Dr. JW (Hans) Hofstraat

Vice President and Research Program Manager

Royal Philips

Digital healthcare solutions – from big data to clinical impact

Day 1


9:15 - 9:45


Hans Hofstraat is Vice President and Research Program Manager at Philips’ Chief Technology Office (CTO), as well as member of the CTO Management Team. As Research Program Manager, Hans works with teams within Philips Research, and with colleagues within the CTO and in Business and Markets, on innovations in the area of Oncology, Neurology, and Universal Access to Care, combining clinical insights with the opportunities offered by digital healthcare. Collaborating with internal and external partners, Hans is passionate about identifying major needs in the health-technology domain, and to address these through development of meaningful solutions underpinned by proven outcomes. His aim is always to achieve innovations that broaden access to appropriate care and improve quality of life for patients and healthcare professionals.

Dr. Hofstraat holds several positions in (inter)national advisory bodies. Amongst others, he is a member of the Dutch Sounding Board for Horizon 2020, contributing to work on Health, Demographic Change and Well-being, a member of the Steering Committee and co-initiator of the big data initiative of the Top Sector Life Sciences & Health and a member of the Management Team of the Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging (IDII) in which Philips participates together with the University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht University and Eindhoven University of Technology. He is on the Supervisory Board of the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) for Health, and a member of the European Scientific Panel for Health.

Hans joined Philips Research from Akzo Nobel Central Research in 1998. He has also worked as a (part-time) Professor at the Institute of Molecular Chemistry of the University of Amsterdam, and at the Public Works Department of the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Public Works in The Hague.

Dr Hofstraat was originally trained as a chemist, completing his physical chemistry PhD thesis on low-temperature high-resolution luminescence spectroscopy at the Free University Amsterdam, for which he was awarded the Royal Dutch Shell prize. He worked as a lecturer at the Free University, the Free University Medical Center, and the University College of Swaziland in Kwaluseni, while completing his studies. He completed a post-doc at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich, Switzerland.

Dr Hofstraat has authored about 200 publications with an h-index of 41 (Google Scholar) and also holds 10 granted US patents, with more than 80 patent applications in various countries, covering 25 patent families across a range of fields.