Job Title

Venture Development Manager at DSM

Focus Area

Bio Tech


Ruth Donners is the Venture Development Manager of the Global Business Incubator of the DSM Innovation Center. The Global Business Incubator of DSM is aimed at setting up new ventures within DSM that have the potential to become new Business Groups. Ruth was trained as a chemical engineer (MSc) at Eindhoven University and holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. She is a Dutch and European Patent Attorney as well as a Certified Licensing Professional. Ruth has over 17 years working experience in the fields of New Business Development, Innovation Management, Licensing and Intellectual Property. In her previous role, she was Director of Licensing for DSM, managing an international team of licensing professionals. In her current assignment, she is Alliance Manager for the strategic partnership with Syngenta and responsible for establishing new business opportunities for DSM, mostly in the biotech area. Also she actively assesses internal DSM ventures to identify which areas to focus on for success. She is passionate about connecting the dots to accelerate innovation and is specialized in setting up strategic partnerships in innovation to support a sustainable business for both parties.


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