About

CAMPTON Diagnostics GmbH has been founded to conduct this initiative by taking care of the certification, production, delivery and maintenance of the technology worldwide.

Shareholders of the company are the team members.

CAMPTON Diagnostics GmbH was spun off from the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT) in Itzehoe in 2016.

The company develops and markets complete measuring systems for point-of-care diagnostics, i.e. for on-site examinations of patients. CAMPTON Diagnostics combines biotechnological and engineering know-how under one roof.

The “Biochip Reader” device developed by CAMPTON uses silicon-based biochips from Fraunhofer ISIT. The ISIT produces these in the institute’s own clean room.

The system, which is based on “electrical biochip technology”, can be used to obtain reliable information on the indication of infections, cancer or other diseases from a drop of whole blood within a few minutes. The tests are particularly fast, highly sensitive and enable the simultaneous measurement of several parameters in one sample.

Disposable cartridges with an integrated biochip are used for the measurements. The biochip functions like a conventional ELISA test, but is electrically readable and therefore extremely miniaturizable. The “Biochip Reader” performs the measurement fully automatically. After a few minutes, the analysis result is shown on the display as a real value.

Founders

CAMPTON Diagnostics GmbH was founded as a spin-off of Fraunhofer ISIT in 2016 by the current management team – consisting of Jürgen Brink (CEO) and Dr. Eric Nebling (CSO) and Lars Blohm (CTO). In 2019, Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG participated in CAMPTON’s second financing round.

Investors

In 2019 the German Würth Group participated in the second financing round of CAMPTON Diagnostics.

About Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG
Adolf Würth GmbH & Co KG is a leading specialist in assembly and fastening materials for professional applications. It is the largest individual company of the Würth Group, which operates worldwide. Adolf Würth GmbH & Co KG currently employs over 7,000 people throughout Germany and generated sales of EUR 1.98 billion (including intra-group sales) in the 2018 financial year.

Vision

“Making the world a little better, a little more livable and a little safer.”

We aim to provide life-changing technologies worldwide. With our know-how, dedicated and qualified employees, we work every day to develop fast and effective solutions for many different types of infectious diseases and scourges of humanity such as cancer. We want to make the world a little better, more livable and safer.

Mission

“Delivering health care efficiently, on the move, and quickly.”

CAMPTON’s goal is to improve the lives of patients by enabling faster and more effective diagnosis of infectious diseases (such as SARS-CoV-2) or early cancer detection. This enables the attending physician to initiate treatment measures more quickly and effectively, which generally substantially reduce the severity of the disease. In the medium term, this will reduce healthcare costs for patients and thus for the healthcare system in general. With the Point-of-Care-System “Biochip-Reader 100” CAMPTON aims to make immediate health care a basic right and not a privilege for everyone, not only in Germany but also in developing and emerging countries. To achieve this goal, our cornerstones are: Efficiency, Mobility, Speed and Competence.

Management

Jürgen Brink

Managing Director / CEO

Mr. Brink is responsible for the Finance/Legal/Personnel/IT department within CAMPTON Diagnostics GmbH.
Mr. Brink is also managing partner of the entrepreneurial consultancy brink.corporate development GmbH, which specializes in the areas of “corporate strategy, company acquisitions and sales (M&A) and financing with equity and debt capital”.

Prior to this, Mr. Brink worked for many years as a project manager in various banks and an international auditing firm, where he was responsible for projects in the areas of “acquisition and project financing, M&A transactions and IPO consulting”. As Director of Corporate Development/M&A of one of the larger German family-owned companies, he was able to develop an investment portfolio of approximately 500 companies worldwide.

Dr. Eric Nebling

Managing Director / CSO

Dr. Eric Nebling studied Chemistry in Hamburg (Germany) and did his PhD work in the department of biochemistry of the university of Hamburg in the biosensor field. He works at Fraunhofer ISIT in the department “Biotechnical Microsystems (BTMS)” as a research scientist since 1999. He is leader of the group “Biosensor Technology” and deputy head of the department “Module Integration”

Dr. Eric Nebling´s main field of work are protein based tests on electrical biochips. He was co-responsible for the BMBF-funded project “Silicon chip system for the biochemical analysis technique: Technical platform and system integration (SIBANAT)”.

