Professor Manfred Auer is the SULSA Professor of Translational Biology. He is affiliated to the Centre for Translational and Chemical Biology, the Centre for Systems Biology at Edinburgh (CSBE) and the Division of Pathway Medicine. He joined the University of Edinburgh in 2008 from Novartis, Vienna. Professor Auer was previously Executive Director of the Innovative Screening Technologies Unit at the Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research. He has 20 years experience leading research in the pharmaceutical industry.