About GlycoSpot

GlycoSpot is a biotechnology company specializing in the development and production of assay kits for carbohydrate active enzymes based on the industry-standard 96 well format.

Enzymes are essential components of many industrial processes and are increasingly regarded as attractive alternatives to traditional chemical-based processing since they are effective, environmentally benign, cost effective, and precise in their mode of action. There is a vast diversity of industrially relevant enzymes in nature (especially in microorganisms) and recent advances in nucleotide sequencing have enabled enzyme producers and academics to mine genomes for enzyme-encoding genes. However there is currently a serious deficiency in technologies for empirically screening the activities of expressed enzymes and culture broths. This has created a bottleneck in enzyme discovery programmes. GlycoSpot assay kits tackle this bottleneck and release the potential of enzyme technology

The company is based on knowhow developed at the University of Copenhagen (KU) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the founders have over 30 years combined experience in the field and extensive collaboration with academic and industrial partners.

VThe company vision is to create a world-leading company within enzyme activity screening assays.
MThe company mission is to develop a strong foundation for the GlycoSpot technology base enabling the developement of novel industry standard setting products to be sold on a global scale within a 5 year period.

Executive Board


M.Sc. Ole Kring
(Chairman)
Ole Kring has extensive entrepreneurial experience, as he is founder of 14 high-tech start-ups and plays an active role within the Danish start-up community. Ole Kring is CEO for Scandinavian Micro Biodevices.

 

Prof. Mads H. Clausen
(Board member)
Professor Mads Clausen is employed at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) going on his 11th. year. His research interests span mammalian chemical biology and plant chemical biology. He is co-founder of the Center for Nanomedicine and Theranostics at DTU and has published more than 45 research papers and patents. He specializes in oligosaccharide and lipid synthesis as well as medicinal chemistry, with applications in biofuels, functional food ingredients, drug delivery and oncology.
M.Sc. Anders Holme Jensen
(Board member)

Proven track record in global sales and program management. Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and graduation in Global Business Engineering and Business Administration. Specialties in international sales and key account management, commercial excellence program development and execution and international project management.

Executive Management


MBA Thomas Lacentra
(Chief Executive Officer)

Thomas Lacentra has more than 20 years’ marketing, sales and leadership experience from the medical device industry, and holds an MBA from AAU in Denmark and Stanford University in California, USA. He has a nose for challenging opportunities, and he is a builder and pusher to create and develop what people need and want. Everything he has done had to do with Innovation and Change.

Team


Dr. Stjepan K. Kračun
(Senior Innovation Manager)

Dr. Stjepan K. Kračun holds a M.Sc. degree in chemistry from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and a PhD degree in life sciences from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He specializes in bioorganic synthetic chemistry, biochemistry, method development and biotechnology.

Dr. Julia Schückel
(Senior Science Manager)

Dr. Julia Schückel holds a M.Sc. degree in chemistry from the Technical University of Dresden, Germany and a PhD degree in biochemistry from the University of York, United Kingdom. She specializes in protein biochemistry and characterization, biotechnology, assay development and optimization.

M.Sc. Ausra Marciuskaite
(Commercial Project Manager)

Ausra Marciuskaite holds a double degree in Biotechnology and Business Administration from the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Business School, respectively. She has expertise both with startups and large companies, and specializes in communication and market intelligence.

B.Sc. Marta Iraburu
(Research Scientist)

Marta Iraburu holds a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Navarra, Spain. She is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in Biotechnology with a focus on Applied Enzymology, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

B.Sc. Rojan Demirtas
(Junior Scientist)

Rojan holds a B.Sc. degree in biotechnology from the University of Copenhagen. Together with his theoretical and practical expertise he has 10 years of experience with customer service.

B.Sc. Laura Guarás
(Junior Scientist)

Laura holds a B.Sc. degree in Technical Agricultural Engineering in agrarian and food industries, from the University of Zaragoza, Spain. She is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in Food Innovation and Health, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has more than 8 years of academic and professional laboratory experience.