Matthias Birkhoff is Vice-President Business Development at Aptar Pharma. In this role he is responsible for Aptar Pharma’s eye-care programme and co-ordinates research and development activities, microbiological assessment and commercial strategies. Mr Birkhoff started his career in sales at a major multinational pharma company before joining Aptar Pharma 19 years ago. Prior to his involvement in business development and marketing, he oversaw sales in the Asia Pacific region. He studied medicine at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany and holds a nursing degree.