HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS, Oct 17, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- DSM is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor E.W. (Bert) Meijer, of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, as chairman of its new Scientific Advisory Board. The creation of the advisory body is in line with DSM's Open Innovation policy and will enable the company to more effectively draw on important developments in the external knowledge infrastructure. The Scientific Advisory Board will thus support DSM in the further development of its core competences. The other members of the advisory board, to be appointed in due course, will be internationally recognized leading experts in fields that are important to DSM, such as biotechnology, nutrition, material sciences, chemistry and process technology. Professor Meijer himself will bring to the advisory board his expertise in the areas of organic chemistry and supramolecular chemistry.
According to DSM deputy chairman Jan Zuidam, the Scientific Advisory Board will help to further strengthen DSM's know-how and technology position: "We have worked with Bert Meijer for many years now and are proud to have a man of his academic stature, high scientific reputation and extensive experience as the chairman of our Scientific Advisory Board." The board will work closely with DSM's internal Technology Council, chaired by Chief Technology Officer Jos Put.
Bert Meijer (51) is Distinguished University Professor of Molecular Sciences at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He received his PhD in organic chemistry cum laude from the University of Groningen, also in the Netherlands. He has held various positions in both industry and academia. Having worked as a research scientist in molecular materials at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven from 1982 to 1989, he joined DSM Research as head of the "New Materials" department, a position he held until 1992, when he became Full Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2004 he was appointed to his current professorship. His other academic positions include Assistant Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands (since 2004) and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, USA (as of this year).
Professor Meijer is an acclaimed scientist who has won several prestigious national and international awards. These include the Gold Medal of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society in 1993, the Spinoza Award of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research in 2001 and, most recently, the American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry in 2006.
Professor Meijer is involved in an advisory capacity in a number of professional organizations and sits on the editorial boards of various scientific journals. He is for example a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, chairman of the board of the Chemical Sciences Division of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and editor of the Journal of Polymer Science.
DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company creates innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end markets and applications such as human and animal nutrition and health, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. Market-driven growth, innovation and increased presence in emerging economies are key drivers of this strategy. The group has annual sales of over EUR 8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found at www.dsm.com.