University studies and PhD in physical chemistry and quantum physics at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany). After Post-Doc studies at the Technical Universities of Berlin and Munich, he joined the European Commission, Directorate General for Research, in 1992. There he has held several assignments as programme officer in the areas chemistry, biotechnology, nanotechnology as well as science and society, until he became Head of Administration of the directorate "Industrial Technologies" in 2003. From 2007 until the end of 2013 he was heading the unit "Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises" in the Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate General. Since 1 January 2014 he is responsible for setting-up the activities "Horizon 2020: Small and Medium-Sized Companies" , in particular the implementation of the SME Instrument under Horizon 2020, within the European Agency for Small and Medium-Sized Companies (EASME).