Ruben Garcia Santos has joined the NOMIS Foundation as the head of Scientific Affairs and Innovation Networks at the foundation’s headquarters in Zurich. In this new role, Garcia will be responsible for developing and managing partnerships and innovation networks as well as spearheading strategic communications.
Prior to joining NOMIS in December 2017, Garcia spent more than 15 years in the life sciences, healthcare and international development sectors. He has held global positions in the areas of commercial affairs, market access, business development and alliance management in leading medtech and biopharmaceutical organizations, as well as at the United Nations. He specializes in the development of strategic partnerships to develop sustainable businesses, accelerate innovation and drive systemic change.
“I have been fortunate to be a part of many challenging and impactful endeavors throughout my career. I have learned that we can ignite and accelerate transformational discoveries and innovation by creating a supportive and open environment where individuals and teams can thrive and by leveraging the effective development of strategic alliances and collaborative ecosystems. For this reason, I am both excited and honored to join the NOMIS Foundation and I look forward to collaborating with such pioneering and inspirational scientists, researchers and partners,” said Garcia.
A Swiss and Spanish national, Garcia holds an MS in International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy from SDA Bocconi University (Italy) and a BSc Joint Honours in Business Management & Health Studies from the University of Worcester (United Kingdom). He has further post-graduate education in strategy, innovation and sustainability from Harvard Business School (United States) and Cambridge University (United Kingdom). His areas of interest include disease prevention at the biological and system levels, behavioral sciences, and network and collective intelligence across scientific disciplines.