In memoriam Dick van Bekkum

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our chairman of the board.


Prof. Dirk W. van Bekkum

30 July 1925 – 17 July 2015


Dick set up the Cinderella Therapeutics Foundation in 2009 and was its inspiring leader from the very beginning. He was convinced of making a valuable contribution to health care by focusing specifically on the needs of patients. Developing ‘stepchild’ drugs and therapies, outside the sphere of interest of mainstream industry, is the aim of the foundation to which Dick devoted himself with great enthusiasm and in his characteristically original, creative and tenacious manner.


He will be sorely missed by us all.


Board and supporters of Cinderella Therapeutics


Dick van Bekkum was emeritus professor in Leiden and Rotterdam and Director of the Radiobiological Institute of TNO in Rijswijk until his retirement. He was one of the founders of the EORTC (European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer) in 1962. He was member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1973. He successfully introduced the Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre concept to the Netherlands after a 6-month sabbatical at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, USA. He was also co-founder of the biotechnology firm Crucell and senior scientific advisor of this company for 12 years.

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Dick van Bekkum 2015