I have studied Technical Biology at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and did a postdoc at Caltech (Arnold Lab) on Evolutionary Engineering of Enzymes. After my broad biotech education, I joined industry in 2000 to learn about development and implementation of Biotransformation as well we fermentation processes. After several development steps at my first industrial employer (former Degussa, now called Evonik Industries) I joined DSM in 2006. There I was responsible for a team to develop biocatalytic processes for pharma customers. In 2011 I accepted the job as R&D Director in our Innovation center where we developed biobased processes in the biofuels and bioplastic intermediates field. In 2015 I joined our Food Ingredients business as responsible Scientist for Biochemistry and Microbiology. In 2019 I joined our Animal and Human Nutrition business as Science Fellow for Biotechnology where we developed products and processes in the Nutritional Lipids, Carotenoids and Vitamins field. Since 2022 I am Senior Director Biotechnology and lead our Biotech R&D teams in Lexington (MA) and Columbia (Maryland).