Who we are
We are a team of passionate people, who create and implement innovative projects, primarily in the fields of biotechnology, biomedicine, biopharmacy and medical devices.
We create value for the innovations we have developed by setting up new businesses, providing professional advisory services, comprehensive project management and coordinating licensing procedures.
BMC, or Biotech Managment Consulting, has comprehensive experience in innovation management, technology transfer, strategic commercialisation, transaction advisory services and technology valuation. Our accomplishments include the establishment of 4 spin-offs and we have succeeded in obtaining multi-million funding for research projects and cooperation projects between science and industry.
Our offer is addressed to:
- innovative companies and individual investors;
- research institutes and research teams;
- technology transfer units;
- investment funds.
A major part of our work at BMC is based on short-term advisory contracts. We provide a complete advisory service that places the highest priority on protecting our customer’s interests.
We are also developing a range of consulting services that can be tailored to meet each client’s specific needs.
Our ambition is to grow alongside the projects we are involved in.
BMC attracts outstanding specialists and helps them develop their potential. That is why BMC consultants and managers are actively encouraged to use their own initiative in meeting the customer’s needs. This includes personal involvement in customer’s projects as management team members.
What sets us apart
Our team has unique experience in providing diverse specialised services for innovative commercial enterprises in the biomedicine and biotechnology sector.
What sets BMC apart is our strong focus on one specialised industry. This enables us to guarantee a complete synergy of services in the field. We offer comprehensive services for innovation and innovation process management:
- valuation of intangible assets;
- detailed market and competitor analysis;
- transaction advisory services for in-/out-licensing;
- obtaining seed capital/venture and private equity capital funding
- interim management – an overall temporary provision of management resources and skills.
We prepare our analyses using the highest quality data sources and tools, including databases of renowned companies, and professional interviews with primary sources (e.g. industry experts), as well as through the use of advanced analytical tools. We take particular pride in our methodologies for biopharmacy and medical device valuation, which are unique on a national scale. Drawing on the world’s best models we have developed these tools in-house.
BMC’s full integration into a dynamic environment of experienced investors, consultants and independent experts, often with international experience and success, is an additional quality assurance of our services.
Our partners include venture capital and private equity funds as well as technology transfer units.
BMC’s close cooperation with competent partners is carried out in a manner that assures our complete independence – a unique feature in the industry. We are not affiliated with any research institute or investment fund.
Because we are characterised by:
- successful project record
- in-depth knowledge, experience, and professionalism
- access to unique databases and contact networks
Our Team looks back on more than 10 years of experience in the management of commercial research projects, technology transfer, intellectual property management, valuation of intangible assets, market analyses, as well as fund seeking and public research project management.
Our team combines technical and scientific education (also at PhD level) with business-economic knowledge and skills. Of our three key team members:
- all are biotechnologists;
- 2 are engineers;
- 1 is a business economist (highly prestigious Master of Science degree in Science and Technology Commercialization at the University of Texas at Austin, USA);
- all are experienced business professionals.
We are also regularly invited to expert groups, where we participate in:
- evaluation of grant applications to the European Commission (Seventh Framework Programme, four contest topics in 2009-2013);
- foresight projects;
- evaluation of grant applications to the National Centre for Research and Development;
- preparation of the Polish Pharmaceutical Industry Road Map for the Polish Ministry of Economy.
Our team has the continuing support of experienced managers, scientists, capital investors, and specialists, also in the venture capital, private equity and investment banking fields.
Dr inż. Karina Kwapiszewska is a technology and business analyst at BMC responsible for substantive evaluation of biotechnological projects. She graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology with major in Chemical Biotechnology: Medicine and Cosmetic products at the Faculty of Chemistry (2009). She defended her PhD title in the field of chemical sciences in 2014 at the Faculty of Chemistry at the Warsaw University of Technology. Currently she is working for BMC and pursuing a postdoctoral internship at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is the author of 26 articles of international range (quoted >380 times), 2 chapters in books and 6 patents and 1 patent application. She is an award winner of prestige scientific prizes including scholarship START from the Foundation of Polish Science (2012, 2013) and scholarship for Leading Young Researchers from the Minister of Science and Higher Education (2015). She obtained scientific experience in the Netherlands, Denmark and Great Britain. She participated in many conferences and trainings dedicated to commercialisation of scientific research results, including SLAS (USA) and “Ignite” and “Enterprises” at Cambridge University (Great Britain).
