Speakers at the TTC

Chris served his apprenticeship as a chemical plant technician at Gaba GmbH in Loerrach (Germany), completed in 2005, where he continued to work after completing. Parallel to his job at Gaba company, Chris extended his knowledge by completing a secondary professional education, concluding with Bachelor Professional of Technical Management (CCI) in 2013. Since 2014 he is employed at Glatt GmbH Process Technology Pharma in Binzen (Germany) as a process expert. Being a talented and a hands-on oriented process engineer in the Glatt Innovation Center, he is performing internal tests of newly developed innovations and running customer trials in the Innovation Center. He is enjoying an intensive interaction when is performing process engineering, commissioning, and training courses on site at client’s premises worldwide.

Jochen Berger studied food chemistry at the Technical University of Berlin. After graduating, he spent his practical year at the Landesveterinär- und Lebensmittelüberwachungsamt (regional veterinarian and food supervision office) in Stendal, Germany, and became a state-certified food chemist. Jochen Berger is currently working as a Key Account Manager at Ecolab in Muttenz, Switzerland.

Dirk Bleickert studied electrical communication engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Konstanz from 1990 to 1994. After graduating, he was responsible for the development and the construction of electronic control systems at Sauter & Schmidt in Waldshut, Germany, for 12 months. For another two years, he was a developer of computer technology for Digital Equipment Corporation in Zürich, Switzerland. Dirk Bleickert is currently the Manager of Bleickert Hydrotechnik and is responsible for the development of technical products.

Dr Joerg Brunemann studied chemistry at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University in Münster, Germany, and received his doctorate in 1988. After his doctorate, he worked as a Technical Sales Manager and later as head of Technical Department at Harke Pharma in Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany. He became the General Manager at Harke Pharma in 2007.

Silke Buechl studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Applied Science in Mannheim. After a few years of Job experience in the environmental monitoring of Novartis she added the postgraduate studies for work and health at ETH Zürich and University Lausanne to receive the job title occupational hygienist. From 2007 until 2014 end of January she was the head of Product Stewardship for Novartis Pharma globally and assured the right documents for Hazard Communication in and outside the company. Silke Buechl has been working as an Occupational Hygienist at Praevena AG in Switzerland since 2014.

Paul graduated in Chemistry at Kingston (UK). He worked on development of OSD products and process technology transfer at Beecham, Cyanamid, and SmithKline Beecham before joining Glatt Protech Ltd. in 1995. Paul carries out support and training on customer sites covering granulation, drying, and coating processes. He also works on equipment installation or upgrade projects that require qualification, calibration, commissioning, and process start-up.

Chris O’Callaghan studied Mechanical Engineering at the University College Dublin in Ireland and received his Bachelor’s degree in 2010. Chris O’Callaghan has been working at Innopharma Labs since 2012. As Head of Engineering he is, among other things, responsible for all engineering activities including development of PAT & advanced control products.

Thorsten Cech studied Process Engineering at the University of Applied Science in Bingen am Rhein. After graduation, he worked as a Chemical Laboratory Technician and Technical Assistant for Knoll AG in Ludwigshafen and for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma in Ingelheim am Rhein. Thorsten Cech has been working for BASF SE in Ludwigshafen as the Manager of European Pharma Application Lab Pharma Ingredients & Services Europe since 2005. He is supporting customers in feasibility studies, formulation and process development.

Joerg Croenlein studied Chemistry at Fachhochschule Fresenius in Wiesbaden, Germany. He gained work experience at the Institut Fresenius in Taunusstein. In 1995 he joined the Pharmaceutical Development group of Boehringer Ingelheim, gaining experience in pharmaceutical pre-formulation, formulation and process development.
In 1999 Joerg Croenlein started to work at Colorcon in Germany as the Area Technical Manager and Head of Laboratory. In 2006 he specialised in Modified Release Technologies being responsible for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Since 2013 he has been working as the Senior Area Technical Manager, heading the application laboratory and providing technical support to customers. Besides he is a regular speaker at different seminars and conferences.

Stefan Dietrich graduated as a certified engineer from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, in 1987. He gained work experience as a Research Engineer at two different companies before becoming the Managing Director of and taking shares in Parsum in Chemnitz, Germany. Stefan Dietrich is an expert in fiber-optic systems for flow and particle measurement and their industrial application.

