Otto-Wilhelm MERTEN has a degree in biotechnology (Ph.D.) and today is the head of the group of Applied Vectorology and Innovation at Généthon. He has a large scientific experience gained during his stays at the Inst. Pasteur (Paris/F) as well as at the Sandoz Research Inst. (Vienna/A). Over the last 20 years, he has dealt with the development and optimization of serum-free and animal-free media for the cultivation of various cell lines (hybridomas, Vero, BHK 21, MDCK, ...) and the production of different biologicals including monoclonal antibodies, recombinant proteins, various viruses. In addition, he was involved in the development of processes for the production of viruses for vaccine purposes (influenza, rabies, polio). During the last years he was involved in the development and scale-up of production and purification processes for viral vectors starting at the Inst. Pasteur in Paris and continuing as head of the department of Bioprocess Development at Généthon. Since 2010 he is in charge of the group of Applied Vectorology and Innovation in view of the optimisation of vector production at a molecular as well engineering level.
Since expert in animal cell technology he was member of the executive committee of the European Society for Animal Cell Technology for 16 years and its chairman from 2001 to 2005.