Dr. Thomas Reiß

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Head of Competence Center Emerging Technologies

Experience

Staatsexamen Biology and Chemistry, University of Freiburg, 1980

Dr. rer. nat. in Plant Physiology, University of Freiburg, 1983

1983-1986: Research Associate, Institute of Biology II, Plant Physiology, Plant Molecular Biology, University of Freiburg

1986-1987: Post-doctoral fellow at the DOE Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University (USA)

since 1987 at Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

1996-2004 head of the department "Innovations in Biotechnology"

since 2005 head of the Competence Center Emerging Technologies

August 2006 to March 2007: deputy head of Fraunhofer ISI

Work Focus

  • National and sectoral systems of innovation

  • Innovation in health care systems

  • Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) 

  • Innovation policies

  • Technology monitoring, foresight and assessment

  • Science and technology monitoring

  • Macro-economic effects of emerging technologies

  • Technology diffusion

Further Research Areas

  • Science and technology indicators

  • Public perception of biotechnology

  • Innovation and regulation

Academic Teaching

Lecture: Management of new technologies, KIT University of Karlsruhe

Memberships

  • Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the European Techno-Economic Policy Support Network (ETEPS)

  • Member of the Peer Review Panel of the European Science Foundation (ESF)

Projects

  • Update science and technology roadmap for graphene flagship 

  • Preparation and demonstration of multi-KETs pilot lines actions 

  • EU KETs - supported innovative industry for high growth and sustainable globalization (EU Knights) 

  • Management of Emerging Technologies for Economic Impact (ManETEI)

  • Emerging Research Areas and their Coverage by ERC-supported projects (ERACEP) 

  • Economic foresight study on industrial trends and the research needed to support the competitiveness of European industry around 2025 (NMP Foresight) 

  • International Monitoring of energy storage systems for electric vehicles  

  • Analysis of health care systems from a systems of innovation perspective 

  • Synthetic Biology - technology assessment 

  • Towards a European strategy for synthetic biology (TESSY) 

  • European Systems Biology 

  • Emergence of focal areas in life sciences

  • FuE-Pipeline in den Life Sciences

  • Integrated EST Framework (EST-Frame) 

  • Benchmarking of public biotechnology policies 

  • Efficiency of innovation policies in high-tech sectors in Europe

  • European Biotechnology Innovation Systems

  • Consequences, opportunities and challenges of modern biotechnology for Europe (Bio4EU)

Publications

Reiß, Thomas; Thielmann Axel (2015): Energiespeicher für die Elektromobilität Deutschland auf dem Weg zum Leitmarkt und Leitanbieter? In: Neue Mobilität 15, pp. 75-77

Fan, Cheng; Reiß, Thomas; Thielmann, Axel (Eds.) (2014): Challenge-led-Innovation in China - das Beispiel Elektromobilität. Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI (Fraunhofer ISI Discussion Papers, Innovation Systems and Policy Analysis)

Heyen, Nils B.; Reiß, T. (2014): Das Gesundheitswesen aus Innovationssystemperspektive: Acht Thesen und Handlungsmöglichkeiten. Teil 1. In: Sozialer Fortschritt 63(10), pp. 245-252. DOI 10.3790/sfo.63.10.267

Heyen, Nils B.; Reiß, T. (2014): Das Gesundheitswesen aus Innovationssystemperspektive: Acht Thesen und Handlungsmöglichkeiten. Teil 2. In: Sozialer Fortschritt 63(11), pp. 267-276. DOI 10.3790/sfo.63.11.267

Gleich, Armin von; Giese, Bernd; Königstein, Stefan; Pade, Christian; Wigger, Henning; Schmidt, Jan C.; Reiß, Thomas; Kukk, Piret; van Doren, Davy; Universität Bremen/Fachgebiet 10 - Technikgestaltung und Technologieentwicklung (2014): Innovations- und Technikanalyse Synthetische Biologie - SynBio. Schlussbericht. Bremen: Universität Bremen

Reiss, Thomas; Millar, Kate (2014): Assessment of emerging science and technology: Integration opportunities and challenges. In: Science and Public Policy 41, pp. 269-271

Gaisser, Sibylle; Reiß, Thomas (2014): Synthetische Biologie im Spannungsfeld von Forschung, Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft: von der Notwendigkeit eines interdisziplinären und ergebnisoffenen Dialogs. In: Schartl, Manfred; Erber-Schropp, Julia Maria (Hrsg.): Chancen und Risiken der modernen Biotechnologie. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 141 p.

Reiß, Thomas; Vignola-Gagné, Etienne; Kukk, Piret (2013): Thematische Schwerpunktbildung in den Life Sciences durch systemimmanente Prozesse. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, 118 p.

Bührlen, B.; Hegemann, T., Henke, K.-D.; Kloepfer, A.; Reiß, T. Schwartz, F.W. (2013): Gesundheit neu denken. Fragen und Antworten für ein Gesundheitssystem von morgen. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer Verlag, 101 p.