Katja Engelhardt graduated as a Certified Engineer in Bioprocess Engineering at Dresden University of Technology. Afterwards she gained some work experience as a researcher. Katja Engelhardt has been working as a Process Engineer at Glatt Systemtechnik in Dresden since 2013.

Dr Anne Ettner studied pharmaceutical science at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. She obtained her PhD in Pharmacy at the Institute of Molecular Pharmacology, which is also situated in Berlin. Before working for Glatt in Binzen, Germany, she was head of the so-called “Performulation Lab” at Merck and Quality Assurance Manager at Capsulution NanoScience. From 2004 to 2009, Dr Anne Ettner was head of Pharmaceutical Development at Glatt. She has been deputy head of Quality Assurance and a specialist since 2010. Dr Anne Ettner is additionally responsible for pharmaceutical training.

Dr Andreas Flueckiger holds certifications in General Internal and Occupational Medicine. He was the Chief Occupational Health Officer at F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd in Basel, Switzerland. For over 32 years, he has been in charge of the Roche Group’s occupational health and hazard assessment programs. His department was charge of standard-setting, auditing and teaching activities. Dr Andreas Flückiger has currently retired and is a member or honorary member in several professional organizations.

Dr Pascale Gauthier is a Pharmacist (D.Pharm) with various research work; a Master’s in Biopharmaceutical and a specific Master’s (DEA) in Pharmacokinetics. She achieved her PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology (“Rotogranulation process used for manufacture of spheres”) from Auvergne University in France. Dr Pascale Gauthier is in charge of Marketing and Design courses in the Faculty of Pharmacy of Clermont-Ferrand and was involved in several patents, international publications and conferences. Her researches are focused on modified release forms and pharmaceutical design correlated to various categories of users. Dr Pascale Gauthier is an invited speaker in various International Events and judging committees.

Dr Annette Grave studied pharmaceutical sciences at the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina in Braunschweig. After two years of work experience in a Pharmacy and at Bayer Australia Ltd. in Melbourne, Australia. She was awarded her PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology by the University of Hamburg. Dr Annette Grave worked as Project Manager for Pharmaceutical Development at Glatt in Binzen, Germany. She has been head of Pharmaceutical Development at Glatt since 2009.

Nina Hauschildt received her Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering at the University of Applied Science Ostwestfalen-Lippe in 2009. Currently, Nina Hauschildt is working as Principal Scientist within the Tech. Service of Oral Applications at Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, Germany.

Lara completed her three year lasting apprenticeship as chemical laboratory technician at DSM Nutritional Products GmbH in Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany, in 2014. Subsequently, until 2015 she was employed in the analytic laboratory for heavy metals of the same company. Since summer 2015 working at Glatt Process Technology Pharma in Binzen, Germany, as laboratory technician/process engineer. Being a process expert, Lara is responsible for customer trainings on site, process support, conducting experiments in the Glatt Innovation Center, new technologies, and mechanical maintenance of the OSD-pharma equipment.

Prof Dr-Ing habil Stefan Heinrich studied process engineering at the University of Magdeburg from 1991 to 1996. Before achieving his doctorate he worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Apparatus and Environmental Technology for four years. He became Professor and Director of the Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology at Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany in 2008. His research focuses on particle technology, fluidized bed technology, fluidization technology and particle formulation.

Gerd Huegel is a master electrician who worked in a pneumatic and electronics workshop for three years before transferring to machine commissioning. After another year planning the after sales deliveries, he started working in Customer Services. Gerd Huegel has been supporting clients with technical problems for 15 years now and works as head of the Service/ Hotline Department at Glatt in Binzen, Germany.

Dr-Ing Michael Jacob studied process technology at the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany until 1995. Afterwards, he worked as Process Engineer at Glatt IT in Weimar, Germany for five years. Dr-Ing Michael Jacob was head of Research & Development from 2000 to 2007 and head of Process Engineering for the three following years. At the moment, he is responsible for plant construction at Glatt IT in Weimar. His specialties are research and development in the fields of spray granulation, coating and agglomeration, modeling & simulation and fluidized bed processing.

Laura Jerke is a Pharmaceutical Engineer who gained her diploma degree at the Albstadt – Sigmaringen University in Germany. Her first industrial experience in the field of equipment qualification, she acquired in Shanghai Roche Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in China. After finishing her diploma thesis concerning the process validation of an oral drug product at Teva / IVAX Pharmaceuticals Ireland in Waterford, she worked as a Quality Officer at Teva. Afterwards, she worked at Innojet Herbert Hüttlin in Steinen (Germany) to extend her experience in the field of equipment qualification. 6 years ago she joined F. Hoffmann-La Roche in Basel as a Scientist in the department of Small Molecules Drug Product Process Development.

