Maria van Dongen is Head External Innovation in the Discovery Sciences organization and Innovation Strategy Lead in Discovery, Product Development & Supply in the Janssen Research & Development organization. Before her current role, she served as member of the Jansen Prevention Management Team, Head of Preventive Interventions and led global teams working to deliver preclinical proof of concept for innovative products, focusing on small molecule drugs and B-cell vaccines. During her tenure, she brought distinguished small molecule discovery expertise to the specific needs related to preventive interventions and played a pivotal role in research that resulted in innovative antibody-guided drug discovery. Prior to joining Janssen, Maria held scientific positions in pharmaceutical research organizations, including Abbott, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Biovitrum, Pharmacia Corporation and Pharmacia & Upjohn. She holds a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.