Paweł Nakielski, PhD Eng. (dr inż.) is a business and technology analyst at BMC, responsible mainly for projects’ application potencial analysis and intellectual property valuation. He obtained an MSc in Chemical and Process Engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology (2010) and holds a PhD degree in technical sciences, obtained at the Nalecz Institute of Biocybernetics and Biomedical Engineering (2015). In parallel to his work at BMC he pursues his scientific career at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research in the field polymer biomaterials in medical applications. Head/main executor of 7 projects in basic and application research. Author of thirteen scientific papers, a monograph and a patent application concerning method of production of nanofiber materials and their application. He was awarded numerous national and international awards as well as BioCentrum Ochota scholarship (Bio&Technology Innovations Platform, 2011-2014). Participant of numerous international conferences, workshops and symposia, both in the scientific and commercialization area. At the Institute, beyond his scientific activities he is responsible for application potential analysis of medical products, intellectual property protection management and obtaining funding for projects. In 2015, as part of the Top500 Innovators program he did 3 month internship at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.
Andrzej Białkowski-Miler is the CEO and co-founder of BMC. He has 8 years’ experience in innovation management. He was an analyst and manager for BTM Mazowsze, and technology transfer specialist at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS. He has conducted several dozen project analyses and technology valuations. He is a co-founder of 3 spin-offs (Glia Sp. z o.o., IMNTA Sp. z o.o., Simplicardiac Sp. z o.o.). At the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS he was responsible for the patent strategy of the institute. He is an expert member of several advisory groups – to The European Commission, Polish Ministry of Economy, foresight projects, etc. He obtained an MSc in biotechnology at the University of Wrocław (he defended his master’s thesis at the Institute of Protein Engineering) and completed a postgraduate Master of Science in Technology Commercialisation (MSTC) studies. He received the Minister’s Scholarship for outstanding achievements in science, was awarded training at McKinsey & Company and PwC, and was a finalist in the national competition Droga Na Harvard (The Road to Harvard).
Dr inż. Dorota Gierej-Czerkies
Dr inż. Dorota Gierej-Czerkies, Operations Director and Member of Management Board of Helix Immuno-Oncology. She has 7 years of experience in the area of management of innovations. She co-founded BMC and currently she is a shareholder of the company. Earlier she worked as a business and technology analyst and commercial proxy of BTM Mazowsze and as a Technology Transfer Specialist in the Nencki Institute of PAN (Polish Academy of Sciences), where she was responsible for searching and analysing projects of application potential and for intellectual property management. Earlier on, Dorota held the position of Clinical Tests Specialist (Monitoring of Tests) in AstraZeneca. She co-founded Microbiology Laboratory Quanteam. Graduate of industrial biotechnology at Warsaw University of Technology and of biotechnology at Warsaw University of Technology and she holds a doctorate in biological sciences in the field of neurobiology, obtained at the Nencki Institute. Award winner of the competition Warsaw Innovation Potential City and scholar of Network of European Neuroscience Schools. Dorota is a co-author of scientific publications and conference communications presented at international conferences. She is also an expert at the National Centre for Research and Development in the area of evaluation of biomedical projects.
Andrzej Kuśmierz graduated from the Faculty of Management at the University of Warsaw, and obtained his PhD in economics in the field of management at Kozminski University. He is an expert in strategic management, e-business models and leadership. As assistant professor at the Department of Business Strategy at Kozminski University he oversaw over 100 graduation advisory projects for Executive MBA and Kozminski MBA programmes related to startup company development, strategy implementation and restructuring processes. In recent years he has concentrated on promoting innovation in medical and natural sciences as well as in the high technology sector.
He is a member of the Intel Business Challenge Europe Coaching and Mentoring Team, Intel Global Challenge and the hub:raum accelerator. As an advisor he has cooperated with enterprises such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, T-Mobile, ITM sp. z o.o. and Asseco SEU. He was the head of the European Competence Centre and, subsequently, head of the Development Centre at Kozminski University. Additionally, he was a supervisory board member at Polsport SA. He has been managing the work of the Centre for Management in the Health Sector since its establishment in 2011. The centre is Kozminski University’s research institute, specialising in projects concerning health sector management, economics of technology and medical procedures, and the application of innovative system solutions in the field of public health. He has co-authored several publications in the field of health sector management.
As Senior Manager at KPMG Audyt Sp. z o.o. Jacek Kaczka took part in several financial statement audits and reviews for several multinational corporations and capital groups in various sectors of the economy. These included Exbud Skanska S.A, Elektrim S.A., Echo Investment S.A., Metro AG.