Christian Knopf studied process engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg and received his Masters degree in 2014. He gained his first work experience at AVA (“Anhaltinische Verfahrens- und Anlagetechnik”) and was responsible for process optimization, customer support, basic engineering of fluidized bed technologies and the development of a PAT system. Afterwards, he designed and optimized fluidized bed processes and developed a particle tracking algorithm. Christian Knopf works at Glatt where he develops plants and processes for continuous production. Additionally, he is an expert in the integration of PAT systems into processes with solid dosage forms.

After studying chemical and process engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, he received his PhD from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. After his doctorate, he gained his first work experience as a Sales- and Project Engineer at Kühni in Switzerland. He subsequently worked as a Capital and Project Manager at Cabot in Germany. Dr Peter Kolb has been employed as a Project Manager at Glatt since 2009.

Dr-Ing Matthias Kruse studied Mechanical Process Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, and received his doctorate in Engineering/ Fluidization Technology at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germany. He has 25 years of experience as Sales Director and Managing Director in leading companies supplying process solutions for the food, pharma and chemical Industry. Dr-Ing Matthias Kruse has been working as the Sales Director and member of the Management Team at DRIAM, since 2018.

Dr rer nat Ramona Labatzke achieved her doctorate in Biochemistry at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg in 2011. She has been working in the field of occupational hygiene at Praevena AG in Rheinfelden, Switzerland. Dr Ramona Labatzke gained professional knowledge regarding occupational hygiene and safety at work with focus in pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

After graduating as an engineer in biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Giessen, Dirk Leister worked in Pharma Research & Development at Hoechst Marion Russel in Marburg, Germany. Subsequently, he worked as a Product Manager at Mettler Toledo AG in Urdorf, Switzerland and in Business Development at Schenck Process in Darmstadt, Germany. Dirk Leister has been working as a Leader of Technical Marketing and Applications at Thermo Fisher Scientific AG in Reinach, Switzerland since 2009.

Michael Maintok received his degree in engineering at the Technical University of Karlsruhe. He has been working at Glatt GmbH in Binzen in different positions as a Project Manager since 1990. Currently Michael Maintok is the Business Manager Key Technologies with focus on containment solutions at Glatt.

Dr Martin Maus studied Pharmacy at the University of Tübingen, where he received his doctorate in 2007. After this, he started his career at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH, Germany. Dr Martin Maus has been working as the lab head in late stage product development and is responsible for the process development of NCEs+ transfer to launch site.  Besides he is member of the APV task force continuous manufacturing.

Dr Gabrie Meesters studied particle technology and bio chemical engineering at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. After receiving his PhD, he worked as a Formulation Scientist at Gist-brocades and at Genencor International in the Netherlands for four years. Dr Gabrie Meesters then became a Science Manager for the Food Specialties Division also at Gist-brocades. In 1998, when DSM took over the Dutch company Gist-brocades, he was employed as the Corporate Science Manager (Formulations) and a Divisional Science Manager (Recovery). Dr Gabrie Meesters is also a part-time assistant professor at the Delft University of Technology.

Frank Meier studied electrical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lörrach, Germany, and achieved his Bachelor’s degree. After graduation, he started working at Glatt as a Project Engineer. He is responsible for software development, automation and validation, technical project management and SCADA development. Frank Meier has been employed by Glatt since 1995.

Anna Novikova studied Pharmacy at the University of Hamburg and graduated in 2010. She started her PhD at the University of Hamburg in 2012 with her research focusing on new spectroscopic techniques for quality control of MUPS tablets. Dr. Anna Novikova is currently working in the New Technology Department of Fette Compacting and responsible for the evaluation of new technologies and basic research.

Erich Nussbaumer graduated as Certified Engineer at Technikerschule Freiburg im Breisgau. He started his career as a Sales Engineer for Elevators and Scissor Lift at Oelhydraulische Foerdertechnik in Switzerland. Afterwards he worked as an Area Sales Manager at Müller GmbH in Rheinfelden, Germany for 19 years. Erich Nussbaumer has been working in the Business Development Key Technologies with focus on material handling systems at Glatt GmbH in Binzen, Germany since 2018.

