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Head of Biotechnology


Career: 2018 – today Head of Biotechnology, Covestro AG, Innovation - Heading the research group/competence center for biotechnology - Applying biotechnology/biocatalysis in the chemical industry - Expert for biotechnology and renewable feedstocks 2018 – today Lecturer/”Gast-Dozent”, RWTH Aachen - Lecture: “Biotechnologische Verfahren zur Nutzung nachwachsender Rohstoffe” 2016 – 2018 Bioprocesses, Bayer MaterialScience AG (today: Covestro AG), Innovation - Leading disruptive process development projects - Upscaling of R&D projects - Expert for biotechnology and renewable feedstocks 2014 - 2016 New processes, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Process research - Leading disruptive process development projects - Project portfolio manager for all process R&D projects at Covestro 2012 - 2014 Innovation & project management, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Corporate Development - For Chief Technical Officer (board), leading a global team developing biobased materials - Scouting new technologies for Bayer 2011 - 2012 Post-Doc, RWTH Aachen, Biochemical engineering - Pretreatment of lignocellulose for the subsequent production of chemicals - Integrated Bioprocesses Education: 2008 - 2011 Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.), RWTH Aachen, summa cum laude - Biocatalytic conversion of biomass to chemicals 2005 - 2007 Master of Science (biotechnology), RWTH Aachen - Molecular immunology, industrial biotechnology, bioanalytics 2002 - 2005 Bachelor of Science (biotechnology), RWTH Aachen Memberships: DECHEMA (committee “Biochemical Engineering”) GDCh (committee “sustainable chemistry”) CLIB2021 (board member) previously: VCI (committee “renewable raw materials”) Publications: >25 peer-reviewed publications and patents Awards: Karl-Schügerl-Preis (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Solvay GmbH, Springer Verlag GmbH, Deutsche Messe AG), Brochers-Plakette (proRWTH), Springorum-Denkmünze (pro RWTH), Schöneborn-Preis (proRWTH)