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Postdoc Program Webinar – Innovation Primer 1: How to kick-start innovation, yourself

by Dr Rainer Wessel (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum)

Online (Webinar Platform)

Online (Webinar Platform)


Our next Postdoc Program Webinar will shed light on the innovation cycle. Apart from providing basic information, we will inform you about the "Dos and Don'ts" and about the various ways of receiving support from DKFZ. Our speaker, Dr. Rainer Wessel (Director Innovation Management at DKFZ) will introduce you to the concept of the innovation cycle and how you can make it work for you. This first webinar of the series will focus on the pre-foundation steps of turning a product and/or startup idea into reality. Subsequent webinars will pay particular attention to foundation- and post-foundation stages.
The webinars will provide ample opportunity to ask your questions to the speaker. In addition, we will highlight DKFZ support structures for Postdocs and other young researchers who are thinking about founding their own business.

After you registered, we will contact you closer to the webinar date via e-mail with more information about how to access the webinar platform. 



Information about the speaker

Rainer Wessel, PhD

Rainer Wessel has more than 25 years of international experience in the pharmaceutical and life science sector. Since May 2019 he serves as Director Innovation Management at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ, Heidelberg), where he contributes his network as Founder and Managing Partner of technology consultancies itechpartners & MIM Deutschland and as Venture Partner at EMBL Ventures.

Before joining the DKFZ Rainer Wessel has held the following positions: 

  • Director Cluster-Management at the Rhine-Main Immune-Oncology Cluster Ci3 (Mainz),
  • CEO of biotechnology companies Ganymed Pharmaceuticals AG (Mainz) and Axxima Pharmaceuticals AG (Munich),
  • International Head of IP & Licensing at Qiagen GmbH (Hilden),
  • Patent Manager Biotechnology at Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH (Ingelheim),
  • Research trainee at Boehringer Ingelheim KK (Osaka)


Other functions, inter alia

  • Former Executive Board Member of the German biotech industry organization BIO Deutschland (Berlin),
  • Founder and former Supervisory Board member of the International Council of the Life Sciences (ICLS, Washington, DC),
  • Member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS, London),
  • Staff Officer of the Reserves at the Institute of Microbiology of the German Army (Munich)
Organized by

Dr. Philipp Gebhardt

DKFZ International Postdoc Program