Dirk has more than 27 years of extensive experience in Pharmaceutical Research and Development and successfully led numerous projects and teams during all phases of the drug development process. Dirk joined Novartis in 1989 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Neuroscience Preclinical Research Department. He subsequently held various positions of increasing responsibilities within preclinical research, clinical research and project management working on acute and chronic neurodegenerative diseases.
In 2005 Dirk joined the Ophthalmology Business Unit at Novartis as Senior Global Project Leader for Visudyne and Lucentis and since October 2011 serves as Global Development Franchise Head. Dirk has a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Münster, Germany and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Marburg, Germany.