Dr Thielmann has a PhD in Physical Chemistry/ Material Science from the University of Duesseldorf, Germany. Frank joined Novartis Pharma (Basel, Switzerland) in July 2007 as Formulation Lab Head. From August 2009 until February 2011 he managed the pharmaceutical development group at the Horsham site, UK. Upon his return to Basel he took on the responsibility for the local formulation technology platform until February 2012.
Subsequently he joined Novartis Technical Operations where he was managing the setup of a new solid dosage form manufacturing facility and the transfer of the corresponding portfolio before moving to the Biotechnology department as global Leader for PMO & Operational Excellence in November 2016, In this role Frank had an additional responsibility as Operational Excellence Head of the new Novartis manufacturing facility for Cell & Gene Therapeutics in Switzerland.
In February 2019, Dr Thielmann moved to a new responsibility in Pharmaceutical Development where he is a Global Program Associate Director in Portfolio Management.
Dr Thielmann is member of the Steering Committee of the Material Science and Biotherapeutics Focus Group in the British Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences.