Gerhard Noessner is the Director of Process and Analytical Development API at Excella GmbH & Co. KG. He has more than 35 years of experience in organic chemistry and 20 years of experience in process development. He obtained his degree in organic chemistry from the University of Regensburg. After a postdoctoral fellowship as a medicinal chemist in Prof. Murray Goodman´s group at the University of California, San Diego, he joined ASTA Medica, the pharmaceutical branch of Degussa, as research chemist in the field of new oncology drugs. In 2001, he moved to FAREVA Excella´s process development group, which he is leading since 2004.