Herman De Prins is UCB’s Chief Information Officer since October 2009. UCB values the role of technology in delivering on its promise to improve lives of people with severe diseases. In addition to delivering 250 projects each year Herman and his team have always explored digital opportunities that can deliver value within the patient eco-system. For example, UCB has been an early adopter of using big data and artificial intelligence for clinical decision support and to identify how patients can benefit from the right medicine. “While still important, social, mobile and cloud are yesterday’s news. Today it is all about artificial intelligence”, says Herman. In 2016 he was named “CIO of the Year” by DataNews. Before joining UCB Herman worked for 15 years in the medical devices industry, in Europe and the US. During that time he held responsibilities for the US market, enterprise shared services, international operations and M&A. Most recently he was Vice President IT International for Medtronic. He joined Medtronic from Abbott Laboratories, which acquired Guidant’s Vascular and Endovascular businesses, which Herman was part of. At Abbott he was Director IT for Abbott Vascular’s international business.