Former MEP EU40 Board



Open Vlaamse Liberalen en Democraten

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Twitter: @debackerphil



Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Substitute

Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China
Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Substitute

Philippe De Backer (38) holds a PhD in biotechnology from Ghent University and an MBA from Solvay Business School.

Before joining the European Parliament, Philippe worked as analyst at Vesalius Biocapital, a Luxembourg based venture capital firm specialised in the life-sciences. He has an expertise in the valorisation of IP developed by public research institutes and setting-up early ventures in the life-sciences.
Philippe is currently a Member of the European Parliament where he is a full member of the Industry, Technology, Research and Energy Committee. He is a substitute Member of the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee.

As a liberal, Philippe truly believes that it is his duty to take up responsibility in the community and actively work for the society and the people that live in it. He believes strongly in individual liberty, self-development, free markets and equal starting chances for everybody.
In what concerns health care, Philippe believes that bringing innovation and new therapies quickly and safely to the patient is crucial. Therefore, the EU should create a framework that stimulates excellent research and allows new therapies to come to the market without unnecessary delay. This can improve the lives of thousands of patients.