Christian Stein has been managing director of Ascenion GmbH since 2001. The independent technology transfer company with a focus on life sciences is a partner of numerous research institutions, universities and university hospitals in Germany and Europe. Prior to this, he headed the Patent and Licensing Agency (PLA) in the German Human Genome Project (DHGP) at the Fraunhofer Patent Office for German Research for several years. Christian Stein has founded a number of biotechnology and other companies and is a consultant and reviewer in various EU projects, in regional and national expert groups and with several biotech companies. From 2014 to 2016 he was president of the largest European technology transfer association, ASTP, and since 2016 he has been a member of the board of the German Association for Knowledge and Technology Transfer, the TransferAllianz. Christian Stein holds a doctorate in molecular biology and obtained a Master of Science (MSc) in Management of Intellectual Property Law in London.