbone in all backoffice tasks. She is an extremely motivated person and has boosted and improved our backoffice processes since her first day. With her background studies in banking and international business, she provides great additional expertise.
Marta loves traveling and photography which led to an extensive collection of pictures from all over the world.

Alex Alton, MSc

Junior Scientist, Product development & Protein Engineering

Since January 2022, Alex is greatly supporting our team in our endeavour to develop our first therapeutic product.

Alex is a motivated, young scientist with a passion for protein engineering and molecular biology. During obtaining his master's degree at BOKU University in Vienna he was especially fascinated about the potential of using directed evolution methods and display technologies to engineer proteins in their stability and function. Besides science Alex has a great interest for sport, especially football, snowboarding and climbing, and healthy nutrition.

Mandy Neumann, MSc

Junior Scientist, Product development & Protein Engineering

Mandy studied Biology at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg. With a background in biochemistry and microbiology, Mandy has a big interest in protein interactions, nucleic acids, metabolites, and signal molecules. She is intrigued about the complex networks these players can built while there is still so much to elucidate about it.

Mandy is very multifaceted person with broad range of interests. Besides science she also likes hiking, skiing, drawing and reading. She keens the most on going on hikes with friends enjoying magnificent sceneries.

Michael Lukesch, MSc
Georg Altenbacher, PhD
David Alejandro Peña, PhD
Corinna Kern, MSc
Andrés Magán García, PhD
Marta Deneha, BSc
Alex Alton, MSc
Mandy Neumann, MSc