Our Story

Our story begins at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) Germany, where the seeds for the TissueGUARD research initiative were planted. Through a PhD project with the objective to grow corneal cell sheets, the need for a novel biomaterial platform was identified. During this project, all known and established technologies considerably damaged the sensitive artificial tissues. Therefore, TissueGUARD team members developed a biocompatible, selectively degradable cell culture platform, which is able to overcome these obstacles – the basis for our innovative technology.

Our Mission

TissueGUARD provides material innovations for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Our solutions guide healthy cell growth and secure scaffold-free tissue release. 

Our Team

Mikhail Tsurkan PhD

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Team Lead

Chemical Engineer

Daniela Carsch M.Sc.

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Finance and Marketing

Business Developer

Marcus Binner Dr.

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 Research and Development 

Chemical Engineer

Sarah Tsurkan Dr.

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 Research and Development 

Cell Biology Specialist 

Scientific Advisors

Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner

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Head of the Institute Biofunctional Polymer Materials within the Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials, IPF Dresden

Professor for Biofunctional Polymer Materials, Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden at the Technische Universität Dresden

Prof. Dr. med. habil. Katrin Engelmann

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Chief Physician at the Eye Clinic at the Chemnitz Hospital

Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Anatomy at the Technische Universität Dresden


Dr. Juliane Bessert

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Quality Control Manager at Bayer AG Wuppertal, Pharmaceuticals and Product Supply