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"An efficient and sustainable circular economy and the awareness of limited resources are the foundation of healthy people in a prosperous environment."

Dr. Markus Wolperdinger

Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB

The most important stages of the career

since 2018
Director Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart

Head of Global Product Line Biotechnology Plants and Senior Manager Public Funding at Linde AG, Engineering Division & Linde Gas, Dresden/Pullach

Head of Business Development Biotechnology Plants at Linde Engineering Dresden GmbH, Dresden

Head of location management and strategic development industrial biotechnology at InfraLeuna GmbH, Leuna

Managing Director of Munich Innovative Biomaterials GmbH, Marburg/Leuna

Director of Product Development, Head of Research, Innovative Lasers Corporation, Tucson, USA

Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Institute for Physical Chemistry

Study of Chemistry at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Training as a state-certified chemical laboratory assistant at Wacker Chemie, Munich

Activities and Memberships

Member of the Bioeconomy Council of the Federal Government 

Member of several politically and industrially active advisory boards regarding bioeconomy, e.g. co-chairman of the Advisory Board »Nachhaltige Bioökonomie« of the state of Baden-Württemberg

Chair of various committees for bioeconomy within Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, e.g. Founding member and design Spokesperson of the Resource Efficiency and Bioeconomy Network, Co-Spokesperson of the Strategic Research Field (SFF) "Bioeconomy" and the Innovation Platform "Biological Transformation" of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Member of a number of commissions and committees of the Federal Ministries of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and of Education and Research (BMBF)

Founding member and member of the board of BioEconomy e.V. for the implementation of the strategy of the national cluster of excellence "BioEconomy" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Member of the joint expert group "Bioeconomy" of ProcessNet and the advisory board of the DECHEMA expert group Biotechnology of Renewable Resources

Member of the "Industrial Advisory Group of AERTO Bio-based Economy Project", EARTOs - European Association of Research and Technology Organizations

Jury member for the awarding of state and industry prizes and reviewer in business plan competitions


Dr. Markus Wolperdinger has many years of industrial experience in industrial biotechnology, plant engineering and the translation of scientific findings into industrial implementation. His scientific activities focus on the intersection of biology and technology and the sustainable transformation of the resulting findings.


  • Environment
  • Sustainable Chemistry
  • Smart Health

Future Challenges

  • Protection of limited resources
  • Transformation to circular economy
  • Increase in bioeconomy education
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