"The transfer of biotech innovations from academia to industrial practice is essential to realise a European bioeconomy strategy. SMEs and start-ups play a vital role in this transfer process. It is them, who possess the required dynamics, courage, and entrepreneurial potential, as well as the scientific excellence of their founders, to bring risky, extraordinary, or explorative business ideas and developments into practice and implementation in industry. In doing so, they connect academia and large industry in the innovation process and accelerate the dynamic development of the bioeconomy. The Biobased Industries JU supports SMEs and start-ups in this vital role and thus strengthens European leadership and technology advance."
Thomas Schwarz is since 2013 Chairman of the Board of CLIB2021, the German Cluster Industrial Biotechnology. He has been a member of the executive board of CLIB since 2007. CLIB2021 aims to use of renewable resources and the develop the bioeconomy along the entire value chain under the motto “Partnering excellence in R&D, production and commercialization is key to success”.
After studying biology at RWTH Aachen and Cologne University, Thomas Schwarz completed his studies in biochemistry and PhD at the University of Witten/Herdecke. From 1993 to 2009 he led the R&D department and later became CEO, respectively Head of the Board, of bitop AG, which he also co-founded. Moreover, he is co-founder of b.experts, b.value AG and SenseUp. From 2009 to 2014 Dr. Schwarz was CEO of instrAction GmbH in Mannheim, Germany and from 2014 to 2016 in part-time CSO of the company. Dr. Schwarz held a position in the board of BioIndustry e.V. and serves as an advisor for several committees (e. g. NRW Bank). Since 2006, he holds a teaching position in chemical engineering (bioprocess engineering) at TU Dortmund University. He is also working in the field of coaching start-ups and in technology transfer.