Gino van Heeke
Gino van Heeke (Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research) joined Ciba Pharmaceuticals in Basle, Switzerland, in the Department of Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, in 1992. He held various positions in the company including Group Leader and Project Team Leader. In 1995, he moved to the research center in Horsham, UK, as Head of Molecular and Cell Biology. In 1997, the company merged with Sandoz to form Novartis, where he is presently Executive Director in the Respiratory Disease Area. Dr. van Heeke holds a degree in biochemical engineering from the University of Ghent and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.