Dr Norbert Pöllinger studied pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Nürnberg-Erlangen and received his doctorate in pharmaceutical technology in 1986. After his doctorate, he gained seven years’ worth of work experience as a Research Manager at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology at Bayer AG in Leverkusen. Afterwards, Dr Norbert Pöllinger became head of Clinical Supplies (Manufacturing Department). He has been working at Glatt in Binzen, Germany, since 1995 and currently is head of Glatt’s Pharmaceutical Services.

Dr Florian Priese studied Pharmaceutical Engineering at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences and received his doctorate in Process Engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg in 2014. He started is career at Salutas Pharma GmbH (Novartis). Dr Florian Priese has been working as the Senior Director Drug Product at IDT Biologika.

Dr-Ing Margarethe Richter received her doctorate from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in the thesis of ‘Chemical Storage and Transformation of Thermal Energy with Calcium Chloride and Water Vapor’. She continued her career as researcher at the Germany Aerospace Center (DLR) at the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics in Stuttgart. Dr-Ing Margarethe Richter has been working as an Application Specialist Pharma at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Karlsruhe since 2016.

Prof Agba Salman was awarded his doctorate by the Technical University of Budapest. At the moment, he is working as a Professor at the University of Sheffield, UK. His specialties are granulation and particle breakage. Prof Agba Salman is Chairman of the European Working Party on Agglomeration and a member of the IChemE Particle Technology Subject Group. He has written numerous publications, sharing his specialist knowledge on agglomeration and granulation.

Dr Axel Schiffmann achieved his PhD at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in cooperation with the Technology Training Center (TTC) in Binzen, Germany. He worked as Laboratory Head for Formulation Development at F. Hoffmann La Roche Ltd. in Basel, Switzerland, for the following six years. Afterwards, Dr Axel Schiffmann became Group Head of GMP Manufacturing at Roche.

Dr Udo Schlemm studied physics at the University of Hamburg. Afterwards, he worked at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg. He is employed by TEWS Elektronik and has been responsible for the development of microwave sensors since 2001. Dr Udo Schlemm graduated as Dr-Ing in 2004.

Jutta Schorge did her apprenticeship as an engineering draftswoman at Glatt in Binzen, Germany. She has been working as a technical author/editor in Glatt’s documentation department for seventeen years. She has been the Head of Technical Documentation since 2000.

Viktor Schnyder studied mechanical engineering at the HTL Sitten. After graduating, he spent several years in the sales and development for gearboxes at ASS AG and for heat sealer machines for pharmaceutical companies at Burgener AG Visp.. Viktor Schnyder is currently working for Lugaia STS AG and is responsible for the application of international patents.

Klaus Seidler studied process engineering at the Technical University for Applied Sciences and Arts in Mannheim. He gained his first work experience as a Project Manager at Environmental Protection UBP. After two years, he transferred to Glatt and worked as a Project Manager for nine years before becoming Head of the Service Department. Klaus Seidler is currently the Head of Glatt’s After-Sales Services.

Dr Karl-Heinz Seyfang studied pharmaceutical science at the University of Würzburg where he also received his doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry. After achieving his PhD, he worked in several fields in the pharmaceutical industry, such as quality control, drug registration, development of galenicals, etc. Dr Karl-Heinz Seyfang has been Head of Division (Pharma Services) at Harro Höfliger Verpackungsmaschinen since 2003.

Dr Paul Smith graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool in 1995, and subsequently gained a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh. He worked as a research scientist within the biotechnology sector, both in academia and industry. Dr Paul Smith has been involved in the pharmaceutical industry for many years and joined Colorcon in 2005. Currently he is the Formulation Technologies Manager at Colorcon in United Kingdom.

Dr Philippe Solot achieved his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He looks back at more than 20 years of industrial expertise, using statistical methods in applied projects of the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, mainly in the fields of Design of Experiments, Robust Design, Process Analytical Technology, Statistical Process Control, Data Analysis, Data Mining and Material Flow Simulation. Dr Philippe Solot is currently the CEO of AICOS Technologies since its foundation in 1997.

