Arndt A Schmitz PhD is leading Bayer Pharmaceutical Division’s international R&D biobanking activities. A 17-year Bayer veteran, Arndt studied biochemistry in Germany and Switzerland followed by a post-doc at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA. Arndt is working at Clinical Sciences supporting translational medicine, facilitating access to clinical routine samples and data for research use. This is based on his long standing work experience in collaborating with startups and academic clinicians internationally.

The ‘digital vortex’ will come to Pharma eventually. Therefore, his focus recently switched towards novel uses of the digital annotation of the bio-specimens. Finland’s health care sector is a pioneer here and Arndt is actively engaged with several Finnish institutions. Beyond that, Arndt is also facilitating several internal initiatives towards digitalization of clinical trials in his function.