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Vice President Philips Research Public R&D Programs

Educated as a physicist at Leiden University, Jan van den Biesen spent one year as a PostDoc at the University of California in Berkeley before joining Philips in 1983 to work on semiconductor research. Three years later, he was seconded for one year to Hitachi’s Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo in the context of a researcher exchange programme.

From 1990 to 1992 he was responsible for liaising with Dutch public authorities on Philips’ participation in national R&D programmes. In that period he also complemented his education with a joint Executive MBA from the University of Rochester and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. As a special assistant to Philips’ Chief Technology Officer, he took part in a major corporate strategy study on multimedia from 1994 to 1996. In 1997, Jan van den Biesen became responsible for developing Philips’ policy regarding publicly funded programmes for collaborative R&D and coordinating Philips’ worldwide participation in such programmes.

As a thought leader on European research policy from the industrial perspective, Jan van den Biesen is a regular speaker at conferences, hearings and expert panels. He is a member of the Research and Technological Working Group of BUSINESSEUROPE and the R&D working group of DIGITALEUROPE. In April 2008, he was appointed by the European Commission as a member of the new European Research Area Board (ERAB).

Jan van den Biesen was born in Breda, the Netherlands, in 1954. He is married and has three children.