Companion diagnostics (Cdx) are an indispensable tool for optimum application of Personalized Medicine, but currently only few therapies (1% in DE) are accompanied by Companion diagnostic tests. A strong growth of the global Personalized Medicine market will also drive growth of the Companion diagnostic market. Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) from North-West Europe, as diagnostics innovation drivers, have a strong potential to exploit this market. The USA are far ahead of North-West Europe in creating a commercially attractive regulatory & market structure.

Codex4SMEs will establish a network of of nine partners and two sub-partners from seven countries to support SMEs along the Cdx value chain. BioRegio STERN Management GmbH is the German lead partner for the Interreg project Codex4SMEs. For the project term of three years it will receive close to 640,000 euros, of which 60 per cent will come from subsidies.


A total of nine partners and two sub-partners are working together led by the BioRegio STERN:

  • WestBIC (EU Business and Innovation Centre for Irelands Border, Midlands and Western Region)
  • CÚRAM (the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices at NUI Galway)
  • University of Leicester
  • Medilink Midlands
  • Medicen Paris Region
  • BOM Holding BV (Technologieförderung Brabantse Ontwik-kelings Maatschappij)
  • Innovation Quarter mit einem regionalen Subpartner
  • Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg – IBBL
  • Biobank Graz an der Medical University of Graz


Margot Jehle, Dr. rer. nat.

Project Management
Project Management
Margot Jehle, Dr. rer. nat.

"I studied classical chemistry, completed additional internships at the Institute of Biochemistry in Würzburg and was thus able to complete my diploma and PhD thesis in this field of chemistry. Based on my experiences that I could gather as a researcher at immatics biotechnologies GmbH in Germany and abroad, I can easily identify suitable partners from companies or institutions in an international context in order to initiate potential collaborations. Since 2011, I have been involved in various EU projects at BioRegio STERN Management GmbH and am now responsible as a project manager for the Interreg NWE project Boost4Health, launched in April 2016, to support and promote the economic development of regional and transnational SMEs. Through my numerous contacts with other European networks, I am also the initiator and contact for further diverse cooperation in neighboring European countries."

Anja Reutter, Dipl.-Biol. (t.o.)

Public Relations Management and Project Management
Public Relations Management and Project Management
Anja Reutter, Dipl.-Biol. (t.o.)

„After studying technical biology at the University of Stuttgart, which I completed with a thesis at the Institute of Biochemistry, I worked at a healthcare centre in the field of anaesthetics. In this role, I got first-hand insight into the day-to-day work in the operating theatre. I gained initial experience in project management and PR work during my almost two years at BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH, where I worked as editor-in-chief and project manager in bioeconomics. Since December 2017, I’ve been responsible for public relations management at BioRegio STERN Management GmbH, including the website, job portal and corporate database. I’m also a point of contact for public relations for ongoing projects and events and provide additional support for the BioRegio STERN team in project management.“

Jana Fesseler, M.Sc. Biology

Project Management
Project Management
Jana Fesseler, M.Sc. Biology

„As I have always been interested in biological topics, I completed a degree in biosciences at the University of Kaiserslautern, which I rounded off with a bachelor thesis on bioprocess engineering and technology. Afterwards I went to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for my subsequent master’s degree in biotechnology. For my thesis, I addressed the utilization of raw materials to produce bio-based products in the sector of industrial biotechnology. Due to further trainings, I gained expertise in quality management according to EN ISO 9001. I joined the project management team for international research projects at BioRegio STERN Management GmbH in February 2018. My work involves driving innovations forward and setting up and internationalising regional SMEs.“



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