About us

Committed to your clinical development operations

The Forschungsdock GmbH company is a contract research organization (CRO) based close to the city of Hamburg. Our aim is to stand by your side as a strong and dependable partner. We plan clinical studies, do all the necessary preparatory work, and support you – pharmaceutical and biotech companies, manufacturers of medical devices, CROs, and also clinics and physicians (in the context of investigator-sponsored trials, ISTs) – in their implementation.

We operate according to a trust-inspiring motto: clarity and the human touch in communication – both among ourselves and in our interactions with you. We’re convinced that this trustful basis is the essential precondition for successful cooperation.

"I believe in us: we’ve got the experience, we are team players, and we go about our job with enthusiasm. I was already familiar with all my co-workers before joining them at Forschungsdock, and I knew that mutual trust and a sophisticated style of communication are basics for us. And our clients appreciate our capacity for handling their study projects swiftly, courageously, and flexibly."

Dr. Christoph Ortland, CEO and founder of Forschungsdock GmbH

The Team at Forschungsdock GmbH

Dr Christoph Ortland

"When I founded the Forschungsdock GmbH company a few years ago, I already had 17 years of experience with sponsors, and have spent many years working as a freelance project director, monitor, and quality manager. Now, in my own company and working with my team I have far more opportunities to live my vocational passion to the full and realize my visions: this includes the desire to take on challenging projects, to grow further by facing new tasks, to work precisely, and at the same time to keep a focus on the people involved – that’s always been my dream."

Christoph Ortland has been active as a project director in the clinical development area ever since 1993 and is the founder of the company. Besides his role as CEO of the CRO and Academy divisions, his current focus is on the aspects of quality management and monitoring.

Dr Doris Greiling

"Clinical research is becoming ever more complex and regulated. This is why a strong project management concept is important, using lean processes to keep our focus on the ultimate goal: to develop new medicinal products."

Doris Greiling works at Forschungsdock in the capacity of Clinical Development Expert. She has been actively engaged in the clinical development of medicinal products for almost 20 years now. Her primary focus is on the areas of national and international project management, quality management, consultancy, and training.

Kirstin Steffen

"In the context of clinical monitoring I see myself as a guarantor for good communi­cation between the sponsor and the study site, ensuring that everyone is satisfied with the quality of the results at the end of the study."

Kirstin Steffen is Forschungsdock’s Clinical Research Associate. After working in the diagnostics sector for many years, she started an advanced training programme to become a CRA at Forschungsdock in 2017. Meanwhile, she has been able to gain experience in the monitoring of clinical studies with pharmaceutical drugs, medicinal products, and cosmetics. When things get tight in the office, Ms Steffen is glad to help out in our project management team.

Christian Hilgenstock

"Audit planning is an essential part of quality management and should be adapted to the identified risks on a study-specific basis -  there is no 'one size  fits all'."

Christian Hilgenstock looks back on more than 30 years of experience in various functions in the field of clinical development and is working as Quality Manager at Forschungsdock GmbH since February 2022.

Administrative team members

Sebastian Liebender - IT Manager

Dr. Rainer Ibel - Data Protection Officer