Prof. Dr. Manuel PeitschVice President, Biological Systems Research, Philip Morris International/Research & Development, Chairman of the Board of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics & Professor of Bioinformatics, University of Basel
Before joining Philip Morris International, Manuel Peitsch worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over fifteen years, following seven years in academia. His work has mainly been in the areas of Computational Life Sciences (incl. bioinformatics) and Experimental Biology (incl. genomics and proteomics) in Drug Discovery.
He holds several patents related to proteomics, genomics and computer science and has published over 150 articles, book chapters and technical notes (cited over 20000 times). Manuel has done pioneering work in the area of molecular modeling, computational text analytics and systems biology.
Manuel was a founder of several initiatives, including two start-up companies and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. He has served as a member of the Swiss National Research Council, is the Chairman of the Executive Board of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and an active scientific advisor to several academic and commercial entities. Manuel is a ComputerWorld Honors Laureate and a recipient of several awards including the New England Business and Technology Award and the United Devices Grid Visionary Award. Manuel holds a BASc in Life Sciences, a MASc in Physical Chemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry; he is also a Professor for Bioinformatics at the University of Basel.