Our Team

The team of EIT Health Germany is based in Mannheim and Heidelberg and is responsible for the implementation of the organisation’s objectives and its day-to-day management.

Dr. Katharina Ladewig

Managing Director

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    Prior to joining EIT Health, Katharina worked extensively in academia both in Germany and Australia, focusing on translational activities and building innovation partnerships between academia and SMEs in addition to primary research. Her past experience includes the bench-to-bedside translation of a number of novel bio(nano)materials, pharmaceutical drug delivery technologies and medical devices and she previously held a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Super Science Fellowship at The University of Melbourne, Australia, where she continues to hold an honorary appointment. She joined EIT Health in Oct 2015 initially as Director (UK-Ireland) and was appointed Director EIT Health (Germany) effective Jan 2018. Katharina was educated in Germany and Australia, and holds degrees in science (MSc – Chemistry 2005), engineering (PhD – Biomedical Engineering 2009), higher education (Melbourne Teaching Certificate 2011), and business management (MBA 2015).

Bettina Blees

Communications Lead

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    Bettina Blees joined EIT Health Germany on 1st January 2019 as Comms Lead Germany to strengthen PR and media relations for the German CLC and its partners and stakeholders.
    Bettina is an experienced and passionate communication professional, having worked for more than twenty years in the PR and communication sector. After gaining journalistic experience, Bettina initially worked in advertising and PR agencies and later took on the first management experience in medium-sized companies, where she primarily built up the PR departments. Before joining EIT Health, Bettina worked in the Berlin startup scene, serving as Head of Communications for various fintech companies. Bettina will help to move forward awareness of the EIT Health brand within the region.

Mohammad Chehadé

Education Manager

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    Assuming the role of the Education Manager for EIT Health Germany, Mohammad aims to expand the network between German/Swiss partners and other European partners, hence developing and engaging them in new projects and activities with a focus on education and entrepreneurship.

    Mohammad Chehadé obtained his Master’s degree from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany in mechanical engineering.

    Before joining EIT Health in May 2018, he was working for 6 years in the RWTH Aachen University as a scientific researcher in the fields of biomechanics, engineering education, project management of EIT Health and RawMaterials projects as well as applications within Industry 4.0.

Matteo Consonni

Business Creation Manager

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    In his role as Business Creation Manager, Matteo provides business creation services to EIT Health Germany members and German/Swiss start-ups in the field of biotech, medtech and digital health.

    Before joining EIT Health Germany, Matteo grew professional experience in the European startup ecosystem from different perspectives. In 2013 he founded the startup Noc, that was awarded with the European Youth Award 2015 for the category Connecting Cultures. Later, he worked as business development manager in an international startup company in scale-up phase. Since December 2015 he was working as program manager of the Venture Academy – the acceleration program for startups offered by Centre for Innovation Leiden University. Thanks to these experiences he had the chance to visit and get in touch with the startup and investor ecosystem in Europe and abroad.

    He holds a BSc in Political Science at Università degli Studi di Milano and an MSc in Public Administration with a focus on market regulation and innovation policy. In 2016 he started in Milan the first Italian chapter of the Awesome Foundation.

Dr. Barbara Costa

Entrepreneurship Training Manager

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    Dr. Barbara Costa joined EIT Health Germany on February 2019 as Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship Training Manager. Barbara holds a MSc in Biotechnology and a Doctorate in Human Oncology from the University of Torino, Italy and has worked for long time as a cancer researcher. She has a solid expertise in neuro-oncology developed in world leading institutes such as the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the DKFZ in Germany. At the DKFZ she developed a strong interest in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in life science. To this aim she organized the first Career Day on Entrepreneurship and Biotech held at the DKFZ in December 2018. In her role she will mainly support Business Creation and Education activities for EIT Health Germany Partners.

