Dirk Böhm studied Chemical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen in Germany and pursued his DSc at the TU Graz in Austria in Bioreaction Engineering. In 1999 he joined Merck KGaA in Darmstadt in the engineering department and worked on several investment projects for the pharmaceutical sector in Darmstadt and in the USA. In 2003 he changed from engineering to manufacturing operations and managed the biotech production for clinical use in Billerica, MA in the USA. Since 2007 he is involved in the project of establishing a large scale biotech production in Merck Serono from the concepts through design and validation. He is now responsible for the manufacturing operations of the new facility, an expansion of the Merck Serono Biotech Center. Additionally he holds an MBA from Ashridge Business School., UK.