Birgit Kerber has been actively engaged in establishing technology transfer at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) more than 18 years ago and has since held various positions at EMBL’s technology transfer arm, EMBLEM. She is currently responsible for business development at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and business development lead for Open Targets, a public-private partnership with EMBL-EBI, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, GSK, Takeda, BMS, and Sanofi. Birgit has been engaged in managing and licensing intellectual property with biotech and large pharma companies as customers as well as starting companies out of EMBL. She holds a diploma in biology from Philipps-University Marburg, did her Ph.D. work at the Max-Planck-Institute for biophysical chemistry in Goettingen, and a postdoc at EMBL Heidelberg. She is a member of BIO Deutschland and the Licensing Executives Society as well as an alumna of St Gallen Business School, CEIPI, Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds, DFG, and EMBO.