Dr. Hans Engels is the President and Business Unit Director since February of 2008 where he has full P&L responsibility, including all operations and Marketing and Sales. Previously, he served as COO for DSM between 2001 until 2008. From 1999 until 2001, Hans was Senior VP of Technical Operations for Alpha Therapeutic, Los Angeles, CA (USA), a manufacturer of human blood plasma derived products. He was responsible for all production of the entire product portfolio. Previously, he had assignments with various business groups among Bayer AG from 1987 until 1999, where he had increasing responsibilities as process engineer, project engineer and director of operations. His career has also included being Department Head within Bayer’s Corporate Engineering group in Germany; Director of Technical Operations and a Divisional Engineer for Bayer in Clayton, NC; and, Lead Scientist in Thermodynamics and Chemical Engineering for the University of Aachen in Germany. In addition, he is a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE). He earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dusseldorf and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Aachen, all located in Germany.