Dr. Theo Meert

Prof Theo F. Meert is head of the R&D Global Government Grant office (G3O) of J&J. He is also a professor and scientific advisor/researcher at different universities: (Leuven (Dept Biological psychology), Antwerp (Dept Pharmac Biomed Vet Sciences), Brussels (VUB, Dept Biolog Psychology), Hasselt (Dept Med Biomed sciences) and Ghent (Fac Medicine and Health sciences, dept. Anesthesiology).

During his career at J&J, started in 1981, Dr. Meert has been appointed to multiple international global functions. Within his various functions, he guided different multidisciplinary research teams within the field of CNS (Psychiatry- Addiction -Pain –Neurology/ Alzheimer). The activities of these groups covered the complete drug discovery process from early drug candidate selection to POC and further clinical testing. He was a key driver for several advanced projects in the CNS area leading to marketed drugs. Dr. Meert also supports some Full Development products and is involved in the scientific support of novel and marketed products. Dr. Meert has constructed an extensive network within J&J and external scientific and clinical organizations. He has also built an external network of external partnership initiatives and was instrumental in various novel external innovation models.

Dr. Meert’s scientific expertise is reflected in multiple patents (>15), publications (> 225), congress communications (> 200) and invited lectures (>150). Dr. Meert obtained a Ph.D. on psychopharmacology in Experimental Psychology at the University of Brussels (1986) and a Ph.D. in Medicine/Anesthesiology at the University of Antwerp (1994).