Meyer Galow Foundation

Meyer Galow Foundation for Business Chemistry

Science and Aesthetics

This sculpture by the sculptor Günter Steinmann will be presented to all award winners. It translates creative activity into artistic design language and thus creates a lasting symbol.

Here you will find the current call for proposals for the Meyer Galow Prize for Business Chemistry 2023.

Nomination deadline: July 01, 2023.

The founder

Professor Dr. In his professional life, Erhard Meyer-Galow has mainly worked at the interface between chemistry and the market. That is why business chemistry runs like a red thread through his professional work. During his time as President of the GDCh in 1998/1999, Professor Meyer-Galow campaigned particularly for the establishment of the "Vereinigung Chemie und Wirtschaft (VCW)" in the GDCh and for the establishment of a "Business Chemistry" course at German universities. In order to accelerate this course of study, HÜLS AG established the endowed professorship "Business Administration for Natural Sciences, especially Chemistry" at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster for a period of five years for a period of five years under his leadership. This chair was the first of its kind in Germany and continues to train business chemists very successfully to this day. The founder himself gave lectures on "Business Chemistry in the Chemical Industry" at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster for many years. Prof. Dr. Erhard Meyer-Galow was appointed honorary professor on July 28, 1998 and received the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon on October 20, 1998 for his diverse achievements.

The Foundation

To further promote business chemistry, especially from the point of view of sustainability and the need for chemical products or processes with high value for our society, he founded the " Meyer - Galow Foundation for Business Chemistry", whose task is the annual award of the "Meyer-Galow -Price for Business Chemistry "is. The foundation is administered by the GDCh in accordance with the decision of the board of the German Chemical Society eV on March 5, 2012. Endowments are welcome and welcome.

The Meyer-Galow Award for Business Chemistry

The prize is endowed with 10,000 euros.

It is awarded to people who - alone or with a team - have successfully introduced a current innovation in chemistry to the market in German-speaking countries. It can be a product or a process. The invention that is brought to innovation can, but does not have to, come from himself. However, he should be the driving force for implementation in the market.

The award awardee proves to be worthy in particular if he or she


  • has introduced an innovation to the market that largely takes sustainability into account,
  • has introduced an innovation to the market that means a special necessary value for society ("must have" and not "nice to have"!)
  • is a mature personality and enjoys a high level of human esteem among employees, colleagues, superiors and in business relationships. The management style is characterized by a particularly high degree of empathy.

2022 - dr Werner Bonrath, DSM, Kaiseraugst/Switzerland, and Dr. Oliver Schadt, Merck, Darmstadt

dr Werner Bonrath, DSM, Kaiseraugst/Switzerland, was awarded in recognition of his services to the development of a more sustainable synthesis of vitamin E. It is thanks to his excellent research and the subsequent successful industrial implementation and market launch that the two key building blocks 2,3,5-trimethylhydroquinone and isophytol can be produced more cost-effectively and with less energy consumption. As a result, the CO 2 balance could be significantly reduced, which is an important step towards sustainable production.

dr Oliver Schadt, Merck, Darmstadt, received the award in recognition of his contributions to the identification and development of the small molecule drug tepotinib. Tepotinib is a targeted cancer therapy approved in Europe and worldwide for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with MET exon 14 skipping alterations and represents an innovative and effective treatment option for an unmet medical need. The successful market launch is due in particular to his innovative thinking and his inclusive and team-oriented management style.

2021 - Drs. Götz Baumgarten, Axel Kobus and Jörg Balster, Evonik Operations GmbH

Drs. Götz Baumgarten, Axel Kobus and Jörg Balster, Evonik Operations GmbH, convinced the foundation advisory board with their development of the hollow-fiber membranes made from polyimides known under the brand name SEPURAN. Within a very short time, they and their team have succeeded in developing and bringing to market a gas separation membrane that is the leading biogas upgrading technology today.

2020 - dr Edgar Endlein, Werner and Mertz GmbH

dr Edgar Endlein, Werner and Mertz GmbH, was honored for his many years of commitment to innovation and sustainability management. He successfully promoted the well-known consumer goods brand Frosch with innovative and sustainable products based on regional European vegetable oils in the cosmetics and detergents industry.

2019 - dr Roland Bayer, DuPont N&B

dr Roland Bayer, Application Development Leader, DuPont N&B, received the award for the development and commercialization of a thermoplastic hydroxy-propylmethylcellulose (HPMC). Filaments produced from this are used as a support material in 3D printing and can be washed out with simple tap water after the printing process. They are fully recyclable.

2018 - dr Markus Rarbach, Clariant

dr Markus Rarbach, Clariant, for the development and successful market launch of the highly complex sunliquid® technology. Fossil fuel sources are being replaced by cellulosic ethanol. A practically greenhouse gas-neutral biofuel is thus made available.

2017 - dr Markus Heitzmann, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma

dr Markus Heitzmann, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma, was instrumental in the successful launch of Jardiance® (empagliflozin), an oral antidiabetic that also reduces the risk of cardiovascular events in patients with existing cardiovascular disease.

2016 - dr Thorsten Bartels, Boris Eisenberg, Dr. Klaus Schimossek, Dr. Torsten Stoehr, EVONIK

dr Thorsten Bartels, Boris Eisenberg, Dr. Klaus Schimossek, Dr. Torsten Stöhr, EVONIK, was honored for the development of high-performance lubricants in vehicles, machines and systems for resource efficiency and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

2015 - dr Andreas Lutz and Dr. Stefan Schmatloch, DOW

dr Andreas Lutz and Dr. Stefan Schmatloch, DOW, were honored for lightweight construction concepts in the automotive industry, especially for research and development of new adhesive technologies.

2014 - dr Michael Heckmeier, Dr. Harold Hirschmann, Dr. Sang-Kyu Lee, Dr. Roman Maisch, Merck KGaA

dr Michael Heckmeier, Dr. Harold Hirschmann, Dr. Sang-Kyu Lee, Dr. Roman Maisch, Merck KGaA. The team works in liquid crystal research and was recognized for developing liquid crystal formulations for energy-efficient smartphones and tablets.

2013 - dr Thomas Greindl, BASF

dr Thomas Greindl, BASF, succeeded in developing and successfully launching easily biodegradable surfactants and complexing agents, especially TRILON ® M, a powerful alternative to phosphates.

2012 - dr Susanne Rohrig, Bayer AG

dr Susanne Röhrig, Bayer AG, was the first to receive this award for her contribution to the discovery and development of the novel anticoagulant rivaroxaban. Launch of the innovative thrombosis drug Xarelto.

The Board of Trustees

The work to fulfill the purpose of the foundation is carried out by an advisory board. In addition to the founder, the following should be represented on this board of trustees:

Current members of the Board of Trustees are

Prof. Dr. Erhard MEYER-GALOW, Essen (founder and chairman of the foundation)
dr Felix MÜLLER, vonik Industries AG, Essen (Secretary of the Foundation)
dr Matthias URMANN, Sanofi/Frankfurt am Main
Prof. Michael DRÖSCHER, Dorsten
dr Martin VOLLMER, BMI Group/United Kingdom
dr Carla SEIDEL, BASF/Ludwigshafen
Professor Jens LEKER, Munster

Nomination Guidelines

The nomination must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Brief meaningful justification by the proposer(s) (1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee (1 page)
  • Description of the innovation by the nominee (1 page)

Foundation Secretary

Dr. Felix Müller has been the Foundation Secretary of the Meyer Galow Foundation for Business Chemistry since 2020. Contact:

Erhard Meyer-Galow

The founder has set up his own website, which also explains the reasons for setting up his foundation.

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