Ivo Backx started his career as automation engineer in the food & beverage industry. Later on, Ivo joined the Siemens engineering department for industrial automation realising automation projects in different industries. As technical project leader, he has lead several industrial automation solution projects including MES integration in the pharmaceutical industry worldwide. Ivo is currently working as Manager Business & Project Development for the Pharmaceutical industry at Siemens, global headquarters for business and project development for process automation in the Life Sciences industry. He consults the sales departments as well as customers in pre-sales with innovative process automation concepts using Siemens leading technology helping customers to achieve operational excellence. In this position, he has a special focus on developing continuous processing strategies for the pharma industry.