The success of ProBiostructures derives from the highest level of expertise in science, advanced skills, and the excellent quality of services that are rendered. It offers the extensive experience of top scientists in biomedicine research form the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland’s leading research institution.
Dr. Marcin Nowotny, Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Marcin Nowotny, head of the Laboratory of Protein Structure at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, is a co-founder and the Principal Investigator of ProBiostructures. He is a co-author of over 30 scientific publications (such as: Cell, Molecular Cell, EMBO Journal, Nature Structural Molecular Biology, Nature Communications). Dr. Nowotny has received prestigious research grants, such as EMBO Installation Grant, the ERC Starting Grant, the Wellcome Trust International Senior Research Fellowship (twice) and the Howard Hughes International Early Career Scientist Award. Between 2003 and 2008, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the group of Wei Yang Laboratory, National Institutes of Health.
Pawel Kustosz, CEO
Pawel Kustosz is a co-founder and a manager of ProBiostructures. He is a graduate of the University of Adam Mickiewicz in biotechnology as well as the Warsaw School of Economics in project management. He acquired his experience at the Mossakowski Medical Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences. There he also cooperated with the Central Clinical Hospital Ministry of Interior in Warsaw. During his work at the Laboratory of Protein Structure at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, he organized the IIMCB Structure Biology Center named ProBiostructures.
Dr. Elzbieta Nowak, Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Elzbieta Nowak is an experienced crystallographer and a laboratory work coordinator in ProBiostructures. She uses X-ray diffraction techniques to solve crystal structures of various proteins and nucleic acids of biological and medical relevance. She gained her experience at the highly acclaimed Advanced Photon Source at National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US and at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) at The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Hamburg. Currently she works in the Laboratory of Protein Structure at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw.
International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IIMCB) in Warsaw commenced its scientific activity in 1999. As one of the few institutes in Poland it was established under an international agreement between the Polish government and UNESCO. Principles of operation are based on ideas of the best research institutions in the world. The Scientific Council is the International Advisory Committee, whose majority of members are scientists from abroad. The Committee elects heads of research groups on the basis of international competitions. Every few years, leaders of laboratories are evaluated (including by external reviewers) and the possibility of further cooperation with the institute depends on the resulting assessment. The current director of the Institute is prof. Assoc. Jacek Kuźnicki.
The Institute is one of the leading Polish research institutions. Thanks to the large number of publications in renown scientific journals worldwide it received the highest scientific category of A+. IIMCB also has a leading position among research institutions in the amount of the conducted projects as well as in the amount of funds raised for research per scientist (both Polish and foreign).
The Institute specializes in basic research in the field of molecular medicine. It deals with, among others, tumor biology, structural biology, neurobiology, bioinformatics, and enzymatic engineering. At the institute, the Center for Technology Transfer (Bio-Technology Innovations Platform) supports scientists in patenting and commercialization of technologies and inventions developed by them. As part of its operation it organizes networking meetings aimed at establishing contacts between scientists and entrepreneurs and conducts business trainings for employees.
The Institute is located on the Ochota Campus in Warsaw, in the immediate vicinity of many scientific and academic institutions, which are most active in the field of biology, medicine and bioengineering. Together with five institutes of Polish Academy of Science, it creates the Biocenter Ochota consortium aimed at strengthening cooperation in science and conducting major research projects.
More information on the research can be found at http://www.iimcb.gov.pl/