GetReal’s First Executive Board Appointees Announced

21 July 2022, Utrecht, The Netherlands

The GetReal Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the adoption and implementation of Real World Evidence in health care decision-making in Europe, is pleased to announce its first appointees to the Executive Board.

The Institute was established in May 2021, following the completion of two Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)-funded projects, with an Interim Board comprising Professor Diederick E. Grobbee as Interim Chair and Dr Pieter Stolk as Interim Board Member from University Medical Centre Utrecht, supported by a transition team from the IMI GetReal Initiative.

As of January 2022, the GetReal Institute has inducted twenty-four multi-stakeholder organisations constituting its founding members. Following a call for nominations and an election, the following individuals have been appointed to the Executive Board:

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François Houÿez – Director of Treatment Information & Access, Policy Advisor, EURORDIS

Páll Jónsson – Programme Director for Data & Real World Evidence, NICE

Irene Nunes – VP, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Flatiron Health

Thomas Paulsson – Sr. Director & European Scientific Lead for Value Evidence & Outcomes, GSK

Mira G.P. Zuidgeest – Associate Professor of Clinical Trial Innovation & RWE, University Medical Center Utrecht


“First, I’d like to express my gratitude to the Interim Board and transition team for their excellent work and support in establishing the GetReal Institute. It is my pleasure to warmly welcome our first Executive Board members on behalf of the entire GetReal membership.

Ensuring our Board is composed of individuals from patient advocacy, health technology assessment, business and academia, aligns fully with our diverse membership composition and GetReal’s vision to be an independent, neutral and transparent multi-stakeholder collaboration.

Furthermore, each of these individuals brings a high level of knowledge and experience to the table that will certainly help us navigate challenges and lead us on our journey to help maximise the transformational potential of real world evidence in healthcare decision-making in Europe,” said Shahid Hanif, Managing Director, GetReal Institute.


About the GetReal Institute

Launched in May 2021, and building on the Innovative Medicines Initiative’s GetReal Programme, the GetReal Institute is an independent, neutral and transparent member-led organisation whose mission is to facilitate the adoption and implementation of Real World Evidence in healthcare decision-making in Europe.

We are committed to bringing together a diverse group of public and private partners to address critical challenges and opportunities related to the generation, accessibility and use of real world evidence. We are an incubator and “design lab” for strategies and tools to clarify scientific and operational uncertainties in RWE approaches and methods, and a trusted source for providing high-quality RWE education and training resources through the GetReal Academy.

To learn more about the GRI and the issues we are addressing, visit:

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