Management Board

Klaus Hajszan

Managing Director, Chief Quality Officer, Qualified Person & Test Site Manager
Klaus Hajszan - Managing Director - VelaLabs

Klaus Hajszan as a member of the Exec­u­tive Manage­ment Board is respon­sible for adher­ence to and contin­uous improve­ment of the quality processes within VelaLabs. Addi­tion­ally, he is employed by the company as an inde­pen­dent Qual­i­fied Person.

Klaus has been part of VelaLabs since 2007 and has occu­pied multiple posi­tions related to quality manage­ment such as Head Quality Control and Head Quality Assur­ance. During his career at VelaLabs, he gained consid­er­able expe­ri­ence in regu­la­tory, protein analytics, protein devel­op­ment, protein char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, and (pre)clinical studies. He is also frequently lector on inter­na­tional educa­tional confer­ences (topics: GMP, analytics, method transfer).

Albert Lauss

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Test Site Manager
Albert Lauss - Managing Director - VelaLabs

Albert started his career at VelaLabs as Head of Labo­ra­tory and after a short period of time he got already promoted to be a member of the Manage­ment Board with specific respon­si­bil­i­ties as Chief Oper­ating Officer. Further­more, he is respon­sible for finance and human resources.

Prior to that, he worked for Shire (formerly Baxter / Immuno) in different roles as Head of Engi­neering Vali­da­tion, Manager Micro­bi­o­log­ical Quality Control and Labo­ra­tory Head Cell Culture with increasing respon­si­bil­i­ties. Consid­er­able respon­si­bil­i­ties for employees was also a part of these posi­tions. Further­more, he gained profound expe­ri­ence in cell culture method­olo­gies with emphasis on quality control aspects, as well as micro­bi­o­log­ical quality control testing including bioas­says, cell cultures, and virus tests. His GMP expe­ri­ence is accom­pa­nied by respon­si­bil­i­ties for vali­da­tions in different areas, e.g. engi­neering, clean rooms, comput­er­ized systems, ster­il­iza­tion, and trans­porta­tion. More­over, he has exper­tise in GMP rele­vant topics such as third party audits, regu­la­tory inspec­tions, and plan­ning of laboratories.

Markus Roucka

Managing Director, Head of Business Development
Markus Roucka - Managing Director - VelaLabs

Markus is a member of the Exec­u­tive Manage­ment Board and also respon­sible for Busi­ness Devel­op­ment and Marketing.

He has more than 15 years of work expe­ri­ence in biotech­nology industry including protein char­ac­ter­i­za­tion under GMP regu­la­tions (biosim­i­lars, biophar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, biologics) with a focus on assay devel­op­ment and opti­miza­tion. His main expe­ri­ence is within protein analytics, bioassays/​cell culture, flow cytom­etry, and SPR (Biacore) methods.

Markus started his career in the biotech­nical labo­ra­to­ries of Biomin GmbH, Austria as Lab tech­ni­cian in the R&D depart­ment. He was respon­sible for fermen­ta­tion and QC processes & quality control of the prod­ucts. After more than 4 years in the labo­ra­tory, he decided to attend the Univer­sity of Applied Science to study Medical and Phar­ma­ceu­tical biotech­nology at the IMC Krems. For his diploma thesis, he went to The Nether­lands and studied the effect of the TRIAL-ligand in combi­na­tion with Borte­zomib on NSCLC. After grad­u­a­tion, Markus joined VelaLabs in 2008 as senior tech­ni­cian QC. After one year he became the Head labo­ra­tory for 8 years, followed by a two year COO posi­tion before he installed the BD depart­ment at VelaLabs.

In 2019 he took over the manage­ment director posi­tion and is now respon­sible for

  • – Building and main­taining contacts with current and prospec­tive customers
  • – Facil­i­tating busi­ness growth by working together with clients and busi­ness partners
  • – Managing proposal teams & Busi­ness developer
  • – Designing and imple­menting processes to support busi­ness growth
  • – Devel­oping marketing strategies
  • – Inter­ac­tion between departments

Business Development

Stefan Astleitner

Business Development Officer
Stefan Astleitner - Business Development Officer -VelaLabs

Nicole Fröwis

Business Development Officer
Nicole Fröwis - Business Development Officer -VelaLabs

Marion Prior

Business Development Officer
Marion Prior - Business Development Officer - VelaLabs

Konstantin Tomanov

Senior Business Development Officer
Konstantin Tomanov - Business Development Officer -VelaLabs

Helga Weisse

Business Development Officer & Qualified Person
Helga Weisse - Business Development Officer - VelaLabs

Lab Management

Andreas Zacherl

Head of Ligand Binding Assay Group

Thomas Schwarz

Head of Microbiology Group
Thomas Schwarz Head of Microbiology VelaLabs

Thomas Ludwig

Head of Cellbased Assay Group
Thomas Ludwig - Head of Cell Based Assay Group - VelaLabs

Andreas Weiß

Head of Physico-Chemical Methods & Qualified Person
Andreas Weiss - Head of PCM lab - VelaLabs

Quality

Christina Jann-Gröllert

Head of Quality Assurance
Christina Jann-Gröllert - Quality Assurance - VelaLabs

Julia Abadir

Head of QC Support
Julia Abadir - Quality Control - VelaLabs

Project Management

Sabrina Rottal

Head of Project Management
Sabrina Rottal - VelaLabs

Business Services

Rainer Fedra

Business Analytics Manager
Rainer Fedra - Business Analytics Manager -VelaLabs

Birgit Schmalz-Kammerer

Head of Finance
Birgi Schmalz-Kammerer Finance specialist VelaLabs
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