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Dr Koen

Healthcare Futurist, Delight Thinker & Author


I'll show you how to die young, but as late as possible, turning epic.


Prof. Dr. Koen Kas is a healthcare futurist & delight thinker, entrepreneur, professor of molecular oncology & digital health, and renowned international keynote speaker. He published his vision in 2 books. ‘Sick no more’ describes how we will transition from reactive sickcare to proactive healthcare. ‘Your guide to Delight’ is a roadmap towards that future introducing our personal digital twin that will keep you, and your company, relevant and “young”. His new book will describe how personal data in a new kind of safe help you to become epic.

He is founding CEO of Healthskouts. Healthskouts deliver the inspiration, insights & connections needed to help eradicate disease & make healthcare delightful. Healthskouts curates the public database of certified digital health Apps & devices, digital therapeutics, and AI tools = Software as a medical Device (

Koen is a guest professor at Ghent University in Belgium. He is Chairman of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation; Co-chair of the Digital Twin Consortium healthcare workgroup; Advisor of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance; Ambassador of Health House and VITO’s We Are project on decentralized health data; Jury of the Prix Galien; and sits on the advisory board of 5 emerging (digital) healthcare companies and 2 investors/startup accelerators.

Koen was CSO Oncology at Thrombogenics (Oxurion), where he spun out Oncurious and developed a novel drug for pediatric brain cancer. Before this, he was founder and CSO of Pronota, building a protein biomarker discovery platform and pipeline of four diagnostic programs. Prior to that, he was the director of drug discovery at Galapagos. Previously he set up and directed the cancer drug discovery program at Tibotec (now Johnson & Johnson). He started his career elucidating the molecular basis of two types of cancers. He studied at the universities of Leuven and Antwerp in Belgium, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Utrecht University in The Netherlands and he was a Harvard fellow.

Talking Points

Harness the power of your data: unlock citizen-centric solutions with AI

We’re on the verge of a major shift in healthcare, fueled by citizen-centric data platforms. This advanced technology will help you take charge of your health data. Imagine apps that don't just access but intelligently use your data to provide care that's as unique as you are. It's a transformation that is poised to reshape the roles of healthcare providers, from your local doctor to the big pharma giants. Whether you're a healthcare professional or a curious citizen, Koen will help you navigate the twists and turns of this rapidly changing landscape. Meanwhile Koen will demystify and destigmatise AI use in healthcare.

Genomic delight and longevity: How to capitalize on the biology revolution

The digital revolution was just the beginning of something bigger. It’s time to get prepared for the biology revolution. Genomics, gene-editing and synthetic biology spearhead the arrival of personalized medication, nutrition, wellness and anti-aging / rejuvenation. By highlighting the latest science and the most innovative new applications, Koen will give a thought-provoking session on why it is becoming ethically unacceptable to be ignorant of your own genome. Why we get closer to a truly extended healthspan, dying young, as late as possible.

'Never sick again': a new look into & beyond prevention

While a significant portion, possibly even half, of global health issues are preventable, there's a predominant emphasis on curative methods over prevention. This focus may seem justified since simply nudging people to adopt healthier lifestyles is often not enough. In this presentation, we will explore how we can take a more proactive approach towards a 'never sick again' future, employing innovative prediction and personalized prevention methods that may be completely new to you. Prepare for an enlightening journey through a range of unique and thought-provoking concepts like 50 shades of Pornhub, Netflix coaching, Ronaldo vs Messi, collecting rewards and even flying drones.

The latest digital & bio breakthroughs in (your therapeutic area)

The combined power of the digital and biological revolutions are sure to dramatically upend your therapeutic field. We love diving deep in your specific therapeutic area, scouting for key science, technology, design and business model breakthroughs and exploring their implications for you. We promise to surprise and inspire you with our unique ‘delight’ perspective on the future of your business.

Creating the future of health with delight thinking

In ancient China, physicians were paid to maintain people’s health. In his upcoming keynote presentation, Koen will transport you to a future healthcare paradigm reminiscent of this ancient approach. His talk will introduce "Delight Thinking," a shift from our current focus on curing illnesses to a more targeted, preventive, and even enhancement-driven healthcare model. This approach aims to establish optimal health from the ground up. While Koen cannot foresee the exact details of the future, he will guide us in shaping this innovative path. His vision anticipates a world where illness is a thing of the past and prevention becomes a lucrative venture, bringing healthcare full circle back to its preventive roots. And yet, he will explain that we can do better than merely prevent disease....
At a company event, Koen Showcased the potential of Digital Innovation in Healthcare and took all attendees on a journey to the future of healthcare. Pfizer
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