Cenata is a genetic diagnostic laboratory that offers the Harmony® Prenatal Test in Germany. The Harmony® Prenatal Test is one of the most intensely clinically investigated non-invasive prenatal screening tests (NIPT) on chromosomal disorders worldwide.
Cenata comprises a team of qualified physicians, including specialists in human genetics, laboratory medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology, for report validation and counseling.
Dr. Dirk Biskup did his undergraduate studies at the University of Hamburg, specializing in Economics and Business Administration, and earned his PhD in 2000 at the University of Bielefeld. After working in commercial management in a newspaper and book publisher,Dr. Biskup worked from 2002 until 2005 as Senior Director at Bertelsmann AG and was involved in approx. 50 M&A deals. In early 2005 he took the position as CFO of Berryville Graphics, the largest single printing location in the USA. From 2007 until mid-2012 he was the European CFO of AEG Electric Tools Division and the Managing Director of multiple European sales, logistics, and holding companies of this group. In 2009 he and Dr. Dr. Saskia Biskup cofounded CeGaT GmbH. Since July 2012 he devotes his time fully to CeGaT, which is a shareholder of Cenata GmbH.
After studying chemistry at the University of Ulm, Dr. med. Kai J. Lüthgens studied Medicine at the University of Heidelberg. After working in the department of internal medicine at a large hospital in Mannheim, Dr. Lüthgens started his formation for clinical pathology in laboratory medicine at the Laboratory Dr. Limbach and Colleagues, Heidelberg. In 1998 he finished his formation as clinical pathologist and became co-director of the department of endocrinology. In 2000 Dr. Lüthgens became partner in the Laboratory Prof. Enders and Colleagues in Stuttgart, where he is head of the department of endocrinology and prenatal screening since that time.
Dr. rer. nat. Karina Häbig works as Chief Operating Officer of Cenata.
After completing her studies in biology at the Technical University of Dresden, Karina Häbig did her PhD at the Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics, specializing in the field of neurodegenerative diseases. Both during her PhD and subsequent time as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Häbig concentrated on the molecular and functional characterization of the LRRK2 gene, which is most commonly known in connection with Parkinson’s syndrome. She identified the first guanidine nucleotide exchange factor of the LRRK2 protein and thus provided the basis for further exploration of LRRK2 as a GTPase.
Dr. rer. nat. Monika Sinzel is the team leader of the scientific team. Together with her team, she is responsible for scientific data analysis, laboratory communication and project management. She is also responsible for quality management of Cenata GmbH.
Monika Sinzel studied biochemistry at the University of Tübingen and specialized in pharmaceutical chemistry and virology. During her PhD and time as a postdoctoral fellow she identified the novel mitochondrial protein Mcp3, demonstrated its effect on cellular lipid homeostasis and researched the involvement of Mcp3 in a structural and functional link between the inner and outer mitochondrial membrane. Additionally, she discovered a novel mitochondrial protein import pathway.
Dr. rer. nat. Stephanie Frank is responsible for scientific data analysis, report generation and head of marketing at Cenata GmbH.
Stephanie Frank studied biology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with the main focus on molecular and microbiology. During her PhD studies at the Department of Cell and Neurobiology she investigated the different functions of specific integrin receptors and their influence on cell migration within micropatterned protein gradients. In cooperation with the group of experimental radio-oncology at the University Hospital Tübingen, she also supported a study of the impact of ionizing radiation on the invasion of glioblastoma cells.
M. Sc. Ina Spirer is responsible for scientific data analysis, process optimization and report generation at Cenata GmbH.
Ina Spirer completed her studies in Bioinformatics and Molecular Biotechnology at the Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen and Technical University Munich (TUM). During her Bachelor’s thesis she worked on plant genetic regulation and stress response in absence of gravity. In her Master’s thesis she established a deletion of the tumor suppressor gene TP53 with CRISPR/Cas in a human colon cancer cell line and analysed their resistance to radiation and chemotherapeutic therapy. This provided the basis for further research since human colorectal carcinoma is frequently associated with the loss of TP53.
