Helmut Brod, Ph.D.Director Upstream Technologies at Bayer AG
Helmut graduated in Chemical Engineering and obtained a Ph.D. in polymer rheology from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. He started his industry career at Bayer in high-viscosity (polymer) processing technology and successively held a couple of positions in technology development for classical Chemical Engineering applications such as Spandex fibre production, mixing and dispersion technology and chemical reaction engineering. Since 2004 he got involved in biologics production technology at Bayer, specifically for recombinant factor VIII. His development activities are focussed on (low-shear) bioreactor design, characterization and scaling, cell retention technology, process intensification / automation and integrated processing.