EV Biotech was founded in July 2018 by Linda Dijkshoorn, Agnieszka Wegrzyn and Sergey Lunev, and has been operational since January 2019. The company is located in Groningen, North of the Netherlands, surrounded by many chemical industrial companies in the North.
The mission of the company is to evolve the chemical feedstock market by shifting it from petrochemical-based to bio-based chemical production, using Microbial Cell Factories.
The Uniqueness of EV Biotech lies in the synergy between our computational algorithms and our strain development, and therefore within the synergy between our different teams. Our dry lab team translates all potential wet-lab experiments to in silico experiments, and automates them. Our wet lab team communicates directly with the dry lab team creating the best experimental designs for both wet and dry lab. With smart planning, direct and good communication the EV Biotech team can create results fast and accurately.
The EV Biotech team is fast-growing and always looking for new employees. We offer an exciting, professional work environment with a lot of growth opportunities.
Team and expertise
With an incredibly varied and interdisciplinary team, the EV Biotech team has with over ten different nationalities. From entrepreneurship to computational modelling. From metabolic engineering to protein engineering. From physics to finance. We all have one core value:
Creating a better tomorrow
Chief Executive Officer
History: Bsc Biomedical sciences at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 2006-2010 Msc Biomolecular sciences: Cell Biology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 2011-2013 PhD Pharmaceutical Biology at the University of Groningen, 2014-present, finalizing months
“I have always been fascinated with biology, chemistry and engineering.”
As a little girl I dreamt of becoming an inventor, entrepreneur and scientist. EV Biotech is the realisation of that dream combined with my passion for the creation of a sustainable society. I believe that with the current technologies we are able to achieve a sustainable society now, but that takes revolutionary steps in many very conservative markets. I strive that EV Biotech will become such a revolutionising force.
Chief Science and Technology Officer
History: BSc & MSc in Biotechnology at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, 2007-2012. PhD in Systems Biology at the University of Groningen, 2013-2020.
“Only those with their feet on rock can build castles in the air.” /T. Pratchett/
For as long as I can remember, I have been driven by an insatiable curiosity about how the world around me works, together with a desire to make that world a better place for everyone. EV Biotech allows me to put my knowledge and skills into practise and, together with the team, create a sustainable, cutting-edge, and eco-friendly technology to deliver important compounds to the market. Making the world better, one compound at a time.
Anne Torrez Flores-Lexmond
Chief Strategy Officer
History: BSc & MSc in Pharmacy (PharmD) at the University of Groningen, 2003-2010. PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Groningen, 2010-2014. Postdoctoral research fellow at King’s College London, 2014-2016. Postdoctoral researcher at University of Groningen, 2017. Scientific coordinator at University of Groningen, 2018-2020
Nature has offered us some of the most potent drugs, strongest materials, and most delicious flavours and fragrances. Its beautifully complex structures are incredibly challenging to synthesise chemically, resulting in vast amounts of chemical waste. By letting nature do the job itself, EV Biotech creates a green alternative for the large-scale production of those compounds that we need and desire in our lives, without harming our environment. I strongly believe in EV Biotech’s mission and have proudly joined team EV to contribute to a greener future for our society.
Business & Support
History: Bsc Neuro- and Behavioral Sciences (2015-2018), Msc Biology – Science, Business and Policy (2019-2021)
I have alway had a passion for solving puzzles, which is why I got intrigued by the fields of Genetics, Mathematics, and Systems Biology. That in addition to me being a social butterfly, I have found my dream job at EV Biotech.
As a business developer I am responsible for all client contact, from lead generation to signing of the contract. It brings me a lot of energy working at a company with technology that can not just help the client but also helps make the world a better place.
Gustavo de Abreu Vieira
Quality Systems Manager
Gustavo de Abreu Vieira
History: 2005-2009 Bachelor in Physical Therapy, Methodist University – IPA, Brazil. 2008, 2009 Intern at the University of Miami, USA. 2009-2010 Trainee at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. 2011-2015 PhD in Physiology, Stockholm University, Sweden. 2013 Guest researcher at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA. 2016-2018 Post-doctoral researcher at Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands.
