All our lecturers have different academic profiles. Making contact with them and joining discussions is a unique feature of the Hessen International Summer University.

Dr. Kerstin Brixius

Dr. Kerstin Brixius is a lawyer that is specialized in the health care sector for 15 years. She advises national and international research-based firms, generic firms, and hospitals on product- and industry-specific issues.
She specializes in national and international Pharmaceutical Law and Medical Device Law, Advertising Law as well as Insurance Law of Statutory Health Insurances. She also advises on Clinical trials, Market Access, Data Protection, and Compliance.
As a former legal advisor and data protection officer of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), she regularly speaks at specialist conferences and special events. Dr. Kerstin Brixius is also a lecturer at the Centre for Research in Pharmaceutical Law of the University of Marburg and she is respected as an author of specialist journals and other recognized reference works.

Dr. Bolko Ehlgen, LL.M. (Pennsylvania)

Bolko is an attorney specializing in intellectual property law, mainly patent litigation. He is qualified in Germany and the State of New York and works as a Managing Associate in the Frankfurt office of international law firm Linklaters LLP. He is mostly involved in patent cases from the health care and high tech sectors, in particular cross-border cases. Bolko has been specializing in intellectual property law since university and through the stages of his legal training has worked for the intellectual property practices of various international law firms. Bolko teaches classes in intellectual property law and general law school curriculum and regularly publishes articles on patent law.

Bolko studied law at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cologne. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the theory of causation in tort law, focussing on medical and legal malpractice. He obtained a Master's degree (LL.M.) from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, USA

Dr. Daniel Kuhn

Daniel Kuhn is currently working as a computational chemist and discovery project leader at Merck in Darmstadt, Germany. He obtained his PhD from Philipps-University, Marburg in computational chemistry working with Gerhard Klebe on the classification of protein binding sites. In 2004 he joined Boehringer Ingelheim in Vienna as a computational chemist working in oncology research. In 2010 he joined Merck as senior scientist contributing to projects in early and late drug discovery stages. He is also leading a lead optimization project towards preclinical development. His research interests include protein kinase drug discovery, structure-based design and knowledge-driven approaches to hit identification and lead-optimization.

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Meckl

Jürgen Meckl is Professor of International Economics at the University of Giessen and research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn. He conducted his studies in economics at the University of Regensburg (diploma) and at the University of Konstanz (PhD and habilitation). He was visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, and at the University of Nottingham, among other universities. He was Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies in Giessen and is the coordinator of the Milwaukee-Giessen student exchange program. His research interests are in the fields of international trade, human-capital accumulation and economic growth, macroeconomics of structural change and labor economics.

Prof. Meckl has published several articles in leading academic journals of his field (e.g. American Economic Review, Economic Journal, Economic Theory). He has been awarded various prizes for his research and for his excellence in teaching (Lehrpreis des Landes Baden Württemberg, 1999).

Prof. MD. Markus Meyer

Professor Markus Meyer is Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Cardiorentis, a Swiss biotech company. As medical doctor, Professor Meyer combines the understanding of both the pathophysiology of diseases and of the mechanisms of actions of drugs to potentially treat these diseases. Over two decades of medical research, Professor Meyer gained his knowledge through his scientific and hands-on experience as a biotech entrepreneur, and co-founded biotech companies, one of them is CardioPep Pharma GmbH in Hannover, Germany, which was acquired by Cardiorentis AG. Professor Meyer received his M.D. from Heidelberg Medical School. During his studies, he also stayed at Universidad de Tucuman (Argentina) and at University of Illinois Chicago (USA). For his science and entrepreneurship, Professor Meyer received multiple awards and was appointed as adjunct Professor at Hannover Medical School (Germany) and Jakarta Medical School (Indonesia).

Dr. Christian Obermeier

Christian Obermeier is a postdoc working at the Insitute for Plant Breeding at Justus Liebig University Giessen. He graduated in biology at the Technical University in Braunschweig and has been working at the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as at the Horticulture Research International, UK on the molecular characterization of plant virus diseases and plant-pathogen interaction using biotechnological approaches.

In Giessen he is studying gene expression and disease resistance in oilseed rape using high-throughput metabolomic and next generation sequencing-based transcriptome, genome and marker analysis techniques.

Dr. Arno Risse, LL.M. (Auckland)

Arno is a German lawyer and bar-certified specialist attorney for intellectual property law specialized on patent litigation. He is a Counsel with the IP specialized law firm Arnold Ruess in Düsseldorf. Before joining the Arnold Ruess team, he was working from 2010 to 2015 as an Associate and Principal Associate in the intellectual property and information technology practice group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Arno teaches European Patent Law at the International Summer University Giessen (since 2015) and speaks at national and international patent law conferences. 

Arno graduated from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and holds a Master's degree in commercial law (LL.M.) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He published a Ph.D. thesis on contract law. 

Prof. Dr. Monika Schuhmacher

Monika Schuhmacher is Professor of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Giessen. She is also Director of the Entrepreneurship Cluster Central Hesse at the University of Giessen. In the past, Monika Schuhmacher taught at the University of Mannheim, Mannheim Business School, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) and the ESSEC Graduate School (France). Monika Schuhmacher conducted her studies at the University of Mannheim (diploma, PhD and habilation) and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (M.B.A.).Her research interests are in the fields of technology and innovation management and -marketing, open innovation, reverse innovation, business model innovation, internet of things, and entrepreneurial marketing. Her teaching focus is primarily located in the areas of strategic technology and innovation management, innovation marketing, entrepreneurship, marketing management and global marketing. Prof. Schuhmacher has published articles in the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Product Innovation Management or Creativity & Innovation Management.