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RUDI PAUWELS, BIOCARTIS
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN STRATEGY COMMITTEE

Rudi Pauwels, PhD (M), has founded the company in 2007. As a pharmaceutical scientist (1960, Belgium), he belonged to the first group of HIV/AIDS researchers who, shortly after the discovery of HIV in 1983-1984, started the efforts to find new treatments for HIV (AIDS).

For nearly 3 decades, he mainly focused on the search and development of anti-HIV drugs, a number of which have been approved and introduced in the clinic while generating several billion USD revenue and the development of diagnostic technologies and products that address the needs in this new era of high precision, more personalized medicine.

His research as well as his entrepreneurial career is driven by medical needs and the passion to advance medicine while holding a strong belief in the value of a multidisciplinary scientific, technological and clinical approach to solve the key pharmaceutical and diagnostic challenges.

In 2004 he expanded his areas of interest into micro- and nanotechnology and went on a 3-year sabbatical at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), one of the leading research centres in this emerging field.

Mr. Pauwels received several awards for excelling and inspiring in medical innovations and technologies. In 2012, he and Biocartis received the Global Technology Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland). Mr. Pauwels received an honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of Ghent in 2013. In 2016, he was received as Honorary Speaker at the Distinguished Technopreneur Speaker (DTS) Forum in Singapore, for excelling and inspiring in innovative value creation and unleashing the potential of technological innovation. In July 2016, he was honoured with the noble title ‘Commandeur in de Leopoldsorde’ by the King of Belgium.

He is (co)-author of more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the recipient of several awards for his scientific and entrepreneurial accomplishments.

Mr. Pauwels holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

 

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BALANCING TECHNOLOGICAL EXPLORATION AND EXPLOITATION IN THE PUSUIT OF BREAKTHROUGHS IN MEDICINE & HEALTHCARE

In the past decennia, society has experienced a tsunami of technological innovations. With a rising global population towards 10 bn people by 2020, the need for new breakthroughs in medicine and healthcare is more pressing than ever. The challenge here resides in connecting the technologies for fast, easy and accurate use aimed at better health outcome for patients across the globe. 

 

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