Thomas Zimmer, PhD, was Senior Vice President of the Corporate Division Safety, Quality & Environmental Protection (since July 2000.) Zimmer comes from Boehringer Ingelheim (1981-2000) where he had several positions in the Pharmaceutical Development and Pharmaceutical Manufacture and in the Area Management Operations (Americas, Europe). He was also Head of the Project Production Alliance Europe (PAE ) and later Head of Pharma Operations at Boehringer Ingelheim France. Zimmer is also chairman of the Anti-Counterfeiting Ad Hoc Group and member of the STRPC (Scientific, Technical and Regulatory Policy Committee) at the EFPIA. He is chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the Institute for Packaging of the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. He is also member of ISPE's International Leadership Forum and board member of the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI). He studied pharmacy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main and made his Doctoral Thesis in Pharmaceutical Technology.