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LINQ Management

We're linking clinicians and scientists from around the world and help them turn ideas into solutions: We help them structure their projects, find the funding, and implement their research activities and clinical studies according to plan. Often, such projects bring together a large number of people from different disciplines and various countries. On top of that, each funding programme comes with its own set of rules and regulations.

We make working in large networks easy - and fun.

LINQ management provides people-centered high-quality research management support. Over many years of working with international consortia in a variety of funding programmes, we have built profound expert knowledge in preparing and implementing collaborative research projects and developed a strong passion for helping large networks of people from different cultural and scientific backgrounds work together smoothly. We come equipped with the knowledge, experience, commitment and tools needed to manage your research endeavors, from small projects to large complex initiatives.

Who we are

We love what we do and are personally committed to the success of your projects – forging true partnerships with the people we work with.

Claudia Schacht

Dr. Claudia Schacht
Founder & Managing Director

Claudia has been working in international research and innovation projects for 15 years, supporting successful applications to a wide array of national and international funding programs such as FP6, FP7, Horizon2020, BMBF, IMI, EDCTP and EIT Health. She has guided more than 25 resulting projects with funding of up to 28 million EUR through grant preparation and implementation, and many of those to successful follow-up initiatives. Before starting her own company, she was heading a PMO with 13 team members. Claudia has strong people skills and thrives on new challenges. Her particular focus in recent years have been clinical studies and collaboration with industry.

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Julia Buech

Julia Buech
Co-Founder & Project Manager

Julia brings in more than seven years of experience in the management and administration of international research collaborations. Her portfolio has included small and large-scale collaborative projects, clinical trials and networks funded by EU-FP7, EU-Horizon2020, EDCTP as well as national and regional funding schemes. She is an expert in day-to-day project management & monitoring, financial issues and project reporting and has provided numerous training courses on project & financial management, both at national and international level, either as part of capacity building schemes in EU and EDCTP projects or directly for partner organisations, research institutes and universities. Julia supports her projects with strong communication skills and provides expert advice on project implementation, preparation of audits and contractual issues.

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Tanja Jung-Sendzik

Dr. Tanja Jung-Sendzik
Project Manager

Tanja has acquired her PhD in Molecular Biology in 2006 and spent her PostDoc time at Harvard University before moving on to the industry in Germany and Luxemburg. In addition to marketing and scientific management, Tanja regularly held technical trainings in diagnostics of infectious diseases in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and has focused on strengthening international networks. She is an ISO certified quality manager and currently completing her MSc in Public Health. Tanja supports the LINQ team as a project manager.

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Malte Streitz

Malte Streitz
Project Manager

Malte studied Linguistics and Literature Studies in Germany, the UK and US. Before joining LINQ management, he was joint head of a project management team focusing on international university marketing, recruitment and employer branding. He organised higher education fairs all over Germany. Besides his marketing and event management experience, Malte has a background in teaching. At Vassar College, New York, he worked as a Language Fellow and taught German as a Second Language. As of March 1st 2018, Malte joins LINQ as a project manager.

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Dr. Dagmar Schwenk

Dr. Dagmar Schwenk
Project Assistant & Office Manager

Dagmar holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Biology and spent her PostDoc time at VTT Technical Research Center Finland before switching to research management and support by joining the Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society in Munich, Germany. In this position she was coordinating the cooperation program between Max Planck Society and Fraunhofer Society, two of the leading research organizations in Germany. Following this she provided central support to the 83 institutes of the Society as a team member of the Institute Liaison Office. At LINQ Dagmar is in charge of central office management and also supports projects and proposals.

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Elena Lehner

Elena Lehner
Project Manager

Elena has earned a master’s degree in translation studies for German, English and Spanish with a specialization in medicine. She is an international marketer with 8 years of extensive experience specific to the DACH region and South Korea working with start-ups as well as major global players. In Seoul, Elena rolled out a new global corporate identity for the largest Oriental and Western hospital with clinics in Korea and the US. She helped establish international partnerships that lead to joint research and academic exchange programs, and subsequently worked as an English lecturer for public speaking and essay writing at one of the country’s top universities. Throughout her career she demonstrated a passion for actively helping companies build a productive and impactful cross-cultural working environment. Elena is joining LINQ as a project manager and communications specialist.

