Managing director, Technology transfer, Imperial Innovations
Rudy Dekeyser is managing director of VIB and head of VIB’s technology transfer department. VIB is a life sciences research institution located in Flanders, Belgium with 1.300 researchers from 60 different nationalities. VIB’s mission is to conduct frontline research and to translate the research findings into products for the benefit of society. VIB inked almost 800 deals with companies, established 11 start-ups which raised 434 M€ in private and public capital and employ almost 500 people, exploits 12.000 m˛ bio-incubator facilities and is a catalyst in building a regional life sciences cluster. VIB has structural partnerships with the universities of Gent, Leuven, Antwerp and Brussels.
Rudy Dekeyser has been board member at Devgen, CropDesign and Ablynx nv, and is board member at Pronota nv, Actogenix nv, Remynd nv, CardioBiosciences sa, Bio-Incubator Leuven nv, Solucel OY, Biolign nv, Multiplicom nv, EMBLEM (the EMBL tech transfer company) and FlandersBio (the Flemish biotech association). He is also co-founding board member of the Association of European Science and Technology Transfer Professionals (ASTP), chairman of the Valorisation Advisory Board of the Netherlands Genome Initiative (NGI) and member of the scientific advisory board of the LifeSciencesAmsterdam Fund and the Capricorn Health Tech Fund.
Dr. Dekeyser obtained his PhD in plant molecular biology at the University of Ghent and is currently professor ‘innovation management’ at the University of Ghent.