LifeCodexx AG – Management

Dr. Michael Lutz

Dr. Michael Lutz

Chief Executive Officer


As a businessman and entrepreneur, Dr. Lutz has many years of experience in establishing and leading innovative biotechnology companies. He has been Chief Executive Officer of LifeCodexx AG since 2010. Since 2005, he has successfully established six international biotech companies and remains active as a senior advisor for other biotech companies, such as Cytena in Freiburg (Germany), among others. Before that, Dr. Lutz spent many years at Novartis Pharma and Evotec in various management positions. He studied chemistry and biochemistry at the Universities of Konstanz (Germany) and Grenoble (France) and received his doctorate in bioorganic chemistry from the ETH Zurich (Switzerland).

Dr. Wera Hofmann

Dr. Wera Hofmann

Chief Scientific Officer


With her 20 years of experience in human genetic diagnostics, Dr. Hofmann heads the laboratory, bioinformatics, and research and development departments at LifeCodexx AG. As Medical Director at GATC Biotech AG from 2009 to 2012, she was charged with establishing LifeCodexx AG. Before that, she headed the Association of German Human Geneticists (BVDH) and supervised the BRCA1/2-gene diagnostic unit at the Interdisciplinary Center for Hereditary Breast Cancer at the Max-Delbrück Center in Berlin until 2006. After completing her studies in biochemistry at Humboldt University in Berlin, Dr. Hofmann received her medical engineering doctorate degree (Dr. rer. medic.) in human genetics from the Charité in Berlin.

Andrea Stephinger

Andrea Stephinger

Authorized Signatory and Director of Finance, Human Resources, IT, and Administration


As an all-around talent, Ms. Stephinger has many years of experience in the establishment and administrative management of mid-sized companies. She most recently served as authorized signatory at Beckman Coulter Genomics for human resources and administration. Since 2012, she has served as authorized signatory and legal representative of the Executive Board with individual power of attorney at LifeCodexx AG, where she also heads the administration, finance, human resources, logistics, and IT departments. Ms. Stephinger completed her business administration training and continued on to become a certified human resources officer.

Elke Decker

Elke Decker

MSc. MBA, Director Strategic Marketing & Corporate Communcations


Elke Decker has many years of experience in B2B and B2C communications in the investment and consumer goods sectors in Germany and China. She was successful in developing marketing and sales for the parent company, GATC Biotech AG, starting in 1997. Since early 2012, she has served as head of strategic marketing and corporate communications for the LifeCodexx AG subsidiary, which she co-founded. Elke Decker studied business administration and acquired her executive MBA and a Master of Science in Public Relations and Integrated Communications degree from the Danube University Krems.

Marcus Petry

Marcus Petry

Director of Sales & Business Development


Marcus Petry worked as senior executive for a certain number of client driven multinational companies such as Cryo-Save Group, Celesio AG, Johnson&Johnson and MasterFoods and has particularly been active in start-up of business units, reorganizations of structures, people management and implementation of commercial strategies. In this respect, he supported LifeCodexx AG for several months before being appointed to his new role in August 2015. He has a broad business expertise in business creation, project and people management. Marcus studied economy and followed a GMP at INSEAD Fontainebleau.

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