Dr.-Ing. Markus Fritsch is a bioprocess engineer and has been working in the Industrial Biotechnology sector on R&D, engineering, scale-up & manufacturing assignments. In particular he enjoyed the last ten years, in which he was managing projects in various positions at the interface of an industrial scale multi-purpose plant that acted as a gateway for commercialization projects.

He repeatedly experienced the challenges and dynamics arising out of different perspectives and requirements from customers, technology-, engineering- and service providers, end-users and financial institutes. Now he is providing independent engineering and consulting services for technology ventures, service providers and other stakeholders of the bioeconomy.

About (detailed)

Markus Fritsch received his diploma in Bioprocess Engineering from Dresden University of Technology in 2006 and his doctoral degree in 2009 from the Department of Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen University. He already gained industrial and international experience by extended internships and research visits at Linde-KCA-Dresden GmbH (Germany), BASF Corporation (Palmyra, MO, USA), Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co KG  (Biberach, Germany) as well at National Cheng Kung University (Tainan, Taiwan).

He started his professional career in 2009 as a Process Engineer at Linde-KCA-Dresden GmbH, where he was involved in the concept and basic design phases for pilot and industrial scale biotech projects (1st & 2nd generation ethanol, bioethylene, single-cell protein from gaseous substrates). The work included collaborations with emerging technology companies from these fields.

In 2012 he joined ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH as a Senior Process Engineer for the development and scale-up of Uhde’s gypsum-free lactic acid and succinic acid processes in the Leuna Multi-Purpose Plant. In 2012 he became the Head of R&D of the Biotechnologies Division and subsequently in 2015 Head of Process Development. His work centered at the technology commercialization interfaces to

  • R&D
  • Upstream and downstream process development and scale-up
  • Operation of an 85m³ fermentation scale demonstration plant
  • Conceptual plant engineering

It also included working with and managing of 3rd parties (customers, technology start-ups, engineering partners, vendors and other service providers) to finally document the technology for plant engineering.  

After transfer of establishment to EW Biotech GmbH Markus worked as a Senior Project Manager and led projects on the technology transfer, scale-up and biomanufacturing in the Leuna facilities in close collaboration with US customers. Selected projects included Genomatica (1,3 butylene glycol), Provivi (insect pheromone precursers) and DMC Biotechnologies (L-alanine). Further assignments included consulting, R&D & scale-up projects on various products for domestic and international customers.

Markus is a boardmember of the DECHEMA working party “Biochemical Engineering” and invited lecturer at his former institute at TU Dresden.

In July 2021 he founded Fritsch Bioprocess | Engineering | Consulting to provide independent engineering and consulting services for tech ventures, service providers and other stakeholders of the bioeconomy interested in the commercialization of industrial bioprocesses.

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