Global Impact in Health Symposium (Hybrid event)
Opening event Life Sciences & Health Week – Leiden2022

On Monday the 30th of May from 10:00 – 16:30h, the “Global Impact in Health” Symposium will officially open the European Life Sciences & Health Week. For more information on the LSH week 2022, please visit the LBSP website.

During this hybrid symposium, moderated by Eline van Beest, we will discuss the importance of global academic, public and private partnerships in solving the greatest global health threats of our time. We will for instance highlight themes surrounding drug- and vaccine development, cross-sector and cross-border collaborations, and sustainable health systems.

Leiden is internationally recognized as an essential hub for Life Sciences & Health with its large concentration of companies in the Leiden Bio Science Park and several internationally acclaimed research institutes, among which key player the Leiden University Medical Center. How do we make sure that local research and innovations have real global impact? How can we create an environment that is conducive for interaction between academic, public and private partners here, and most importantly, around the world? These are some of the questions we will navigate during a programme full of diverse and inspiring speakers. 

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Programme – regularly updated

We are currently working hard on finalizing the programme for this unique and substantial symposium. Below you’ll find what to expect. More information on the programme and participating experts will be added in the coming weeks.


By Henri Lenferink, Mayor of the city of Leiden and Annetje Ottow, President of the Executive Board of Leiden University

Special video message

By Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization

Introduction of the Leiden LSH ecosystem

By Prof Pancras Hogendoorn, vice-chair of the executive board LUMC and dean of the Leiden University Faculty of Medicine, and Ida Haisma, director Foundation Leiden Bio Science Park (LBSP).

Brief introduction of the Leiden/LBSP ecosystem and Q&A with Anne Kerber, Senior Vice President and Head of Cell Therapy Development Bristol Myers Squibb regarding their new cell therapy facility which will open in Leiden in 2024. 

Opening Speeches

African – European Collaboration in Health with focus on vaccine production and health data sharing, by Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira, Acting President of the Pan African Parliament

Efforts by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs towards a global health agenda in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, by the Minister of Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation of the Netherlands (to be confirmed)

Q&A with Mr. Bill Gates on his new book: How to Prevent the Next Pandemic (to be confirmed)

Speech ‘Towards a global health architecture’ 

By Mr. Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of Health of Indonesia

Speech on the importance of structured efforts towards global collaboration in science & innovation in relation to health 

By Dario C. Altieri, Director of The Wistar Institute Cancer Center 

    High-level fireside chat

    Between Director General of the Food and Drug Authority of Rwanda, Emile Bienvenu (confirmed) and Hans Schikan (confirmed), Topteam Member Dutch Topsector Life Sciences & Health  

    Rwanda is one of the frontrunners in developments on African regional manufacturing hubs. Emile Bienvenu will discuss his observations and recommendations on Pandemic Preparedness in a global context with Hans Schikan. Schikan brings more than 30 years’ experience in the (bio)pharmaceutical sector and will deliberate on his experience as former Special Envoy Vaccines, appointed by the Dutch Ministry of Health.  

    Keynote Diversity in clinical trials

    By Anne Kerber, Senior Vice President, Head of Cell Therapy Development, Bristol Myers Squibb

    European – African collaboration in mother- and child health 

    Prof. Dr. Thomas van den Akker of the Leiden University Medical Center, Dr. Abera Kenay of Haramaya University in Ethiopia and Prof. Marian Knight, University of Oxford (confirmed) 

    Carousel of inspiring initiatives in several themes

    • Vaccine hypo responsiveness hub – Prof. dr. Maria Yazdanbakhsh 
    • Innovative protection against viruses – Leyden Labs, Koenraad Wiedhaup, Founder 
    • Fighting Covid-19 with FAIR data: VODAN Africa – Prof. Mirjam van Reisen, Global coordinator VODAN Africa and Prof. Francisca Oladipo, Executive coordinator VODAN Africa 
    • Pfix: Image-guided design of the next generation malaria vaccines? – Prof. Meta Roestenberg, Leiden University Medical Center and Prof. Fijs van Leeuwen, Leiden University Medical Center  
    • Vaccine delivery in the skin – Mike de Leeuw, Director MyLife technologies 

          High-level panel discussion

          Global Equity in research & innovation – Moderation by Prof Meta Roestenberg

          Confirmed panelists

          • Magdalena Robert, Deputy Director, Global Delivery Programs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 
          • Dr. Lieve Fransen, Senior Policy Advisor at European Policy Center, Belgium, Board Member of the Africa Public Health Foundation and Director for the Health Initiative Consortium at the Witwatersrand University, South Africa  
          • Hans Hofstraat, Vice President, Philips Research 
          • Nynke Ligtenberg, Global Operational Head Vaccines, Janssen Pharmaceuticals 
          • Anita Pepper, Vice President Institutional Advancement, The Wistar Institute 

          ONLY ONSITE (14:45 – 16:30h)

          Breakout sessions by high level experts 

          The Co-creating sessions enable participants to roll up their sleeves and propose recommendations that reflect the creative energy of our diverse public. Based on what we’ve heard from the speakers so far, we will discuss new ideas and breakthrough practices. We aim to produce concrete recommendations through group problem solving.

          1. Co Creating The future of drug- and vaccine development and production

          Introduction and moderation by Dr. Bart van Zijll Langhout, Chairman Leiden Bio Science Park Foundation 

          More info following soon!

          2. Co Creating The future of a global digital health data space

          Introduction and moderation by Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen, Professor FAIR Data Science at Leiden University Medical Center 

          Table chairs: 

          1. Technological applications: Hans Hofstraat, Vice President Philips Research:  
          2. Policy Level: Dr. Lieve Fransen, Senior Policy Advisor EU: Policy level 
          3. Conditionalities: Prof. Francesca Oladipo, Federal University of Lokoja Nigeria 

          Closing key note

          Take-aways from the break-out sessions and reflections on reverse linkage and localization of knowledge – Prof Mouhamad Mpezamihigo, Vice Chancellor of Kampala International University in Uganda (confirmed)

          Closing and invitation to drinks 

          Global Drinks & Bites 

          Dinner buffet

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