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LumiSep was registered in April 2015. The company’s establishment was the result of the innovative work of a team of Polish scientists who saw the possibility of detecting and accurately measuring trace amounts of harmful substances such as mycotoxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, heavy metals and antibiotics in food and the natural environment using a uniquetechnology.

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LumiSep Experienced Team

CEO – Anna Gernand, PhD

A graduate of the Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences. In 2015 she was awarded a PhD in biotechnology. She completed a scientific internship at the University of Vienna at the Institute of Limnology, where together with her team she developed a prototype measuring system for testing bacterial biofilms in continuous water flow settings. She is an expert in food microbiology research. She cooperated with one of the companies specializing in food production in the context of microbiological contamination of food. She has several years of experience in managing research projects, acquiring and accounting for projects financed from European Funds.

In 2010, she obtained an international project management certificate (IPMA Level D Certificate).


Head of R&D, Joint Proprietor, Janusz Żukowski, PhD

A specialist in analytical chemistry. Since 1989 he has been a PhD in chemical sciences. In 1991-1993 he worked mainly on new methods of separation of enantiomers and biologically active compounds in Prof. Dan Armstrong’s laboratory at the University of Missouri Roll / USA. From 1993 to 2008 he worked for SmithKline Beecham and then for GlaxoSmithKline / UK.

He developed and approved a number of HPLC methods that were used in the company’s various departments. In the years 2009-2013 he worked also for ToxiMet / UK developing new methods for the determination of trace amounts of mycotoxins in food. In the years 2013-2015 Mr Żukowski worked in US Synthetic, USA, in Diamond Analytics division. The main task was to develop HPLC methods using various types of new generation columns the synthesis of which employs nano-diamonds.

Janusz is a laureate of several awards, including those of President of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the management of SmithKline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline.

Chemist, Founder – Andrzej Bylina

A specialist in physical chemistry. Since 1967 he has been a PhD in chemical sciences. His doctoral dissertation entitled “Photochemical isomerization of cis-trans isomerization of selectively excited ethylene derivatives to triplet state” was prepared at the IPC PAS Warsaw. It was followed by a six-month internship at the Institute of Physics of the Belarusian Academy of Sciences in Minsk (measurements of absorption spectra of organic compounds in gaseous phase. In the years 1970-75 he was the Head of the MON-PAN research team. He worked on detection of toxic substances in the air. In the period 1975-86 he headed a team dealing with the production of liquid chromatographs. In the years 1986-1996, while employed with the HTL Planning and Design Agency, he participated in on-going works on equipment, developed a preparation chromatograph for WZF Polfa and the Hemogas 301 acid-base blood balance analyzer.

In the years 1996-2003 in TZF Polfa in the Research and Development Department of Insulin, he participated in HPLC measurements of insulin (pork) and in the preparation of local standards for the Quality Control, e.g. erythromycin (EMC) standards: A, B, C, E, F, N-desmethyl­EMC A, anhydro-EMC A(P), EMC A enol ether, pseudo­EMC A enol ether.

Board Assistant – Monika Śniadowska

A specialist in technical microbiology. In 2018 she received her Master’s degree at the Institute of Fermentation Technology and Microbiology at the Lodz University of Technology.

With LumiSep since September 2019, where she is responsible for coordinating the office workflow and supporting the Board in its daily duties.

Chemical Technician – Joanna Zimna

She is a specialist in food commodity science and supply chain management. A graduate of the engineering  studies at the Commodity Science College at the Lodz University of Technology and master’s studies at the Faculty of Management at the University of Lodz. Two-time  winner of the Student of the Year Award of the Commodity Science College granted by the Rector of the Lodz University of Technology.

Previously, she worked as a laboratory assistant in a chemical laboratory of an accredited research laboratory carrying out food product analyses.

Currently, her main duties consist in testing a prototype of a measuring apparatus as part of the development of an innovative LumiSep technology for the determination of contaminants in food.

Joanna has been cooperating with LumiSep since November 2018.

Chemist – Krystian Purgat

Specialist in analytical chemistry. In 2016 he received his master’s degree defending his thesis at the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Lodz.  Currently, he is also a PhD student at the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Lodz, where he conducted research using separation techniques, such as capillary electrophoresis and liquid chromatography, used to analyze human body fluids for the content of biologically active chemicals. He is the award winner of the University of Lodz Rector’s scholarship for the best doctoral students. He also gained his analytical experience during an internship in the  accredited laboratory of the Chemical-Agricultural Station in Łódź.

In LumiSep science August as a chemist, where he works on the development of separation and concentration methods to determine compounds using extraction techniques.

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