Sven Panke studied biochemical engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig, the Geman National Research Center for Biotechnology (GBF) and the Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas in Madrid, Spain. In 1999, he obtained his PhD from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland, for work on the manufacturing of chiral pharma intermediates with recombinant bacteria cells in aqueous/organic multiphase reactors, for which he was awarded an ETH-medal. He joined the Dutch Fine Chemical provider DSM in Geleen, The Netherlands, where he worked on several pharma-related projects and received the DSM Research Award for one of them. He returned to ETHZ in 2001 as an Assistant Professor for Bioprocess Engineering and received tenure in 2007.
Sven Panke’s research interests revolve around synthetic biology and separation-integrated bioprocessing. He is/was involved in 7 European Union-sponsored projects in the area of synthetic biology, was the main organizer of the Synthetic Biology 3.0 conference in Zürich in 2007, served as an expert advisor for synthetic biology to the European Commission, and coordinated the development of the 2009 ESF-Eurocores program EuroSYNBIO.