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Media Release

09 September 2020

Unilabs appoints Dr. Esther Talboom-Kamp as Chief Innovation Officer

Geneva, 9 September 2020: Unilabs, the leading European diagnostic services provider, has appointed Dr. Esther Talboom-Kamp as its Chief Innovation Officer.

Talboom-Kamp had previously served as the CEO of Saltro, one of the largest and most innovative diagnostics companies in the Netherlands – recently acquired by Unilabs. In her new role, Esther will be responsible for fostering product and service innovation across Unilabs. She will report to Dr. Christian Rebhan, Unilabs’ Chief Medical and Operations Officer.

“We are excited to welcome Esther to the Unilabs team,” said Dr. Rebhan. “Her deep knowledge of our industry, her experience in delivering healthcare digitally, and her expertise in improving customer experience, will all be a huge benefit to Unilabs.”

“I am delighted to step into this new role, and look forward to working closely with our country organisations to ensure we deliver futureproof digital service to doctors and patients,” said Dr. Talboom-Kamp. “The healthcare business is increasingly driven by technology and it’s vital to remain on top of progress, identifying what works, supporting doctors in their workflow, and giving patients and consumers the opportunity to manage their own health.”    

At Saltro, Esther transformed the business into a diagnostic powerhouse, investing in the development of technology that gives patients a higher level of control over their own healthcare. Saltro launched two consumer portals, one that digitally triages patients for STDs and then allows them to order home test kits, and another that provides test results to Saltro clients with comprehensive explanation and advice.

Esther Talboom-Kamp is a firm believer in lifelong learning, and recently completed a PhD on eHealth from the University of Leiden. She recently completed the “Disruptive Innovation” Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. Esther has an MBA in Health from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and graduated as a medical doctor from the same institution.

With the recent acquisition of Saltro, Unilabs has significantly expanded its presence in the Netherlands. This will allow Unilabs to better serve health care providers, GPs, hospitals and patients in the Netherlands, under the leadership of Nicolas Ploquin, Regional Director France, Spain and Benelux.

Jurgen Woerdman, the new Chief Operating Officer of Unilabs Netherlands, will be responsible for the integration of Saltro into the existing business. In this, he will be supported by Cor van Luik, who assumes responsibility for all business in the east of the Netherlands. In the west of the Netherlands, this role will be filled Jacintha Albada Jelgersma.

Media contact:

Alistair Hammond, Director of Communications


t: +44 771 773 0441

About Unilabs

Unilabs is one of Europe’s largest diagnostics companies. It offers a complete range of laboratory, pathology and imaging services for patients all around the world. With 12,700 employees across 150 imaging centres and 250 labs in 17 countries, we perform more than four million lab tests a week – saving lives every single day.  



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