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Frankfurt Session 6: From Experimentation to Eco-Innovation: How to Start a Start-Up

  • Goethe University | PEG 1.G192 Theodor-W. Adorno-Platz 6 60323 Frankfurt am Main Germany (map)

In this session SIU members will learn how they can translate an innovative technology emerged from their academic research into a successful start-up company.

They will get a deep insight into the skills needed to start a business, how to set the business plan, how to find initial funding and how all this is possible while doing your PhD. 


Our guest speakers are Dipl.-Ing. Sascha Knauer and Dr.-Ing. Christina Uth.


Did you know that taking your prescribed medication, cleaning your kitchen or using anti-aging products is increasing your personal ecological footprint and thus, harming the Earth’s ecosystem?

Many of our everyday products contain peptides. These synthetic peptides are manufactured by pharmaceutical, chemical or cosmetic industry with the use of tens of thousand tons of environmentally harmful organic solvents per year.

To overcome this problem, Sascha developed the Clean Peptide Technology (CPT). This new technology not only enables the substitution of organic solvents with water but also allows cost reduction of up to 50 %, making it to an attractive innovation for the industry and the environment.

Sascha and Christina are both Managing Directors of Sulfotools GmbH. They are experts in peptide synthesis, organic chemistry and water-based syntheses. During Sascha’s PhD-studies at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, he coincidentally discovered the underlying molecule, developed the CPT, recruited his colleague Christina and they founded Sulfotools GmbH in 2016 as a TU Darmstadt spin-off. Sulfotools has already been successful in a number of start-up competitions among them the Climate Launchpad, Science4Life Venture Cup, the StartGreen Award, Merck Accelerator Program and the Climate-KIC Accelerator Program.