Michaela Fritz is vice rector for research and innovation at the Medical University of Vienna since October 2015. Research at the Department is aimed at developing innovative technologies to improve human health and at investigating natural resources and their interactions to safeguard ecological sustainability. Until 2016 Michaela Fritz was president of the association AAL Austria – innovation platform for intelligent assistance in daily life.
Michaela Fritz was Head of the Health & Environment Department of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, from 2005 to 2010 she worked for Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH, where she was responsible for the LISA (Life Science Austria) program and was actively involved in strategic planning, supporting start-ups and promoting Austria as a key life sciences location. During that time she also held the position of Managing Director of the Vienna cluster initiative LISA VR (Life Sciences Austria Vienna Region). Prior to that she spent several years in Munich working as a Senior Manager in business development for Infineon Technologies AG Bioscience. Before moving to industry, Michaela Fritz worked as a research assistant at ETH Zurich. After graduating in materials science (ETH Zurich) she completed her post-doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley.