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9 January 2023, Zwingenberg

Key Leadership Appointments at BRAIN Biotech AG, Zwingenberg Site

• Dr. Alexander Pelzer appointed as new Head of Research & Development, BRAIN Biotech Zwingenberg site

• Dr. Martin Langer takes on additional responsibility as Managing Director BioScience Operations, Zwingenberg

Biotechnology and enzyme expert BRAIN Biotech AG today announces the appointments of two key leadership positions at its corporate site in Zwingenberg, headquarters and core biotechnology R&D campus of the international BRAIN Group. Following the announcement in October 2022, to establish an independent division for BRAIN Biotech AG’s proprietary CRISPR technology, the Group´s management is now pleased to announce that Dr. Alexander Pelzer will succeed Dr. Michael Krohn as Head of Research & Development. Dr. Krohn will now fully focus on his new leadership role with Akribion Genomics.

Dr. Pelzer was previously Unit Head Enzymes & Biocatalysts at the company and has been with BRAIN Biotech for almost nine years. Dr. Pelzer enjoyed a broad education in biocatalysis, microbiology and molecular biology at the Research Centre Juelich with a focus on industrial enzyme technology. In addition to his experience in relevant fields, he demonstrated strong leadership skills along his whole career path.

In addition, Dr. Martin Langer will expand his current business development responsibilities and will be appointed Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the BioScience segment at the Zwingenberg site. Dr. Langer was one of the first employees at BRAIN Biotech and accordingly has several decades of corporate experience. Alexander Pelzer and Martin Langer will take joint responsibility for further developing the R&D center in Zwingenberg into a customer-preferred provider for integrated biotechnology solutions.

Adriaan Moelker, CEO of BRAIN Group, says: “I am very happy to promote Alexander to this important position. The fact that we were able to find an optimal successor for Michael Krohn within our company testifies to the development capabilities of our own professionals. Alexander comes with an excellent technical background. He also has the necessary experience in discovery, enzyme and strain optimization, fermentation, expression and scale-up to further drive the expansion of our enzymes and microorganisms business. Martin will be a strong leader of the Zwingenberg team and continue to drive the growth of our TMS business. With these appointments, we are taking an important next step in our journey to become a provider of integrated solutions for our customers."

Dr. Martin Langer
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Dr. Martin Langer assumes responsibility as Managing Director and Executive Vice President BioScience Operations, Zwingenberg


BRAIN Biotech AG is a leading European supplier of bio-based products and solutions such as enzymes and proteins, microbial production strains, natural compounds and biotechnological solutions for more sustainable industrial processes. The company focuses on the fields of nutrition, health and environment.

BRAIN Biotech AG is the parent company of the international BRAIN Biotech Group. The Group's business activities are divided into three segments: The BioProducts segment comprises the product business with specialty enzymes and other proteins, for which the Group operates fermentation facilities in the United Kingdom and production facilities in continental Europe and the United States. The BioScience segment offers research-intensive custom solutions based on enzyme technology, strain development, bioprocess development and natural product screening. The BioIncubator segment conducts its own R&D projects or those initiated with partners with high value-added potential. A particularly promising incubator project is the development of the Company's own CRISPR-based gene editing technology platform, which is currently being established and expanded by Akribion Genomics (in foundation planning).

Through its own R&D activities, BRAIN Biotech Group is continuously expanding its product portfolio in the field of specialty enzymes and small molecules. The latter are the starting point for screenings, e.g. for novel drug candidates for pharmaceutical applications.

BRAIN Biotech AG has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since February 9, 2016 (ticker symbol: BNN; securities identification number: ISIN DE0005203947 / WKN 520394). The company employs approximately 330 people and generated revenues of EUR 55,3 million in the fiscal year 2022/23.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements reflect the current views, expectations, and assumptions of the management of BRAIN Biotech AG, and are based on information currently available to the management. Forward-looking statements are no guarantees of future performance, and entail both known and unknown risks as well as uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Numerous factors exist that could influence the future performance of and future developments at BRAIN Biotech AG and the BRAIN Biotech Group. Such factors include, but are not limited to, changes in the general economic and competitive environment, risks associated with capital markets, currency exchange rate fluctuations, changes in international and national laws and regulations, in particular with respect to tax laws and regulations, as well as other factors. BRAIN Biotech AG does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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