Academia meets Industry

Who we are

In 2016 Prof. A. Bechthold from the University of Freiburg and Prof H. Pfundner from Roche created the idea of a new specialty line “Drug Development & Regulatory Affairs” within the existing Master’s degree program in pharmaceutical sciences. There is a need in the industry for university graduates with sound knowledge in the areas of pharmaceutical drug development and regulatory affairs. These topics are usually underrepresented in existing pharmacy degree programs.

Vision and Goals

By connecting pharmacy students with the Pharmaceutical industry and academic partners our organization facilitates a network between these parties. In a global world the pharmacy student of today wants to be involved and connected to potential employers as early as possible. He/she wants to gain experience and insights to the pharmaceutical industry.

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News blog

Regional relief goods donation project for Ukraine

“We want to actively support the people in Ukraine!” This was the mutual and immediate decision of Prof. Dr. Helmut Laaff and Mr. Fritz Helfesrieder (manager of the star restaurant Storchen) at a joint meeting. The wonderful outcome: The production of more than 700 canned goods, which are already on their way to Ukraine!

A cooperation of the Freiburg-based association Academia Meets Industry and the Restaurant Hotel Storchen in Schmidhofen made this regional project possible. The canned food, which contains a high-quality mixture of meat, potatoes and vegetables, was produced in the restaurant’s production facility.

Donations have come in from a variety of sources that have financially supported the project and continue to do so.

For a problem-free and barrier-free communication on site, the very successful design of the canned goods was conceived and produced bilingually (EN/UKR) under the direction of Ben Waschk (Managing Director of the communication agency Schleiner + Partner).

In the short term, 4000 cans of food will be produced as a result of this co-operation, all of which are urgently needed in Ukraine, confirmed Mr. Volker Höhlein, the managing director of the Ukraine-Hilfe of the Freiburger Stadtmission. For more than 30 years, Ukraine-Hilfe has been supporting people who are in urgent need of help. Donations of relief supplies are more than welcome; the canned goods come exactly at the right time!

If you would like to support this great project from the region, please contact our association or the Dr. Laaff Institute at .

Update 05/2022: Our canned goods have arrived!

The joint decision of Prof. Dr. Helmut Laaff and Fritz Helfesrieder to actively support the people in Ukraine has succeeded: 17 boxes with a total of 700 canned goods have arrived in Kharkiv. There, in the eastern region of the country, where the supply situation was particularly bad at that time.

Donations of relief supplies had been more than welcome in Ukraine – and continue to be so!
SWR also reported on this wonderful, regional aid project – directly from the kitchen of the star restaurant in Schmidhofen. Click here and listen for yourself!

This project was made possible by a cooperation of the Restaurant Hotel Storchen and our association Academia Meets Industry. On site in Kharkiv, the very successful bilingual (EN/UKR) design of the labels ensured smooth, barrier-free and direct communication.


The Phoenix Pharmacy Science Award 2021 at the Category Pharmaceutical Biology was currently awarded to Prof. Dr. A. Bechthold and his Research Group.

The research group is thus awarded for its outstanding work and publication “Secondary nucleotide messenger c-di-GMP exerts a global control on natural product biosynthesis in streptomycetes” in the journal “Nucleic Acid Research“, carried out by Dr. Roman Makitrynskyy, Olga Tsypik, Desirée Nuzzo of the working group in cooperation with Dr. Thomas Paululat, head of NMR facilities and research associate at the University of Siegen, and Prof. Dr. David L. Zechel, Department of Chemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada under the direction of Prof. Dr. Andreas Bechthold.


Master’s program “Regulatory Affairs & Drug Development

At the winter semester 2021/22, there will be another opportunity to enroll in the still relatively young and unique Master’s program “Regulatory Affairs & Drug Development” at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg. Attention. The application deadline is already on 30.06.2021. It is best to register with your study coordinator as soon as possible using this form.

Watch this video to find a short introduction into the study program.

You can find even more information about the master’s program via this recording of an information event about the master profile line from Mai of 2021. The recording also starts with the previous introduction video.

Interview with Prof. Dr. Andreas Bechthold, Executive Director of the Institute of Pharmceutical Sciences of the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, about the Master’s Program “Regulatory Affairs & Drug Development” (in German only)

Interview with Dr. Helmut Laaff , CEO – Institut für Dermatohistology, Pathology, Molecular Pathology, about the Master’s Program “Regulatory Affairs & Drug Development” (in German only)

Interview with Daniela Dietz, Head of Regulatory ad Dr. Regenold GmbH, about the Master’s Program “Regulatory Affairs & Drug Development” (in German only)

Video Testimonials of (former) Students of the Master’s Program “Regulatory Affairs & Drug Development”