IMPROVED welcomes two senior HealthTech industry experts, Walter van Kuijen and Jeroen Tas, to its specialist team of Associate Partners
IMPROVED – the premier Corporate Finance Boutique in the Global Technology, Energy and Mobility Sectors – is thrilled to announce that HealthTech industry experts Walter van Kuijen and Jeroen Tas joined its team of Associate Partners as of January 1st 2023.
Emerging and underlying demographic trends result in ample opportunities and promising outcomes in healthcare, as care providers need to increasingly focus on investments in digital consumer and patient engagement solutions. Significant future investment will be required to lower the high-cost structure of the healthcare system. This will drive groundbreaking innovation towards more preventive care through patient-oriented solutions, resulting in a more effective and efficient patient journey. Impactful innovators have a unique opportunity to alter the course of the healthcare sector, given the strong need for digital innovation and new business models.
Walter and Jeroen will complement the DeepTech & HealthTech expertise of Associate Partner Hein van der Zeeuw. Together they form a team with vast industry expertise, M&A and growth financing experience. Within the HealthTech ecosystem, they have a key decision-maker reach which will be of great value to IMPROVED‘s clients.
Walter van Kuijen brings over 30 years of deep industry and sector experience in private and public healthcare, obtained through numerous executive and directorate positions at Philips, i.e. CEO EMEA at Philips Healthcare, CEO Home Monitoring based in Massachusetts (USA), to Senior Vice President at Royal Philips Amsterdam. Since 2019, Walter dedicates significant time to advising and coaching entrepreneurs and impact ventures in the HealthTech domain. As such, he is currently active as Chief Commercial Officer at Thirona, and Strategic Advisor to smartQare.
With over 30 years of expertise in entrepreneurship, strategic decision-making, and large-scale digital transformation, Jeroen is a well-recognised innovation leader and industry expert in the global Information Technology domain. Most recently, Jeroen was Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer at Phillips, where he led numerous strategic innovation projects, from healthy living and prevention to precision diagnosis, right-fit treatment, and care at home. Prior to joining Phillips, he co-founded and built Mphasis to become a leading $1B+ provider of IT and IT-enabled solutions. Jeroen started his career at Citi, where he delivered the world’s first Internet banking and payment network solutions. Besides numerous board member and senior advisor positions, Jeroen is currently an active participant in societal initiatives from organizations like i.e. the World Economic Forum and GAIA, where he advises and regularly communicates on innovation and sustainability.
The team of industry experts recently visited CES in Las Vegas and the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, where they exchanged relevant industry insights with numerous pioneers and key decision-makers in the Healthcare industry – confirming that despite the subdued investment climate, there is tremendous momentum in digital health solutions.
Walter van Kuijen, added: “In order to ensure that our healthcare systems remain accessible and sustainable we need to accelerate disruptive innovative solutions. It is our mission to enable entrepreneurs and innovators to focus on scaling their impact. Combining the proven capabilities of our team at IMPROVED with deep industry expertise offers unique services to the HealthTech market.”
Jeroen Tas, said: “Healthcare has been slow in embracing digital technologies, but the tremendous pressure on systems to improve outcomes while lowering cost will motivate leading payers and providers to deploy these technologies in new ecosystem models. This will require vision, capabilities, and capital. I am looking forward to supporting IMPROVED’s clients in creating innovative solutions that sustainably improve healthcare, through tailor-made corporate finance services.”
Hein van der Zeeuw, complemented: “I’m very happy that Jeroen and Walter joined IMPROVED and we take pride to have formed such a strong team of experts in the HealthTech domain. I’m convinced that with IMPROVED’s excellent Corporate Finance track record and the expanding focus on HealthTech with this team, we will be able to provide our customers with exceptional services.
Manus Weber, Executive Director at IMPROVED, concluded: “IMPROVED recognises significant opportunities for digital innovation and new business models within Healthcare, and continues to see accelerating investor appetite in this resilient high-growth sector. With the extensive industry expertise of Walter, Jeroen, and Hein added to its Technology vertical team, IMPROVED is well-positioned and dedicated to supporting pioneers and industry leaders to capture this momentum through tailor-made corporate finance solutions, empowering iconic innovation within this rapidly advancing domain.”
To all entrepreneurial management teams and investors in the HealthTech domain, we invite you to reach out to our specialist team, to discuss how we can best support you in realising your strategic growth ambitions.
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