Executive Director for Research and Innovation
European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
Dr. Gernot Klotz studied Biology and Microbiology at the University of Aachen (Germany). After having worked for the US based pharmaceutical company Armour he joined Bayer in various business sections (pharmaceutical, animal health and crop protection/product development).
Since February 2007 G. Klotz is the Executive Director for Research and Innovation for the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC). He is a member of the CEFIC Leadership Team, which has the overall responsibility for coordinating and steering the activities of the organisation. Specific key areas of responsibility are innovation (technology development, innovation policies, societal acceptance of new technologies and products), emerging science-policy issues (Health and Environment) and nano risk benefits and testing risk assessment within the CEFIC Long Range Research Initiative (LRI), as well as managing the CEFIC Research and Innovation Board. He is also a Board Member of the EU Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem).
G. Klotz has been called on to various advisory and steering committees at OECD, WHO and EU Commission level in areas like innovation, technology development, testing and assessment, impact on environment on health and sensitive subpopulations. He is currently chairing the Group on Nanotechnologies and he is responsible for the Value Chain topic within the High Level Group Key Enabling Technologies (HLG KETs).