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.
is to make the struggle of precise, reproducible protein conjugation a thing of the past, for the benefit of our partners, customers and patients.
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.
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.
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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.
Johanna Hausjell, PhD
Johanna studied technical chemistry at the TU Wien and did her PhD in biotechnology, focussing on recombinant protein production and purification. Being fascinated by the possibilities of what can be achieved by protein engineering, she joined VALANX in January 2020. Outside the lab, Johanna enjoys hiking, climbing, and painting.
David Alejandro Peña, PhD
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
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
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
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.