Ralf Pasternack was born on November 4th, 1967 in Wiesbaden, Germany.   
He studied Chemistry at the Technical University Darmstadt and received his Diploma in Biochemistry in 1994 working in the group of Prof. H.G. Gassen. In 1998 he obtained his PhD working on Microbial Transglutaminase from Streptomyces together with Prof. H.-L. Fuchsbauer & Prof. H.G. Gassen.   
Together with both supervisors and Dr. Jochen Klein (former CEO of the Doehler Group) he founded his first core Biotech company called N-Zyme BioTec and served as CEO. In 2007 he co-founded Zedira by a management buyout and holds the function of a CEO. The company specializes on therapeutic and diagnostic applications of transglutaminase.