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


Online / Onsite

10:00 – 16:30 hours

On Monday the 30th of May, 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.

Programme (preliminary)


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

  • Hon. Chief Fortune Charumbira, Acting President of the Pan African Parliament

  • Minister of Foreign Trade & Development Cooperation of the Netherlands (to be confirmed)

Interactive session with world audience 

"The importance of structured efforts towards global collaboration in science & innovation in relation to health"

  • Mr. Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of Health of Indonesia (confirmed)
  • Dario C. Altieri, Director of The Wistar Institute Cancer Center (confirmed) 

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 Anne Kerber

"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 with inspiring initiatives in several themes

  • Vaccine hyper responsiveness hub, Prof. Maria Yazdanbakhsh (confirmed)  
  • 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 (confirmed)  
  • Innovative protection against viruses, Leyden Labs, Koenraad Wiedhaup, Founder (confirmed) 
  • Fighting Covid-19 with FAIR data: VODAN Africa Prof. Mirjam van Reisen, Global coordinator VODAN Africa and Prof. Francisca Oladipo, Executive coordinator VODAN Africa (confirmed) 

High-level panel discussion

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

  • Magdalena Robert, Deputy Director, Global Delivery Programs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (confirmed) 
  • 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 (confirmed) 
  • Hans Hofstraat, Vice President, Philips Research (confirmed) 
  • Nynke Ligtenberg, Global Operational Head Vaccines, Janssen Pharmaceuticals (to be confirmed)
  • Anita Pepper, Vice President Institutional Advancement, The Wistar Institute (confirmed) 
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 Keynote

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

By Prof. Dr. Pancras Hogendoorn, dean LUMCGlobal

Global drinks & bites

Dinner buffet

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