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Wouter Spek

Dr Wouter Spek is Director at EuroBioForum Foundation (since 2014) and Director at EuroBioForum (since 2011). He received his PhD in Developmental Biology at the Leiden University, Netherlands. He has a vast experience at a European level in developing RDTI strategic activities & partnerships. He has been active as manager corporate development for several National as well as European based organizations (SenterNovem, NWO, BioPartner, Netherlands Genomics Initiative, COST, EUREKA, ESF, EuroBioFund). Wouter Spek has developed and managed brokerage concepts for NGI (annual conference Genomics Momentum) and third parties like Genome Canada, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (High Tech Connections USA-Netherlands). For several Dutch ministries he has designed and implemented RTD financial support schemes amongst others a dedicated programme for the Ministry of Economic Affairs for the creation of life sciences spin-out companies from Dutch universities, the BioPartner First Stage Grant Programme. He was also responsible for the development of one of the first ERA-NET’s, ERA-PG. As managing director of EuroBioFund (2006- 2008) he was successful in creation of RTDI partnerships bringing together public and private research funders and performers in the Life Sciences.