Univ. Prof. Dr. Heinrich Klech, MD, PhD, FACP, GFMD

Professor of Medicine, Medical University Vienna, Chief Executive Officer of Vienna School of Clinical Research (VSCR)

Prof. Heinrich Klech is an internal medicine specialist by training from the University of Vienna. He is author of more than 200 publications in the field of lung diseases and served on the editorial board of many renowned medical journals in the field of Pulmonology and Internal medicine After a successful academic international career he changed to executive R&D management positions in the pharmaceutical industry. He held position for Central Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa for Eli Lilly & Company, and led later Lilly´s R&D and regulatory activities in a large part of Western Europe. He retired in 2008 from Lilly. For decades he held responsibilities for postgraduate education on behalf of the Austrian Medical Association and served on the board of the Austrian Akademie der Ärzte. In 2000 he founded the Vienna School for Clinical Research (VSCR), a not-for-profit postgraduate educational institution, which trained and developed clinical researchers on a global basis in close partnership with 14 international universities. The VSCR in collaboration with the Medical University Vienna (MUW) in the past 16 years has trained more than 7000 scientists from more than 90 countries. Today, the VSCR (Vienna School of Clinical Research, Public Health and Medical Education) is an international Center of Excellence for Clinical Research, Health Economy and accredited postgraduate medical education. He is a board member of various national and international pharmaceutical associations as well as postgraduate educational institutions. e. g. he is member of the executive board of the PharmaTrain Federation and of EFGCP (European Forum for Good Clinical Practice). For the last 5 years he is also in a leading position within the European IMI program (Innovative Medicine Initiative), a joint project of the European Commission and EFPIA.


Mag. Margarete Schreiner-Karner, MSc

Operational Manager VSCR

Mag. Margarete Schreiner-Karner graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration specializing in marketing and social policy. She began her career as a biomedical analyst in a medical-diagnostic laboratory for clinical chemistry and hematology, before joining the pharmaceutical industry in 2002. As product and brand manager, she was responsible for product launches, especially in the indications of obesity, diabetes (Sanofi) and oncology (Takeda), in close cooperation with market access and medicine. Mag. Schreiner-Karner was able to gather additional expertise in the context of conducting Phase III clinical trials in the field of diabetes at Medical University of Vienna, University Department of Internal Medicine III, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. In 2018 Mag. Schreiner-Karner joined the VSCR team as operational manager and member of the VSCR management board.