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Keynote Speaker for the UIIN 2016 Conference: Meet Professor Jan Cobbenhagen

The 2016 University-Industry Interaction Conference brings together the sharing of knowledge and insights, the learning of new concepts, the development of new and existing contacts and the importance of having a great time. If you join us on the three-day experience, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to generate optimal value from university-industry interaction and drive innovation within your organisation and beyond.


Professor Jan Cobbenhagen Mike Wright

CEO Maastricht University Holding b.v.



Professor dr. Jan Cobbenhagen (1963) joined Maastricht University Holding B.V. in 2003 as its CEO. The Maastricht University Holding group is the university’s corporate venturing firm that holds equity in over 50 strategic ventures and spin-offs. Furthermore, he is director of the “Knowledge Transfer Office” of Maastricht University, responsible for technology transfer, research cooperation, knowledge dissemination and entrepreneurship at Maastricht University and its Medical Centre. After having served as professor of Entrepreneurship for eight years, he was recently appointed professor of “Knowledge Transfer and University Venturing” at the School of Business and Economics.

He serves as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Early Stage Financing to the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and as a member of the Valorisation Advisory Committee to the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science. In addition he is a member of the supervisory boards of MAASTRO Clinic for Radiotherapy, Virenze RIAGG (mental healthcare), MECC Maastricht B.V. (convention and exhibition centre) and StudiJob B.V. (employment agency of Amsterdam University).

Previously, he was founding director of the Maastricht Center for Entrepreneurship; founding director of BioPartner Center Maastricht (life sciences incubator) and co-founder and managing director of Smart Capital Network B.V. (venture capital firm). Jan holds a Bachelor degree in Hotel Management, a Master degree in Business Administration and Quantitative Economics as well as a PhD in Business Administration.


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