Since 2015, Hans Boumans is Director Technology Transfer at TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. TNO and its over 3000 professionals connect people and knowledge to create innovations that sustainably boost the competitive strength of industry and the welfare of society. Hans is responsible for TNO’s strategy regarding technology transfer, more specifically regarding spin-off creation and licensing. Before that, he was director of the Patents & Licensing department at TNO for two years, which department he joined in 2008 as a licensing associate. In that position, he negotiated numerous license agreements with companies that wanted to turn TNO’s innovations into products. Prior to that, he worked in various positions within TNO’s theme Healthy Living, starting as a scientist. In 2007, Hans was elected in the Scientific American Top 50. Hans holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Amsterdam. Hans is also a Board member of the pension fund of TNO and Board member of TTO Circle, a European organization of technology transfer professionals from major applied research organizations. Hans is a member of the Board of Advice of several TNO spin-off companies.