Team Leader Operations
Margarita Bernal Cabas
History: BSc in Microbiology at Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia, 2006-2011, MSc in Microbiology and Biotechnology at University of Alberta, Canada, 2011-2014, PhD in Molecular Bacteriology, University of Groningen, 2015-2020
“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do” /Steve Jobs/
I have always been fascinated by how genetic engineering can be used to develop new microorganisms to improve our lives and well being. By working at EV biotech, I can contribute towards the design and development of new microbial cell factories to help the world move towards a bio based economy.
Client Project Manager
History: Bachelor Tech in Biotechnology at West Bengal University of Technology India (2005-2009); Master Tech in Biotechnology at the Department of Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India (2009-2011); PhD in Biological Process Engineering, Institute Charles Voillette (Laboratory ProBioGEM), Polytech-Lille, University of Lille, France (EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) fellowship) (2013-2016); R&D Engineer, Lipofabrik SAS, France (2016-2019); Molecular Biology Team Leader (R&D), Lipofarbik SAS, France (2019-2021)
The main hurdle for microbial-derived products entering into the mainstream market is the lead time. During my Ph.D. research work, I have experienced that if we can work with a computational team this hurdle can be quickly overcome.
My biggest motivation for joining EV Biotech was that I can implement both my interdisciplinary research experience as well as industrial experience for the development of sustainable products in a time bound approach.
“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.” – Marie Curie
Genome Scale Modeller
History: BSc. Nutritional Sciences University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany (2015-2019|0, MSc. Molecular/Cellular Biotechnology, Wageningen University and Research (2019-2021)
“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.” Terry Pratchett
In my vision, our future generations will exist on this planet in symbiosis with nature. I believe that for this purpose, we must create a sustainable economy that uses the huge potential of nature instead of exploiting it. By taking advantage of the tools nature gives us, we can create green alternatives for large-scale production of compounds that we need and desire in our lives.
One of my biggest interests lies in solving riddles and and understanding complex systems. I have always been fascinated by the complexity of the nature surrounding us and feel the need to to preserve and protect it with the desire of making the world a better place.
My current position at EV Biotech allows me to combine my interests and passions. I believe that I can use my skills and knowledge to contribute to a greener and more sustainable society.
History: B.Sc at Loyola college of education (University of Madras) -2012, M.Sc (Physical Chemistry) at University of Pune, Maharashtra, India -2016, Junior research fellow at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India- 2017, PhD on Excited state processes on biomolecules at the University of Groningen at theoretical chemistry group of the Zernike institute for advanced materials, Groningen, The Netherlands. The main focus of my PhD research was on understanding the protein environment on the excited-state processes in small biomolecules (chromophore).
I am hugely fascinated by the role of protein environment in facilitating biological functions! Specifically interested in rationalizing the jiggling and wiggling of biomolecules through molecular dynamics simulations. EV Biotech helped me in realizing the potential of theoretical simulations in addressing the industrial needs. If your passion can be your job then I guess there is no stopping!
At EV Biotech, my work largely focussed on setting up simulations, better prediction of protein 3D structure, developing pipelines for molecular understanding of the bimolecular processes, and possibly develop computational tools for efficient atomistic simulation.
Myrthe aan de Stegge
Ruben de Boer
History: BSc Biology & Medical Laboratory Research at Saxion University of Applied Sciences Enschede (2012-2017); Pre-master Biomolecular Sciences (2017-2018); MSc Biomolecular Sciences (2018-2021)
During my studies I found a passion for molecular biology, science and doing research. When I read about EV Biotech’s mission and Microbial Cell Factories my enthusiasm was sparked immediately. I fully believe that the work we do at EV Biotech contributes to a more sustainable and greener future. I’m very grateful to be part of such a wonderful interdisciplinary team where I am getting the opportunity to develop myself to be a better researcher.
