HITLAB Welcomes Laurent van Lerberghe as New Board Member of Breakthrough Alliance and Chairman of Board for Europe

HITLAB TEAM • October 5, 2023

HITLAB (Healthcare Innovation and Technology Lab) is pleased to announce that Laurent van Lerberghe is joining the Breakthrough Alliance (BTA) board and will also serve as Chairman for the Breakthrough Alliance in Europe.

The mission of the HITLAB Breakthrough Alliance is to accelerate digital health globally and help digital health champions emerge across USA, Europe and Asia. Over the last few years, HITLAB has been taking actions to strengthen its footprint beyond USA and will now have a formal presence in Europe.

With over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Laurent has a strong track record of building and leading businesses in Europe, USA and Asia. For the last 3 years as Chief Strategy Officer of Sanofi, Laurent reported to the CEO and has been one of the architect of 14 acquisitions. He also accelerated investments across the pipeline with a focus on oncology, immunology and digital health. Prior to Sanofi, Laurent held several commercial executive positions at Abbott, where he worked for about 10 years.

In January 2023, Laurent became an investor in digital health with a focus on accelerating digital health in Europe. He recently completed the first step executing initial investments across Europe and joining a number of boards of digital health companies.

“We are excited to expand our BTA board and establish a presence in Europe with the addition of Laurent van Lerberghe,” said Bill Taranto, CEO of Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Chair of HITLAB BTA. “With his 25-years experience in healthcare as well as his global network, Laurent brings a unique and diverse expertise that will help with our mission to improve the delivery of healthcare and enable our expansion globally. We have worked hard to ensure that our BTA board represents a variety of experts from the healthcare world. We welcome Laurent to the team.”

“The mission of HITLAB’s BTA to accelerate digital health and help global champions to emerge across USA, Europe and Asia resonates deeply with the work I have done throughout the last 25 years,” said Laurent van Lerberghe. “I look forward to helping digital health founders access the financial and human capital as well as the geographic expansion they need to succeed.”

About HITLAB Breakthrough Alliance

HITLAB Breakthrough Alliance is an accelerator that helps early-stage startups conduct rapid pilot studies to test their products and move closer to market. Selected startups have their technologies tested in pilot studies with clinical partners and patients, gathering the data needed to accelerate their concepts. To source startups, Breakthrough holds open innovation competitions and networking events that bring together the digital health and investment ecosystem.