Brief History

NUMAFERM is a spin-off company from the Institute of Biochemistry, Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf. The cornerstone of NUMAFERM’s IP was laid by Dr. Christian Schwarz and Dr. Sander Smits, chaired by Prof. Dr. Lutz Schmitt. Following several pre-seed projects, for example „EXIST-Forschungstransfer“ funded by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and “Ideenwettbewerb” of the German Ministry of Education and Research, NUMAFERM was incorporated as GmbH in January 2017.

Our Team

Philipp Bürling

Philipp Bürling

CFO

Philipp graduated in Business & IT Management at the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim. He held several management positions in the logistics industry and gained wide experience in general management and project management. Philipp is CFO and co-founder of NUMAFERM. He joined the spin-off project in late 2015.

Thomas Kalthoff

Thomas Kalthoff

Senior Scientist

Thomas graduated in Chemical Engineering from Niederrhein University in Krefeld, Germany. He co-founded Jülich Fine Chemicals GmbH while working on process development in biocatalysis. After the acquisition by Codexis, Inc. in 2005, Thomas was involved in technology integration and scale-up projects for the production of chiral intermediates before he joined Johnson Matthey CCT in 2010 as Senior Process Engineer. Thomas joined NUMAFERM in 2017 with responsibilites in the areas of downstreaming and upscaling.

Dr. Christian Schwarz

Dr. Christian Schwarz

CEO

Christian graduated from Duesseldorf University in 2008 and obtained a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Lutz Schmitt. As developer of the NUMAFERM technologies he is coinventor of the corresponding patents. His work was decorated with several well-known awards, i.e. the „Deutscher Studienpreis 2013“. Since 2012 he leads the Biotech team in Duesseldorf and is responsible for funding, IP strategy and business development. In 2017 he co-founded the NUMAFERM GmbH.

Dr. Janpeter Stock

Dr. Janpeter Stock

Senior Scientist

Janpeter graduated in biology at the University of Düsseldorf in 2010. During his Ph.D. at the Institute for Microbiology he worked in the field of protein expression in fungi and developed methods to screen for protein secretion. His Ph.D. was obtained in February 2014. At Numaferm Janpeter is responsible for laboratory organisation and covers the areas of genetic engineering and product development.

Dr. Andreas Uhde

Dr. Andreas Uhde

Senior Scientist

Andreas graduated in Biotechnology at the University of Applied Science in Köthen. He gained wide experience in the field of White Biotechnology. For 2 years he developed and performed high-throughput screenings for an enzyme producing company. In 2014 he obtained a Ph.D. at the University of Cologne working on metabolic engineering of microbial production strains. At Numaferm Andreas is responsible for the development of fermentation strategies and upscaling of these processes.

Dr. Hilke Wobst

Dr. Hilke Wobst

Senior Scientist

Hilke graduated in Oecotrophology at the University of Bonn. During her Ph.D. studies in the field of neurobiology, she obtained protein expression and purification skills. Since October 2015 she is responsible for the Downstream Processing at NUMAFERM.