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Sam De Brouwer

Sam is cofounder and Chief Operating Officer at doc.ai , a computational linguistics company focused on building medical dialogue systems and intelligent conversational agents for the next-generation personalized healthcare. Before that she cofounded Scanadu Inc. in 2011 and served as its VP of communications until April 2016. Scanadu is a venture backed company developing consumer facing mobile medical devices.

Sam started her entrepreneurial career in 1996 with the Starlab research lab where she ran the business development department. It was her first experience with the MIT MediaLab, which specialized in blue sky research deep future research, and BANG (Bits, Atoms, Neurons and Genes) research. Starlab produced generic patents that were later sold to Philips.

In 1999, Sam started one of the first employment websites for Benelux, called Jobscape, which merged with eight similar sites to make up Stepstone, and went public on the London Stock Exchange.
From 2001 until 2004, Sam founded the National Institute for Telework in Europe, which designed pilot micro-entrepreneurship workshops, together with the University of Antwerp and the European Social Fund. In 2008, Sam served as advocacy director of NGO One Laptop Per Child, the European/African branch of One Laptop per Child foundation which was located at the global headquarters of The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) near Brussels. With the European team they secured funding for the deployment of laptops and training for more than 50.000 kids in more than 10 countries (Rwanda, Paraguay, Peru, Nepal, Madagascar, Tanzania...)