June 05, 2007 02:23 ET

DSM installs international Scientific Advisory Board

HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) -

DSM is pleased to announce that it has installed an international Scientific Advisory Board comprising five leading experts: Professor Bert Meijer of the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), who was appointed earlier as chairman, Professor Hannelore Daniel (München University of Technology, Germany), Professor Gerhart Eigenberger (University of Stuttgart, Germany), Professor Ed Kramer (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA) and Professor Hermann Sahm (University of Düsseldorf and Jülich Research Center, Germany). The advisory body will work closely with DSM's internal Science & Technology Council, chaired by Chief Technology Officer Jos Put.

The Scientific Advisory Board has been created to support DSM in achieving its growth ambitions via innovation and to serve as a gateway to the outside world. This is in line with DSM's Open Innovation approach, a key element of which is interaction with the external knowledge infrastructure. The Board's members cover the areas of research that are the most important for DSM's current and future activities. Professor Meijer is an expert in organic and polymer chemistry, Professor Daniel in nutrition, Professor Eigenberger in process technology, Professor Kramer in material sciences and Professor Sahm in biotechnology. Jos Put: 'The members are complementary to one another. Besides being experts in their own specific fields, they are broadly oriented and sufficiently knowledgeable about other areas of science.' The Scientific Advisory Board's role will be to advise and challenge DSM's researchers and R&D management so as to create the competence base needed by the company's businesses.

According to DSM deputy chairman Jan Zuidam the five members of the Scientific Advisory Board together form a world-class team of experts: 'We are proud to have scientists of such a high international standing working in an advisory capacity to DSM. With their knowledge and experience they will be able to help us further develop our core competences.'

Professor Bert Meijer, chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board: 'The Board is deeply impressed by the breadth and depth of DSM's competences. We highly appreciate DSM's openness in discussing its competence position - an openness that we see as a token that DSM considers the Board and its work to be of great importance to the company.'


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 on DSM can be found at

More information:
DSM Innovation Center
Vikas Sonak, R&D Communications Manager
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