Professor Dr Rolf D Schmid MBA

Professor Dr Rolf D Schmid MBA

Founder and CEO


  • *January, 1942
  • Graduated in chemistry and biochemistry at the Universities of München 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 Foundation of 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 30 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
  • Chairman of the Scientifc Advisory Board of Toulouse White Biotech
  • Member of the Scientifc Advisory Board of CLIB2021
  • Member of the Association of German Biotechnology Companies (VBU)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory board to companies in Germany 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 (since 2009)
  • Dept. of Science and Technology, Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government, China: Science and Technology Development Advisor (since 2008)