Between 2004 and 2006, while working at the accounting consultancy department of KPMG, he participated in the development of the proposal for changes in the ‘Cash Flow Statement’ Polish Accounting Standards project for the Polish Accounting Standards Committee within the Ministry of Finance. During that time he participated in the development of professional auditing standards, and in the development of amendments to the Accounting Act, related to the Polish accession to the European Union. He also participated in the development of the Polish language version of the International Financial Reporting Standards for the Accountants Association in Poland. Additionally, he was a consultant to the World Bank in a project evaluating Polish balance sheet law and financial statement audit regulations.
He has extensive teaching experience including lecturerships at several renowned Polish universities (University of Warsaw, Warsaw School of Economics). He has published numerous articles on accountancy in trade magazines, including commentaries on Poland’s biggest 500 companies ranking from 2004-2006 by ‘Prawo Przedsiębiorcy’ magazine and ‘Rachunkowość’ monthly magazine.
An established expert in intangible assets, derivatives and company valuation (over 22 years of experience). He specialises in the valuation of trademarks, know-how, patents at the early commercialisation stage, databases, customer networks and other unique intellectual property rights holders.
Certified expert in intangible asset valuation at the Regional Court in Warsaw (since 1999). Author of several expert reports used in litigations (concerning copyright infringement compensation, industrial property right, unfair competition and excessive risk management).
Copyright Commission arbitrator (since 2011).
Member of the Specialist Group for the assessment of applications for ‘Innovativeness Creator’ and ‘Patent Plus’ programmes at The National Centre for Research and Development (since 2010).
Programme Board member of the Transfer Pricing Centre Association (since 2012).
Experienced derivatives broker.
Owner of wycenapraw.pl website
Tomasz Poniński is a project business development expert. He was board advisor responsible for the investments and development of a public company for which he prepared development projects and supervised their implementation. He was a member of the board responsible for the strategy of an FMCG sector company, developed market entry strategy for a bank entering the Polish market, and prepared and implemented strategies for investment and restructuring projects.
He is a member of supervisory boards of the Orenore investment fund portfolio companies (AirWayMedix S.A., Adiuvo S.A.), and a board member of various other companies such as Sahel S.A. and Netiology Sp. z o. o. Since 2003, starting right from the technology patenting stage, he has been involved in a polyolefin recycling project and is the president of the company VipTech Sp. z o. o. – one of the shareholders of Claritel SPV – the entity developing the project. Prior to this he was a supervisory board member of a leasing company, several FMCG sector companies, a Hungarian energy sector company, a cooperative, and an investment fund from the Lesser Poland Voivodeship.
Tomasz Poniński is currently the CEO of Orenore Sp. z o. o., an investment fund that forms a capital group operating in the sectors of life science and biotechnology, internet, and renewable energy. He is also the president of Innowacyjna.pl foundation. He obtained an MSc in management, and an MSc in finance and banking at the Warsaw School of Economics. He has recently been conducting research as a PhD student at this business school.
Innovation manager at Warsaw Medical University and biology director at OncoArendi Therapeutics. She assists scientists in identifying research results with commercialisation potential, and provides help in the field of intellectual property protection. She creates cooperation platforms for business and research and provides tools for improving the technology transfer process. At OncoArendi she coordinates drug discovery projects in the field of biology, and facilitates cooperation between the company and research institutes.
Karolina holds a degree in biotechnology. She has conducted research at the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology PAS and the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. She led a research team at a pharmaceutical company for several years, managing research projects for innovative targeted antineoplastic drug development. She has written several scientific publications, and is listed as the inventor in patent applications for new oncology drugs. She completed research fellowships at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen, and at the Institute of Neurobiology and Molecular Medicine at the National Research Council (CNR) in Rome. She has studied the scope of intellectual property, communication efficiency and also project and human resource management. She links the worlds of business and science. She provides professional assistance.
Marcin Szumowski, PhD, has over ten years’ experience in the management of implementation-oriented research projects. He has conceptually developed and/or managed over 40 research, development, special purpose, and investment projects with a total value of approx. 0.25 B EUR. value of 0.25 B EUR. Co-founder of several biotech and medtech companies, he was the CEO of three, including Medicalgorithmics S.A. which is currently listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, and valued at approx. 0.25 B EUR. At Medicalgorithmics he obtained approx. 2.5 M EUR of public funding and private seed capital for the development of the business. From 2008-2009 he supervised the global market introduction of a medical product, which included EU and US (FDA) marketing authorisation. In 2013 Marcin Szumowski was a member of independent expert panels, advising the European Commission in the process of interim evaluation and socio-economic impact assessment of Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) – the world’s largest public-private partnership in the field of pharmacy. He co-authored two reports published by the European Commission and IMI (www.imi.europa.eu). Marcin Szumowski graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC), obtaining MSc and PhD degrees as well as an MBA in international business and finance. Currently he is the CEO of OncoArendi Therapeutics.