Dr. Peter Welters

Dr. Peter Welters

Phytowelt GreenTechnologies

After studying biochemistry in Germany and doing his doctorate at the Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Peter Welters spent three years at the University of California, San Diego, and two years in Rouen, France, as a postdoc. In 1998, he founded Phytowelt GmbH in Nettetal and in 2002 was appointed CEO of GreenTec GmbH, a spin-off company of the Max Planck Institute in Cologne.

In January 2006, both companies merged to form Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH with Peter Welters as CEO. The company offers contract research in the fields of agrobiotechnology and industrial biotechnology. In addition, the company developed and commercializes an enantiomerically pure and natural raspberry flavour, R-alpha-Ionon, which is produced in a bio-fermentation process. In 2018, Phytowelt was awarded the “Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award” by EuropaBio in the category of agricultural biotechnology and Phytowelt’s JU-BBI project BioForever was among the TOP 20 of European Biorefinery Projects of the internet platform BiofuelsDigest. Peter Welters is also a founding and board member of CLIB and a board member of DIB. In 2023, Phytowelt celebrated its 25th anniversary serving raspberry coffee and raspberry beer.