Company Position Country
ONTOFORCE CEO Belgium
Session
How can big data fuel collaborations between industry and academic institutions?

Hans Constandt has a bachelor in medicine, master in biotechnology and information sciences and worked three years at the University of Ghent as postgraduate in bioinformatics. He was active as a senior IT analyst and data architect for multiple small and big companies integrating new strategies for data integration and digital change.

Hans worked eleven years at Eli Lilly as account manager, global senior business consultant, and global knowledge management lead for multiple domains and departments delivering portfolio analysis tools using linked data and semantic search.

Hans completed a master in innovation and entrepreneurship at the Vlerick management school and an entrepreneurial accelerator track at MIT, engaging in several startups as a founder, mentor, board member, and advisor.

Hans believes strongly in the principles of open data and FAIR data and is a linked data evangelizer participating in many hackathons, panels, talks and workshops worldwide. He’s a passionate entrepreneur and avid speaker believing smarter data can truly change lives in the field of life sciences, healthcare and beyond.

Up till now, he founded three companies and is active in four other companies where he is on a mission to digitally transform companies, industries, and some paradigms along the way.

Hans has won many rewards with his company ranging from “Gartner Cool Vendor” to winning the “EY scale-up of the year 2018” across all European startups in all industries. He raised +10Mio Euro, is scaling up his company fast with global recognition and impact and aiming at tripling revenues every year.


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