Oliver Renn

Head of the Chemistry | Biology | Pharmacy Information Center
ETH Zürich

Dr. Oliver Renn joined ETH Zürich in September 2012 as Head of the Chemistry | Biology | Pharmacy Information Center. Since 2015, he has also been Head of Science Communication D-CHAB (Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences).


He grew up in the Black Forest and studied chemistry in Munich and Freiburg. After his PhD in bioinorganic chemistry in 1990 at the University of Dortmund, he continued working in cancer research at the University of California, Davis. Further steps of his academic career include a position at ETH Zürich. In 1996, he left academia and went into publishing, lastly as a Publishing Director at Bertelsmann-Springer in Munich. In 2002 he joined the management board of Oncology World, a start-up company focusing on knowledge management and discovery in oncology, and from 2003 to 2012 he headed the Scientific Information Center of Boehringer Ingelheim, a major pharma company.