Leon is a medical scientist and the founder of 2Mynds. He has a long history of competitive sports and he was a national champion in Judo and a top-ranked junior tennis player in the Netherlands. He did not pursue sports professionally, but became a physical therapist and later decided to make a career in health care research. Leon has two PhDs from different medical schools is a specialist in research methodology, and has extensive experience in advising complex decisions in drug development. He still consults on behalf of Certara’s division for Integrated Drug Development. As an assistant and associate professor, he taught medical statistics, clinical epidemiology, and research methodology at Kitasato University School of Medicine for a number of years. He guest-lectured at Utrecht University as well as various other universities in Asia, North America, and Europe.
From his early twenties to late thirties Leon practiced aikido and iaido intensively and lived in Japan for eight years. He was particularly interested in the meditative aspects of martial arts. He began to understand that true stillness has nothing to do with sitting still and that the essence of meditation lies in its integration in movement and in everyday functional practice. After a life-threatening experience in 2017, he decided it was time to switch focus from helping drug developers to helping people, and for a few years, he worked on the prototype of 2Mynds. Since then, 2Mynds has grown and expanded and has become a unique resource for people from many different backgrounds to work on their mind-body fitness.
Leon is a lifelong learner and he continues to challenge himself in movement and meditation. He is still an active athlete and pretty much enjoys any kind of movement of the mind and body.