Hans Smola studied medicine at the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany and finished medical school in 1987. His dissertation was in immunology on the genetic organization of the kappa locus in humans, 1989. After military service, he joined the group of Prof. N.E. Fusenig at the German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany in 1989 to 1991. Here, epithelial-mesenchymal cell-cell interactions were studied in different models. In 1991 Hans started clinical training in dermatology Prof. Thomas Krieg at the Department of Dermatology, University of Cologne, Germany. In 1995 board certification was received and in 1997 for allergology. In 1999 Hans moved to the industry as Medical Advisor at B. Braun taking care of the wound healing indications until 2001. The next station was the Nestle Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland from 2002 to 2004 where nutrients and skin were studied. In 2004 Hans joined HARTMANN as Medical Director and continues to work to the present day. At HARTMANN he is involved in translating science to product concepts for chronic wounds and incontinence-stressed skin.
As an industry-based clinician for almost 20 years and a long-term ETRS member, I benefited from the ETRS in many ways. Drawing inspiration from other ETRS members I appreciated the opportunity to collaborate and translate basic science to concepts which eventually benefit patients. Becoming a member of the ETRS board will be an opportunity to give something back. To help young clinicians and scientist discover translational research, to foster the relationship between ETRS and industry in a mutually beneficial way and to help the ETRS to exchange with other scientists in adjacent fields and settings.