Rottendorf Foundation establishes endowed professorship at WWU Münster

The Rottendorf Foundation from Ennigerloh is funding an endowed professorship for “Pharmaceutical Technology” at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy at the Westphalian Wilhelms University (WWU) Münster for ten years. On Monday, 12 September 2022, Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels, Rector of WWU Münster, and the foundation’s directors Hermann-Ulrich Viskorf and Dr. Lilian Klewitz-Haas signed a corresponding agreement in a ceremony.

The endowed professorship will be located at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy and is to be converted into an endowed chair after six years. The research focus will be on the simulation and modelling of the production of solid pharmaceutical forms – such as tablets, capsules or dragées. The research area includes, for example, process technologies in the areas of granulation, tableting, mixing or filming.

“With the endowed professorship, we are expanding the profile of the pharmacy degree programme at the WWU and thus further increasing the attractiveness of Münster as a place to study,” explained Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels. Hermann-Ulrich Viskorf, Chairman of the Board of the Rottendorf Foundation, emphasised: “I look forward to a fruitful cooperation with WWU Münster from which both sides will benefit.”

“The Rottendorf Foundation Professorship is a strategic strengthening of pharmaceutical technology at WWU and leads to better networking of the department and its students with regional industry,” explained Prof. Dr. Joachim Jose, Dean of the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy. “We are very grateful to the Rottendorf Foundation for this opportunity.” And Prof. Dr. Klaus Langer, Director of the Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, is certain: “By focusing the endowed professorship on the simulation of pharmaceutical-technological processes, Münster WWU is establishing a novel, innovative field of research with a unique character.”

With the endowed professorship, the university and the Rottendorf Foundation would like to strengthen the existing good connection, which could also include joint internships for students in the company, joint symposia or additional scholarships in the future.

Photo: Thomas Mohn

Photo: Thomas Mohn