Director of Communication and Business Development, Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB)
Reimund Fickert is the head of Communication and Business Development at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). In this position he is responsible for activities in the areas of science support, communication, external relations, innovation and business development. Having joined the project in 2003 as the first employee, he has been directly involved in setting up the PRBB, which was inaugurated in 2006. Today, the PRBB represents a scientific community of 1500 people from 50 countries in 6 internationally competitive research centres with a yearly turnover of 120M€.
The “business impact of bio” is one of his teaching assignments at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and the business school ESADE, as well as courses on business opportunities, elevator pitch and “train-the-trainer” for scientists in the PRBB Intervals programme.
In the 10 years before moving to Barcelona he gathered experience in German public relations agencies, as spokesperson for the pharmaceutical company Rhône-Poulenc Rorer in Germany and as a manager of a German research alliance on gene therapy. He was also involved in building the bioregions in Germany in the 90s.
In 2001 he founded Biomed Visions in Barcelona, a business consultancy specialised in biotechnology having the autonomous Catalan government, the city of Barcelona, the PRBB and the first biotech start-ups as clients.
Reimund holds a PhD in molecular biology from the Institute of Genetics at the University of Cologne and studied journalism at the Institut der Deutschen Wirtschaft. He is a yogi, plays cello and piano, and has lived in Barcelona since December 2000.