Heiner holds currently a position of R&D Quality Intelligence Leader at Sanofi, France. Since 2000, when he joined Aventis, he gained extensive experience in clinical quality assurance and was responsible for the region of Europe, as well as for Middle East and Africa. Between 1990 and 2000, Heiner was with Hoechst AG, where he served as head of GCP Audit Group Europe and Head of Corporate Regulatory Compliance Europe. Heiner started his professional career in 1985 as a research project manager at the University of Heidelberg & SEL Alcatel in Germany. Heiner received his Diploma (MSc) & Doctorate (PhD) in Experimental & Mathematical Psychology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Additionally, Heiner holds a Diploma in Research Quality Assurance, from Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.