Rob van Leen - DSM

"The BBI JU stimulates the collaboration between SMEs, large companies and the public sector to stimulate the transition from the fossil-based to the bio-based economy"

Rob van Leen, CEO DSM

Rob van Leen is Chief Innovation Officer and Member of the Executive Committee at DSM since 2006. He leads the DSM Innovation Center, a unit that serves to accelerate and support innovation throughout DSM and to create new businesses outside the DSM’s current business scope.

Rob has worked for DSM since 1987. He has held various positions in the company including: Business Group Director of DSM Food Specialties, Business Unit Director of DSM Dairy Ingredients, and Technology Director of R&D at DSM Food Specialties. In 2013 Rob van Leen has been named 'Innovator of the Year' by Accenture.

Rob has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Nijmegen University and an MSc in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Utrecht University. He also holds an MBA degree from Nyenrode University.

DSM is partner in 2 BBI JU projects:

  • BIOFOREVER - BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes
  • LIPES- Life Integrated Process for the Enzymatic Splitting of triglycerides