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"I envision a new tomorrow that moves away from inequality, has universal access to knowledge and a greater sense of togetherness" - Susanne

A woman on a mission
To create Universal access to lifesaving knowledge for every human on our planet. Susanne Baars is an exponential tech innovator and genetic expert. In the past ten years, she became to realize that despite all amazing technologies and the abundance of resources, people are not empowered to connect with lifesaving information that is relevant based on their own lifecode. The same knowledge that empowers scientists to solve the world’s most deadliest diseases. To create global awareness, she founded the Global Human Genome Foundation. And Social Genomics – a high-tech company that connects people to lifesaving information. A moonshot initiative to save millions of lives by connecting people to knowledge on a global scale.

Next generation female leader
Being born and raised in a medical family she has witnessed that there is more knowledge to prevent diseases. Every evening her father Dr. H.F Baars came home and he told her stories of parents losing a child and about young healthy people who suddenly died during sports. And how they could still have been alive today if they would have access to the right information. “If only we’d known, we could have prevented this”. For Susanne this has been the most uninspiring sentence she has ever heard. This means that millions of young people are dying because of a lack of access to knowledge She was and is astonished by the fact that living in the 21st century, people still don't receive the care they need, even if the experts and the knowledge are available. Hence she started thinking about smarter ways to create access and connectivity to save lives.

Genomics & AI
Knowing the disruptive potential of genomics she became a genomic scientist studying genomes herself. First in the Netherlands, then at the Harvard Stem Cell institute (USA). She continued her career as public health policy advisor at the Global Health and Ethics department of the WHO headquarters (Geneva) and Peking University (China).

Global connectivity
She realized that we are living in a world where genetic and medical patient data are locked in isolated and fragmented databases. Because of this lifesaving data cannot be shared. Without sharing, knowledge cannot be connected. And because of this millions of people are dying through a lack of access to available knowledge. She has seen underserved populations. People with conditions we cannot diagnose based on the local knowledge in the hospital. She has seen communities living in extreme poverty, who cannot access healthcare. But at the same time she also discovered the rise of new exponential technologies to empower everyone of us.

A new tomorrow
At this moment more than 1 billion people are searching for answers to protect their health and that of their children. Of which more than 350 million children with a so called ‘rare’ disease. While somewhere at the other side of our planet there will be another person who can save their life. Just imagine a future where people can access and connect with vital and lifesaving information. A future where we only need our smartphone to connect with lifesaving information based on our profile! That’s the future she is creating!
You can help too. #Conntingpeople2knowledge

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  • Susanne Baars, a woman on a mission to present a new resolution of self-ownership over genetic DNA to the UN and world governments across the globe as a fundamental right that needs universal protection. Using her expertise knowledge about genetics to contribute to a more sustainable and fair world with less disease suffering. I admire her drive, perseverance and courage. Susanne is giving hope to people.”
    Jan Peter Balkenende Jan Peter Balkenende Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, External Senior Advisor to EY, Professor at Erasmus University, SB Member ING


    VITA › ALL ABOUT SUSANNE

    An Exponential tech innovator she spent the last decade (and counting) in the healthcare sector. Anchored in a broad education in biomedical sciences (University of Amsterdam), Genomics, Neuroscience & Cognition (University of Utrecht) and Philosophy and Public Health Ethics (University of Utrecht). Being a visionary to the core, she has unique experiences with the field of genomics worldwide. Here’s a fairly complete list of Susanne's past experiences. You can also dig into her LinkedIn profile for more information.

    Here’s a fairly complete list of Susanne's past experiences. You can also dig into my LinkedIn profile for more information.

    HEALTHCARE & EXPONENTIAL TECH

    • FOUNDER & CEO SOCIAL GENOMICS | Saving lives by connecting people to knowledge

    • PRESIDENT GLOBAL HUMAN GENOME FOUNDATION (NGO) | Self-ownership over genomic data and the ability to share

    • FOUNDER iGEN | E-health application to identify genetic diseases

    • RESEARCH, POLICY ADVISOR WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION | Global Health & Ethics Department, Headquarters Geneva

    • PEKING UNIVERSITY HEALTH & SCIENCE CENTER | Social Entrepreneurship Global diseases

    POLICY & ORGANISATION

    • Dutch Ministry of Health | ADVISOR OF ADVISORY BOARD OF THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