Heyen, Nils B. & Reiß, Thomas (2013): Innovationspotenziale im Gesundheitswesen. Ergebnisse einer Analyse offizieller Akteursziele. In: Gesundheits- und Sozialpolitik 67 (1), pp. 37-45

Van Doren, Davy; Koenigstein, Stefan; Reiss, Thomas (2013): The development of synthetic biology: a patent analysis. In: Syst Synth Biol. DOI 10.1007/s11693-013-9121-7

Reiss, Thomas; Lindner, Ralf; Schmoch Ulrich: Biotechnology in Europe: Background Information on Biotechnology Industry Characteristics and Policy Environment in Denmark, Germany, Latvia, Russia and Sweden. In: Göransson, Bo; Palsson, Carl M. (Eds.): Biotechnology and Innovation Systems: The Role of Public Policy. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA: Elgar Publ. Ltd., 2011, pp. 207-244

Reiss, Thomas; Lindner, Ralf; Schmoch, Ulrich: Biotechnology in Germany. In: Göransson, Bo; Palsson, Carl M. (Eds.): Biotechnology and Innovation Systems: The Role of Public Policy. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA: Elgar Publ. Ltd., 2011, pp. 315-332

Reiss, Thomas; Thielmann, Axel (2010): Nanotechnology Research in Russia - An Analysis of Scientific Publications and Patent Applications In: Nanotechnology Law & Business. 7 (2010), 4, pp. 387-404  

Gaisser, Sibylle; Reiss, Thomas; Lunkes, Astrid; Müller, Kristian M.; Bernauer, Hubert (2009): Making the most of synthetic biology. In: EMBO reports 10, Special Issue, S5-S8

Gaisser, Sibylle; Reiss, Thomas (2009): Shaping the science-policy interface in synthetic biology. In: Syst Synth Biol 3, pp. 109-114   

Enzing, Christien; Reiss, Thomas (2008): The Effectiveness of Biotechnology Policies in Europe. In: International Journal of Biotechnology 10, 4, pp. 327-340

Gaisser, Sibylle; Reiss, Thomas (2008): Biopharmaceutical Innovation Capacities – Benchmarking Europe and Implications for CEE. In: Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technologies. Vol. 2: Iss. 2, Article 6, 22 p.

Reiss, Thomas; Dominguez-Lacasa, Iciar (2008): The Performance of European Countries in Biotechnology: How Does Europe Compare to the USA? In: International Journal of Biotechnology 10, 4, pp. 303-326

Senker, Jacqueline; Enzing, Christien; Reiss, Thomas (2008): Biotechnology Policies and Performance in Central and Eastern Europe. In: International Journal of Biotechnology 10, 4, pp. 341-362

Reiss, Thomas; Dominguez Lacasa, Iciar (2007): Benchmarking national biotechnology policy across Europe: A systems approach using quantitative and qualitative indicators. In: Research Evaluation 16(4), pp. 331.339

Senker, Jacqueline; Reiss, Thomas; Mangematin, Vincent; Enzing, Christien (2007): The Effects of National Policy on Biotechnology Development: the Need for a Broad Policy Approach. In: International Journal of Biotechnology 9.1, pp. 20-38

Enzing, Christien; Reiss, Thomas; Gronning, Terje; Hinze, Sybille; Knell, Marc et al. (2006): Innovation in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology – Comparing National Innovation Systems at the Sectoral Level. Paris: OECD, 2006, 187 p.

Reiss, Thomas; Gaisser, Sibylle (2006): The Biotechnology for Europe Study (Bio4EU) – Consequences, Opportunities and Challenges of Modern Biotechnology for Europe. In: BioForum Europe 10.12, pp. 18-19

Reiss, Thomas; Tait, Joyce (2005): Life Science Innovation: Policy and Foresight. In: Lyall, Catherine (Ed.) et al.: New Models of Governance: Developing an Integrated Policy Approach to Science, Technology, Risk and the Environment. Aldershop: Ashgate, pp. 69-87

Reiss, Thomas; Diekmann, Wilfried (2005): The Take-off of European Systems Biology (EUSYSBIO): Benchmarking and Foresight of Systems Biology; Systems Biology Research in Central and Eastern European Countries and China. Stuttgart: Fraunhofer IRB Verlag (ISI-Schriftenreihe Innovationspotenziale)

Reiss, Thomas; Hinze, Sybille; Dominguez Lacasa, Iciar (2004): Performance of European Member States in Biotechnology. In: Science and Public Policy 31 (2004), 5, pp. 344-38

Reiss, Thomas; Wörner, Stefan (2002): The Biotech Equipment and Supplies Sector in Europe – is it European? In: Journal of Biotechnology (2002), 98, pp. 41-51

Reiss, Thomas (2001): Success factors for Biotechnology – lessons from Japan, Germany, Great Britain. In: Int. J. Biotechnology 3, pp. 134-156

Reiss, Thomas (2001): Drug discovery of the future: the implications of the human genome project. In: Trends in Biotechnology 19, pp. 496-499

Senker, J.; Enzing, C.; Joly, P.-B.; Reiss, T. (2000): European Exploitation of Biotechnology – Do Government Policies Help? In: Nature Biotechnology 18 (2000), 6, pp. 605-608