Dr. Fazilet VARDAR-SUKAN is a Chemical Engineer with a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from University College London. She is the founding head of the Bioengineering Department at Ege University and was the head of Department between 2000-2017. She is a pioneer in the field in Turkey and is the holder of 1989 Turkish Scientific and Technological Council Incentive award in Bioengineering. She was the Director of Ege University Technology Transfer Office and Coordinator of Enterprise Europe Network-Izmir. Her skills and expertise as a technology Transfer professional are internationally recognised, endorsed through her RTTP Certificate and EuKTS Grandfather Certificate. She is also the vice president of USIMP (University-Industry Collaboration Centers Platform of Turkey, a member of EPO Academy Advisory Board and represents Turkey on ATTP Board, AUTM International Committee, ASTP- NAAC and EuKTS Board. She has been involved in a total of 67 projects on bioengineering / biotechnology, R&D and innovation support, science and society, either as a coordinator, partner or researcher, supported by different national, international funds or industry; 21 of them being EU supported. Her work and contributions are internationally recognised by over 3500 citations out of which 54 are in textbooks. She has approximately 200 publications with 6 books and 24 book chapters, numerous presentations and three patent applications.