After graduating in pharmaceutical technology, Lilia Sprich achieved her Master’s degree in mechanical engineering and international sales management at the University of Applied Science in Konstanz, Germany. She gained her first work experience in Customer Service at “Oystar Hüttlin”/Hüttlin GmbH Bosch Packaging Technology in Schopfheim, Germany. Lilia Sprich has been working at Glatt GmbH in Binzen, Germany, since 2010. First, she worked as a Service Engineer and is now currently the head of New Technologies (Innovation Center).

Knut Szemjonneck graduated as Bachelor of Arts in business studies at Middlesex University in London. Additionally, he achieved his diploma in management and engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. He gained his first work experience as a Product Engineer in the DRAM Marketing of Toshiba Electronics Europe in Düsseldorf and as a Sales Manager at Samsung Semiconductor Europe in Eschborn, Germany. Subsequently, Knut Szemjonneck worked as a Sales Director at Sikora in Bremen and at Jutec in Oldenburg, Germany. He has been working as a Key Account Manager at Tews Elektronik in Hamburg since 2013.

Graduate Process Engineer, Process Engineering, Process Technology Food, Feed & Fine Chemicals, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH (Weimar/Germany)

Arne Teiwes studied process engineering at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and received his diploma in 2012. Throughout his studies he specialized in the fields of solids process engineering and particle technology. He gained his first work experiences as a scientific research engineer in the field of continuous fluidized bed spray granulation at the Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology at Hamburg University of Technology and as a project engineer at Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH in Weimar. Nowadays he is responsible for the Team of Process Technology at Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH. His specialties are in the area of process development and high temperature solids processing.

Prof Dr Markus Thommes studied pharmacy at the Martin-Luther University in Halle, Germany. After his traineeship in a pharmacy, he was licensed as a pharmacist in 2002. Prof Dr Markus Thommes received his PhD from the School of Math and Natural Science of the Heinrich-Heine University in Duesseldorf in 2006. Postdoctoral he was employed as a researcher at two different institutes. Prof Dr Markus Thommes has been an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics at Heinrich-Heine University since 2008. He won several awards for his research topic granulation & extrusion.

Philippe Tschopp studied at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Basel, Switzerland and received his Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration and Economics in 1995. Philippe Tschopp was CEO of Pharmatrans Sanaq in Basel and head of Finance & HR in two firms in Basel. He has been Head of Glatt’s Pharmaceutical Services (Business Development) since 2012.

Prof Evangelos Tsotsas received his PhD in 1985 and his right to teach from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 1990. Afterwards, he worked as a Senior Process Specialist at the Dow Chemical Company. Prof Evangelos Tsotsas has been a Professor for Thermal Process Engineering at the Otto von Guericke University in Magdeburg since 1994.

Prof Dr Karl G. Wagner studied pharmacy at the University of Regensburg in Germany. He received his doctorate in pharmaceutical technology at the University of Tübingen in 1999. He obtained the Venia Legendi for pharmaceutical technology from the University of Tübingen in 2005. Prof Dr Karl G. Wagner established a new laboratory within the pharmaceutical Research & Development department of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma in Biberach from 2006 to 2008. He was appointed as head of Laboratory within the group of new technologies and external cooperation afterwards. Prof Dr Karl G. Wagner is currently working as Professor for Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Bonn.

Prof Dr Bertram Wolf studied chemistry at the University of Leipzig and received his doctorate in 1983. After his doctorate, he worked as a scientific assistant at the Department of Pharmacy, Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Leipzig. Prof Dr Bertram Wolf became Professor for Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Köthen, Germany.

Dr Frank Wolters studied Chemistry at the Ruhr-University Bochum and received his doctorate in 1994 in Instrumental Analytics at the Gerhard-Mercator-University Duisburg. He started working as a Scientific Assistant in the department of chemistry at Gerhard-Mercator-University Duisburg for a research project with BASF AG and Bruker Analytics. Dr Frank Wolters is a Project Coordinator in the Global Department Launch & Transfer Operations at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH since 2006.

Roland Zänker began his career as a machine technician / TIG welder at Glatt Systemtechnik in Dresden. Afterwards, he became a service technician for Glatt GmbH and travelled all over the world. In 2006, he transferred to the After-Sales Department and became the department’s coordinator. Since 2011, he has been continuing his work for the service department by preparing offers and writing quotations.

Klaus Zieger completed his apprenticeship as a state-certified electrician in 1990. Subsequently, he started working as a Project Manager at Glatt, where he was responsible for Glatt’s Automation Hardware. Klaus Zieger became Head of Automation Hardware at Glatt in 1999.