Nandor Gaus

Project Manager

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    Nandor Gaus joined EIT Health Germany on 1st November 2018 as Project Manager. Nandor is an experienced Project and Product Management professional with 13 years of work history in projects of major Healthcare, IT and Telco companies such as Roche, Fresenius Medical Care and Deutsche Telekom.
    In recent years, he worked for a Diabetes Care digital solution platform, covering Interface Management, Project Management processes and ad-interim Product Management responsibilities. Feel free to contact him at: nandor.gaus@eithealth.eu

Sigrid Koller

Executive Assistant to the Managing Director

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    After final secondary school examinations (Abitur) in 1979, Sigrid Koller attended the Institute for rational office management and received the degree of state-certified language secretary. After interesting professional experiences at John Deere GmbH, Vileda GmbH, AstraZeneca, she joined the German EIT Health GmbH in May 2015.

    In this position, she is responsible for the coordination and organisation of the office management, financial management, travel management, meeting coordination, event management, etc. in a diversified working environment. Here she can deploy her long-standing professional experience, her joy of implementation, her communication and all her other multiple skills.

Dr. Michael Lüttgen

Key Account & Liaison Manager Baden-Wuerttemberg

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    Michael Luettgen joined EIT Health Germany on 1st November 2018 as Key Account & Liaison Manager Baden-Wuerttemberg to strengthen strategic partnerships between EIT Health Germany and its partners and stakeholders. Michael holds a PHD in Biology and brings 15+ years of experience in strategic and operative pharma marketing, business development, patient advocacy, alliance and key account management. Michael started his carrier as sales representative within the pharmaceutical industry and took over several marketing positions in established and young healthcare companies afterwards. Employed by a former pharmaceutical startup Michael build up the Global Alliance Management with license partners to establish sustainable relationship by managing international cross-functional project-teams. KOL-management in the medical field of Immunology and Orphan Diseases as well coordination of patient advocacy projects has always a major focus of his activities. Michael will help to move forward EIT Health Partnerships within the region. Feel free to contact him via email: michael.luettgen@eithealth.eu

Eva-Maria Markutzik

Innovation Manager

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    Eva-Maria Markutzik (née Gottmann) is a marketing and communication specialist, connecting communication and design skills with entrepreneurship and innovation in biotech, medtech and digital health.

    Eva studied Media and Communication Sciences at the universities of Erfurt, Augsburg, and Barcelona. During her stay in Catalonia’s capital she started working as a freelance journalist while finishing her Master’s thesis.

    In 2013, she joined the Biotech-Cluster Rhine-Neckar Management in Heidelberg as online editor. Since then, she has co-created the Biotech Entrepreneurship activities at Heidelberg University sparking entrepreneurial spirit among life scientists (www.biotech-entrepreneurship.com). Meanwhile, she was responsible for public relations and communication activities with various stakeholders such as the Federal Ministry of Research and Education.

    As Head of Marketing, Eva created and implemented an international communication and marketing strategy for the BioMed X Innovation Center while the company scaled up from less than 20 to more than 60 employees (www.bio.mx).

    As of first April 2018, Eva-Maria Markutzik (neé Gottmann) will assume the role of Innovation Manager of EIT Health Germany. Eva joined EIT Health Germany in 2016 and has provided business creation and education services to EIT Health Germany members and German/Swiss start-ups in the field of biotech, medtech and digital health. In her role as Innovation Manager for the CLC, she will now focus her attention on building cross-border and cross-sectional innovation projects between EIT Health partners from different regions and with different strengths in developing and implementing innovative healthcare solutions for the benefit of patients and people in Europe.

Simin Werner

Events & Communications Coordinator

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    Simin Werner joined EIT Health Germany as Events & Communications Coordinator in June 2019 and supports the EIT Health Germany team in Mannheim and Heidelberg in the field of event management and office coordination.
    Simin holds a degree in multilingual communication and has experience as an event manager in the field of corporate health and social sustainability. Her e-mail is simin.werner@eithealth.eu.

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