"Ulrich Schwaneberg is the Chair of Biotechnology at RWTH Aachen University and member of the scientific board of directors at the Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials. He received his diploma and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Stuttgart 1996 and 1999, respectively, and moved to the lab of Prof. Frances H. Arnold at California Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow for two years. In January 2002, he was appointed as Professor at Jacobs University Bremen. In January 2009, he moved to the RWTH Aachen University as Head of the Institute of Biotechnology. Since 2010 he is co-appointed to the scientific board of directors at the DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials. Furthermore, he has been appointed to the board of directors in the Bioeconomy Science Center to advance and to focus research efforts in the area of bioeconomy in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and serves as speaker of the industry lab HICAST (Henkel Innovation Campus for Advanced and Sustainable Technologies) at RWTH Aachen University. He is a co-inventor on numerous patents of several improved enzymes which have been transferred into industrial use. In 2008, he also co-founded the SeSaM-Biotech GmbH which offers directed evolution services. In 2013, he received a visiting professorship for senior international scientists of the Chinese Academy of Science, in 2015 a specially appointed professorship at Osaka University, in 2016 the 1.7 M € BMBF award for the Next Generation of Biotechnological Processes and in 2018 the Innovation Award of the BioRegions in Germany for a plant health release technology."