Dr. Christopher Buccitelli

Christopher Buccitelli is an Analyst with Catenion and lives in Berlin.

Dr. Alexander Wallroth

Alexander Wallroth is an Associate with Catenion and lives in Berlin.

He studied Biotechnology at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin) and went for his master project to the Francis Crick Institute in London. During his master’s training, he investigated biomarkers indicative of kinase action in colorectal and lung cancer. Alex then moved back to Berlin to do his PhD at the Leibniz-Institute of Molecular Pharmacology, where worked on the regulation of cellular nutrient signaling and cell migration.

In his spare time, Alex enjoys race-biking, hiking and playing soccer.


  • Carcinogenesis
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cell Signaling
  • Genome Engineering
  • Scientific evaluation
  • Market research

Dr. Lina Zárate

Lina Zárate is an Analyst at Catenion and lives in Berlin.


Lina has actively contributed to cross-functional teams from industry and academia in Colombia, USA, Spain, France and Germany. During her master’s training at Harvard Medical School, she investigated the molecular mechanism of biofilm formation in the human pathogen Klebsiella pneumonia. Throughout her Ph.D. studies at the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, she focused on the characterization of the genetic elements that modulate growth and persistence of the flesh-eating bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes.


She considers having empathy and a strong contribution to the quality of people’s lives by helping achieve common goals deeply rewarding.


She is an active traveler, excited to explore new cultures. In her spare time, she enjoys doing sports, dancing and organizing trips and social events.



Lina studied Industrial Microbiology in Colombia from where she also obtained her Master´s degree with an emphasis in Bacterial Molecular Genetics. Lina earned a Ph.D. in Life Science at the Humboldt University Berlin.



  • Microbiology & molecular biology
  • Bacterial genetics & physiology
  • Gene editing & NGS technologies
  • R&D strategy development
  • Data analysis

Dr. John Herrmann

John Herrmann is a Partner and SVP, Oncology with Catenion Inc., Boston and lives in Winchester MA adjacent to the energetic biotech corridor of Cambridge/Boston.

Industry Experience:

  • Chief Strategy Officer and SVP Oncology, Elstar Therapeutics
  • Chief Scientific Officer, External Innovation, Eli Lilly & Co.
  • Dir. Search & Evaluation (Serono/Merck-KGaA)
  • SVP Discovery, CEPTYR Inc.
  • Head of Oncology, CuraGen Corp.


John earned his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His dissertation studies explored molecular mechanisms of melanoma metastasis to the central nervous system.

Following his post-doctoral studies on bcl-2 mediated drug resistance and the ubiquitin-proteasome system as a drug target including a collaboration with Proscript/Leukocyte/Millennium to understand the medical potential for PS-341 (Bortezomib/Velcade™) John was promoted to a junior research faculty at UTMDACC.


  • Asset/company search & evaluation
  • Competitive product positioning strategy
  • Emerging drug target space and format analysis
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Major bio/pharma situational strategies
  • Clinical trials & regulatory

In his free time, John enjoys skiing with his family/friends, fitness activities and reading books and articles on improving business strategy.




Duc Vu

Duc Vu is an Analyst with Catenion and lives in Berlin.

Prior to Catenion, Duc completed his Master’s degree at Technical University of Munich and National University of Singapore. During this jointed MSc. program, he held intern positions in BASF and Robert Bosch in Singapore and conducted his master thesis on the development, characterization, and application of flexible 3D retinal implants at Forschungszentrum Jülich. He brings a background ranging from pharmaceutical chemistry (Eurofins Laboratories, USA) to medical technology. In addition, Duc gained two consulting internship experiences after finishing his graduate studies.

In his free time, Duc enjoys rock climbing, slacklining, and cooking. His other interests are sociolinguistics and East Asia studies.



Duc earned a Master of Science in Chemistry at Technical University of Munich and National University of Singapore with a focus on Medical Technology and Diagnostics.



  • Neuroelectronics
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Device Engineering


Dr. Yelena Wainman

Yelena Wainman is an Associate at Catenion and lives in Berlin.

Yelena joined Catenion after leading the early stage preclinical startup CytoSwitch at the LMU Munich, developing novel photo-activatable chemotherapeutics for oncology. Prior to this, she did her post-doc at MGH/Harvard Medical School in the field of chemical biology and epigenetics. She speaks 5 languages and has lived in 6 countries.

In her spare time, Yelena is a keen pianist, organizing yearly charity concerts and also enjoys traveling and doing capoeira.



Yelena completed her PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Cancer Imaging at the University of Cambridge where she developed novel contrast agents for the detection of glycosylation in cancer. She obtained her Master’s and Bachelor degree in Natural Sciences at the University College London during which she spent her Bachelor year at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon.


  • Chemical Biology & Medicinal Chemistry
  • Preclinical R&D in Oncology
  • Small Molecule Therapeutics
  • Photopharmacology
  • Molecular Imaging in Cancer
  • Market research & competitive analysis
  • Scientific Evaluation

Dr. Ilkin Ozer

Ilkin Ozer is an Associate at Catenion and lives in Berlin.


Ilkin joined Catenion after completing her PhD, where she investigated the role of a cytoskeletal protein in synaptic transmission, maintenance of synaptic morphology and its implications for mouse behavior. She has a great interest in understanding how brain physiology translates into behavior and mechanisms underlying mental health disorders.

In her free time, Ilkin follows her passion for music, fine arts and traveling to new places.


Ilkin completed her PhD in Biology at the University of Bonn, as a fellow of International Max Planck Research School for Brain and Behavior. She obtained her Master’s degree in Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Bonn, Germany. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bilkent University, Turkey.


  • Neuroscience & Neurobiology
  • Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Mouse behavior
  • Data analysis

Dr. Mayur Vadhvani

Mayur is an Associate with Catenion and lives in Berlin.

Mayur joined Catenion after finishing his postdoctoral research at Charitè – Berlin where he focused on studying the molecular mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders and Rett Syndrome. A neurobiologist by training, he has worked on aspects of brain development and disorders both. He has participated in organizing several international STEM conferences and has given talks about career opportunities for STEM scholars.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading and capturing moments with his camera. He also supports organization working towards education of underprivileged children in India.

Educational background:

After obtaining his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from University of Delhi, New Delhi (India), Mayur pursued his Master’s in Biology from the prestigious Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai (India). He then moved to Germany to pursue his PhD in neuroscience from the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Göttingen, followed by postdoctoral research at Charitè Berlin.


  • Neuroscience and cell biology
  • Scientific evaluation
  • Data analysis
  • Market and product evaluation

Dr. Erika Kuchen

Erika Kuchen is an Associate with Catenion and lives in Berlin.

Erika studied computational biology at the University of Warwick, UK, and gained her PhD in systems biology of plant development. In her postdoc at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, she applied her data science skills to investigate the mechanisms underlying therapy resistance in cancer and differentiation of blood cells. During her career in systems biology, Erika worked on many aspects of the life science field including cancer, genomics, plants and cell and developmental biology. Throughout her work, she carried out wet lab experiments as well as computational and mathematical analyses using a variety of techniques and programming languages.

In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors and is the organizer of a hiking club.


Erika studied computational biology at the University of Warwick, UK, and holds a PhD in systems biology of plant development from the University of East Anglia and the John Innes Centre, UK.


  • Biostatistics and data science
  • Oncology and cell biology
  • Rare (Orphan) diseases
  • Multi-dimensional indication assessment
  • Market and product evaluation, modeling and forecasting

Dr. Tahere Dehaghi Kalantary