History: Bachelor Biology & Medical Laboratory Research at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (2017-2021)
Since I was young, I’ve always been fascinated by innovations. When I learned what the possibilities of genetically engineered bacteria are, it totally got me hooked. A bacterium can be made into a small factory capable of producing almost anything what is desired. After starting my bachelor study my interest only grew larger, especially in subjects like genetic engineering of micro-organisms and molecular biology. My internship at EV Biotech gives me the opportunity to work on a project based on my interests. The team consist of people with different expertises, which contributes to solving problems. The daily meetings give insight in what everybody is working on, what also helps in meeting your own goals. This internship at EV Biotech gives me the opportunity to develop my knowledge and laboratory skills.
History: BSc Biology & Medical Laboratory Research at Saxion University of Applied Sciences Enschede (2014-2018); Pre-master Biology at Radboud University Nijmegen (2018-2019); MSc Microbiology at Radboud University Nijmegen (2019-2021)
I fell in love with molecular biology and the large world of microorganism during my bachelors. It was during my masters that I really had the chance to further dive into these subjects and gain hands on experience in the genetic modification of microorganisms. It was this experience that motivated me to look for a future into the genetic modification of microorganisms, which led me to discover EV Biotech and its interesting approach of engineering microorganisms. I am grateful that I can apply my skills at EV Biotech to contribute to a more sustainable world.
Arno de Vries
Arno de Vries
History: Bachelor Biology and Medical Laboratory Research at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences Leeuwarden (2016-2020)
During my bachelor I was fascinated by the large variety of topics in biology. I learned that molecular biology, genetic engineering and cell biology had my interest. With the Microbial Cell Factories, EV Biotech got my attention. In the interdisciplinary, ambitious and young team of EV Biotech, I get the opportunity to develop myself and increase my knowledge and research skills. Besides this, I think working at EV Biotech is working on a more sustainable, greener world.
Technician Strain Development
History: Bachelor Biotechnology at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences Leeuwarden (2015-2020); Pre-Master Biomedical Sciences at University of Groningen (2020-2021); Master Biomedical Sciences at University of Groningen (2021-present)
During my bachelors I developed a strong interest in genetic engineering, molecular biology and solving the challenges that are associated with these fields. EV Biotech provides the perfect place to develop and apply new skills to interesting projects together with a great team. Here I get to explore new and interesting ways to create microbial cell factories that will contribute to a more sustainable future. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the team while also pursuing my Masters degree.
Technician Strain Development
History: BSc Life Science & Technology at University of Groningen (2017-2020); MSc Biomedical Sciences – Biology of Food and Nutrition at University of Groningen (2020-present)
During my bachelor and first year of my master’s degree, I developed a great interest in metabolism, food science, microbiology and the interplay of these. EV Biotech’s objective, to produce sustainable chemical products in a more ‘biological’ way using microbial cell factories, really sparked my interest from the beginning. I am really grateful that I have been given the opportunity to work in this young team of great minds to learn more about and contribute to the development of highly-producing microbial cell factories, gain more scientific skills and develop myself into a good researcher.
Louis Pasteur once said: ‘microbes will have the last word’, and I hope here at EV Biotech we can make this happen for a greener future.
History: Msc (Specialist) degree in Physics at Moscow State University (MSU), Moscow, Russian Federation, 2006-2012. PhD in Structural Biology at the University of Groningen, 2013-2018, Double degree programme in cooperation with the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
I’ve always been fascinated by complexity of nature. My passion is being able to get a deeper insight into how everything in nature works. As co-founder of EV Biotech I have a perfect opportunity to do what I love the most and use my knowledge to create something new while helping the world to become greener.
Scientist Metabolic Modelling
History: BSc in Bioengineering at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania), 2007-2011. Bioengineer at UAB Sosdiagnostika (Vilnius, Lithuania), 2012-2013. Summer Data Analyst at SciCross AB (Skövde, Sweden), 2014. MSc in Bioinformatics at University of Skövde (Sweden), 2014-2015. PhD in Systems Biology at Chalmers University of Technology (Gothenburg, Sweden), 2015-2021.
