Bernd Steffens is currently Director and Global Head Clinical Trial Supplies Unit at Boehringer Ingelheim, based in Biberach, Germany. Since 1993, he held various functions in the Clinical Trial Supplies area with focus on Supply Chain Management in general and development of computerized systems to support this as well as outsourcing strategies and expanding clinical supplies strategies to merging markets. From 1991, he was leading the process development labs in API manufacture at Boehringer Ingelheim, Biberach. He is chemist by profession with diploma and PhD from the Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum. He is a Member of ISPE and the European Investigational Products Steering Committee since 1996. He has presented on various items to the pharmaceutical industry. Currently, he is chairperson of the European Steering Committee of the IP COP and chairperson of the global IP COP Council.