Scientific director / professor
Since September 1, 2016, Hubertus Irth is scientific director of the LACDR and a full professor in Biomolecular Analysis. His main research interest lies in the development of analytical screening technologies based on the integration of chemical analysis and biological screening.
He contributed more than 150 research papers and several patents to this field, many in co-authorship with colleagues from a wide variety of disciplines. In 1997, he started Screentec (later Kiadis Pharma) as a spin-off company from Leiden University. In 2005 he returned full time to academia, after having served as CEO and CSO in a highly dynamic biotech company
After becoming full professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, he was involved in several industrial, EU and Top Institute Pharma projects in the area of toxicology and medicinal chemistry. From 2004-2006 and in 2009, he served as scientific director of the Department of Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences.
He was co-founder of the Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems (AIMMS), an interdisciplinary institute in the area of drug research. He is one of the initiators of a novel Bachelor education program, Science, Business & Innovation, that bridges the disciplines of pharmaceutical sciences and business.
In 2010, he became Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, later also of the Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences. While serving at the Faculty board at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for six years, he was responsible for initiating and implementing a strategic collaboration between the science faculties of VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam as well as a close collaboration with the VU Medical Center. During his deanship, he was serving in the board of several academic institutions and research institutes.
•1989, PhD, VU University Amsterdam, Department of Chemistry
•1984, Diplom-Ingenieur, Environmental Technology, Technical University of Berlin (Germany)
•2016 Dean (interim), Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences at VU University Amsterdam
•2014 Vice Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Earth & Life Sciences at VU University Amsterdam
•2010-2013 Dean, Faculty of Sciences at VU University Amsterdam
•2009 Director of the Department of Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences at VU University Amsterdam
•2006-2009 Member of AIMMS management team
•2004-2005 Director of the Department of Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Sciences at VU University Amsterdam
•2001-2005 Chief Scientific Officer of Kiadis BV (Leiden)
•1997 Founder and CEO of Screentec BV (later Kiadis BV), a spin-off company of Leiden University
•1999 Professor of Bioanalytical Chemistry at VU University Amsterdam
•1991-1999 Assistant Professor at Leiden University, LACDR, Division of Analytical BioSciences
•1990 Post-doc, University of Lund (Sweden), Department of Chemistry
•1989-1990 Post-doc at VU University Amsterdam
155 publications, total 3500+ citations, h-index 32
- Scientific Director