Who we are

In 2016, Prof. A. Bechthold (University of Freiburg) and Prof H. Pfundner (Roche Pharma AG) created the idea of a new specialty line “Regulatory Affairs & Drug Development” 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. As a result, pharmacy graduates have difficulties finding employment within these areas of the pharmaceutical industry. Following the creation of the specialty “Regulatory Affairs & Drug Development ”, the association,  Academia Meets Industry e.V” was founded at the end of 2017. The major aim of this organization is to support talented young students in their education and facilitate a network between students, university personnel and industry representatives.

Please find below some information about the Board of Academia Meets Industry e.V. and the founding members.

Executive Board

PROF. DR. ANDREAS BECHTHOLD

Prof. Dr. Andreas Bechthold

Full Professor at the Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chair of Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology

Andreas Bechthold was appointed Professor at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg in 2001. After studying Pharmaceutical Sciences he completed his Ph.D. in the area of natural product biosynthesis at the University of Bonn. In 1992, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, USA and in 1993, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Kyoto, Japan. After his habilitation (1999) at the University in Tübingen, he was appointed to the University of Kiel. In 2001, he moved to Freiburg. Prof. Bechthold is married and has three children. Time spent with his family is most important to him. He hates arrogance and likes dedicated people.

Dr. Friederike Zahm

Dr. Friederike Zahm

Friederike Zahm brings 25 years of experience from the pharmaceutical industry to this organization. She studied pharmacy at the University of Saarbrücken and gained a PhD at the University of Basel working in virology and pharmacology. In 1986 she joined Roche in Norway and subsequently moved to the Basel headquarters where she held various senior positions within clinical development and global product strategy. She was a member of the board of directors for a Freiburg based Biotech Company between 2010 and 2012 and served as an advisory board member at the Landesstiftung Baden Württemberg in 2009/2010. In 2016 she left Roche to begin work as a consultant to both biotech and pharmaceutical companies.  Friederike is married and lives with her husband and their dog, a lively fox terrier, in Freiburg. She is also engaged in local politics. She is a literature junky and reads whenever time allows.

Dr. Helmut Laaff

Dr. Helmut Laaff

Helmut Laaff has been running a private routine dermatopathological laboratory (DHL) in Freiburg since 1992. He is the owner of TPL Path Labs, a successful contract research organization, offering histology, immunohistochemical and molecular services to the pharmaceutical industry for the last 10 years. Helmut Laaff started his training as a medical student in Tübingen and Rio de Janeiro. This was followed by specialty training at the institute of pathology and clinic of dermatology in Freiburg. He stayed abroad in NYC to specialize as a dermatopathologist. In his free time he enjoys skiing and climbing. He completed the Seven Summits in 2012, climbing the highest mountain of each of the seven continents.

Founding Members

PROF. DR. HAGEN PFUNDNER

PROF. DR. HAGEN PFUNDNER

PhD in pharmacy from the University of Kiel.

He started to work for Hoffmann-La Roche in 1992. He held various senior positions in Europe and North America. Since 2006, CEO Roche Pharma AG Germany and „Geschäftsführer“ Roche Deutschland Holding GmbH. He is a Member of the Board of Directors at Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg, VFA (Verband Forschender Arzneimittelhersteller e.V.) und BDI (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie)

Dr. rer. nat. Ralf D. Hess

Dr. rer. nat. Ralf D. Hess

HEAD QA & REGULATORY AFFAIRS AVA Lifescience GmbH, a company developing diagnostics, companion diagnostics and therapeutic antibodies.

Dr. Dieter Russmann MD

Dr. Dieter Russmann MD

Vice President Customer Strategy at Kinapse Ltd. London, Beirat Universität Freiburg

Dr. Jürgen Regenold

Dr. Jürgen Regenold

pharmacist and PhD in pharmacology from the University of Freiburg

Since 1994 CEO of Dr. Regenold GmbH in Badenweiler, a service provider specialized in regulatory affairs

Dr. Claudia Jessen-Trefzer

Dr. Claudia Jessen-Trefzer

“Habitant” at the University of Freiburg, Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology

Dr. Gabriele Weitnauer

Dr. Gabriele Weitnauer

“Akademische Oberrätin” at the University of Freiburg, Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology