Dr Henk Jan Out is a highly experienced pharmaceutical physician and has now worked for nearly 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He wrote (in Dutch): “Hurray for medicines! On the merits of the pharmaceutical industry” (Prometheus, Amsterdam, September, 2016). Its publication received a lot of attention from the media. His expertise includes medicines in the broadest sense of the word, on which he publishes, tweets and blogs.

He was accountable for the global clinical research and development of new medicines at the former Dutch pharmaceutical company Organon. From 2010 to 2015 he also held an honorary professorship on pharmaceutical medicine at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He currently is Chief Scientific Officer Asia-Pacific at Ferring Pharmaceuticals in Shanghai, China, where he is accountable for the R&D strategy of Ferring’s new medicines in China and Japan. Finally, he is also a pretty good pianist and church organ player!