GABOR JUHÁSZ – GENERAL MANAGER
Gábor Juhász graduated at the Budapest University of Economics in 1997. For the first 15 years of his career he worked in sales and markeitng positions of multinational companies like Unilever and Diageo. In 2010, he made a big step into the unknown when he became CEO of a biotechnology startup owned by his friend Csaba Pribenszky. They developed a time-lapse microscope for human IVF. The small team led by Gábor quickly became a leader in time-lapse applications of the human embryology field and the company was acquired by Vitrolife in 2012. Gábor remained as general manager of Vitrolife Hungary until August 2015. In 2013, Csaba and Gábor co-founded another biotechnology startup: Applied Cell Technology. The objective of the team was to research the effects of high hydrostatic pressure on improving the stress tolerance of living cells. Gábor joined the company in September 2015, as general manager.
JUDIT CSEREPES MD. PhD – CSO
Judit Cserepes graduated as a medical doctor in 2001 at Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest. In 2009 she received her PhD degree from the same University on the field of molecular and cell biology. At the same time she graduated as a pysician-economist at Corvinus University Budapest. In 2005 she was awarded with the Youth Price of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. From 2009 she is dealing with translation of research results into practice. As a project manager she was coordinating clinical research at a private health care provider, Kelen Hospital. In 2012 she has founded AdvanCell Diagnostics Ltd, a biotech start-up company developing an innovative diagnostic platform technology. From 2014 she is the Chief Scientific Officer at Applied Cell Technology.
ÁKOS TÓTH – CTO & CMO
Completing electrical engeenering studies he started his career as a computer graphic desinger at the Hungarian National Television. He acquired his Media Designer diploma at Center for Media Art in New York, USA and worked for YAR Communication in New York as a consultant for Eastern European and Hungarian markets. Returning to Hungary led the production division of Saatchi and Saathci in Budapest. He founded GO! Creatives agency with friends and colleagues in 2000 and worked there as CEO till 2011. Under his management GO! sold and implemented technical product development and marketing strategies for small, middle size and some of the biggest Hungarian companies and multinational brands’ Hungarian branches during this decade. GO! was sold in 2011 and he joined Artmedia as a senior technical development and communications consultant. He has started to work at Applied Cell Technology as a chief technical and marketing officer since January 2014.
KATALIN SZABÓ – FIELD APPLICATION SCIENTIST
Katalin Szabó graduated as a biologist in Debrecen in 1989 and she earned an IT special production engineer degree at the University of Agricultural Sciences of Nyíregyháza in 1996. In 2006, she earned a Quality management auditor qualification in National Training Registry (NTR). She worked as the Head of Laboratory and Quality control management at the Beregtej Tejfeldolgozó és Értékesítő Ltd. for 5 years. In 2004, she worked for the Chinoin Inc. as microbiologist. In 2006, she began to work for the Kaáli Institute Ltd. as an embryologist in the field of assisted reproduction. She is one of the founding members of the CIRIS BUDAPEST Center for International Reproduction Institutes, where she first worked as an embryologist and in September, 2008 she became the Head of the IVF- Embryology Laboratory, Andrology laboratory and Cryobiology. In 2010, she actively participated in the formation of the Versys Clinics Institute of Human Reproduction, where she was the Head of the IVF- Embryology Laboratory, Andrology laboratory and Cryobiology.May 2014, she joined the Applied Cell Technology team as a Field Application Scientist
BERNADETT FARAGÓ PhD – FIELD APPLICATION SCIENTIST
Bernadett graduated as a biologist in Pécs in 2005 and in the same year she enrolled the PhD-programme of the Medical Faculty of the University of Pécs in the field of human molecular genetics . In 2008, she started to work for CIRIS BUDAPEST Center for International Reproduction Institutes as an embryologist. In 2010, she was invited to join the Versys Clinics Institute of Human Reproduction, where apart from assisted reproduction techniques, she also participated in preimplantation genetic screening of human embryos in the framework of Reprogenex Ltd. In January, 2012 she returned to scientific reasearch by joining the Department of Human Physiology and Clinical Experimental Research as a post-doc reasearcher, while in September 2014, she joined the Applied Cell Technology team as a Field Application Scientist.
CSILLA BUDAI PhD – FIELD APPLICATION SCIENTIST
Csilla graduated as an agricultural engineer in 2010 at Debrecen University Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management. A year after she received her degree as a vocational teacher of agricultural engineering. In 2010 she started her PhD studies at the Animal Husbandry Doctoral School, Debrecen University and from 2014 continued as a Predoctoral Fellow. The aim of her scientific research was to examine the effect of seminal plasma protein and antioxidants (curcumin, Lactomicrosel) on chilled ram semen. Beside the scientific work she also gave classes (Animal Physiology, Reproductive Biology) to BSc and MSc students as well. In 2013 she joined to the BIOZAR’s Group, of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology of the University of Zaragoza to improve her skills in semen evaluation techniques. From June-August 2013 she worked at Banat University Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Timisoara where she studied the antihelmitic resistence among the different sheep breeds. She joined the Applied Cell Technology team in August 2014 as a Field Application Scientist.
ESZTER LOSONCZI – FIELD APPLICATION SCIENTIST
After graduating from the Veterinary University of Budapest, Hungary in 1998, Eszter Losonczi worked in one of the biggest studs in Hungary, including full scale veterinary service and running of the artificial insemination center. Then from 2002 she worked as a veterinary practitioner in a small animal clinic. In 2008 she joined Cryo-Innovation Ltd. (future Vitrolife Ltd.), an innovative research and development orientated company, primarily focusing on morpho-dynamic investigation of murine and human embryos. For this purpose she and her team developed a special medical device which enhances embryo selection, giving more chance for couples struggling with infertility. This device is used in numerous IVF clinics world-wide by now. In Cryo-Innovation Ltd. she has also investigated PTAT preconditioning of reproductive cells and embryos since 2008 in order to enhance their performance in the ART procedures. Due to her experience in this field she started in Applied Cell Technology Ltd. in 2014 as a field application scientist.
MELINDA RITTER – OFFICE MANAGER
Melinda Ritter graduated as a tourism economist at the Budapest Business School in 2005. During her school years she was involved in professional temporary-works. After graduation, she was working for several limited companies as sales assistant and booking administrator. From 2012 she was Grants and financial assistant at Cryo-Innovation Ltd. After the merger of Cryo-Innovation Ltd. into Vitrolife Ltd. she continued working at the financial department. She joined the Applied Cell Technology team in February 2016 as an office manager.