Our Team


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Dr. Thomas Henkel


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Dr. Jens Bitzer


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Dr. Bärbel Köpcke


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Wei Xie


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Frederic Issenhuth

Dr. Thomas Henkel

Thomas is acting as Managing Director of the company responsible for business and product R&D activities. He is a co-founder of INS as well as of IMAX Discovery, where he also serves as the Managing Director. Thomas previously held the position as Vice President Enabling Technologies and member of the International Research Committee at Bayer HealthCare, Germany. Thomas has a profound understanding of R&D scientific and managerial processes in the life science industries with more than 20 years experience guiding the development of pharmaceuticals as well as food and cosmetic additives. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Göttingen, Germany, and completed post-doctoral training in Alberta, Canada, before he started his career in industry.

Dr. Jens Bitzer

Jens is acting as Director Product Development and oversees the development activities of innovative solutions for the life science industries based on natural and sustainable sources. He obtained a profound knowledge of and experience in natural product research and chemical analytics and joined as an experienced project manager. Jens was originally trained in Chemistry and holds a Ph.D. in Natural Product Chemistry from the University of Göttingen, Germany.

Dr. Bärbel Köpcke

Bärbel is acting as Director Natural Product Preparation and oversees the isolation processes and the chemical analytics. She obtained profound knowledge of and experience in natural product research and natural product dereplication and joined as an experienced scientist. Bärbel was originally trained in Biology and holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Wei Xie

Wei is acting as Fermentation Specialist and oversees the development of upstream process for innovative preservatives production based on natural sources. He obtained a profound knowledge of and experience in microbiological research and joined as an experienced scientist. Wei was originally trained in Biotechnology and holds a Master in Biotechnology from the RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Frederic Issenhuth

Frederis is acting as Managing Director of the company, responsible for business operations (Marketing, Sales, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Technical Sales Services) for antimicrobial ingredients. Frederic previously held the position of Marketing Director Food enzymes at AB Enzymes, Germany. Frederic has a profound understanding of Food & Technical Ingredients and their applications, Chemical and Biotechnology based manufacturing of ingredients, Food Technology, and Business Management, with more than 15 years experience in Product Development, Business Development and management of international marketing/sales teams. He received his Master in Chemistry from Germany and his Master in Business Administration from UK.