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Walter De Brouwer

Eric Topol, MD

Walter de Brouwer, a technology entrepreneur and semiotician, is the co-founder and CEO of Scanadu – a NASA Ames-based company that makes consumer medical devices. Scanadu is building a suite of products that enable consumers to easily monitor their health in order to have more informed conversations with their doctors.

Prior to Scanadu, de Brouwer ran One Laptop Per Child Europe and founded Starlab – where he developed the concept of “Deep Future” research and worked on intelligent clothing and personal genomics typing. He also established Riverland Publications in 1990 to publish personal computer magazines, which he sold to VNU in 1994. Additionally, De Brouwer was closely involved in two international IPOs – Stepstone and Eunet-Qwest.

De Brouwer earned a Masters degree in linguistics from the University of Ghent in 1980 and a PhD in Semiotics from Tilburg University in 2005.