PRESS RELEASE: CLIB appoints extended and executive board


PRESS RELEASE Düsseldorf, 22 May 2024

At an extraordinary general meeting on May 16, 2024, the members re-elected the extended board of the association. We said goodbye to our long-standing board member Dr. Karl-Heinz Maurer, who resigned after three terms of office on the extended board, including two terms as chairman of the board. We are extremely grateful to him for his many years of commitment to the cluster and the significant support he has provided over the years.

We welcome Dr. Rainer Simmering to the Extended Board for Henkel AG & Co. KGaA. Dr. Simmering is Head of Microbiology at Henkel and succeeds Dr. Roland Breves, who left the company in April 2024 and has now been elected to the Executive Board as a representative of the SME member group with his own consulting firm bcb – biotech consult breves. We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Simmering to the CLIB Board and congratulate him on his election.

The extended board represents the various member groups – academia, industry, SMEs and other members – and steers CLIB’s strategy. After the election, it will be composed as follows:



Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, VITO

Prof. Dr. Stephan Lütz, TU Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Volker Wendisch, Bielefeld University



Dr. Silko Grimm, Evonik

Dr. Gernot Jäger, Covestro

Dr. Rainer Simmering, Henkel



Dr. Roland Breves, bcb – biotech consult breves

Dr. Frank Kensy, b.fab

Dr. Peter Welters, Phytowelt



Dr. Cornelia Bähr, b.value

Dr. Claas Heise, NRW. BANK

Hans-Jürgen Mittelstaedt, VCI NRW


Following the General Assembly, the Extended Board unanimously elected four of its members to the Executive Board. Dr. Roland Breves will remain in office as Chairman of the Board and will represent the SME member group. Dr. Gernot Jäger, Covestro, and Prof. Dr. Volker Wendisch, University of Bielefeld, were elected as his deputies. Hans-Jürgen Mittelstaedt from VCI NRW was again elected treasurer of the association.