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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 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