Doctor of Medicine, U. Mainz, Germany, 1967; U. Professor, U. Mainz, 1972; specialist in pharmacology, U. Mainz, 1972; specialist in clinical pharmacology, U. Mainz, 1982; Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Athens.
Director medical department, Bayer AG, Wuppertal, Germany, 1976-1984; head of pharmaceutical R & D world wide, Bayer AG, Wuppertal, 1984-1986; vice director general, Bayer Italia, Milan, Italy, 1986-1989; managing partner, vice Chairman of the Board managing directors, C.H. Boehringer Sohn, Ingelheim, Germany, since 1989. Science advisor Robert Koch Foundation, 1987-1992. Member of advisory board Barmenia Versicherungen, Wuppertal, since 1987, Deutsche Bank, AG Region, Mainz, since 1992;vice Chairman, Board Of Directors Medizinisch-pharmazeutische Studiengesellschaft, Bonn, Germany, 1990-1993.
Member of European Academy of Sciences and Art, Bulgarian Academy Sciences, International Federation Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (president 2000-2002), European Federation Pharmaceutical Industry Associations (vice president 1994, president 1996-1998), Bulgarian Academy Medical Sciences (honorary).
Married Ingeborg Gudrun Eckrich, March 15, 1963. Children: Sonia, Meiken.