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Short biography

Gerd Folkers has been a full professor in pharmaceutical chemistry at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) since 1994. From 2004 until the end of 2015 he has served as Director of the Collegium Helveticum. Jointly sponsored by ETHZ and the University of Zurich, this research institute explores new scientific perspectives through transdisciplinary processes.

He studied pharmacy at the University of Bonn, obtaining his PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry in 1982. After research fellowships in Bern, London and the USA, he obtained his postdoctoral degree in pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of Tübingen in 1989. His postdoctoral thesis was on structure-based design of antiviral and anticancer drugs. In 1991, he was appointed associate professor in pharmaceutical chemistry at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). Gerd Folkers was a founding member of the Center of Pharmaceutical Sciences Basel-Zurich, which he headed until 2003. His research was centred on the molecular design of ingredients and the use of such designs in personalised therapies to treat tumours and diseases of the immune system.

Gerd Folkers was a member of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) from 2003 to 2011.

He has been a member of the Swiss Science Council since 2012. Acting as vice president for four years, he is president of the SSC since the beginning of the year 2016.

Gerd Folkers was born in Andernach, Germany on 25 March 1953. He is married and has one daughter.

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