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YP Steering Committee 2021

Susanna Bächle, PhD, Co-Chair

Susanna is a German scientist with study and work experience from Australia (Flinders University), Germany (B.Sc from Georg-August-University, Göttingen) and Sweden (M.Sc and PhD in Medical Science from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm). In July 2020, she joined Sanofi Pasteur as Medical Science Liaison for Vaccines. Previously, she was Scientific Outreach Manager for the nonprofit biotech Addgene and served as Business Development Associate for Olink Proteomics.

Since moving to the US in 2015 she has been active in the European Community in Boston. She became co-chair of the GABC Young Professionals in February 2020 and has been a member of the YP steering committee since 2018. She is also a member and the secretary of the board of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she was vice president of the MIT European Club (a student activity club) and co-organized the 2018 MIT European Career Fair. As the YP representative, she also holds a seat on the Board of the Directors of GABC.


Thorben Beckmann, Co-Chair
Thorben moved to Boston in 2018 to become Area Sales Manager of SCHLENK Metal Foils for North and South America. He now also serves as Area Sales Manager of SCHLENK Metallic Pigments for Mexico. He is a graduate of the University of Applied Sciences of Karlsruhe where he earned his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in International Management.


Felix Kraus, Secretary
Felix is a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School working on cellular mechanisms underpinning neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s Disease. In addition, he serves as the program manager for a subgroup as part of the ASAP Research Consortium.


Additional Steering Committee Members

Daniel Danckert
Daniel was born in Stuttgart and moved to the Greater Boston area in 1993. He has been a member of the Young Professionals Steering Committee since 2020. He studied engineering at the University of Rhode Island, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical & Ocean Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in German through URI’s International Engineering Program. During his undergraduate studies, he spent 6 months studying at the Technische Universität Braunschweig and then an additional 6 months interning at Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart-Feuerbach. After graduation, he continued his engineering studies part-time at URI, completing a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering in 2018. He currently works as a Sr. Reliability Engineer at Waters Corporation in Milford, MA. Waters Corporation is the largest supplier of specialty analytical lab equipment, provided systems that are being used to directly combat the Covid-19 pandemic.


Ina Ersing
Ina is a Senior Scientist, Viral Vectors, at Addgene. LinkedIn

Anne Fassl, PhD
Anne is an Instructor in Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. She studied Biology at the University of Leipzig, Germany and obtained her PhD from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Her research investigates the impact of intratumoral heterogeneity on therapy resistance in metastatic breast cancer and is based on single-cell analyses using mass cytometry, or CyTOF. Her work aims to elucidate subpopulations of breast tumor cells mediating resistance to standard therapy and to identify their mechanisms of resistance. Anne is a founding member of the GABC YP Group, and has (co)organized several events for the YPs.


Nadine Klabunde
Nadine is Head of Global Marketing & Strategy Development at H.C. Starck Solutions. She has 15 years of experience in the B2B manufacturing industry implementing successful business strategies, driving best practice marketing and promotional campaigns. LinkedIn


Anneke Kramm, PhD
Anneke is working as Clinical Outreach Manager for the Cancer Cell Line Factory at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She serves as the key liaison in collaborations between scientists, clinicians, funders, and patients. Anneke is a native German and earned her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Oxford, UK. Drawing on her experience as both mentee and mentor in the past, she is the driving force behind GABC’s new Mentoring Program. Anneke is also a member of the GABC Board of Directors and a founding member and former co-chair of GABC’s Young Professionals group.


Shirley Sun
Shirley is a research associate at Harvard Business School. She conducts research and writes business cases on digital strategy and innovation. LinkedIN


Advisory Steering Committee

Fabian Schober, PhD

Fabian moved to Boston beginning of 2017 to take over the role as CFO America Region for the TÜV SÜD group. He joined TÜV SÜD in 2008, spending his initial years in the corporate M&A department before holding various management positions, previously as the CFO of the Division Real Estate & Infrastructure and Managing Director of TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH based in Munich. Before joining TÜV SÜD he started his career at Infineon. His University education led him to Vienna (Austria), Madrid (Spain), St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Boston (USA). Fabian is originally from Austria and married.

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