Professor Dr Rolf D Schmid MBA

Founder and CEO


  • *January, 1942
  • Graduated in chemistry and biochemistry at the Universities of München (LMU) and Freiburg
  • Dr. rer. nat.
  • Post-doctoral training in France and the USA
  • Research scientist at Henkel KGaA in Düsseldorf, Head of Biotechnology R&D
  • Head of the Enzyme Technology Division of the Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung
  • Full Professor for Enzyme Technology at Braunschweig Technical University
  • Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Technical Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart
  • MBA International Marketing from Reutlingen University
  • Honorary Professor of Nanjing University of Technology
  • 2007 Foundation of Bio4Business
  • 2015 – 2018 Steinbeis-Beratungszentrum Asia Technology Consulting
Visiting researcher at:

  • National Institute for Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, USA
  • Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Anthropology, Leipzig
  • Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China
Scientific standing:

  • 380 publications, 5 books, about 80 patents or patent applications
  • 3 books and over 50 publications on biotechnology in Japan and China
  • member of various scientific organizations in Germany, the USA and Japan
  • past chairman of the IUPAC Committee on Biotechnology
  • various chairman functions in Germany
  • 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, Biotechnology Division
Company links:

  • past member and chairman of the Supervisory Board, past chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of Eppendorf AG, Hamburg
  • past chairman of the Scientifc Advisory Board of Toulouse White Biotech
  • honorary member of CLIB2021
  • scientific advisor to companies in Germany, Switzerland and France
Government links:

  • Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Wuerttemberg/Germany: Coordinator for the bilateral cooperation in the field of biotechnology with Jiangsu Province, Shanghai and Kanagawa Prefecture (2009 – 2019)
  • Science and Technology Agency, Japan: Adviser ERATO projects (2014)
  • Dept. of Science and Technology, Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, China: Science and Technology Development Advisor (since 2008)
  • Dept. of Science and Technology of Qingdao Municipality, China: Honorary Adviser (2016 – 2019)
  • Shandong Energy Institute, Qingdao, China: Member of the International Scientific Advisory Board (2020 –   )

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