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Prof. Dr. Albrecht Wendel

Albrecht Wendel is one of Germany's leading pharma researchers. He has led the Interfaculty Center for Pharmacogenomics and Pharma Research at the University of Tübingen since its foundation in 2009. The center is a hub of translational research where chemists, biologists and clinicians work and research together under one roof. In close collaboration, the center's investigators are working to develop novel therapies and new drugs. In 2011 Albrecht Wendel's drug testing method "PyroDetect" was a prize winner in the "365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas" competition. Albrecht Wendel has also made significant contributions to the field of graduate training. He wants to pass on his own experience of an interdisciplinary education (science and industry) to the next generation of scientists.


  • 1971: Doctoral degree in Biochemistry, University of Tübingen
  • Study of Preclinical Medicine and Biochemistry at the Universities of Munich and Tübingen

Professional History

  • 2009-14: Executive Director, Interfaculty Center for Pharmacogenomics and Pharma Research (IZEPHA) at the University of Tübingen, Robert Bosch Hospital Stuttgart
  • 2006-08: Head of an international Research Training Group (Switzerland/Germany), together with Altanapharma, Germany, ETH Zürich and Cytos, Ltd., Zürich
  • 2004-05: Sabbatical at the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Medicine (ECVAM), European Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP), Ispra, Italien
  • 2000-04: Prorector for Research, University of Konstanz
  • 1988-08: Professor of Biochemical Pharmacology, University of Konstanz
  • 1996-07: Director of the Steinbeis Technology Transfer Center "In-vitro Pharmacology and Toxicology"(InPuT), University of Konstanz
  • 1997-03: Head of the DFG-funded research group "Endogenous Tissue Destruction"
  • 1994: Sabbatical, Department of Pharmacology, Amgen Inc., Thousand Oaks, California, USA
  • 1990-92: Dean of the Faculty of Biology, University of Konstanz
  • 1980-88: Professor of Physiological Chemistry, University of Tübingen 1978: Sabbatical, Department of Pharmacology, Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

Awards & Honors

  • 2004: Löhn Technology Transfer Award of the Steinbeis Foundation for Technology Transfer for In Vitro Pyrogen Test Launching
  • 2001: Euregio Innovation Award for the detection of airborne pyrogens (T. Hartung and A. Wendel)
  • 1996: International Doerenkamp-Zbinden prize for realistic animal protection in biomedical research (T. Hartung and A. Wendel)
  • 1995: Sandoz Award for therapy-relevant pharmacological work (A. Wendel, G. Tiegs, T. Hartung, J. Barsig)
  • 1993: National and European Award for in vitro model of Septic Shock (T. Hartung and A. Wendel)
  • 1990: Galenus Award for Innovative Drug Development
  • 1985: Honorary Professor of Medicine, Xian Medical College, PR China for work on selenium

Memberships & Editorships

  • Board member of the German-Israeli Foundation (1996-02)
  • Board member of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart, Germany (2005 -08)
  • Board member of the Swiss Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation for Realistic Animal Protection, Chur
  • Board member of the Swiss Doerflinger Foundation, Kreuzlingen
  • Scientific Advisory Board of Sound Pharmaceuticals, Seattle
  • Head of the Scientific Advisory Board of BioVision, Hannover
  • 1997-03: Elected peer-reviewer of the German Research Foundation for Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • 1996-97 President of the German Association for the Study of the Liver
  • 2000-06: Secretary General of the German Society for Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Member of the International ISO/DIN board, in charge of Safety Testing for Medical Devices (2005-09)