Andreas Manz obtained his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, with Professor W. Simon. His thesis dealt with the use of microelectrodes as detectors for picoliter-size volumes. He spent 1 year at Hitachi Central Research Lab in Tokyo, Japan, as a postdoctoral fellow and produced liquid chromatography column on a chip. At Ciba-Geigy, Basel, Switzerland, he developed the concept of miniaturized total analysis systems and built a research team on-chip-based analytical instrumentation during 1988-1995. He was professor for analytical chemistry at Imperial College in London, 1995-2003. Subsequently, he was the head of ISAS in Dortmund, Germany, and a Professor for analytical chemistry at the University of Dortmund. Since October 2009, he has been the head of research at KIST in Saarbrucken. His research interests include microfluidics for chemical analysis, biomimetic microfabrication, nanomedicine, cancer research, and the "Human Document Project".