Selected Positions

Group Director Innovation

Parker Hannifin
Business Development
Manager Life Science, CE

Key Account Manager

More than 15 years of big corporate life in the biopharmaceutical sector trained Daniela to design and implement market and business development strategies as well as leading transformation and cross-functional collaborative projects. This experience led her to the conclusion that disruptive innovation is better placed in the agile and flexible environment of a startup.

As CEO and Co-Founder of Sarcura Daniela is responsible for setting and managing the strategic direction of the venture and ensuring that the team has the resources and capabilities to go beyond limits and hit the next milestone.

Blessed (or cursed- the team is still not sure about that) with a very open mindset and rather low agreeableness, „WHY“ is her favourite question to challenge her environment and any existing status quo.

Daniela received her MBA in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from WU Executive Academy, Vienna, and holds an engineering degree in Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Genetic.
Born in Vienna you may think her addiction of choice is coffee, but indeed Daniela will overcome any hurdle more or less patiently as long there is a decent supply of red reddish within her grasp.

Selected Positions

Program Lead Cell Therapy

Fraunhofer UK
Head of Department
Biomedical Technologies

Fraunhofer IBMT
Research Group Leader

Erwin is an experienced innovator with a scientific and industrial background in stem cell biology. At Fraunhofer he led interdisciplinary teams developing technologies and methods to expand, differentiate and genetically modify stem cells.

His broad experience in a wide range of human cellular systems makes him the perfect fit to lead Sarcura’s application development. The close interaction with users to evaluate cell manufacturing processes in detail is another core task for Erwin’s team. A deep understanding of existing and future customer needs is Sarcura’s foundation to develop flexible and reliable solutions.

Erwin received his doctoral degree from the medical faculty of the University of the Saarland and a diploma in Biology from the Technical University Darmstadt.

While Sarcura is growing and expanding its facility with new labs and office space, Erwin is pushing hard for a dedicated space to practice Yoga.

Selected Positions

Associate Director Global Programs
Associate Director Scientific Research

Schott AG
Manger Corporate Business Development

EV Group
Manager Business Development
Manager Product Development

Gerald is a seasoned industry expert, leading research and development efforts spanning basic research and technology development through late-stage development in the semiconductor and life science sector. He is renowned for his ability to build and lead high-performing and self-learning technology teams in Europe, Asia, and the US.

As CTO, Gerald is responsible for spearheading the successful development and launch of Sarcura’s cell and gene therapy manufacturing equipment. He will navigate the company through industry-specific changes, consistently delivering innovative solutions to build and sustain Sarcura’s competitive advantage.

He genuinely lives by W. Edwards Deming’s famous quote: ‘Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.’
Gerald often searches for reasons and causes, requesting and thinking about all the factors and data that might affect a situation. He instinctively approaches and expects his team to approach each day with a matter-of-fact, data-driven, and practical attitude. ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained.’ Instead of choosing the easy and obvious, Gerald challenges himself and his team to reach and exceed the targeted goals.

Gerald received his MBA in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Management from the Danube Business School and holds an engineering degree in chemical engineering.