Rudi Pauwels

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Rudi Pauwels (born 1960) is a Belgian pharmacologist. He studied pharmaceutical sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and obtained a PhD with a dissertation on Development of New Anti-HIV Agents.


He did research on virology at the Rega Institute for Medical Research.[1] In 1994 he founded the Belgian biotech company Tibotec, together with his wife Carine Claeys, and in 1995 he co-founded Virco. At Tibotec he continued his work on HIV.[2] In 1999, he was elected as board member of the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB).

Rudi Pauwels is also the co-founder, director and CEO of a molecular diagnostic company, Biocartis SA, based in Parc Scientifique EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Pauwels is the father of actress Eline Powell.[3]


  1. ^ Pauwels R, Andries K, Desmyter J, Schols D, Kukla MJ, Breslin HJ, Raeymaeckers A, Van Gelder J, Woestenborghs R, Heykants J, et al., Potent and selective inhibition of HIV-1 replication in vitro by a novel series of TIBO derivatives, Nature. 1990 Feb 1;343(6257):470–4
  2. ^ Vingerhoets J., Azijn H., Fransen E., De Baere I., Smeulders L., Jochmans D., Andries K., Pauwels R., de Béthune M-P., TMC125 displays a high genetic barrier to the development of resistance: evidence from in vitro selection experiments, Journal of Virology 2005;79(20):12773-82
  3. ^ Vlaamse actrice Eline Powell steelt de show in Hollywoodreeks ‘Siren’