University of Leiden

University of Leiden

University of Leiden

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Rapenburg 70,Leiden, Zuid-Holland 2311 EZ

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Leiden University (Dutch: Universiteit Leiden), located in the city of Leiden, is the oldest university in the Netherlands.[4] The university was founded in 1575 by William, Prince of Orange, leader of the Dutch Revolt in the Eighty Years' War. The Dutch Royal Family and Leiden University still have a close relationship; Queens Juliana and Beatrix and King Willem-Alexander are all former students. Leiden University has six faculties, over 50 departments and enjoys an outstanding international reputation. In 2013 Leiden was the highest ranked university in the Netherlands in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, where it was rated as the 64th best university worldwide and 61st for international reputation. Shanghai Jiao Tong University's 2011 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked Leiden University as the 65th best university worldwide.[5] The Times Higher Education World University Rankings consistently rank Leiden University as the best university in Continental Europe for Arts and Humanities. The University is associated with ten leaders and Prime Ministers of the Netherlands including the current Prime Minister Mark Rutte, nine foreign leaders, among them the 6th President of the United States John Quincy Adams, two Secretary Generals of NATO, a President of the International Court of Justice and sixteen recipients of the Nobel Prize (including renowned physicists Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi). The university came into particular prominence during the Dutch Golden Age, when scholars from around Europe were attracted to the Dutch Republic due to its climate of intellectual tolerance and Leiden's international reputation. During this time Leiden was home to such figures as René Descartes, Rembrandt, Hugo Grotius, Baruch Spinoza and Baron d'Holbach. The university is a member of the Coimbra Group, the Europaeum and the League of European Research Universities. Albert Einstein was known as a professor at Leiden University. Einstein regularly taught Leiden students for a few weeks per year. His first lecture at Leiden was about "Ether and Relativity Theory".[6] Leiden University houses more than 40 national and international research institutes.

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Executives & Employees

Dean, Faculty of Science


Vice-Dean & Portfolio Holder, Bachelor's Programmes-Faculty of Humanities

Head-Department of Immunohematology & Blood Transfusion

Director of Operational Management, Faculty of Humanities


Professor-Clinical Pharmacology

Professor, Economics & Social Security

Board of Directors

Former Chief Risk Officer at DBS Group Holdings Ltd.

Distinguished Alumni
Eric Mazur is now Area Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University
Rölfien Kuijpers is now MD & Head of Responsible Investments at DWS International GmbH
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Former Director of Operational Management, Faculty of Humanities at University of Leiden


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In Ovo B.V. is a company headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands, that develops medicinal products for the poultry industry. It was founded by Wil Stutterheim and Wouter Bruins.

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BBB Therapeutics BV develops medicines for brain disease treatment. The firm uses its platform technology to enhance the delivery of established and marketed drugs over the blood brain-barrier. It offers its patented central nervous system (CNS) drug targeting technology to their partners in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. The firm's products include 2B3-101 and 2B3-201. The company was founded by Pieter Jaap Gaillard, Bert de Boer, and Alfred N. Nijkerk in 2003 and is headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands.

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Varmx BV is a company headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands. The firm engages in research and development in biotechnology. It was founded by Pieter H. Reitsma.The company says this about itself: VarmX is a pharmaceutical spin-off from the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), founded in 2016 by Professor Pieter Reitsma, a world leading expert in hemostasis and thrombosis. VarmX’s lead compound VMX-C001 is a modified recombinant blood factor X based on the venom of the Australian brown snake, Pseudonaja textilis. The compound is being developed for the treatment of severe spontaneous bleeding in patients taking oral factor Xa inhibitors (FXa DOACs) as anticoagulation therapy. The Company is supported by a strong syndicate of investors including Ysios Capital, INKEF Capital, Lundbeckfonden Ventures, LSP, BioGeneration Ventures and the regional economic development fund, InnovationQuarter.

Heijmans NV Engineering, Construction & Architecture | Rosmalen, Nld

Heijmans NV engages in the provision of building and construction services. It operates through the following segments: Property Development, Building and Technology, and Infrastructure. The Property Development segment focuses on area development of large and smaller-scale projects in urban and out-of-town areas. The Building and Technology segment builds, restores, redevelops, and renovates different types of houses and also designs, realizes, and maintains electro-technical and mechanical installations. The Infrastructure segment engages in the installation, maintenance, and improvement of infrastructure. It also provides installations and technical services in and around roads and the related public space. The company was founded by Jan Heijmans in 1923 and is headquartered in Rosmalen, the Netherlands.

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