Extended Management Board
Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales
Jochen Pfaender joined CENTOGENE as Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing as of January 2016. Prior to coming to
CENTOGENE, Jochen had been VP of Global Marketing at Leica since April 2009. In this role he worked for Leica Biosystems and for Leica Microsystems
Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and
automation in advanced cancer diagnostics and Leica
Microsystems in microscopes, scientific instruments and imaging software. Both divisions are part of the Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR). During this time there, he focused on the
development of their (digital) marketing strategy and a business strategy which includes brand management, global growth
initiatives, new product launches, as well as market/competitive intelligence.
Previously, Jochen had worked with Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI), a global medical technology leader in advanced wound care and therapeutic surfaces. He first held senior management positions in Marketing and Sales in Europe, then moved to the US
headquarter of KCI in San Antonio, Texas, where he took over a global marketing role in studying the US reimbursement and health care system. Afterwards Jochen filled the new position of Global VP Health Economics and Reimbursement for KCI and worked from both San Antonio and Amsterdam in the
Netherlands, where KCI had its international headquarters.
In the early stages of his career he built and sold two businesses in publishing and PR. He was also the Managing Director of the German Society of Wound Healing. During his entire profession, Jochen has had a fast track record in global health care, life
science, and industry. With his extensive core strengths in
strategic decision making, analytical thinking and being a global visionary, he is perfectly posed to develop the strategic direction of CENTOGENE.
Jochen holds a Masters in Business Administration and Health Economics from the University of Neu-Ulm and a Masters in Law from the University of Saarbrücken, both in Germany.
Shivendra Kishore PhD
Senior Vice President Diagnostic Process Operations
Shivendra Kishore has a multi-disciplinary background that combines biochemical engineering, academic research and healthcare consulting that he pursued in several countries across the world including India, Germany, USA and Switzerland.
Phone: +49 381 203652 133
Shivendra holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from IIT Delhi, India. He subsequently moved to Germany, where he obtained his PhD in non-coding RNAs involved in genetic abnormalities. His postdoctoral work was performed in labs across USA, Germany, and Switzerland where he focused on alternative splicing, transcription, RNA binding proteins, small non-coding RNAs and cancer specific recombination hot spots in cancer genomes utilizing single gene models and also transcriptome wide analysis using high throughput sequencing. Shivendra subsequently forayed into healthcare consulting, working in Basel, Switzerland with a focus on market access and pricing.
Shivendra joined CENTOGENE in May 2013 as a Senior Director of New Technologies. His team was responsible for establishing new systems, assessing and implementing new emerging platforms related to all diagnostics tests offered by CENTOGENE. Since August 2016, Shivendra moved into the role of SVP Diagnostics Process Operations to streamline lab processes in order to reduce turnaround times, increase diagnostics accuracies and to make tests more cost effective for all patients we serve.”
Wilfred van der Maas
Senior Vice President Finance & Administration
Wilfred studied economics and law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and graduated as a Dutch Certified Public Auditor.
After finishing his studies, He worked as an auditor at KPMG and Deloitte, for almost 12 years.
Phone: +49 381 203652 0
During this time he served a broad variety of clients in global corporate markets, both as an auditor and advisor. After leaving Deloitte, in his position as senior manager, he worked as a contractor, in the position of finance manager, and ran several finance projects for (international) companies within the Netherlands. Wilfred brings extended knowledge and experiences on international accounting, tax, risk management, merger & acquisitions and business (finance) structures topics to CENTOGENE.
Sabrina Eichler PhD
Senior Director HTS
Sabrina joined CENTOGENE in 2011 and gained extensive experience in interpretation of genetic results. She then became Head and Director of the HTS (High Throughput Screening) department of CENTOGENE.
Phone: +49 381 203652 123
Sabrina is responsible for the workflow processes for analyzing hundreds of thousands samples per year. She now serves as Senior Director HTS and is member of the extended management board. Sabrina started her career as PhD student at the MDC Berlin, after receiving her Diploma in Biochmestry at the University of Potsdam. Her theses covered the theme “RNA-Editing and Hyperexcitability disorders group”.
Ellen Strine-Karges MS, HT(ASCP), QIHC
Senior Director of Quality Management and Regulatory Compliance
Ellen joined the CENTOGENE team in Sep. 2012. Prior to CENTOGENE, she worked over 30 years in the healthcare/research sector as Director of Laboratories in the US, specializing in pathology.
Phone: +49 381 203652 218
Frank Volpers Dipl.-Ing., LL.B.
Senior Director Legal & Human Resources
Frank joined CENTOGENE in May 2015 as head of our legal and
human resources departments. His responsibilities will focus on providing support for both senior management and the sales team, regarding all daily legal and contractual issues.
Phone: +49 30 2130003 25
Frank first studied media technologies at the Technical University of Ilmenau and graduated as a certified engineer (Dipl.-Ing.). He then went on to study law at the Bucerius Law School in
Hamburg and the Willamette University in Oregon. After
successful completion of his trainee period with the Higher
Regional Court in Hamburg, he worked for two international law firms. Frank is experienced in private and commercial law,
particularly with regard to contracts, but also has in-depth
working knowledge of corporate and intellectual property law and international transactions.
Folker Folkens Dipl.-Wirt.-Inform.
Director IT Governance & Operations
Today, IT forms the integral part of any company’s day-to-day
operations. Guidance and steering IT as well as running of IT
production at CENTOGENE are amongst Folker’s main respon-
Phone: +49 30 2130003 45
His goal is to help CENTOGENE utilize the latest in IT methods, technology and refined processes while at the same time managing and ensuring the smooth running of daily IT Operation.
Folker came to CENTOGENE from BHF-BANK where he was
responsible for IT-Management division, including IT-Operations, Service-Management, Provider-Management as well as Infrastructure-Architecture. Former positions as Manager IT-Strategy at zeb, a reputed Management Consulting Company in the Finance Sector and Project Leader at CSC, IT Consulting, complete his previous expertise.