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Services

Comprehensive services in international research management

As a research consulting firm and experienced project management partner, the service portfolio of LINQ management is designed to identify the most suitable source of funding for our partners, enhance the competitiveness of research funding applications, and ensure the effective oversight and management of research projects in a variety of programmes such as the EC Framework Programmes (currently Horizon2020), EDCTP, NIH, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNITAID, EIT Health and IMI or national funding programmes in Germany and the UK.

We keep things simple, enabling our partners to focus on the actual science, produce results that have an impact, and build networks that last.

At LINQ management, we appreciate that no two projects or institutions are ever the same, which is why we take great care that the services we offer are tailored to your particular requirements. Talk to us - we like to listen and are eager to find the perfect solution for you.

Our portfolio

  • Strategic advice

    Tailored advice, strategy development & networking for your optimal approach to international research funding.

    Strategic advice & networking

  • Research project management

    Comprehensive management of research projects, from small initiatives to large clinical studies.

    Research project management

  • Proposal support

    Precise alignment with call requirements and hands-on support in setting up professional grant applications.

    Proposal
    support

  • Training & capacity building

    Training on proposal writing as well as project and financial management for partners and clients worldwide.

    Training & capacity building

  • Exploitation & IP management

    Clear guidance that helps you maximize the impact of your project.

    Exploitation & IP management

News

27 Feb 2019
Making Plans for the Future at the Final ScreenTB Meeting
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On 25 & 26 February, the final ScreenTB project meeting took place in Entebbe, Uganda, hosted by Makerere University. The goal of the project was to develop a point-of-care, hand-held, rapid screening test for tuberculosis (TB) that can be conducted on finger-prick blood in a laboratory-free manner. The consortium looks back on three successful years, in which they have developed a prototype 3-biomarker MBT assay for fresh finger-prick blood that is undergoing further refinement for implementation testing. In addition, the concept is further being developed into a treatment response test.

At the meeting, the PIs presented the overall results of each Work Package, and the group jointly reflected on the last incoming results to develop a publication strategy as well as a plan for the final five months of the project – and beyond.

At the end of the first day, LINQ discussed reporting work flows and EDCTP financial regulations to prepare the group for the upcoming final report.

The second day included a visit to Mulago Hospital in Kampala, where many of the patients included in the study were recruited, as well as to the JCRC laboratories, where sample analysis was conducted.

Carefully designed capacity building measures, which represent another important pillar of ScreenTB, have led to strong participation of previously underrepresented groups in Africa such as black women. The project’s mentoring programme has yielded lasting relationships between scientists at different stages of their careers and from different backgrounds that will last far beyond the end of the project and will hopefully lead to many fruitful collaborations in the future.

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15 Feb 2019
Setting up the European-Canadian Cancer Network: First meeting of the EUCANCan consortium in Barcelona
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From February 11 to 12, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) hosted the kickoff meeting for the EUCANCan project (European-Canadian Cancer Network), jointly funded by the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The goal of this Canada-Europe federated network is the globalization of Genomic Oncology and Personalized Medicine, with LINQ leading the work package “Dissemination and exploitation”.

The ambitious four-year project is coordinated by David Torrents, PhD at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain, and will set up a network of reference nodes in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Heidelberg, Paris, Montreal and Toronto. These reference nodes will work together in an interoperable fashion to provide the genomic oncology community with a uniform computing environment for the processing, harmonization and secure sharing of cancer genome and phenome data in the context of clinical research, enabling the discovery of clinically-relevant patterns of variation in the cancer genome such as biomarkers predictive of therapeutic response. The infrastructure will also provide a proving ground for federated genome analysis systems that may one day be integrated into national and regional healthcare systems.

The two-day kickoff meeting was attended by delegates from all 18 consortium members with expertise in the fields of genomic and clinical data generation, genomic and clinical data analysis and pipeline benchmarking, ethical and legal issues regarding genomic and clinical data sharing, data management and HPC and cloud infrastructure.

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The group discussed project goals, potential challenges, and drafted the work plan for the upcoming year. To conclude the meeting LINQ presented the project website, Corporate Identity, and a roadmap on future communication activities.

