Prof. Dr. Ralf Kindervater studied chemistry and obtained his PhD in biochemistry and biotechnology at the Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung mbH (GBF) in Braunschweig.
He then took on a managerial role at the Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry of the University of Tübingen before moving on to another managerial role at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) in Stuttgart.
After many years in marketing and sales with Eppendorf AG in Hamburg, he accepted the position as CEO of the Regionalansiedlungsgesellschaft Biostart mbH in Jena in 1997.
In 2001 and 2002, Prof. Dr. Kindervater held a number of seats on the advisory and management boards of several biotech companies.
In 2003 Prof. Dr. Kindervater became CEO of BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg GmbH, and in 2014 he was appointed honorary professor in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).