Ruth Donners

Global Business Development Director at Royal DSM NV

Ruth Donners is global business development director at Royal DSM NV, a global science-based business-to-business company active in health, nutrition and sustainable living. She has more than 19 years’ experience in intellectual property, (new) business development, strategy and innovation. She is passionate about connecting the dots to accelerate innovation and knows how to establish valuable IP-centric deals to reach the company’s business goals.

Ms Donners holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and an MSc in chemical engineering from Eindhoven Technical University. She was also trained as a Dutch and European patent attorney before she started to work in business development and innovation. 

Ms Donners currently works in DSM Nutritional Products for the business unit Personal Care and Aroma Ingredients. She is responsible for the overall strategy and business development for the unit, including M&A activities and setting up and expanding external strategic alliances. 

During her career, Ms Donners has gained strong experience in establishing and managing external collaborations for the development and commercialisation of new products, mainly in the fields of biotechnology, cosmetic ingredients, nutrition and materials. Being a trained patent attorney, she never loses sight of the value of intellectual property as a great business tool to spur innovation.

She loves to exchange ideas in this field with other professionals and is frequently invited to speak at conferences on partnerships and the valuation of IP rights for transactions.

Professional associations

  • epi
  • LES


  • Biotech
  • Chemicals
  • Energy/fuel
  • Materials
  • Medical devices
  • Pharmaceuticals/life sciences

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Royal DSM NV

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