Dr. Dan Enke (CEO)

Dan received his PhD in Molecular Biology and graduated as biochemist at Humboldt University, Berlin. He is a serial entrepreneur and was cofounder of Cyano Biotech GmbH and of Cyano Biofuels. Dan has worked with cyanobacteria since his diploma thesis in 1999 with a focus on the molecular biology and genetics of the biosynthesis of non-ribosomal peptides and polyketides. He is inventor or co-inventor of several patents related to cyanobacteria.


Dr. Heike Enke (CSO)

Heike received her PhD in Biology and graduated as biologist at Humboldt University, Berlin. She is a serial entrepreneur and like Dan cofounded Cyano Biotech GmbH and Cyano Biofuels. Heike has been involved in cyanobacterial research since 1999. Her main focus was on combinatorial biosynthesis and heterologous expression systems in bacterial production strains. Heike participated in several inventions and patents in the field of cyanobacteria.


Dr. Torsten Schwecke (Business Development)

Torsten Schwecke received his PhD in Biochemistry in 1993 after he graduated as biochemist at the Technical University, Berlin. Together with Heike and Dan he is a cofounder of Cyano Biotech GmbH. Torsten has been working in the field of natural products research for 25 years, mainly on non-ribosomal peptide production in actinomycetes, fungi and cyanobateria. During his postdoc he worked for 6 years on polyketide biosynthesis with Professor P. F. Leadlay in Cambridge, UK.

Advisory Board

Corporate Advisors

Dr. Guy T. Carter

Consultant, NY, USA; former executive of the Natural Product Research at Wyeth and Pfizer

Prof. Dr. Mark Broenstrup

Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany; former executive of the Natural Product Research at Sanofi

Patrik Scholler

Consultant, Life Sciences Consulting, Frankfurt, Germany

Holger Bengs

Consultant, BCNP Consulting, Frankfurt, Germany

Scientific Advisors

Prof. Dr. Timo Niedermeyer

Professor for Natural Product Chemistry at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Annegret Wilde

Professor for Molecular Genetics at the University of Freiburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Thomas Boerner

Head of the Department of Genetics at the Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Lucas J. Stal

Head of the Department of Marine Microbiology of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ) and of the Department of Aquatic Microbiology, IBED University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Dr. Rainer Kurmayer

Group leader at the Austrian Academy of Science, Institute for Limnology, Mondsee, Austria

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