4 November 2021

New leadership team at WeissBioTech will drive expansion in tailored enzymes for Food and Beverages.

WeissBioTech GmbH has announced that the company will be managed by a new leadership team, contributing expertise from biotech, finance and sales.

Following significant operational upgrades including a new manufacturing site in Germany and FSSC22000 certification, and reassessment of the company strategy, WeissBioTech GmbH will focus on serving the Food- and Beverages markets and will be managed by a new leadership team:

Mr. Pieter-Jan ‘’PJ’’ Heijkoop, MBA has been appointed as Director looking after the Commercial and Business Development. PJ possesses over 15 years’ experience in the Industrial Biotech industry in commercial leadership roles, leading global business teams at several large enzyme producers in Europe. Further, PJ has a large and relevant network of B2B experts in the Food and Beverage ingredients market segments: ‘’This is an exciting industry where new products are developed, and new applications are found, every day!’’

Dr Ludwig Klermund has been appointed as Managing Director and head of Operations, Quality & Compliance and Product Development. Ludwig owns a PhD in Biotechnology and possesses a strong background in enzymes and biochemical engineering with over nine years of experience in enzyme technology. Ludwig previously worked with BRAIN Biotech AG in enzyme development for Food and Pharma: ‘’Agility, responsiveness and flexibility are our core strengths that deliver tailored enzyme products to accelerate the biobased success of our customers. It’s an honour to serve their needs and aim for top-quality, every day!’’

Mr. Robbert Hoekstra has been appointed Managing Director and head of Finance & Administration. Robbert is a Dutch Chartered Accountant who lives in Oberursel (near Frankfurt). He is a Finance professional with over twenty years’ experience in leading global Finance teams at several firms, also active in Industrial Biotech. Robbert is also Head of Accounting at BRAIN Biotech AG which allows for a secure connection between WeissBioTech GmbH and parent company BRAIN Biotech AG: ‘’Enzymes never stop surprising me in their possibilities. We continuously aim for best economics, transparency, and efficiency. Let’s further improve sustainability and keep it simple, every day!’’

WeissBioTech GmbH is a leading provider of tailored ready-to-use Enzymes for the Food and Beverages Industries, as well as related markets. From their state-of-the-art centrally located manufacturing site near Frankfurt Germany, they supply to multinational food brands and private label manufacturers of fruit juices, wine and beer, and processors of sugar, starch, potable alcohol and bioethanol. Their operations are certified under the ISO 9001 and FSSC 22000 food safety management quality systems. WeissBioTech GmbH is a full member of AMFEP, the Association of Manufacturers and Formulators of Enzyme Products.

WeissBioTech GmbH was founded in 2002 and has been part of the BRAIN Group since 2014.

BRAIN Biotech AG – the parent company of the BRAIN Group – is a specialist in industrial biotechnology. The company provides innovative bio-based products and solutions for nutrition, health and the environment and supports industry in its efforts to make processes and products more sustainable.

Media contact: Nico van Schoot, n.vanschoot@weissbiotech.com

Image, left to right: Ludwig Klermund - Robbert Hoekstra - PJ Heijkoop