Ruth Donners

Venture Development Manager at Royal DSM NV

Ruth Donners is venture development manager at Royal DSM NV, a global science-based business-to-business company active in health, nutrition and materials. She has over 18 years’ working experience in the fields of venture development, intellectual property, new business development and innovation management. 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 works in the DSM Innovation Centre’s Global Business Incubator, where she is active as alliance manager to develop new ventures for DSM whereby value is created from DSM’s IP rights and know-how. These activities range from setting up licensing deals, joint-development agreements and commercialisation partnerships to intellectual asset acquisitions or divestments.

During her career, Ms Donners has gained strong experience in setting up and managing external collaborations for the development and commercialisation of new products, mainly in the fields of biotechnology, nutrition and materials. Being a trained patent attorney, she never loses sight of the value of intellectual property. Ms Donners believes that IP rights are a great business tool to spur innovation. She loves to exchange ideas in this field with other professionals and is a frequently invited speaker at conferences on the role of intellectual property in open innovation and the valuation of IP rights for transactions.

Professional associations

  • Dutch Orde van Octrooigemachtigden
  • EPI
  • LES
  • PDMA


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

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Royal DSM NV

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