Networking science and business

DESY's Innovation and Technology Transfer Department (ITT) identifies promising inventions, supports industrial collaborations, helps DESY researchers network with industry via clusters and interest groups, and supports spin-offs that develop out of research operations.

We create an ecosystem for innovation on the research campus. This includes networking with other knowledge-based organizations and research institutes inside and outside the campus, as well as with industry, with local, regional, and national government, and with the public.
We are responsible for the implementation of the innovation strategy at DESY. We promote technology transfer in all its facets in order to quickly bring innovations to the market – and  thereby make them available to society. We support start-ups and collaborations with DESY in the spirit of Open Innovation.
If you would like to know more about DESY's research priorities or the latest findings from its research operations, please click hier.

Interested to learn how DESY can help you innovate? Get in touch with Innovation & Technology Transfer!

E: Tel: 040 / 8998 - 4934


Good cooperation begins with a good team. DESY's Innovation & Technology Transfer Department consists of experts with extensive experience in collaborations with peers, researchers, and industrial customers. Would you like to become part of DESY? We are constantly looking for new colleagues. Have a look at the job offers.

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Dr. Arik Willner

Chief Technology Officer
He has overall responsibility for DESY in our field, is the authorized representative of the Directorate for Innovation, and ensures DESY’s relationships with industry and organizations.In this function, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of Life Science Nord.
+49 (0)40 8998 4888
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Christine Leue

Personal Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer
As the assistant to the CTO, she has insight into all topics and coordinates visits, such as those from industrial representatives to DESY.
+49 (0)40 8998 4934
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Britta Persson

Personal Assistant to the Chief Technology Officer
As the person responsible for the department’s calendar, she coordinates all appointments.
+49 (0)40 8998 4692
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Dr. Ilka Mahns

Head of the Technology Transfer Office
This physicist also knows her way around law and regulations, and is responsible for collaborations, validation projects, and licenses.
+49 (0)40 8998 3647
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Lan Fimmen

Innovation Management Technology Transfer Office
Advises inventors when it comes to intellectual property and patents and keeps track of technological developments at DESY.
+49 (0)40 8998 1748
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Dr. Sabine Jähmlich

Industry Relations Manager
Actively networks with industry, presents DESY at trade fairs and events, and finds the right DESY expert to solve every problem.
+49 (0)40 8998 4579
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Oliver Wendt

Manager Innovation Services, Business Development Office
If a company approaches DESY with a question during product development, this expert identifies the appropriate scientific approach to answer it.
+49 (0)40 8998 2838
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Sörne Möller

Manager Innovation Services, Business Development Office
Manages DESY's innovation services over the entire process, including calculations and quotes, measurements and quality tests, and workshop orders from industry.
+49 (0)40 8998 3305
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Dr. Uwe Sassenberg

Scientific Officer EU Projects
He leads the EU-funded CAROTS project at DESY, with the aim of linking industry and science more closely.
+49 (0)40 8998 4891
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Miriam Hufnagl

Project Management EU Projects
Coordinates and keeps track of all partners of EU projects.
+49 (0)40 8998 5030
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Katharina Kull

Head of Start-up Office
Is responsible for all activities by the Start-up Office and connects DESY with other start-up protagonists in Hamburg and Brandenburg.
+49 (0)40 8998 5342
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Dr. Christina Frehse

Founding Consultant Start-up Office
She brings her own start-up knowledge to the consulting process, connects those interested in founding a company on campus, and ensures an innovation-friendly ecosystem.
+49 (0)40 8998 5342
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Dr. Dorothea Ringe

Project Coordinator beyourpilot, Start-up Consulting, Start-up Office
Maintains the start-up platform beyourpilot at DESY and advises founders on all aspects of the process.
+49 (0)40 8998 4324
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Denny Droßmann

Project Leader Start-up Office
Responsible for DESY's start-up infrastructure, such as the Innovation Village and the Innovation Centre, which is currently under construction.
+49 (0)40 8998 2839
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Dr. Anja Burkhardt

Instrumentation DESY Innovation Factory
Anja is responsible for the scientific infrastructure for the integrated technology and and start-up centre, the DESY Innovation Factory, currently being planned on the DESY campus in Hamburg.
+49 (0)40 8998 1775
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Maike Bierbaum

Communications Officer, Innovation Communications
Communicates all technology transfer issues internally and externally. Takes care of marketing, press inquiries, and events such as trade fairs. Ensures close collaboration with other communications departments at DESY.
+49 (0)40 8998 4578