After obtaining his PhD in physics at Antwerp University, Belgium, Jan started his career in chemicals industry in the Netherlands as expert team leader high-end analytics. After various roles in R&D, Corporate Business Development and Innovation, Jan was appointed at Low & Bonar, a performance materials & technical textiles company, as Group R&D director. He leads the New Ventures teams and manages the largest R&D centre of the Group, based in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Jan has experience with corporate venturing and open innovation programs with partners from academia, industry consortia and start-up companies. He is responsible for managing Low & Bonar’s IP portfolio, is co-inventor in a number of patents and co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed technical papers. He is frequently invited as keynote speaker. Currently he is visiting professor at the Lectorate of Smart Functional Materials and Innovative Textile Development at Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands.
Learning outcomes: attendees can expect to better avoid pitfalls and how to invest in personal relationships (and with whom) to make collaboration work in an "open innovation" setting.View Details