7th Special guests

Prof. Jörg Vienken, PhD


Jörg Vienken graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and received a Doctoral Degree in Biophysics and Bioengineering from the Technical University of Aachen, both in Germany. He was then appointed the position of an Associate Professor at the Institute for Biotechnology of the University of Würzburg, Germany.

In 1985, he switched to the medical device industry and worked for 11 years at AKZO NOBEL Membrana in Wuppertal as Director for Clinical Research and Science Services, followed 1996 by a position as Vice President BioSciences in Fresenius Medical Care in Bad Homburg, Germany which he held until his retirement in 2013. From 2013 - 2015 he served as Board Member of Nephro-Solutions AG in Hamburg and is working since 2016 as a Freelance Advisor for the Medical Device Industry.

He has been awarded the “Emil-Bücherl-Award” for life-time achievement in the realm of Artificial Organs from the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO) and is a distinguished fellow of ERA-EDTA, the European Dialysis and Transplantation Association.

Jörg Vienken is Past President of the International Federation of Artificial Organs (IFAO, representing the umbrella organisation of the continental societies from Europe (ESAO), the USA (ASAIO) and Japan (JSAO)). He was a long lasting Board member of the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO) and served as its secretary treasurer between 1998 and 2006. He is also Past President of the Association of German Biotech Companies (VBU- DECHEMA).

Jörg Vienken still teaches Biomaterials and Artificial Organs at several German and European Universities and has published more than 300 scientific publications and book chapters as well as 8 books.

Prof. Mathias Ulbricht, PhD


He is since 2001 a Full Professor for Industrial Chemistry at University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Prof. Ulbricht had studied chemistry at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and received his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry in 1987. He had worked at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA, from 1992 to 1993. Based on various postdoctoral research projects, mostly with a small group based at Humboldt University, he had received his “Habilitation” from that University in 1997. From 1997 to 1999 he had worked at GKSS Research Centre in Teltow, Germany. In 1999 he had founded ELIPSA Inc. in Berlin and was CEO of this private company until 2003.

His research interests are in the field of functional polymeric as well as nanohybrid materials and have a focus on synthetic membranes and membrane-based technologies for water purification, bioseparation and energy conversion. He is in the editorial board of several international journals including “Journal of Membrane Science”, “Polymer” and “Separation and Purification Technology” (all Elsevier). He has published more than 215 peer-reviewed scientific papers (current “Web of Science” h-index: 45), 14 book chapters and filed 30 patents (until now 19 issued).

Anne Ladegaard Skov, PhD


Dr Tech, Ph.D. Anne Ladegaard Skov is an associate professor of polymer science and engineering specialising in silicone elastomers at the Danish Polymer Centre, Department of Chemical Engineering, DTU. Her PhD project was performed at DTU with an external stay at Leeds University, UK. Subsequently, she held a research fellowship at Cambridge University, UK, before taking up a position as assistant professor at DTU. In 2010 she was promoted to associate professor and later promoted to head of the Danish Polymer Centre. She has worked with functionalisation and formulation of silicone elastomers with special focus on silicone elastomers utilised and optimised for dielectric elastomers. She is currently the president of the EuroEAP society which is a European society with the aim of promoting electroactive polymers.

She has published more than 100 articles and holds 8 patents within the field of dielectric elastomers and silicone-based materials. She has received numerous prizes for her research including the Statoil Prize and the Elastyren Prize as well as she holds the title of Dr Tech, the highest academic title in Denmark.