Dr. Sybille Buchwald-Werner


  • Pharmacist, PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry

Strong experience and expertise in:

  • Natural product development and B2B business
  • Inventor of several applications and process patents
    (e.g. Perilla, Lemon balm, Mango, Hoodia, Ginkgo)
  • Strategic portfolio management of plant extracts for cosmetics, dietary supplements, functional foods and pharmaceutical applications
    • portfolio evaluation, pipeline management
    • innovation strategy
    • extraction process development and set up of supply chain
    • development and implementation of new products 
  • Multi-partner project management
  • Global network to
    • partner to support innovation pipelines and business development
    • key decision maker within functional foods industry
    • partner for product development, R&D network
    • partner for supply chain, including contract manufacturing
    • collaboration and business options in South Africa and China

Major achievements:

  • Foundation of Vital Solutions GmbH and creation of an innovative product portfolio and pipeline, capable of delivering sustainable sales growth
  • Market introduction of 5 innovative branded health care ingredients
  • Set up of a global distributions network
  • Continuous track record as speaker and chairman at international conferences and exhibitions within the natural product industry
  • Publications and book chapters to promote natural products
  • Project manager of the Hoodia Project at Cognis GmbH
  • Key driver in establishing the “beauty inside” concept in Europe
  • Co-responsible for the integration of Dr. Vinyals Laboratorios, Spain, a traditional pharmaceutical herbal extract company, into the global company structure of Cognis
  • Global scouting manager: e.g. identification and co-development of Rooibos and Honey bush extract for food and beverages together with Afriplex, South Africa.
  • Head of botanicals R&D for Cognis GmbH in Barcelona, Spain:
    • Development and launch of the Plantalin TM product line, a water soluble plant extract line developed specially for application in functional beverages.
Picture of the co-founder of Vital Solutions

Dr. Sybille Buchwald-Werner