Wolfgang Knecht received a MSc degree in Physics from MIT and a PhD in Technical Science from ETH Zurich on artificial neural networks for applications in acoustics. He has completed Executive Training in Management at UZH and is currently enrolled in a CAS in Pharmaceutical Medicine at the University of Basel. After several years in private industry R&D implementing noise reduction systems in the first digital hearing instruments he is currently the managing director of the Neuroscience Center Zurich of the University and ETH Zurich. Together with Prof. Martin Schwab he has set up and managed large academic research networks, such as the NCCR “Neural Plasticity and Repair” financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the leading houses University and ETH Zurich. With Martin he established and managed long-term collaboration contracts between academia and pharmaceutical companies for joint translational projects. He is also the delegate of ETH Zurich participating in EIT Health, one of Europe’s largest consortia for innovation in the health sector.