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Prof. Dr. Jörg Vienken

Jörg Vienken ranks among the top international experts in biomaterials and membranes. His special interests are in medical technology, biomaterials and artificial organs. Since 1996, he has served as VP BioSciences at the Department of BioSciences of Fresenius Medical Care in Bad Homburg. Jörg Vienken also teaches at various German and European universities. As a member of the scientific advisory board of the BCRT he serves as an important link between science and industry.


  • 1980: PhD in Biophysics, RWTH Aachen
  • 1968-75: Study of Chemical Process Engineering, TU Darmstadt


Professional History

  • Since 2013: Management board member of Nephro-Solutions AG (Hamburg)
  • 1996-13: Vice President BioSciences, Fresenius Medical Care, Bad Homburg
  • Since 1996: Professor of the International Faculty for Artificial Organs (INFA), Faculty of Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  • 1985-95: Head of the Science Services Department, Akzo Nobel Membrana, Wuppertal
  • 1980-85: Associate professor, Institute for Biotechnology, University of Würzburg, and Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • 1984: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Physiology, Bethesda/MD, USA
  • 1983: Université VII (Pierre et Marie Curie), Laboratoire de al Physiologie Cellulaire, Paris, France
  • 1982: Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Membrane Research, Rehovot, Israel
  • 1981: Royal Free Hospital, Department of Biochemistry, London, UK


Awards & Honors

  • 2013: Fellow European Renal Association, EDTA-ERA
  • 2012: Emil Bücherl Award for Lifetime Achievements in Life Sciences, European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO)
  • 2005: Medal of Merit of the Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1998: Honorary Professor, International Medical Association Bulgaria (IMAB)


Memberships & Editorships

  • 2010-13: Chairman of the Board, German Association of Biotech Companies (VBU)
  • Since 2002: Honorary Council Member, Balkan Cities Association for Nephrology, Transplantation and Artificial Organs (BANTAO)
  • 2009-11: President, International Federation of Artificial Organs (IFAO - umbrella organization for the ASAIO, ESAO, JSAO societies)
  • 2002: Member, Leibniz Academic Society Berlin
  • 1988-09: Board Member, International Federation of Artificial Organs (IFAO)
  • 1998-06: Treasurer, European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO)
  • 1994-06: Board Member, European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO)


Member of the Editorial Boards of

  • International Journal for Artificial Organs
  • ASAIO Journal
  • Artificial Organs
  • Journal of Artificial Organs (Jpn)
  • Blood Purification
  • Medical Device Technology
  • Der Dialysepatient

Read more about Jörg Vienken (biography in German at Wikipedia).