I am a microbiologist currently working as a consultant/senior microbiologist at Royal HaskoningDHV. My key responsibility is the business development of biobased economy (BBE) for our clients from multiple industries such as food/feed/beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors. Typical questions that I enjoy working on including but not limited to:
• How to transfer newly developed technologies into practice;
• How to support industries with specific designed strategies (for global leaders, SMEs or initiatives);
• How to minimize the risks when introducing new products or entering new markets;
• How to speed up the transition from bench/pilot proved technologies to profitable business cases;
• How to effectively track down new developing trends/innovative subjects that have potential value for the clients/stakeholders;
• How to create a more transparent collaboration between industry and knowledge institutes;
• How to optimize the implementation of new businesses by combining technical, financial, market and legislation knowledge from internal/external experts.
Consultant/Senior Microbiologist Nijmegen, Netherlands
Since August 2015
With the increasing awareness of the finite nature of fossil fuels and the pressure from environmental concerns (e.g. GHGs emissions), the use of renewable biological resources and residues as an addition to or even replacement of fossil oil-based raw materials is now acknowledge as a necessary and also promising development direction in the coming decades for both industries and society. Companies, especially in the NL, have explicit goals of sustainable development and plenty of innovation ideas in relation to the transition towards bio-based business modes. Meanwhile, massive R&D activities focusing on the valorization of different types of biomass materials are ongoing at many research institutes and there are many positive results have been proofed. The link between industry and academia, however, is not as sufficient as expected. Many companies lack the ability to turn proven innovative technologies into profitable business, mainly due to there is no direct connection and effective communication/collaboration between industries and knowledge institutes.
My role at RHDHV therefore is to fill this gap by screening/evaluating most suitable technology and combines them to the core businesses of the clients. Based on the expertise that I have as a scientist and the experiences of project/process management that I have gained during past years, I supported our clients including international corporations and SMEs in multiple BBE-related projects. My major work activities are ranging from feasibility study, conceptual design of biorefineries to the techno-economic analyses on new technology and collecting/calculating data for EU funding proposals, etc. This professional experience is combined with a Ph.D. degree in Environmental/Applied Microbiology.
• Desktop survey on possible routes for the valorization of biomass material (lignocellulose, algae, etc.);
• Technology evaluation/selection; Process development;
• Conceptual design of biorefineries & Process mass balance calculation & CAPEX/OPEX evaluation;
• Market opportunities investigation & Environmental impact analyses
• Business case development & Risk evaluation;
• Identification of grant oppotunities/potential partners;
MicrobiologyFermentationProject ManagementBusiness Developmentmolecular biologyWastewater treatment
Ph.D. in Microbiology from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2014