Our vision:
A bright future
for human
health on Earth
and beyond

Our mission is to engineer end-to-end solutions
to provide biotech products formed in space.

Our values

As dedicated as we are to get ahead in space, we
also strive to provide the best possible space
within our office.

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Stay
courageous

We boldly challenge the status quo
and proactively take full ownership
of our actions and outcomes.

Do
good

We strive to make the world a better place
through the science we advance and
the life-improving products we create.

Take
care

We are centered around our customers,
while taking care of the team, ourselves
and minimizing our impact on the planet

Speak
up

We value direct and open communication
and are not afraid to raise our voice
when things are not right or not fair.

Celebrate
diversity

We believe that a great workplace is one that
represents the world we live in and how
beautifully diverse it can be.

Get to know our Yurinauts

Aditya Chatraband

AIT Engineer

Afshin Beheshti

Scientific Advisory Board

Arvind Vairavan

Founders Associate

Balazs Farkas

Electronics Systems Engineer

Christian Bruderrek

Co-Founder & COO

Christopher Mason

Scientific Advisory Board

Daniel Kalkbrenner

Financial & Project Controller

Daniel Kaschubek

Microgravity Systems Engineer

Daniela Bezdan

Chief Scientific Officer

Dennis Balasus

AIT Engineer

Dorothea Hooreman-Wolbring

Team Assistant

Felix Steiner

Sales Engineer

Frédéric Riché

Mechanical & Design Engineer

Geraud Gaillard

MD Yuri Lux

Hedrey Silva

Electronics Engineer

Jessica Ilenburg

Scientific Assistant

Jessica Pietsch

Science Coordinator

Julius Schroth

AIT Engineer

Laura Magri

Team Assistant

Lukas Trautwein

Mechanical Engineer

Maria Birlem

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Mark Kugel

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Marvin Bardt

Systems Engineer

Monali Murjani

CAD / FEM Engineer

Oliver Dresch

Technical Lead

Pauline Palandre

Gravitational Biologist

Prabhpreet Data

AIT Engineer

Pratik Kedari

Design, Research and Development

Rebecca Pakazan

Talent Acquisition & HR Management

Richard Barker

Scientific Advisory Board

Stefan Oschmann

Pharma Advisor & Investor

Theresa Fortuin

AIT Engineer

Thomas Rausch

Quality & Environmental Management System Consultant

Thorsten Meisner

Quality, Safety and Process Manager

Yanna Piccini

Gravitational Biologist

Adrian Wilkins

Quality and Project Management Consultant

Meet our scientists

Daniela Bezdan

Chief Scientific Officer

Daniela has degrees in Biotech Engineering, Genomics, and Bioinformatics at Cornell, Max Planck , EMBL/CRG with publications in Cell, Science, Nature. Besides co-authoring more than 17 space biology-related papers she is co-chair of NASA GeneLabs Microbiome , ISSOP and ESA Space Omics. She was among the top 4% ESA astronaut candidates, co-founded Poppy Health, was CSO at Bumrungrad hospital and is now leading yuri’s transition to a biotech company.

Christopher Mason

Scientific Advisory Board

Christopher Mason is a professor of Genomics, Physiology and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine New York. Chris has published over 275 publications in journals like Cell, Science, Nature and has been cited almost 30,000 times. He and his team completed the first-ever sequencing of DNA on the ISS. Among other awards, he won the “Brilliant Ten” scientist of Popular Science. And if you want to know what he is really up to, check out his great book “The Next 500 years”.

Stefan Oschmann

Pharma Advisor & Investor

Stefan Oschmann started his career in pharma occupying diverse managing positions at MSD. He then worked at Merck, starting by leading the Healthcare department and developing the global strategy to become CEO of Merck in 2016. With his award-winning leadership skills he served Merck until 2021. Currently, Stefan works as chairman at both UCB and AiCuris Anti-infective Cures.

Jessica Pietsch

Science Coordinator

Jessica studied chemistry at the Free University of Berlin and completed her PhD in biochemistry in a research group at the Charité Berlin on “Proteome analysis of human thyroid cells cultured under simulated microgravity”. She participated in several scientific space experiments (SIMBOX on ShenZhou-8, Cellbox-1 and SPHEROIDS on ISS).

Afshin Beheshti

Scientific Advisory Board

Afshin has a PhD from Florida State in physics and made a transition to cancer, systems biology, space biology, and radiation biology. As Assistant Professor at Tufts University he worked in the areas of cancer incl. microRNAs, aging and novel immunotherapies. He holds positions at NASA Ames, Nasa Genelabs and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where he works on microRNAs and mitochondria in space, COVID-19 and the impact of high altitude on human biology.

Richard Barker

Scientific Advisory Board

Richard holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham and has over 10 years of experience as a NASA funded space biology researcher with 6 ISS experiments under his belt. As part of being co-chair of the NASA Genelabs Plant Analysis he provides access to space biology data. He was a selected representative of the American Academy of Science at the Future Leaders in Space Science and won the Thora Halstead award.

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Awards

We have received from the following
stars in the past:
  • esa Space Solutions
    Winner 2019
  • CyberOne Hightech
    Award - Winner 2020
  • Science4Life Venture
    Cup - Winner 2020
  • Deutscher Gründerpreis
    Winner 2021
  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year
    Finalist 2022
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