Connecting MBSC and KAUST for Health Value Creation

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When the skies are clear, the views to the south-east along the Red Sea coast, from the windows of our rapidly developing Prince Mohammad bin Salman College of Business & Entrepreneurship offers views on the science and technology powerhouse KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science & Technology).

Obviously, many entrepreneurial opportunities are technology-driven, and conversely, evidence of the value of many technological advancements is formed by capturing their entrepreneurial opportunity. Exchange of ideas and minds, therefore, has tremendous potential.

It was great to be invited by @MichalMankowski to present a lecture for the graduate program in KAUST. Especially so as it provided an opportunity to elaborate on how computer science and optimization can drive health value creation for patients suffering from end-stage renal disease; of which 1.2 million people die every year globally − that’s more than 2 patients per minute. Optimization techniques can optimally match patients with donors, especially in kidney exchange programs. They save lives and costs, and our recent research shows that there is room for science to further improve their performance.

It was a privilege to present these opportunities for health value creation and research to our highly esteemed neighbors at KAUST.



Joris van de Klundert

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Dr. Joris van de Klundert holds an MSc in Management Informatics from Erasmus University Rotterdam (1991) and a Ph.D. in Operations Research (1996) from Maastricht University. He has been founding director and co-owner of Maastricht University spin-off MateUM, and co-developed the Venlo Campus of Maastricht University, and the MSc program in Supply Management & Innovation. He served as full professor of Value Chain Optimization at the School of Business and Economics of Maastricht University in 2007 and 2008. From 2009 until 2017 he has chaired the Department of Health Services Management & Organisation of the Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management (ESHPM), of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Joris also served as a Vice-Dean of Education for ESHPM. He is a past board member and president of the Dutch Operations Research Society (NGB). He chaired and hosted the INFORMS Healthcare 2017 conference, and chairs the Management Committee of EU COST Action ENC KEP.

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