The 13th International Conference on Biological Barriers is an international scientific event, organized every two years and receiving constantly 200+ registered attendees from all over the world.

BioBarriers 2020 focus on Drug Delivery and Infection Research. BioBarriers 2020 will include sessions on RNA Delivery, Engeneered Carriers as well as Microbiota, Bioprinting and Organ-On-Chip. Moreover, we will discuss innovative concepts and materials, advanced fabrication and polymers.

Target audiences are early stage researchers as well as experienced scientists and professionals from academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

The program combines …

  • international experts presenting their views and latest results
  • exclusive opportunities for contributed oral presentations in all sessions
  • poster sessions and guided tours
  • industry exhibition – selected companies present their latest technologies

Program Committee

Program Chairs and Organisers of BioBarriers 2018


Claus-Michael Lehr is Professor at Saarland University, and also cofounder and head of the department Drug Delivery at the recently established Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS). Together with his long lasting colleague Ulrich Schäfer, he developed the BioBarriers conference series and acts as program chair since its beginning in 1997. He received numerous awards and memberships and serves as expert reviewer for research institutions, international corporations and journals. Since 2015, Claus-Michael Lehr is listed yearly by the journal The Medicine Maker as one of the hundred most influential experts of drug development.

Nicole Schneider-Daum studied Food Chemistry at the University of Kaiserslautern before doing her PhD at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. She joined the institute of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology at Saarland University in 2004 and started as senior scientist in the department Drug Delivery of the recently established Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) focusing on the establishment of new in vitro models of biological barriers.

Brigitta Loretz studied Microbiology at the University of Innsbruck. In April 2007 she received her PhD at the University of Innsbruck, Dep. of Pharmaceutical Technology for her work on novel strategies for oral gene delivery. As postdoc she joined Prof. Lehr’s group at the Saarland University in June 2007. After the foundation of the Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), she changed to the new institute and is working there as senior scientist. Her research interests are nano carriers for intracellular delivery of biopharmaceutics, with a special focus on biodegradable polymers.

Gregor Fuhrmann is a Junior Research Group Leader at the Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS). He studied Pharmacy in Berlin and received his doctoral degree in 2013 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich. For his thesis, he received the ETH Medal and the Rottendorf Europapreis award for excellent pharmaceutical research. He then joined the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London as a German Academic Exchange Service Postdoc and a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellow. Since December 2016, he is heading his research group Biogenic Nanotherapeutics (BION) which is dedicated to biomimetic engineering for improved therapy and imaging of infectious diseases.