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Clinical Research Professional with expertise in early phase Clinical trials (first-in-human through proof-of-concept and technology/Biomarker Validation trials) combined with expertise in business development & Licensing. throughout my Career i have build expertise in leading cross-functional teams and leading process simplification and change initiatives. in my present role at msd europe inc, i am focusing on enhancing Innovation (technologies & in-Licensing strategies) within early Clinical Development. i have a strong academic background based on my phd / postdoc and sr Business Development Manager roles within vib, an excellence-based entrepreneurial institute focusing on basic research and translating scientific results into Pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial Applications. several years of managerial experience, a role which i find very rewarding because of the opportunity to focus on growing & Coaching people, Talent Management and steering Personal Development of reports.


Current Experience

  • Sr. Director Early Clinical Research / Chief of Staff

    Since December 2016

Past Experience

  • Sr. Director Clinical Operations (Europe) & Licensing

    April 2016 --- December 2016

  • Sr Business Development & Licensing Manager

    May 2015 --- April 2016
    vib is a Research organization dedicated to Life Sciences Research. vib performs basic Research with a strong focus on translating scientific results into new Diagnostics, innovative medicines and improved crops and nutritional products, through close cooperation with industry. as sr Business Development & Licensing manager i followed up on Research of vib principal investigators and built business cases and Marketing materials to Partner with industry (R&D collaborations and/or Licensing).

  • Director Clinical Research (ESD Scientist Lead)

    February 2012 --- May 2015
    when joining msd europe in 2006 i started as end-to-end Project Manager for early Phase I Clinical trials (including poc patient trials) and biomarker/method Validation trials. soon i grew into a Coaching and later on into a managerial role (Director Clinical research). my responsibilities as Director Clinical research included: • identifying new clinical sites for early phase Clinical trials and Coaching clinical sites in set up for early phase trials • clinical, operational and regulatory input on Strategy for compound development • supervising/Coaching msd project managers in their day-to-day job of setting up and monitoring early stage development Clinical trials • driving Personal Development and Career Planning of direct reports • leading several process improvement initiatives (SOP development) • global subject matter Expert on all aspects of early phase Clinical Trial/site monitoring (Clinical Trial set up, site monitoring science)" rel="nofollow">Protocol deviations and management of Investigator site relations), gcp and quality management.

  • Clinical Associate

    January 2011 --- January 2012
    role and responsibilities summarized above.

  • Sr Clinical Pharmacology Associate

    September 2006 --- January 2011
    role and responsibilities summarized above.

  • Wetenschappelijk medewerker

    February 2006 --- September 2006

  • PhD student

    July 2001 --- January 2006


LinkedIn Assessment :
Clinical trialsBiotechnologyICH-GCPGCPClinical DevelopmentClinical researchClinical pharmacologyEarly Stage Clinical Developmentmolecular biologyDrug DevelopmentLife SciencesPharmaceutical IndustryDrug DiscoveryImmunologyQuality ManagementCTMSAntibodiesoncologyYellow BeltAntibodyLicensingGood Clinical Practice (GCP)Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS)


  • PhD in Sciences - Biotechnology from Ghent University in 2006
  • Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2001
  • Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1999
  • in from High school in 1997

Training and Certification

  • Licensing and Tech Transfer in 2015 Training
  • Quality Management in 2010 Training
  • Clinical Trial Monitoring in 2007 Training
  • GCP in 2007 Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Full Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Work From Home:
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position
  • International:

Area / Region

Ghent, België


Driving License
  • Yes

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