Herbert Waldmann is a key figure in the field of chemical biology. After completing his studies and doctorate in chemistry at the University of Mainz, he did research first at Harvard University and then again at the University of Mainz. He was Professor of Chemistry at the Universities of Bonn and Karlsruhe and has been Director of the Department of Chemical Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund and Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Dortmund since 1999. Herbert Waldmann is a driving force in applied chemical biology and acts as head of the Chemical Genomics Center (since 2005) and the Compound Management and Screening Center (since 2010) of the Max Planck Society. Herbert Waldmann analyses the structure and function of proteins in the search for active ingredients and the analysis of the relationships between biological action and chemical structure. He has been awarded numerous scientific prizes and an honorary doctorate from the University of Leiden, is a member of several science academies including the Leopoldina, and was awarded an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council.