Our Leadership


Christiaan Engstrom, MBA – President

Christiaan Engstrom draws on 15-plus years of experience in marketing, operations and management across life sciences, healthcare and manufacturing industries. Since joining the company in March 2014, the organization has reinvested record growth into its core operations, with the goal of earning a trusted global leader position in biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

Prior to accepting his role at C3, Mr. Engstrom was the Chief Operating Officer for a multi-specialty group of clinics in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Under his leadership, the team improved patient experience through streamlined operations, resulting in exponential growth over a three-year period. The team successfully delivered against its goal for acquisition in January 2014.

Mr. Engstrom received both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He is a Lean Process Improvement leader and his voice of customer, process improvement and quality experiences continue to guide aggressive growth strategies at C3.

Teresa Markoe, M.S. – VP, Finance and Human Resources

Teresa Markoe joined C3 in 2015 as an accountant. She was quickly promoted to Director of Accounting, then VP of Finance & HR. She has continuously improved C3's financial fundamentals and oversees the building of C3's greatest asset - its people.

Ms. Markoe went to the University of St. Thomas where she earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Accounting. Prior to coming to C3, she was working in public accounting at Ernst & Young and moved to industry working at Target Corporation.

Rebecca Thompson, Ph.D. – VP, Quality

Dr. Rebecca Thompson returned to Cell Culture Company in November of 2015 as Quality Manager and took on the role of Vice President of Quality in Nov of 2017. She oversees quality functions related to GxP compliance, analytical testing , and customer needs.

Prior to joining C3, Dr. Thompson was the Technical Supervisor of Cellular Immunology for Pharmasan Labs, a CLIA-certified laboratory. Rebecca earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Toledo Health Science Campus and her B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Toledo.

Curt Gleiter – VP, Technical Services

Curt Gleiter has been with C3 since 1993. As the Vice President of Technical Services, Mr. Gleiter is the global technical expert in customer support for C3’s instruments and cultureware. He supports direct customers and international distributors in training, protein production, Quality System Regulation-compliant operations, Installation and Operation Qualification (IOQ), and annual contracts.