Miomir Knežević, PhD

Tel.: +386 (0)59 077 860
GSM.: +386 (0)41 707 937
E-pošta: miomir.knezevic@educell.si

Lenart Girandon, PhD

Head of Managment
Deputy Director
Tel.: +386 (0)5 90 77 863
E-mail: lenart.girandon@educell.si

Ariana Barlič, PhD

Head of Research and Development
Head of Quality Control
Tel.: +386 (0)5 90 77 862
E-mail: ariana.barlic@educell.si

Urška Potočar, BSc. Biotech.

Head of Quality Assurance
Tel.: +386 (0)5 90 77 863
E-mail: urska.potocar@educell.si

Miomir Knezevic was born on the 3rd of August 1958 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He started his career as a teacher in secondary schools and continued as a researcher and CEO in small biotechnology companies in Slovenia and Austria. Miomir is a biologist and he got his PhD in biotechnology at the University of Ljubljana in the year 1994. At the Institute of Applied Microbiology in Vienna he specialised in Biotechnology, especially animal cell technology, cell therapies and tissue engineering. Besides his professional interests, he has a lot of practical experience in SME founding and managing. During his more-than-20-year professional career he worked at different institutes in Slovenia, Austria and Belgium. Miomir is a co-founder of several biotech companies, with participation of Venture capital. Miomir is habilitated as an Assistant Professor in University of Ljubljana. He worked as a national expert on detachment in the unit for Applied Genomics, Biotechnology for Health, in the directorate Health, DG Research, European Commission, Brussels and he had a position at the Blood Transfusion Centre in Ljubljana as the Head of the Unit for Collection and Processing of Haematopoietic Stem Cells. He collaborated as an Assistant Director for Technology Transfer with the National Institute of Biology research project where he coordinated international project SYSTHER. Currently he is a CEO of the biotech companies Educell Ltd. And Biobanka Ltd. Miomir is a member of the Investment board of the Venture Capital fund “ Prvi Kapital” in Ljubljana, an advisor in the Technology Park Ljubljana and a member of scientific advisory boards of several Biotech companies and research projects.
Lenart Girandon graduated from microbiology at the Department of Microbiology, at the Biotechnical faculty of University of Ljubljana. He completed the research part of his bachelor degree in Sweden, at University of Lund in 2006/07 and successfully defended it with the highest grade in 2007. After graduation he became a PhD student at the Medical faculty, University of Ljubljana. He has been employed as a young researcher at Educell Ltd. from the beginning of 2008, financed by the Ministry of the economy. Lenart successfully defended his PhD thesis in 2011, where he was researching new sources of adult stem cells and their suitability for regenerative medicine and was characterizing new source of growth factors and hormones from adult tissues. After his PhD he started developing testing systems for testing of active ingredients and biomaterials intended for clinical use on human primary cell cultures.
After graduating in Biology at the University of Ljubljana (1995), she continued with post-graduate studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She got her MSc (1998) and PhD (2000) degree investigating interactions of cytolytic toxins with lipid membranes. She continued the investigations as a postdoctoral fellow in the University of the Basque Country (2001 – 2003).

Since 2004 she is employed in Educell Ltd as a researcher. Currently, she is head of R&D and head of QC department. Her research interests are focused in chondrocytes, stem cells from adipose tissue and development of cell-based assays for drug (biologics) testing. Lately, she is mainly engaged in the development of new products for clinical use and biobanking of autologous stem cells.

Marko Strbad, PhD

Deputy Director
Responsible person of the Cell and Tissue Establishment
Tel.: +386 (0)1 777 01 60
E-mail: marko.strbad@educell.si

Anja Planina, BSc. Educ.

Head of General Service
Tel.: +386 (0)59 077 860
E-mail: anja.planina@educell.si

Tina Trbuha, BSc. Microbiol.

Head of Production
Tel.: +386 (0)59 077 861
E-mail: tina.trbuha@educell.si

Barbara Dovgan, BSc. Biochem.

Key Account Manager
Tel.: +386 (0)5 90 77 863
E-mail: barbara.dovgan@educell.si

PhD. Marko Strbad graduated in 2004 in microbiology at the Department of Microbiology, at the Biotechnical faculty of University of Ljubljana. Laboratory work (Isolation and characterization of stem cells from the bone marrow) was carried out at the Institute of Transfusion Medicine under the supervision of Prof. PhD. Alojz Ihan, MD. and mentorship PhD. Primož Rožman, MD. Between 2005 and 2009 he worked in Educell, Ltd. as a young researcher, performing his research and laboratory work at the Institute of Transfusion Medicine. From February 2007 to May 2008 he was a visiting researcher at the University of Newcastle, Institute of Human Genetics, Royal Victoria Infirmary and Hematology Department, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, where he was trained under the supervision of Prof. PhD. Colin McGuckin to work with stem cells from umbilical cord blood (collection, isolation, processing and differentiation in vitro) in which he also earned his PhD. In 2008, he became the technical director at the company Biobanka popkovnične krvi. In September 2013 he took over the management of the company.
In january 2014 he rejoined Educell Ltd as the Deputy Director.
After graduating from secondary school in Ljubljana, Anja Planina started her career in a family business where she was introduced with small business operating techniques. She got familiar with shareholding companies formation procedures when she worked for financial institution as an executive secretary.Afterwards she spend four years working in engineering consulting company as executive secretary. During her work she finished the university study of adult education at Faculty of arts University of Ljubljana. Anja has been emplyed at Educell Ltd. From 2001, currently she is a Head of General Service.
After graduation in microbiology at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana she continued to work in the laboratory of the Chair of Molecular Genetics and Biology of Microorganisms at the same faculty. At The Department of Sanitary Microbiology, Institute of Public Health of RS, she completed her traineeship with the state qualifying examination for health care workers.

In August 2011 she joined Educell Ltd. as a cell laboratory technologist for the preparation of the cell products ChondroArtTM and UroArtTM. In 2013 she took charge of the production of the cell products.

Barbara Dovgan studied Biochemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana. She has completed research for bachelor degree under the supervision of Dr. Lenart Girandon in Educell Laboratories Ltd in February 2012. After graduation, she enrolled in PhD study in Biosciences at the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana. During study she gained experience in cell cultures and cell-based assays for drug (biologics) testing. She is currently a Researcher and Key Account Manager.

Matija Veber, BSc. Biotech.

Quality Control
Tel.: +386 (0)59 077 863
E-mail: matija.veber@educell.si

Špela Gorečan, mag. lab. biomed.

Cell Laboratory Technologist
Tel.: +386 (0)59 077 861
E-mail: skos@educell.si

Nevenka Kregar Velikonja, PhD

Tel.: +386 (0)59 077 860
GSM: +386 (0)31 648 186
E-mail: nevenka.kregar-velikonja@educell.si

After receiving a bachelor degree from biology at the Department of Biology, at the Biotechnical Faculty University of Ljubljana, Nevenka Kregar Velikonja finished her Master's degree in the field of human genetics. In her PhD thesis she studied in vitro differentiation of chondrocytes and of adult mesenchymal stem cells.

She started collaborating with Educell Ltd. as a PhD student, employed at Blood transfusion centre of Slovenia. In that time she was responsible for the quality control in cell production. After her PhD defence in 2002 she has became the head of Educell's research group and in the same year also the managing director.

From 2011 she was the responsible person of Tissue stablishment and from 2012 to 2013 she was the CTO. Now she participiate as researcher.