Dr. Martin Schuurmans (1946, PhD TU/e 1971) spent the first 20 years of his professional life as a scientist at the Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, and as a professor of Solid State Physics at TU/Delft between 1985-1991.
In 1991, he switched to Innovation management: 1991-1994 head of solid state research at Philips Laboratories in New York, USA. 1995-2000 Chairman of the Philips Research Laboratory in Eindhoven and Vice-Chairman of Philips Research world-wide. He has helped prepare the High Tech Campus of Eindhoven and established the first Philips Research Laboratory China in Shanghai. 2000-2002 CEO of the global Philips Industrial Technology Centre and a professor of Innovation Management at the TU/e. From 2002 until 2005, member of the board of Philips Health Care (the current Philips) and founder of the Philips-Neusoft JV for Medical Equipment in Shenyang, China. 2005-2008 he founded the Sino-Dutch Biomedical School of Information Engineering (BMIE) in Shenyang and was BMIE’s dean. From 2008 until 2011, he was the founding chairman of EIT, the European Institute of Technology and Innovation.
In recent years, he was active in various international advisory boards. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Patient Council of the Netherlands Heart Network.