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 is the scientific coordinator of Cenata and responsible for sales management.
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 responsible for scientific data analysis, lab communication and quality management at 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.
Regina Walker supports Cenata’s back office team. She is responsible for administrative and organizational matters of Cenata GmbH. Regina Urban has worked as an administrative assistant for many years.
Ute Vautländer is part of the customer support of Cenata GmH. During many years of professional activity in the field of assistance and secretariat she gained experience in all relevant practice activities.
After many years as commercial employee Nicole Legner now assists Cenata’s customer support team.
Jasmin Bergner is responsible for order handling and logistics international segment of Cenata GmbH and she supports the back office with her extensive experience.
With her many years of experience in customer service Ilona Derr supports the back office and is responsible for national logistics segment of Cenata GmbH.
After some years in the dental assistance and office Victoria Schindler is now working for sample registration of Cenata.
As a pharmaceutical commercial employee, Lena Hermann has experience in the commercial and pharmaceutical sector. At Cenata she supports the sample registration.
Kerstin Harter supports the sample registration team with her many years of office experience.
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 since 19 years in the sales area gynecology, endocrinology, IVF and laboratory. She is caring for the customers in the eastern part of Germany.