M. Sc. Ann-Kathrin Fritz is responsible for the validation of the medical reports and quality managementat Cenata GmbH.
Ann-Kathrin Fritz studied molecular cell biology and immunology at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. By means of her qualification in human genetics, she acquired fundamental knowledge in medical aspects and biological research like the investigation of alpha-synuklein in the gut in early Parkinson stages. During her Master’s Thesis she dealed with the influence of fetuin-A on the β-cell function in relation to diabetes mellitus Type II.
Carolin Honsig is team leader of Cenata GmbH in customer service. In addition to answering customer inquiries, her tasks also include processing orders from Germany and foreign countries, sending reports and purchasing.
Ilona Derr works with her many years of experience in customer care in the customer service team of Cenata and is responsible for the area of logistics Germany at Cenata GmbH.
Regina Walker supports the Cenata customer service team in customer support. She is also responsible for administrative and organizational matters of Cenata.
After many years as a commercial employee, Nicole Legner supports the customer service department. In addition, she is responsible for organizing trade fair appearances for Cenata GmbH.
Verena Neubauer supports the team in customer support and on the reception. Due to many years of experience in transport and logistic industry she is responsible for logistics international as well.
Jasmin Bergner is responsible for order handling and logistics international segment of Cenata GmbH and she supports the back office with her extensive experience.
Victoria Schindler works at Cenata GmbH as a team leader in the sample receipt. She is a trained dental assistant and together with her team, she is responsible for daily sample acceptance, quality control when receiving samples, recording all order data and approval for laboratory analysis.
As a pharmaceutical commercial employee, Lena Hermann has experience in the commercial and pharmaceutical sector. At Cenata she supports the sample registration.
Nadine Lemli works in the sample entrance of the Cenata and supports the team with her experience in the medical field.
Kerstin Harter supports the sample registration team with her many years of office experience.
With her many years of professional experience as a warehouse logistics specialist, Carola Tarim supports the team in sample receipt.
Tina Steeb is the team leader for accounting within Cenata GmbH. Tina Steeb is an accountant and worked for various companies in the medical device sector before working for Cenata GmbH. With her many years of experience in accounting and controlling, she is the first point of contact for all questions in the areas of accounting, accounting, taxes and controlling.
Ute Vautländer has worked in the accounting department of Cenata GmbH for many years. She is our specialist, particularly in private medical billing. She also supports Cenata GmbH in all other accounting issues. She has many years of experience in the area of assistance and secretariat.
Levent Koc is the application specialist for laboratory management software within Cenata GmbH. After more than 20 years of expertise in system development and software analysis, he is responsible for the trouble-free IT process at Cenata.
Local Customer Contacts
Frank Kuhlmann manages Cenata’s sales team in Germany and supports Cenata’s sales team in the western part of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Frank Kuhlmann has 25 years of experience in the medical sales field, in both clinical and private practice areas. Endocrinology and prenatal diagnostics have been the focus of his activity in recent years.
Monika Müller is your main contact at Cenata as a sales force in northern Germany.
After long employment in the medical and commercial field, Monika Müller works as a sales representative since 10 years. Her main focus is prenatal diagnostics and gynaecology in the clinical field as well as in private practice.
Susanne Kapfer is responsible for Bavaria in Cenata’s sales team.
Susanne Kapfer is technical assistant with many years of professional experience in the medical laboratory. Since 17 years she’s working in the area of gynecological sales with focus on endocrinology and prenatal diagnostics.
Kerstin Beetz supports Cenata’s sales team in Baden-Württemberg with her many years of experience in customer service.
Viola Fuhrmann works in the sales area gynecology, endocrinology, IVF and laboratory since 19 years. She is caring for the customers in the eastern part of Germany.
Carmen Heuser is responsible for Northrhine-Westphalia, Rhineland Palatinate and Saarland in Cenata’s sales team. Carmen Heuser is technical assistent. Since 21 years she’s working in the area of gynecological sales with focus on endocrinology and prenatal diagnostics.