Following the kickoff meeting LINQ seized the opportunity to tour BSC’s impressive supercomputer, the MareNostrum.

EUCANCan will receive 5,999,453.75 EUR of funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme as well as funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research over the duration of four years, starting from January 1st 2019.

2 Feb 2019
Ready-set-GO: Kicking off the EIT Health project iPDM-GO in Copenhagen
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On 31 January and 1 February 2019, the iPDM-GO consortium met in Copenhagen for its kick-off meeting. The project is funded by EIT Health and brings together partners from industry, academia and healthcare administration to deliver personalized solutions and services for people with diabetes. LINQ will facilitate the administrative, financial and contractual management and support project communication.

While the costs associated with chronic diseases like diabetes continue to rise, many people with diabetes still do not achieve their treatment goals. To address this challenge, the iPDM-GO consortium will build on the results of the PDM-ProValue study program and further personalize diabetes care by identifying and tailoring services to each patient’s unique needs, preferences and circumstances.

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The iPDM-GO consortium has extensive expertise and skills in the clinic, computer science, health psychology, health economics, bioinformatics and close-to-market clinical research & development, and strives to improve the quality of life for people with diabetes in a way that is sustainable for healthcare systems by delivering personalized solutions and services.

Overall, iPDM-GO aims to create triple impact by adding value

  • to the healthcare experience of individual patients
  • to the health of people with chronic diseases
  • to the socio-economic sustainability of healthcare provision

LINQ was particularly delighted to complement the programme of the kick-off meeting, which included presentations on the project work packages, their objectives and key performance indicators, with a workshop for administrative personnel. This tailor-made session highlighted the special characteristics of the EIT Health funding programme and provided practical information that will help project members navigate through the complex contractual, administrative and financial framework in which iPDM-GO is embedded. LINQ will be a reliable partner for them during this journey and is looking forward to supporting all partners in the implementation of this important project.

iPDM-GO is an innovation project supported by EIT Health, a network of best-in-class health innovators that collaborates across borders and delivers solutions to enable European citizens to live longer, healthier lives. EIT Health is supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union. (eithealth.eu).

24 Jan 2019
PravaTB kickoff meeting
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Small Change, Huge Impact: How an Existing Drug May Change TB Patients’ Lives

From January 16 to 18, the University of Namibia (UNAM) hosted the kickoff meeting for the new project PravaTB.

The project is coordinated by Dr Reto Guler at the University of Cape Town, South Africa with partners from Namibia, Switzerland, Germany and the UK. The consortium will implement a proof-of-concept clinical trial to evaluate whether pravastatin, a widely used cholesterol-lowering drug, commonly known as statins, could be employed as a repurposed drug for host-directed drug therapy (HDT) in tuberculosis. The goal is to show that by adding pravastatin to the standard TB therapy, fewer patients will see the disease return after completion of their treatment and will be significantly less likely to develop chronic lung disease, which would result in a much higher quality of life.

The kickoff meeting commenced with a visit of Katutura Hospital’s TB ward in Windhoek and a tour of the UNAM medical campus and laboratories.

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In addition to the clinical trial, capacity building for the University of Namibia is an important pillar of the PravaTB project, with activities planned to train clinical, laboratory and administrative staff.

LINQ seized the opportunity to meet with the local administration at UNAM to discuss the implementation of PravaTB as well as to assess project and financial management pathways at the university.

PravaTB will receive 4,945,770 EUR of funding from the second European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP2) over the duration of four years, starting from January 1st 2019.

03 Jan 2019
A warm welcome to our new colleague
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The new year not only starts off with a number of new projects but also with a new colleague joining the team: Elena Lehner has earned a master’s degree in translation studies for German, English and Spanish with a specialization in medicine. She is an international marketer with 8 years of extensive experience specific to the DACH region and South Korea working with start-ups as well as major global players. In Seoul, Elena rolled out a new global corporate identity for the largest Oriental and Western hospital with clinics in Korea and the US. She helped establish international partnerships that lead to joint research and academic exchange programs, and subsequently worked as an English lecturer for public speaking and essay writing at one of the country’s top universities. Throughout her career she demonstrated a passion for actively helping companies build a productive and impactful cross-cultural working environment. Elena is joining LINQ as a project manager and communications specialist.

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