Peter Vanbekbergen has a PhD in applied sciences (electronics) from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He has a long track record doing long-term research, but also preparing R&D for transfer to companies. He is a repeat entrepreneur with two start-ups, developing EDA and chip products. Coware was acquired by Synopsys, M4S was acquired by Huawei. He is co-founder and partner of Imec.Xpand, a VC fund investing in hardware-based nanotechnology innovations.