About SERSitive

SERSitive is a new brand at the SERS market. We provide cutting-edge SERS substrates made for fast and accurate analysis for a wide range of analytical sciences such as pharmacy, forensic laboratories, border guard laboratories, medicine and many others. Our innovative technology enhances the sensitivity of widely known Raman spectroscopy, multiple times, due to it’s hi-tech roughened surface of silver or silver-gold nanoparticles.

 

“SERSitive” was funded by The National Centre for Research and Development as a result of a scientific grant (PBS2/A1/8/2013). Our substrates were invented by specialists from Soft Condensed Matter and Surface Nanoengineering Groups working in one of the top scientific institutes in Poland – Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS.

Our Team

MONIKA KSIĘŻOPOLSKA-GOCALSKA

CO-FOUNDER, CEO, FINANCIAL MANAGER

Monika is a graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry, the University of Warsaw, specializing in chemical technology, and an expert in chemical metrology (consistent with ISO norms). She has been working with SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) technique since 2012, recently at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Monika was a key member of the research team elaborating high quality SERS platform for fast and reliable analysis. She ran optimization of the SERS substrates parameters and subsequent stages of their manufacture process. As a leader of the team working on the launch of SERS products on the market, and management professional, Monika became a cofounder and CEO of SERSitive. Monika is a co-author of 2 publications, 2 patents and 4 patent applications.

PAWEŁ ALBRYCHT

CO-FOUNDER, CTO, COO

Paweł is an expert in detection and measurement techniques with strong background in microbiology and biotechnology. He graduated from the Interfaculty Studies of Biotechnology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in 2013. Working at the Maria Sklodowska – Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Paweł researched methods of early detection of cancer cells in body fluids, and later – he studied molecular mechanisms of resistance of tuberculosis bacteria to anti-TB drugs at the National Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Research Institute. Collected experience encouraged him to look for fast, sensitive and repeatable method of substance detection. Its initial result was defense of his master thesis in the field of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) in forensics (project conducted in cooperation with the Central Forensic Laboratory of the Police in Warsaw). Later he joined research team working on SERS platform development at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. As an expert in detection and measurement methods, Paweł invented a few relevant modifications which enhanced their sensitivity, repeatability and overall performance. This led him to became one of SERSitive cofounders and its CTO.

JOANNA BORKOWSKA

R&D SPECIALIST

Joanna earned her master’s degree in biotechnology in 2013 and began KNOW interdisciplinary PhD studies in Mossakowski Medical Research Centre Polish Academy of Sciences where she studied epigenetic mechanism responsible for ageing of human Mesenchymal Stem Cells and potential interventions to delay this process. During her work in MMRC PAS and internships in Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology and OncoArendi Therapeutics she gained experience in cell biology, molecular biloogy, genetic engineering, epigenetics and Chip-SEQ data analysis. Her mission in SERSitive is to seek for new applications of SERSitive SERS substrats in medicine and life sciences. Her interdisciplinary approach helps us to improve our products and make them usefull in wide variety of scientific fields.

MARTA PODRAŻKA​

SPECIALIST

Marta graduated with honors from the Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw in 2016. During her master studies she was working on the development of electrochemically deposited gold nanoparticles for bacteriophage detection by means of SERS spectroscopy. Currently she is a PhD student in the Group of Charge Transfer Processes in Hydrodynamic Systems. Her PhD project is in the field of liquid/liquid electrochemistry with a special focus on new, low cost systems for investigation of ion transfer processes between two immiscible liquids. She is a co-author of 4 publications and 1 patent application. Initially, together with Monika and Paweł she was optimizing electrochemical deposition of silver platforms. Currently in the company she is taking care of financial management and order processing.

PROFESSOR ROBERT HOŁYST

EXPERT, FOUNDER

Robert is a principal investigator at the Soft Condensed Matter Group, with extensive experience in leadership and management. He was a member of several research funding committees, incl. ERC panel, and the Director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Robert has a very strong record of collaboration with business sector (Mitsui Chemicals Inc., Samsung and Unilever). Current research topics: soft matter, biologistics, biological chemistry, statistical physics, techniques: FCS, PCS, capillary electrophoresis TDA. Web of Science bibliometric data: publications 248 (and 3 books, one in Springer Verlag 2012), total citations ca. 6000, h-index=42 (see more); more than 40 patent applications, 15 patents granted (incl. USA, the Netherlands, Switzerland). He was a cofounder of 2 spin-off companies.

ŁUKASZ RICHTER, PHD

EXPERT

Łukasz Richter received his M.Sc. in biotechnology from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland in 2014 and Ph.D. in chemistry from Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences in 2019. Since Sep 2019 he has been a postdoctoral fellow at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland in Supramolecular Nanomaterials and Interfaces Laboratory. His main field of interest is creating novel bio-inspired nanomaterials. He is especially interested in using different electric fields for designing such materials and processes. Additional topics are: biosensors for fast bacteria detection, deactivation of bacteriophages, improving analytical techniques, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Łukasz Richter gained his experience in trainings and internships in such places as Princeton University in USA, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, University of Bordeaux in France, Wageningen University in Netherlands, University Politehnica of Bucharest, University of Gdańsk, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Nałęcz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering PAS. Łukasz Richter is among winners of Student-Inventor 2016 competition. His inventions were awarded in Poland (International Warsaw Invention Show 2016) and abroad (44th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneve). He is also active popularizer of science. Łukasz Richter reached finals of FameLab competition, take part in Spokesman of Science program by Copernicus Science Centre, was present in radio (Polish Radio 1), press and video interview (Newsweek Poland).

Krzysztof Bielec

KRZYSZTOF BIELEC

EXPERT

Krzysztof graduated in the field of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology from Jagiellonian University in 2016. He joined the team for the first time in 2014, helping to develop research in creating our SERS substrates in its initial phase. Since then, he has worked as an investigator in many projects funded by the Polish Government using nanotechnology on the border between chemistry, biology, and physics. During his Ph.D. studies he investigates the reactions of complex formation at the sub-nanomolar level using his self-developed novel fluorescence-based method. Currently, at SERSitive, he uses his previous experience to develop new projects as a significant part of our research department.

AGNIESZKA TADRZAK

GRANTS AND CO-FINANCING SPECIALIST

Agnieszka is an experienced manager of development funding with a record of advising on the projects of total value exceeding EUR 100 m. She advised to many Polish and international companies on merging external funds (public and private). Among her clients were: General Electric, Bridgestone, Lafarge, Taiga Mistral, EDP Renewables, SII and Bericap. As a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics (“Finance and banking”), the Warsaw University (Faculty of Psychology), and the College of Social Studies of the Institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences, she has a very good background to advise, in particular on team and innovation management.