With the passing of Helmut Bachmayer Europe has lost a pioneer of biosafety. His human, humorous and unflustered personality will be sorely missed by many people who were fortunate to have crossed his path. As an expert he was unequalled. He defended scientific meticulousness on all levels vigorously. Helmut influenced processes and guidelines of many companies. His input to the standardisation of biosafety management systems was pivotal. Helmut was also engaged in national and international biosafety associations. His contribution to strengthen biosafety in Europe, co-initiating the industry meetings during the ABSA conference as well as his involvement as a biosafety expert for WHO are just a small number of examples depicting Helmut's influence. His continued interest in all matters of biosafety followed him to the last.
Additionally, Helmut, with his courses and presentations, was a wonderful trainer and mentor to numerous biosafety experts on both sides of the Atlantic. A great number of people lost a father figure, mentor and friend whom they owe a great amount of gratitude, personally as well as technically.
It is Helmut's wish that today's biosafety experts continue his curious, vigorous and humorous way to develop and promote biosafety in all its facets.RIP