Jörn Erselius has been Managing Director of Max Planck Innovation GmbH, the technology transfer institution of the Max Planck Society, since the end of 2005. After completing his doctorate in biology under Peter Gruss, he joined Max Planck Innovation GmbH (formerly Garching Innovation GmbH) in 1991 as Patent and License Manager. He then established the new Life Sciences business unit there. After completing a part-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree course, he was appointed head of the licensing division in early 2005. Jörn Erselius supervised numerous company spin-offs from the Max Planck Society (including Evotec, Scienion, Alnylam and Vaxxilon).