INCATE was founded to help meet the challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

INCATE is a unique not-for-profit organization that brings together translational and basic research, industry, experienced entrepreneurs and investors from across Europe.

It will, together with partners, focus on supporting innovators to take their projects and ideas out of academia and research and develop them into investable ventures. 

Academic Members

Founding Academic Members provide access to academic and translation knowledge and experience in entrepreneurship.

Industry Partners

Industry Partners provide funding and feedback on market demand

Supporting partners

Supporting Partners link to a broader community who can help ventures take the next step.


The INCATE board provides oversight on behalf of the Academic members. The current board are:

Dr. Timo Jäger
Managing Director of DZIF,
Braunschweig, Germany

Prof. Dr. Axel A. Brakhage
Scientific Director of Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans-Knöll-Institute, Member of the Steering Committee IC2020, Jena, Germany

Prof. Dr. Christoph Dehio
Professor at Biozentrum Basel,
Director of NCCR/
AntiResist Program

Prof. Dr. Torsten Schwede
Vice President for Research
at University of Basel


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INCATE Selection Committee

INCATE has a Selection Committee made up of Independent and Industry representatives. Their collective role is to select Ventures for Stage I and Stage II and they will also provide support and advice to Ventures. The Selection Committee will be made public during H2 2021.

INCATE Management Team

The management team manages the day-to-day activities and are:

Dr. Helmut Kessmann

Contact me for Industry contacts and equity funding


Dr. Silke Alt

Contact me for advice on scientific questions and Non-Dilutive funding


Dr. Florian Kloss

Contact me to support your strategic and technical development


Douglas Haggstrom

Contact me to get involved in the community or start your application