RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN ALTERED GRAVITY
CONSULTING, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Nova Space Biotechnology was founded in 2013 as startup from the University of Zurich. We are dedicated to delivering the most comprehensive advice and technical service to scientists involved in space life sciences contributing to a maximum of scientific success.
We and our partners belong to the leading research institutions in space life sciences and space biotechnology in Europe. We have the experience and the technology to design, construct and test microgravity experiment hardware for large and small jet aircraft and suborbital systems. This includes the development of appropriate mission and ground infrastructure concepts. We are dedicated to ensuring a maximum of scientific output. We also have the experience and expertise to plan, design and execute biotechnological and biomedical experiments at the cellular and molecular level in altered microgravity conditions.
PROF. PROF. MULT. DR. MED. DR. RER. NAT.
Executive Science Director and Shareholder
He is full professor and chair of anatomy / gravitational biology and cell biomechanics at the University of Zurich (UZH), professor of Space Biotechnology at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany, professor of space medicine at the EAH Jena, Germany, adjunct professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology, academician of the International Academy of Astronautics, member of the executive board / German Society for Aerospace Medicine, member and chair of different advisory boards for aerospace agencies and companies, and recipient of several research and teaching awards.
Prof. Ullrich is an active investigator for the European, German and U.S. space life sciences research program with 12 years of experience as scientific leader of 19 parabolic flight research missions, 6 suborbital and 6 orbital missions, including experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). Furthermore, he is initiator and director of the Swiss parabolic flight program and director of the UZH Innovation Cluster „Space and Aviation“ (UZH Space Hub).
Prof. Ullrich contributed to significant findings about the human immune system in space and microgravity. He promoted continuously international collaborations in space life sciences, invented new research technologies and is author of more than 200 scientific publications.
DR. PHIL. NAT. LILIANA E. LAYER
Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder
She is postdoc and project leader at the University of Zurich. Dr. Layer studied biology in Heidelberg, Germany, and graduated with a diploma degree in molecular biology, cellular biology and biochemistry. She did her PhD at the University in Frankfurt, Germany. Throughout her career she acquired more than 15 years of research experience in the fields of neurobiology, mobile genetic elements, immunology and gravitational biology working at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Germany, the Paul Ehrlich Institute Federal Agency for Sera and Vaccines, Germany, and the University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland. She gained business know-how from being responsible for market development, technical support and customer service in a German biotech company for several years. Dr. Layer participates in parabolic flight, sounding rocket and International Space Station (ISS) projects.
JENNIFER POLZER, B MED
Jennifer Polzer is a doctoral candidate and medical student at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is an academic team member of parabolic flight and sounding rocket projects and has experience in administration, marketing and market research for private companies.