Bernd read chemistry at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen, Germany and specialized on Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering comprising silver halide surfaces and drugs under Prof. Dr. Sigfried Schneider. He obtained his doctorate in Natural Sciences in 2002.
Worked as a product manager at P.A.L.M., later Carl Zeiss Micro-Imaging, he moved on to head confocal product management at Leica Microsystems, Mannheim in 2007. During that time he obtained an MBA degree from the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Since 2010 he led the business segment confocal imaging at Leica Microsystems and was promoted Director Confocal Imaging in 2012.
In that time the confocal team launched a number of innovative products, culminating in the award winning super-resolution instruments, the Leica TCS SP8 STED series, in addition the only confocal using white light laser TCS SP8 X and unsurpassed detector technologies. The latest innovation will revolutionize lightsheet imgaging: The Leica TCS SP8 DLS.