Dr. René van Schaik, studied biophysical chemistry and informatics at the VU University of Amsterdam and the University of Groningen. His PhD research (RU Groningen/ETH Zürich) focused on 3D structure refinement of bio-macromolecules using NMR or X-ray data. In 1993 he joined Unilever where he held several research and project management positions including Skill base leader Bioinformatics and Project leader research intranet supporting Food and Detergents research. In 1998 van Schaik became Program Leader Bioinformatics and Head of IT at Keygene NV, responsible for bioinformatics tools to support Technology Development & Marker Assisted Breeding and Database Development. In 2001 he joined Organon NV as Section head Bioinformatics. In 2004 he was appointed Head Molecular Informatics Technologies and in 2006 he joined the newly formed Integration Informatics Team (IIT) reporting to CIO R&D Organon. In 2008 he became Head of Molecular Informatics and Profiling for Europe at Schering-Plough (now MSD).
July 2011 he started as CTO at the Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC), responsible for the development and implementation of innovative eScience solutions in multidisciplinary research projects. In October 2013 he became acting CEO of NLeSC.
Since June 2014 he is based in Gent at Bayer CropScience. First as Site head Computational Life Sciences and since November 2015 as Global Head CLS Project & Platform Management to support data driven R&D and plant breeding and crop protection application platforms.
Dr. van Schaik served on a number of advisory boards and committees, including Member scientific committee NBIC 2003-2006, Member of WGS committee (Scientific use of supercomputers) Netherlands National Computing Facilities Foundation 2006-2011 and STW program committee Maps4Society.