    • Organisator World Health Assembly (WHA), 2015 | Board member

    • WHO Alumni Network | Active member

    • Bestuur Mind the Brain symposium | Board member

    RESEARCH

    • HARVARD STEM CELL INSTITUTE | Researcher

    • HARVARD UNIVERSITY | Researcher

    • RUDOLF MAGNUS INSTITUTE | Researcher

    • HEART FAILURE CENTER, AMC | Researcher

    • PEKING UNIVERSITY HEALTH & SCIENCE CENTER


    AWARDS

    • TEDxINSEAD: “A new tomorrow”, title of speech: “How to solve tomorrow’s diseases”

    • New Year’s edition of the ‘Financieel Dagblad’ as one of the 100 Initiatives that make our world a better place

    • Winner Sustainable Healthcare Challenge 2016 National competition for innovation in healthcare

    • Talma-Eijkman price 2013 Best thesis 2013 within all life-science related fields, Utrecht

    • Travel award and poster presenter at the Endo-Neuro-Psycho-meeting Genetic association study with febrile seizures, 2012


    WORK › PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

    Susanne is a big thinker, aiming to reach out to 1 billion people, save 100.000 lives and save trillions of healthcare waste. Determined to solve the world’s most deadliest diseases by using the collective power of social networks and millions of unique genomes. Chasing her dream, she enjoys to speak and inspire other people by sharing her journey and future vision.

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    PREVIOUS EVENTS


    SPEAKER › WORKING ON IDEAS WORTH SPREADING!



    DIMENSIONS › A LOOK INTO MY WORLD

    Susanne’s purpose is to create a new tomorrow that allows people to instantly access lifesaving knowledge. Her philosophy: sharing is caring. Through the rise of genomics & AI we can solve the world’s most intractable challenges. She believes in purpose driven leadership! To hear more about her mission you can book her as a speaker at your next big event! here->.

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    Moonshot Social Genomics

    A high-tech company to create a world where people only need their smartphone to access lifesaving information. A world where your chances of survival do not depend on where you a live. more →

    IGEN
    Global Human Genome Foundation

    The Global Human Genome Foundation is a global non-profit awarded with ANBI status. Our purpose is to create global awareness and reach more than 1 billion people supporting the movement! more →

    Speaker
    Female tech speaker

    "I like to inspire and motivate people to chase their dreams by sharing stories about my own journey!" Book me as Inspirational Speaker →

    Blog
    Blog / The future of genomics.

    Read Susanne's take on the innovations happening within genomics and how it will change the way we live.
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    Mentor
    Meetups / Hack the world's most complex diseases

    Lets hack the world's most complex diseases, come join our meetups at Utrecht Inc.more →


    TESTIMONIALS › DON’T TAKE HER WORD FOR IT


    SUPPORTERS


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    Youp van ‘t Hek


    Jorgen Raymann

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    Marc Lammers

    Marc Lammers


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    Shanne Braspennincx


    NEWS & MEDIA ATTENTION › FEATURES IN NEWS

    ten|x

    FD's advice to the new cabinet: The Human Genome Foundation is selected as one of the 100 initiatives to make the world a better place.more →

    IGEN

    Interview with Harry Starren, series of the Future of Healthcare. Why it is important to have self-ownership over our genomic data.more →

    Blog

    Opinion article about access to genomic data with examples of the Dutch Healthcare System
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    Speaker

    Interview Martijn de Bie, secretary foundation. He lost his son due to a genetic heart disease.more →

    Mentor

    Interview on the Dutch radio - We need more data to perform better research and to save more lives.more →

    Speaker

    Interview on the Dutch radio - We need more data to perform better research and to save more lives.more →

    Mentor

    DayOne Experts at EMBO/Basel Life: “Ethics of data in a world of personalized health”more →

    Speaker

    Interview on the Dutch radio - We need more data to perform better research and to save more lives.more →

    Speaker

    NPO1 national radio comment on strong genes
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    SOCIAL MEDIA MENTIONS › SUSANNE ON THE INTERNET


    RESOURCES › SOME USEFUL ADDITIONAL LINKS


    CONTACT & SOCIAL MEDIA › GET IN TOUCH


    GALLERY › SUSANNE IN ACTION