Axel Trefzer received his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Tübingen, Germany. After that he moved into industry where he held positions with Diversa Corporation, Invitrogen, DSM and Thermo Fisher Scientific of increasing responsibility. Over time he has led research programs in a diverse fields including biocatalysis, enzymes for food and feed, metabolic engineering, natural products and biofuels/ biobased chemicals. He now leads a R&D team as part of the Synthetic Biology business of Thermo Fisher Scientific focused on DNA synthesis and Bioinformatics. In particular how Synthetic Biology and its application in Biotechnology research will impact both technology and society catches his interest.