5 questions with Dagmar the Technical Affairs Manager

What exactly is a Technical Affairs Manager?

The easiest answer is that I manage technical things like the analytical work in our lab. The longer answer is I create and maintain all sorts of processes for our products. How do we develop them? How do we test them? How do we scale up production? What standards do we need to meet?

How do you grow up to become one?

I was born in East Germany of Jewish descent. My parents escaped then later had us smuggled out. Engineering is in my family. My dad was a mechanical engineer. My brother is an electrical engineering professor back in Germany. And I’m a chemical engineer. I worked in biotech cancer research for a while. But I always loved herbs. I followed Herb Pharm online for years before I applied.

What’s cool about your job?

I love breaking ground. Making new things. Turning the herbal extracts and formulas from an idea into a real product with an exact process and specifications. It’s exciting for me.

What do you do away from work?

I go for a hike every day with my dogs. We look for tracks. Bears, cougars, deer. I try to track them to figure out where they live. My dogs warn me if I get too close.

What are your favorite herbs?

Too many to count. I have more than 40 I use at home. Right now, some of my favorites are He Shou Wu, Rehmannia, and St. John’s Wort.