“It’s not enough that you believe what you see. You must also understand what you see.” /Leonardo da Vinci/
Biology was one of my least favourite subjects but studies on chemistry and physics during the final gymnasium years intrigued me to apply for bioengineering studies as an alternative to applied chemistry. During my years as an undergraduate, I enjoyed working with downstream processing methods that spanned from a single strain engineering approach. The follow-up studies based on systems biology led me to the computational tools that allow strategizing microbial strain design development. I feel blessed to work at EV Biotech due to the ability to exploit my modelling skills and witness my actual impact on the strain design process. We are a young organization led by an enthusiastic group of specialists of very similar age and feel eager to demonstrate our competencies to introduce more sustainable solutions for the greener future. As a metabolic modeller, I identify the parts of metabolism that shall be enhanced to achieve a higher efficacy and believe that our developed microbial cell factories will introduce new pathways in the bio-based industry.
History: Analyst pathology and Laboratory Techniques MBO4 at Noorderpoort (2013-2017), Bachelor Biology & Medical Laboratory Research at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (2017-2020)
“Every process in life can be described as building blocks with inputs and outputs. It’s up to us to choose which building blocks to use to build a better future.”
Ever since I was little I wanted to become an inventor or scientist. When I was first exposed to biology and saw the most sophisticated processes that are found in the tiniest of organisms, I fell in love. I knew that there was more to learn from nature to provide better solutions for problems humanity faces today. If we work together with nature, a bright future lies ahead. EV allows me to make a difference in the world by providing better alternatives by leveraging the power of nature.
Juvenal Yosa Reyes
Scientist Protein Modelling
Juvenal Yosa Reyes
History: BSc Chemistry at Distrital University, Bogota – Colombia (2000); MSc Biology-Bioinformatics, Javeriana University, Bogota – Colombia (2005); PhD Chemistry-Computational Chemistry, University of Basel, Basel – Switzerland. (2013); Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Basel, Basel – Switzerland (2014); Postdoctoral Researcher, National University of Colombia, Bogota – Colombia (2015-2017); Prof. Bioinformatics and molecular simulations. PI Molecular simulation and bioinformatic lab, Universidad Simon Bolivar, Barranquilla – Colombia (2017 until now)
I joined EV Biotech on a 1-year European Commission SME Innovation Associate grant as a molecular dynamics expert, because their approach for changing the way to produce new materials from greener sources are very interesting and novel. We need to change the way we are producing materials, avoiding contamination and being more effective in the final disposal of those.
My main interests focus on biological processes simulations, development of pipeline, scripts and software for computational chemistry and bioinformatics.
History: MSc in Plant Physiology (2013) in Lomonosov Moscow State University, PhD in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (2017) in the Institute of Plant Physiology (Russian Academy of Sciences). In 2018 worked in an IT startup company as a Python Developer
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.” /Elon Musk/
My dream has always been to create something which would be used by others and help people to improve their lives. At the same time, I am passionate about biology and I enjoy programming. As a consequence, my life consisted of switches from computer science to biology and back to software development. Then I have realised: why not to do both? Thus, working in EV Biotech is a perfect chance to achieve my dream by doing what I like to do.
Research Associate Bioprocess Modelling
History: Bsc Life Science and Technology at Leiden University and TU Delft (2014 – 2017), Msc Life Science and Technology at TU Delft, specialised in Cell Factory and Biochemical Engineering (2018 – 2022).
During my bachelors, I got captivated by how we can use microorganisms in industrial settings to produce all kinds of chemicals and build a bio-based economy. I’m very curious on how process conditions influence cells and their production capabilities. This is the most exciting puzzle in biotechnology to me. At EV Biotech I will help to solve pieces of this puzzle by investigating the impact of (scale-up) conditions on our strains using experimental data and modelling and see how we can improve yields and make them more robust.