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Barend Mons - Chair of European Commission's high level expert group on 'European Open Science Cloud' - Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences
Barend Mons (born The Hague, The Netherlands in 1957, PhD in 1986 at Leiden University, in The Netherlands) is a molecular biologist who turned to bioinformatics in 2000 after a decade of research on the genetic differentiation of malaria parasites.
Next, he spent 3 years of science management at the Research Directorate of the European Commission and the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research. During his years with the European and the Dutch research organisations he built up
extensive international research management expertise. In that period he was also co-founder of several international research and development initiatives, such as SHARED, The European Malaria Vaccine Initiative (EMVI) and AMANET, a pan African initiative to prepare vaccine testing sites and the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM).
Barend was co-founder of several academic spin-off companies, including Kreatech diagnostics and Collexis In 2005, he co-founded Knewco, Inc.
Since 2002 he has been Associate Professor in Biosemantics at the Department of Medical Informatics, Erasmus Medical Centre, University of Rotterdam and (since 2005) at the Department of Human Genetics at the Leiden University Medical Centre,
both in The Netherlands.
He is the initiator of WikiProfessional and an inventor/patentholder of the Knowlet technology.
In 2008 he was one of the driving forces behind the Concept Web Alliance, in close collaboration with (a.o.), Jan Velterop, Mark Musen, Amos Bairoch. In 2009, Barend was appointed as the program leader.
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