Dr. Nebling was also ISIT´s project leader of the Fraunhofer project “in-vitro-Diagnostic-Platform” (ivD-MAVO and ivD-WISA; internal programs) and the BMBF-funded project “Cellfree Bioproduction”.

Additionally, he has set up several start-up companies as founder and investor in the past.

Lars Blohm

Managing Director / CTO

Lars Blohm is working as a research scientist in the department “Biotechnical Micro-systems” at the Fraunhofer ISIT since the year 2009. His main field of activity is the construction and development of biotechnical microsystems based on silicon technology. Furthermore, he develops automated measurement systems based on the electrical biochip technology for various analytical and diagnostic applications.

Previously, Mr. Blohm has studied electrical engineering at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide, Germany, after his training and working as an industrial electronics.

From 2001 to 2009 he worked as graduated engineer in the eBiochip Systems GmbH, a spin-off company of the Fraunhofer ISIT. There he was head of the research and development department and responsible for the development of automated bio-detection systems for pathogen and antibody diagnostics.

Advisory Board

DDr. Karl Gollegger

Chairman of the Advisory Board

Mr. Gollegger has more than 20 years of management experience, both as a CEO as well as a member of Supervisory Boards. He was Managing Director of the Pappas-Group and Director General of the Grossglockner Hochalpenstraße AG. In 1994 he was appointed Managing Board Director of Tauernkraftwerke AG. At the beginning of 1997, he became head of the energy business of the Verbund. After five years as a Vice Mayor of Salzburg, he returned in 2005 to the Verbund and entered the Management Board of Verbund-ltaly with responsibility for Finance and Administration. Furthermore, he was CEO of Verbund Beteiligungs GmbH and took over responsibility for the field New Businesses and acquisitions. In June 2005 he was appointed Spokesman of the Management with the responsibilities Sales and Representation. In June 2017 Mr. Gollegger retired from his positions at Verbund.

As Head of advisory board Mr. Gollegger plays an active role in the development of our company.

Niels Ahlmann-Ohlsen, former member of the Danish Parliament

Member of the Advisory Board

Niels Ahlmann-Ohlsen was a Conservative member of the Danish Parliament for more than 16 years, where he was Speaker for Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Environment and Planning. He also served as chairman of the Environment and Planning Committee and chairman of the Finance Committee in the Nordic Council.Mr. Ahlmann-Ohlsen has undertaken several business development projects based on his in-depth knowledge of India, and he was the founder of the Indo-Danish Forum, a business organization promoting trade and cultural relations between India and Denmark.Mr. Ahlmann-Ohlsen is a former European Director and CEO of three Indian-owned IT companies in Germany and Denmark. He has lived in Germany and has a vast experience in the German market, including 9 years as a consultant for Daimler Chrysler Aerospace in Ulm (Airbus Defense & Space EADS Germany). Mr. Ahlmann-Ohlsen introduced the world’s largest civil warning system in Denmark and coordinated its business development.Today he is Chairman of the Danish water company Nowa ApS, member of the Advisory Board of CAMPTON Diagnostics GmbH and CEO and Partner of Strategic Alliance International ApS.

Alexander Gerfer

Member of the Advisory Board

CEO of Würth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG
CTO of Würth Elektronik eiSos Group

Alexander Gerfer is CEO and CTO of one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of electronic and electromechanical components with around 8,300 employees, based in Waldenburg, Munich, Berlin and Barcelona, and with R&D locations in Silicon Valley, Dallas and Shenzhen. The graduate electrical engineer learned his business from scratch as a radio and television technician.As a man of the first hour, he set up the product development as well as quality management. The passion of the author of specialist books is to communicate complex content understandably. As a sought-after key note speaker, lecturer and promoter of innovative hardware startups he travels internationally.

Prof. Dr. Axel Müller-Groeling

Member of the Advisory Board

Since 2016 Prof. Dr. Müller-Groeling is Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT, from which CAMPTON Diagnostics originated as spin-off.
Prof. Müller-Groeling studied physics in Kiel, Bonn, and Jülich and completed his PhD thesis and his Habilitation in Heidelberg at the Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics. After postdoc years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, the University of Toronto, and the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique (CEA) in Saclay close to Paris he turned to a career as a manager and entrepreneur.

