He is one of the first: Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Dr. David Reinhart was awarded the "Venia legendi" for the subject Technology of Animal Cell Culture by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. The habilitation is the highest university examination in Austria and some European countries which determines the teaching qualification in a scientific subject within the framework of an academic examination procedure. The habilitation is an examination of whether a scientist is able to represent his or her subject in research and teaching in its full breadth. In his habilitation colloquium in December 2019, David Reinhart was able to convince the commission of his qualification for the teaching and research field "Technology of Animal Cell Culture" with the teaching lecture "Continuous Process Technology in Animal Cell Culture" and the technical lecture "Animal Cell Culture Technology - In Service of Humanity".
Outstanding achievements since his graduation
The list of his publications and research achievements is considerable as is his expertise in the fields: Recombinant gene expression in animal cells; genetic characterization of production clones; establishment of production strains for the biopharmaceutical industry; protein purification of cell culture supernatants by filtration, precipitation, chromatography and the development of cultivation processes of animal cells in bioreactors.
in addition to his teaching position at BOKU Vienna, Reinhart is currently working as Head of Unit Manufacturing Science Cell Culture at Boehringer Ingelheim Austria. There he is responsible for the management and coordination of mammalian cell culture process plants within Operations Austria including budget and personnel responsibility. The Cell Culture Technology Laboratory is responsible for troubleshooting, functional raw material testing and process improvements of commercial processes and like-to-like transfers (direct transfers of commercial process formats).
Member of the IMC Life Sciences development team
"I am very proud that we can now congratulate one of our first graduates on his habilitation. David Reinhart was already an outstanding personality during his studies and it was already clear at that time that he would have a great career. In 2014, we were able to present him with the IMC Alumni Award in the category Special Scientific Career. The contact between our department and him was always maintained. He has been able to inspire us students of the department during scientific lectures and is actively involved in the further development of the biotechnology curricula as a member of the development team," said the head of the Department of Life Sciences, Priv. Dr. Harald Hundsberger.
"It is gratifying that about 30% of our graduates of the Department of Life Sciences are aiming for a scientific career and are very successful at home and abroad. We are particularly pleased about David Reinhart's habilitation. He was one of the first dedicated students, one of the pioneers of the study program "Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology". They have laid the foundation for the excellent reputation and the permanent qualitative development of this course of study, for which we are very grateful," emphasizes Ulrike Prommer, CEO of IMC Krems.
What is a habilitation?
The habilitation is the highest ranked university examination in Germany, Austria, France, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and some Eastern European countries, which determines the teaching qualification (Latin facultas docendi) in a scientific subject within the framework of an academic examination procedure. The recognition of the teaching qualification is the prerequisite for the granting of the teaching license, also called teaching permission, teaching authorization or venia legendi (from Latin for "permission to read aloud"). In contrast to the teaching qualification, it is often linked to the observance of regular teaching obligations. The purpose of the habilitation is to check whether the researcher can represent his/her subject in research and teaching in its full breadth.