People

Monika Księżopolska-Gocalska
CEO

 

Monika is a graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry, the University of Warsaw, specializing in chemical technology, and an expert in chemical metrology (consistent with ISO norms). She has been working with SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) technique since 2012, recently at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Monika was a key member of the research team elaborating high quality SERS platform for fast and reliable analysis. She ran optimization of the SERS substrates parameters and subsequent stages of their manufacture process. As a leader of the team working on the launch of SERS products on the market, and management professional, Monika became a cofounder of SERSitive. Monika is a co-author of 2 publications and 4 patent applications.

Paweł Albrycht
CTO

 

Paweł is an expert in detection and measurement techniques with strong background in microbiology and biotechnology.
He graduated from the Interfaculty Studies of Biotechnology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2013. Working at the Maria Sklodowska – Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Paweł researched methods of early detection of cancer cells in body fluids, and later – he studied molecular mechanisms of resistance of tuberculosis bacteria to anti-TB drugs at the National Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Research Institute. Collected experience encouraged him to look for fast, sensitive and repeatable method of substance detection. Its initial result was defense of his master thesis in the field of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) in forensics (project conducted in cooperation with the Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police in Warsaw). Later he joined research team working on SERS platform development at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. As an expert in detection and measurement methods, Paweł invented a few relevant modifications which enhanced their sensitivity, repeatability and overall performance. This led him to became one of SERSitive cofounders and its CTO.

 

 

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Professor Robert Hołyst

 

Robert is a principal investigator at the Soft Condensed Matter Group, with extensive experience in leadership and management. He was a member of several research funding committees, incl. ERC panel, and the Director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Robert has a very strong record of collaboration with business sector (Mitsui Chemicals Inc., Samsung and Unilever).
Current research topics: soft matter, biologistics, biological chemistry, statistical physics, techniques: FCS, PCS, capillary electrophoresis TDA. Web of Science bibliometric data: publications 248 (and 3 books, one in Springer Verlag 2012), total citations ca. 4000, h-index=34; more than 40 patent applications, 15 patents granted (incl. USA, the Netherlands, Switzerland). He was a cofounder of 2 spin-off companies.

Łukasz Richter

 

Łukasz Richter graduated biotechnology from Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) in 2014. His Master Thesis (performed partially in Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS) has been awarded in competition organized by Polish Society for Biomedical Engineering. He joined Professor Hołyst group in 2013 as a member of dr Paczesny workgroup. Currently he is a PhD student under supervision of Professor Hołyst.
His main field of interest is creating novel bio-inspired nanomaterials. He is especially interested in using different electric fields for designing such materials and processes. Additional topics are: biosensors for fast bacteria detection, deactivation of bacteriophages, improving analytical techniques, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.
Łukasz Richter gained his experience in trainings and internships in such places as Princeton University in USA, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, University of Bordeaux in France, Wageningen University in Netherlands, University Politehnica of Bucharest, University of Gdańsk, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Nałęcz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering PAS. Łukasz Richter is among winners of Student-Inventor 2016 competition. His inventions were awarded in Poland (International Warsaw Invention Show 2016) and abroad (44th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneve). He is also active popularizer of science. Łukasz Richter reached finals of FameLab competition, take part in Spokesman of Science program by Copernicus Science Centre, was present in radio (Polish Radio 1), press and video interview (Newsweek Poland).

Agnieszka Tadrzak

 

Agnieszka is an experienced manager of development funding with a record of advising on the projects of total value exceeding EUR 100 m. She advised to many Polish and international companies on merging external funds (public and private). Among her clients were: General Electric, Bridgestone, Lafarge, Taiga Mistral, EDP Renewables, SII and Bericap.
As a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics (“Finance and banking”), the Warsaw University (Faculty of Psychology), and the College of Social Studies of the Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences, she has a very good background to advise, in particular on team and innovation management.