After many years of consulting for banks and utilities with McKinsey & Company, Inc. he started in 2005 to work as co-founder and board member for strategy and operations at Centrosolar Group AG, a photovoltaics company listed in the Prime Standard of the German stock exchange at that time. During the solar crisis, he also served as Chief Restructuring Officer of the group.
In addition to his function as institute director, Prof. Müller-Groeling holds a position as full professor at Kiel University and is director of its Institute for materials science.

Team

Jörg Albers

Senior Technical Director

Jörg Albers is working as a research scientist at Fraunhofer ISIT.

After finishing a university degree in the field of technical computer science, he first worked in industry as hardware and software developer for several years.

In 1996 he joined the Biosensor Technology Group of ISIT and took responsibility for micro controller based electrochemical readout systems. Further he worked on biosensors research in several national and international projects. Actually his work is focused on the development of different silicon based sensors which are main parts of the automated measurement systems for analytical and diagnostic applications.

Christoph Armschat

Development and Design Engineer

Christoph Armschat completed a dual study program at “hochschule21” in Buxtehude in the field of mechatronics with a focus on production and automation technology and successfully graduated in 2020.

During his dual studies, he acquired knowledge in the area of design and microcontroller programming in the course of various practical activities. He wrote his bachelor thesis at the DFKI in Bremen on the topic of sonification of excavator movements in the peripheral perception range of a human.

Since April 2021, he has been working as a development and design engineer at CAMPTON Diagnostics GmbH.

Simone Holz

Medical Assistant

In 2003 Simone Holz successfully completed her training as medical-technical laboratory assistant at the Dr. Gillmeister School in Heide.

From 2005 she worked at the Landeslabor Schleswig-Holstein in Neumünster in the veterinary division for animal disease control in molecular biology, serology and pathology.

In 2008 she moved to AJ eBiochip GmbH in Itzehoe, a subsidiary of Analytik Jena AG, where she was involved in the implementation of biochemical and analytical methods. Furthermore, she worked on reagent and kit production as well as method development and device tests for the application of electrical biochips.

From 2011 onwards, Ms Holz worked at Fraunhofer ISIT. There she was involved in the development of mobile biosensor systems for protein detection on biochips. She also works on the optimisation and validation of automated immunoassays and lab-on-chip systems. Furthermore, her area of responsibility included the coating of biochips using piezo nanoplotters and the organisation of general laboratory operations.

Simone Holz has been working as a medical laboratory assistant at CAMPTON Diagnostics GmbH since 2019.

Lars Johansen

Quality Manager

Lars Johansen studied Biomedical Engineering with strong focus on quality management at the Technical University Berlin.

Starting 2001 until 2017 he worked in various product and process related positions in quality management at SIEMENS Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen. Especially to mention 7 years as manager and as quality management representative and safety officer.

Afterwards he joined the European headquarter of the in-Vitro-Diagnostic manufacturer Sysmex to further improve the quality management system.

In 2019 Lars Johansen joint CAMPTON Diagnostics as quality manager and is responsible for the implementation and successful certification of the quality management system.

Mats Rasmussen

Head of R&D Electronics

Mats Rasmussen graduated his university studies as an electrical engineering with a strong focus on microtechnologies and electronic systems at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide, Germany. Before that, he trained and worked as an electronics technician for four years.

After that, he studied microelectronic systems at the cooperative degree program of the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide and the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany. He wrote his final thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute of Silicon Technologies ISIT in Itzehoe about the development of a measuring electronic for a multi-parametric sensor chip to monitors various parameters in liquid fluids.

In October 2019 Mats Rasmussen joined CAMPTON Diagnostics as a development engineer and is responsible for the research and development of electronics.

Dr. Katrin Schär

Technical Assistant

Dr. Katrin Schär studied Chemistry at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen and finished her PhD work in the department of Organic Chemistry 1994. Afterwards she worked a couple of years as a pharmaceutical representative for Innovex and Janssen-Cilag.

In 2007 she started an independent work as a chemistry lecturer. She organized workshops for nonchemical employees in the Chemical industry and prepared industrial foremen and Chemical production specialists for their examinations at the IHK.

Since April 2021 Dr. Katrin Schär works as a technical assistant in the lab for CAMPTON Diagnostics.

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