In January 2008 Gerd joined Pharmakon S.A. as Senior Consultant. Prior to this he has been for 15 years with UCB S.A. Belgium. Gerd created and managed over 7 years a global Regulatory Affairs organization. He built and headed for 10 years global, Integrated Drug Safety (development and pharmacovigilance) and Quality Assurance (GxP) organizations. He also developed drug safety Risk Management procedures and processes. He also conducted various due diligence assessments for in-licensing of drugs and acquisition of companies.
Prior to joining UCB, Gerd spent more than 2 years with G.H. Besselaar Assoc. (now Covance) in charge of Business Development Europe, including service contracting as well as regulatory and development consulting for US biotech and Japanese companies.
He started his industry career with Hoechst AG, Germany working for 5 years in Biochemical Research about T-cell immunology, lymphokines (2 patents) as well as carbohydrate chemistry, which resulted in an assignment by Pharma Production for the transfer of a manufacturing process from Canada to Germany. He built the basis for his development and regulatory career during 8 years in International Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs with the responsibility for Northern Europe and North America. He finally spent 2 years in the Strategic Planning Group of the Pharmaceutical Division in charge of international development and regulatory strategies.