Katharina Lauer is in charge of implementing and driving ELIXIR’s industry strategy. She manages a range of industry engagement activities including ELIXIR’s Innovation and SME Forum, ELIXIR’s Bioinformatics Suppliers Forum, supports our Industry Advisory Committee and manages ELIXIR’s Knowledge Exchange Scheme, a staff exchange programme for ELIXIR Nodes and industry. See ELIXIR’s Industry activities here. Katharina’s expertise includes public-private partnerships, engagement of external stakeholders and entrepreneurial ecosystems in the life sciences. She focuses on creating opportunities for engagement with industry for ELIXIR members. Katharina has a background in virology and vaccines and currently also helps to coordinate ELIXIR’s response to COVID-19.