Dr. Marc Cadisch
Director of SPIEZ LABORATORY
Dr. Marc Cadisch was born in 1962 in Thun, Switzerland and grew up there. Following his pharmaceutical studies in Bern he pursued his scientific studies with a doctoral thesis in organic chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Cadisch then worked in various areas of pharmaceutical industry. Parallel to his professional career he successfully completed further post-graduate studies in business management at the University of St. Gallen obtaining an Executive MBA HSG in January 2003. Dr. Cadisch joined SPIEZ LABORATORY, the Swiss Federal Institute of NBC protection, on 1 December 2002 and on 1 April 2003 he assumed the position as director of SPIEZ LABORATORY. He is Honorary Member of Swiss Society of Industrial Pharmacists (SSIP), member of the Board of the SSIP foundation and chairs the Swiss Federal Commission for NBC Protection. Marc Cadisch lives in Thun, he is married and father of three children.
Head of the NBC Protection Division
Daniel Jordi (born in 1968) studied chemistry at the University of Bern. His professional career began as chemistry technician apprentice at the Technology Section of the Main R&D Division in the Swiss Post Telephone and Telegraph Headquarters. After his apprenticeship, he concentrated for a few years on high performance sport (national top swimmers). At the University of St. Gallen Daniel Jordi was trained as school administrator (Certificate of Advanced Studies, principal, Swiss Conference of Cantonal Directors of Education). After 1999, he taught chemistry and physics at the Thun Schadau secondary high school. In 2006 he was elected as vice principle. His duties included personnel planning and management as well as organisational development.
Dr. Mario Burger
Head of the Physics Division
Mario Burger (born in 1958) began his vocational training with an apprenticeship as chemistry lab technician, trained as chemistry engineer at the University of Applied Sciences in Burgdorf and studied subsequently chemistry at the University of Fribourg. He did his dissertation at the University of Bern in radio and environmental chemistry (Determination of Select Elements for Precise Meteorite Dating Through Neutron Activation Analysis). In the autumn of 1991, he joined SPIEZ LABORATORY. In 1994, he took over the newly founded Central Analysis and Radiochemistry department and in 1996 within the context of restructuring he became head of the Radioactivity department, which he led successfully for 15 years. During two periods, he served as chief UNSCOM inspector in Iraq and has remained active in international disarmament efforts to this day while serving as senior scientific advisor for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in fields relating to post-conflict and disaster management. Consequently, he has extensive scientific and diplomatic experience in both a national and an international environment. He has been engaged in militia functions in the armed forces laboratory since 1995 and has been commanding it with the rank of lieutenant colonel since 2000. He has been in charge of the Physics department of SPIEZ LABORATORY since 2012.
Dr. Marc Strasser
Head of the Biology Division
Marc Strasser (born in 1955) began his professional training with an apprenticeship and several years as a biology lab technician at the former Swiss Serum and Vaccine Institute. From 1986 onwards, he further studied medical microbiology at the University of Bern. After obtaining his diploma and dissertation at the Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology at the University of Bern, he moved to the Institute for Veterinary Virology in 1991, where he worked first as junior and then as senior assistant in basic and applied viral pathogen research. In 1998, he also became head of the accredited Diagnostics Division in the same institute and was responsible for setting up and running the QM system. In 2002, he moved to SPIEZ LABORATORY and established within its Biology Division the Virology Branch, which he led until the end of August 2015. He was also the deputy project manager for developing the new biosafety laboratory. Since September 2015, he is head of the Biology Division.
Head of the Chemistry Division
Stefan Mogl (born 1965) first trained as a chemical laboratory assistant before continuing his studies at the Winterthur Technical College. In 1990 he accepted a position as an industrial hygienist/analyst in the former Federal Office for Economic Development and Labour (FOEDL). A particular focus of his work in the FOEDL was ambient air analyses. During this time, he was also awarded a Master of Advanced Studies in Occupational Health from the ETH Zurich and the University of Lausanne. In 1997 he was trained as a chemical weapons inspector by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and consequently moved to The Hague (NL). After three years of working as an inspector, he was appointed head of the OPCW laboratory. He also continued his further education on a part-time basis and was subsequently awarded an MBA from the British Open University. In 2005, he moved back to Switzerland and was appointed as a chemical weapons’ expert within the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS). Since 2007 he has been in charge of the Chemistry Division of SPIEZ LABORATORY. Between 2012 and 2013 he chaired the scientific advisory board of the OPCW.
Head of the Logistics, Quality, Safety and Security Division
Mauro Zanni (born 1967) began his career as an architectural draughtsman, working for eight years in architects’ firms in Lausanne and Spiez. From 1989 to 1992 he studied part-time for a federal IT technician diploma in Bern. He pursued his new career in the IT-private sector, working in a range of fields, such as software development, training, sales and network technology. In 2006, he took up a post in SPIEZ LABORATORY as head of the Measurement Technology and Laboratory IT Section. On 1 June 2008, he was appointed head of the Logistics, Quality, Safety and Security Division. He is also in charge of quality management in relation to ISO/IEC 17025 (competence of testing and calibration laboratories) within SPIEZ LABORATORY. In 2012, he was also awarded a diploma as Bachelor of Applied Science in Management (B.Sc).
Dr. Andreas Bucher
Head of Strategy and Communication
Andreas Bucher (born 1964) was educated in Zurich and Santa Barbara, CA. He later went on to study history and political science at the Universities of Geneva, Zurich and Potsdam. He then trained as a journalist with the ‘Tages-Anzeiger’ (high-circulation Swiss daily paper) in Zurich and at MAZ - the Swiss School of Journalism - in Lucerne. In 1992, he was appointed the special EU correspondent for the ‘Berner Zeitung’ newspaper, a post which he held for two years, before re-joining the ‘Tages-Anzeiger’, where he worked as a producer in the special supplements' section. He was also the chief news executive and editor-in-chief for online media within the TA Group. Between 2001 and 2007, he worked as foreign editor and producer with the Swiss current affairs magazine, FACTS.
Extended Executive Board
Finances und Controlling
Alexander Werlen (born 1968) trained as a carpenter. In 1998, he began work as a stock controller in the military pharmacy of the Federal Administration. Since then, he has worked in a number of different roles for other federal authorities. During this time, he continued his further education. In 1995, he was awarded the federally recognised production management diploma from the Swiss Industrial Engineering College in Solothurn. In 1999, he studied controlling at the Management Centre, St. Gallen. In 2002, he successfully completed a training course in business administration at the Management Training Institute in Bern. He has been Head of Finances and Controlling in SPIEZ LABORATORY since 1999.
Irma Lehnherr has been working for SPIEZ LABORATORY for decades. She is an experienced administrator and has managed the secretariat for Dr. Marc Cadisch since he entered office. The laboratory’s secretariat is the basic hub for dealing with all kinds of affairs. It completes a variety of tasks in support of the director and the management board of SPIEZ LABORATORY. In managing the numerous visitors from Switzerland and abroad, Ms Lehnherr always keeps track of the situation and actively supports the head of Strategy and Communication.
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