Press release Vitalnext: VITALNEXT STRENGTHENS SUPERVISORY BOARD WITH APPOINTMENT OF DR. WILLEM M. DE VOS

September 14, 2017

Wageningen The Netherlands, September 14, 2017. Vitalnext BV today announced that it has appointed prof. dr. Willem M. de Vos as member of its supervisory board.

Willem M. de Vos (1954) is currently professor in Microbiology at Wageningen University and Professor of Human Microbiomics at the Universty of Helsinki.  His focus of research is on the contribution of microorganisms to human food and health. He has (co-)authored more than 700 peer-reviewed papers, and was involved in the filing of more than 40 patents or patent applications. He has published several dozens of papers in Nature, Science and other high impact journals, is among the ISI highly-cited authors in Microbiology, and recognized in 2014 among the most influential science minds by ISI. His present h-index is over 110 (Web of Science) or 135 (Google Scholar).

Willem M. de Vos has received numerous awards for his contribution to science including an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine in Sweden and the Spinoza Award and Most Entrepreneurial Scientist Award in the Netherlands. In addition, he is also involved with many corporate activities and has been – and still is – associated with several companies in the fields of nutrition and microbiomics.

“We are pleased and proud that Willem has agreed to work with us. His experience and expertise, both scientific and corporate, will be a valuable asset to us and will further broaden our networks in the field of health nutrition. This is especially important now that we are in the final stages of developing an innovative medical nutrition that may have a big impact on treating patients that are malnourished, a major medical need in our society” commented Dr. Rein Strijker, CEO of Vitalnext

Willem M. de Vos added: ”Vitalnext has great potential to deliver new and innovative products in the field of health-nutrition. This is a field with large opportunities for novel approaches to manage various health problems. Especially when these approaches are based on sound science. I look forward to working with the team and contributing to the success of Vitalnext”.

Rudy Mareel, chairman of the supervisory board, commented: “We welcome Willem to our supervisory board. We are convinced that his scientific background and entrepreneurial expertise will significantly contribute to our mission of bringing desperately needed innovation to the medical nutrition market. Also his extensive network will help us to drive awareness of malnutrition to patients, healthcare professionals, and payors.”

About Vitalnext: Vitalnext brings together the worlds of Life Sciences and consumer products. We develop products with evidence-based health benefits for the ageing population. Healthy Ageing is an important topic in most societies throughout the world. The increasing life expectancy of most people creates a demand for products that keeps us in good health for prolonged periods of time. These products are commercialized via distribution- or licensing agreements with specialized business partners. Vitalnext’s most advanced product is an innovative medical nutrition that aims to not only improve body weight in malnourished people, but also improves the body composition in these patients by a preferential increase in muscle mass.  

For further information: Rein Strijker; r.strijker@vitalnext.com; T: +31 33 422 00 44