Prof. Gottfried Lemperle has been a Voluntary Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery since 1998. In April 1999, Professor Lemperle co-founded Artes Medical Inc., a publicly held medical technology company based on his invention of the PMMA microsphere platform technology leading to the first and only FDA-approved permanent injectable wrinkle filler (ArteFill®) in 2006. He served as Chief Scientific Officer of Artes Medical Inc. from August 1999 to May 2006. Prior to Artes Medical, Professor Lemperle spent over 30 years as a Professor & Head of the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
Professor Lemperle was awarded MD and Ph.D. degrees in Immunology and General and Plastic Surgery from Frankfurt University. He has authored more than 270 original publications in the fields of Plastic Surgery, GERD, and SUI.
In 1997 Prof. Lemperle received the Cross of Merit 1st Class (Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse) from the President of the Republic of Germany for his achievements as the founder of INTERPLAST Germany, a non-profit organization providing reconstructive surgery services in the third-world countries around the world. In 2010, Prof. Lemperle received the Dieffenbach-Medal as a German Lifetime Award for his contributions to the field of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.