Philippe Cupers is since 1 January 2014 Deputy Head of Unit for 'Health strategy' at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. His responsibilities focus on the development, promotion and monitoring of European health research and innovation strategy and policies (e.g. personalised medicine), including longterm vision and forward looking activities. It takes into account developments in the Member States (both in public and private sectors) and on the international scene. Philippe Cupers has a PhD in cell biology and biochemistry from the University of Louvain (de Duve Institute). He has worked at the Harvard University Medical School, at the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (University of Leuven) and at GlaxoSmithKline. He joined the Directorate- General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission in 2001, where he worked as scientific officer and then Head of Sector for brain research, as well as scientific officer for setting up the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).