Claudia Gaertner, PhD, studied chemistry and biology at the university of Duesseldorf, Germany. She obtained her PhD in biochemistry and became involved with microtechnologies at the Institute of Microtechnology Mainz (IMM). In 1999 she took over the position of the director of the newly founded Application Center for Microtechnology Jena, Germany (amt) where she built up the technological infrastructure for the realization of miniaturized systems and established Lab-on-a-Chip technology as a research area. In 2002 she founded the company “microfluidic ChipShop” (2002) mainly focusing on miniaturized analytical systems and the fabrication of microsystems. In 2002 she was nominated for the German Founders Prize and decorated with the Thuringian award for the best business concept for microfluidic ChipShop. In March 2006 Dr. Gaertner moved from the amt to microfluidic ChipShop where she was named CEO. She leads a wide variety of research projects for the development of lab-on-a-chip systems for life science applications and respective novel fabrication technologies.