Jan-Herman van Wermeskerken

Vlaardingen, Netherlands

About Jan-Herman


Senior Buyer for a company that buys care for Health Insurance Companies. My specialty is Pharmaceuticals. See my website.


Dutch, English

Areas of Expertise

Pharmaceutics, Business developement

An idea worth spreading

Watch TED! Be a liberal socialist. Take your wishes and ideas seriously. Be what you can be. Do'nt worry about what other people think. They do'nt do it very often.

I'm passionate about

See my website.

Talk to me about

Anything. You will get a reply.

People don't know I'm good at

Just about anything, I like to think of myself as a renaissance man.

My TED story

TED is great. It is one of the most useful forums on Internet. Here some of the great ideas worth spreading are "aired" for everyone to see. Some of the speakers are true visionairies ot just plain clever. Others are well spoken or have good ideas (not all of them practical). This is what Internet should be used for. Cornell University developed a great program called CUCMe. What was it used for? Go see for yourself. That is not what Interenet is meant to be about (in my opinion). Good work TED (or Chris).

Comments & conversations

Jan-Herman van Wermeskerken
Posted over 3 years ago
How might a person step into the shoes of an "anti-American terrorist" and NOT be labeled "anti-American"?
A comment from Europe. Unfortunately I can not answer your questions but I can give you some thoughts. Patriotism can have two sides. The side you are on and the "other side", you probably have a difference of opinion, but both sides consider themselves patriots. One of my French friends terms this "other side of the fence patriotism". If you are a patriot to your own cause, and that means taking a stance that means that you are considered "anti-american" it is basically not different. Both sides believe strongly in something. The interesting and at the same time worrying thing about this is, that people often have the same sentiments but a different point of view. This can lead to bitter arguments and all sorts of other undesirable behaviour.
Jan-Herman van Wermeskerken
Posted over 3 years ago
How can a talented teenager prepare himself for a scientific career? What do you scientists recommend? (Personal experiences, please).
This is an interesting question and one which is very difficult to answer (but that is probably the reason why you put that question here). The only thing I can do is share some life experience. I am 52 and have been a community pharmacist for most of my working life. In that time I have learned two things. What parents want and what a child wants are often two different things. If your child is as you say very talented, the child must be given the chance to develop those talents because, in my opinion, that is what a parent should wish for their child, it is probably most likely to make the child happy. There are no garantuees. If your child is (exceptionally) intelligent, the child might decide at some point in the future that the chosen path is not the one and will want change. This is the responsability of the child and not the parent (in my opinion). What a child probably wants (I am not an educator) is the unconditional love and support of those who are probably the most important people in his life. If the child wants to go into the scientific arena, this is not easy, because it is now a vast area. Even in the fields you mention there is an enormous variety of choices. I am a polymath. But I have chosen something to focus on. The rest I do when I have time. Also I have had the chance to travel and do things beside my work as a scientist. Those are fond memories. I am not always happy (sometimes I feel I could do more with my talents), but generally I am content. This I wish for your son. And of course yourself.