Chief innovation officer

The Balancing Act Between Radical and Incremental Innovation

Rob will discuss: How to build an Innovation Engine for Economic Growth, Applicability of Open Innovation, Corporate Venturing and working with Entrepreneurs, Fostering Passion to work on the world’s Mega Challenges, Embracing Breakthrough Technologies and making them work.

Rob kirschbaum
Robert Kirschbaum
VP, Open Innovation

Mr. Robert Kirschbaum (62) graduated from the Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands) as a Chemical Engineer in 1977. His career with DSM consists of more than 30 years fostering various innovations (fibers like Dyneema, specialty films and Engineering plastics like Stanyl) up to full commercialization.

From 1997, Rob was in charge of the DSM New Business Development Corporation. In this Corporate “Incubator” several early phase commercial activities and new ventures were combined to grow into sustainable businesses.

In 2006 the NBD Corporation was integrated into the DSM Innovation Center. Untill 2009 he fullfilled the role of Vice President Innovation, focussing on the DSM cluster of Performance Materials. Recently he was assigned as VP Open Innovation of DSM.

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