Dietmar Laudert is a biologist by education with specialization in biochemistry and molecular biology. After having completed his PhD in plant physiology at the University of Bochum, Germany, and two years of postdoctoral research he started his industrial career at Scinet Bioproducts GmbH in 1999, working as scientist and project manager on molecular biology contract research. Dietmar joined Roche Vitamins, now DSM Nutritional Products, in 2001 and fulfilled since then several roles in science and R&D management in Switzerland. In 2012 he moved to India being responsible for the technical definition and supervision of innovation projects aiming at improved human nutrition and renewable energy. In 2014 he relocated to the Netherlands and is acting there as Center Manager for the Fermentation and Downstream Processing department at the DSM Biotech Centers in Delft and Shanghai.