Dr. Barend Mons (1957, The Netherlands) obtained his MSc. (1981, Cum Laude) and his PhD. (1986) at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology.
At present, since 2002 Barend is Associate Professor in Bio-Semantics at the Department of Medical Informatics, Erasmus Medical Centre, University of Rotterdam and (since 2005) at the Department of Human Genetics at the Leiden University Medical Centre, both in The Netherlands. However, he remained involved in International Scientific Management and Networking at various levels. He was one of the Founding Trustees of The Centre for the Management of Intellectual Property in Health Research and Development (MIHR), which assists people in Developing countries to manage their critical IP for the betterment of Society. He also serves on the board of Knewco, Inc. (co-founded by Barend in 2005).
His present activities mainly focus on International networking to realise a completely new form of Computer Assisted Distributed Annotation and on-line Knowledge discovery, in close collaboration between Rotterdam, Leiden and Knewco, and largely based on the Knewco Knowlet™ technology combined with Open Access and Open Source Wiki-technology approaches.