Katrin Jakob, Ph.D.

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Life Sciences / Healthcare Interest Group
Co-Chair

Founder & CEO of California Business Associates LLC

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Katrin Jakob, PhD, is an entrepreneur, scientific and business advisor, and Founder & CEO of California Business Associates LLC, an innovative business accelerator for startup companies in Biotechnology. She has over 20 years experience in plant and microbial biotechnology and R&D project management. She received a Master’s degree in Agriculture from the Humboldt University in Berlin, and a Ph.D. in Crop Science from the University of Giessen, Germany, and performed her postdoctoral research in plant molecular biology & genetics at the University of Chicago. Katrin started her career at the Institute of Crop Science at the Federal Agriculture Research Center in Braunschweig, Germany, and worked at Mendel Biotechnology in California, where she was leading research in plant pathology, molecular breeding, biofuels, plant transformation and microbial technologies to enhance crop productivity and stability.

Edda Mihaescu, Ph.D., P.E.

Edda Mihaescu

Life Sciences / Healthcare Interest Group
Co-Chair

Principal Engineer, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals LLC

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Dr. Edda Mihaescu is Project Portfolio Manager at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals LLC, where she has been employed since 1994. Before joining Bayer, Dr. Mihaescu worked as a Cleanroom Specialist and Mechanical Engineer on projects for other Biopharmaceutical Companies, as well as on Medical Facility, and Nuclear Engineering projects.

Dr. Mihaescu is certified as a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California and she also obtained an Engineering Management Certificate from California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.

Ulrike Ruppelt

Ulrike Ruppelt

Life Sciences / Healthcare Interest Group
Co-Chair

Principal of Ticular

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Ulrike Ruppelt is the founding member and chairwoman of the Interest Group Life Sciences / Healthcare at the German American Business Association GABA. Her expertise is in international Business Development, Marketing and Public Relations with a solid background in Science and Technology.

Ruppelt founded the consultancy Ticular Strategies for Success and was Director of International Synergy and Marketing at M+W Zander, a global architectural, engineering, construction and facility management firm. Before that she was the delegate of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft to the European Commission in Brussels, and Public Relations Officer at Fraunhofer Gesellschaft’s headquarters in Munich, Germany. Ruppelt earned her masters in communication and media consulting and her bachelor in chemistry from Technical University, Berlin, Germany. She is a member of GABA, BayBio, ISPE, CoreNet and SMPS.