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Current Experience

  • Chief Technology Officer

    Nyon, Switzerland
    Since January 2018

Past Experience

  • Head of Research & Development Lausanne, Switzerland

    September 2016 --- June 2017

    ◦ coached and led 6-person direct and 2-person indirect team & maintain the permissive environment

    ◦ performed and directed business Due Diligence on potential wind Energy, agricultural and petrol/gas sector projects

    ◦ performed and directed technical/regulatory Due Diligence and business case development for new Veterinary IVD technology

    ◦ evaluated european customer voice for the Veterinary IVD project

    ◦ readjusted the r&d projects upon second change of cto

    ◦ reported directly to japanese higher management (cto; 4/year)

    ◦ contributed to over 20 patent families filed on various domains over the 5 years at nitto denko

  • Product Development & QS Manager Lausanne, Switzerland

    October 2014 --- August 2016

    ◦ coached and led 6-person direct and 2-person indirect team & maintain

    the permissive environment

    ◦ built and managed a dekra certified iso13485 compliant Quality Management System (10% of time)

    ◦ managed key opinion leaders in us, eu & canada

    ◦ initiated the derisking efforts of our Research lines upon change of cto

    ◦ performed and directed european technology scouting within the life science, cleantech, Energy and agricultural domain

    ◦ performed and directed technical and business related Due Diligence of potential technologies

    ◦ reported directly to japanese higher management (cto; 4/year)


  • Product Development Manager Lausanne, Switzerland

    August 2013 --- September 2014

    ◦ expended and coached a multidisciplinary team of 6 direct reports

    ◦ created an environment permissive to Innovation and instrumental to the high patent output of the group (on average 4/year)

    ◦ ramped up the Preclinical evaluation by performing large animal proof of concept studies

    ◦ supervised the setting up and Validation of in house safety Testing according to ISO 10993

    ◦ defined the regulatory approval path for the combination device under development

    ◦ reported directly to japanese higher management (cto; 4/year)


  • Senior Scientist Research (Biology) Lausanne, Switzerland

    August 2012 --- July 2013

    ◦ coached and led a 3-person team

    ◦ developed Laboratory facilities in switzerland

    ◦ designed and achieved approval for a Research program, based on multiple information sources, in line with set timelines, goals and Budgets to develop a new accelerated wound healing solution

    ◦ discovered active compounds to be implemented into Medical Devices

    ◦ reported directly to japanese higher management (cto; 4/year)


  • Senior Scientist Genk, Belgium

    May 2012 --- July 2012

    see position above

  • Co-founder & CSO Leuven, Belgium

    November 2011 --- May 2012

    ◦ managed a 2-person team

    ◦ developed a full Business Strategy plan, licensed the University’s ip

    ◦captured 250 k€and 500k$ in hard and soft vc commitment, respectively, to attract the first CEO, a Clinical Director and Manufacturing director


  • Research & Innovation Manager for EGAMI Antwerp, Belgium

    February 2010 --- October 2011

    ◦ prospected and acquired new projects with industrial partners

    ◦ conceived funding Applications, internal and external, with the eye on industrial applicability and ip generation

    ◦ performed the local Marketing, incl. Marketing material development, organising events and website to increase the consortiums renown in flanders


  • Entrepreneur

    January 2006 --- February 2010
    the spin-off project is a business related project based on our own patented technology and which comprised all preparative steps to found a spin-off company (see above for anethon nv). Entrepreneur • prepare anethon business case and strategic plan o write business plan o Market Analysis and prognosis o Regulatory Affairs plan and EMA scientific advice o write patent Applications o CMO identification (recombinant Protein & blood plasma product) • present for investors: private, companies and vc funds

  • Laboratory Head - Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering Leuven, Belgium

    December 2001 --- February 2010

    ◦ led and mentored 6 direct and 2 indirect reports, administering a €250k capex and €3m Budgets

    ◦ executed the Project Management for industrial services: Preclinical device assessment

    ◦ invented a (1) new coating for cardiovascular devices and (2) Biomarkers for cardiovascular tissue development

    ◦ conceived the pivotal criteria and rationale for the negotiations for a €800k angel investor contribution to the development of the coating technology to become anethon

    ◦ performed surgical Research as a core Member of the labs Research service team: trained in anaesthesia, echocardiography and Surgery

    ◦ developed the Tissue Engineering Lab; attract the right competences and build the necessary facilities

    ◦ supervised 5phd theses and several MSc theses


  • AIO (PhD student Maastricht, Netherlands

    January 1999 --- November 2001

    janssen pharmaceutica sponsored phd position.

    completed dictoral thesis in In Vivo infrared Spectroscopy and conducted scientific Medical Research


  • Scientific co-worker Brussels, Belgium

    October 1997 --- November 1998

    Research focused in genetic damage and genotoxicity induced by mercury in the brain, especially linked to epileptogenicity.


Self Assessment :
Innovative thinkingInterest in knowledgeCritical thinkingAnalytical thinkingApproachabilityAuthenticityIndependenceProblem solvingResiliencyStrategic thinking


Self Assessment :
Animal models Biostatistics Cell biology Negotiation R&DAnalysisAnimal trialAssay developmentBiologyBiomarkersBiomedical SciencesBiotechnologyBudget ManagementBudget NegotiationBudgetingBusiness DevelopmentBusiness IntelligenceBusiness PlanningBusiness StrategyCardiovascular diseasesCell biologyCell CultureCell SignalingCellular Product DevelopmentCoachingCross-functional team leadershipData AnalysisDatabase design and maintenanceDesign of Experiments (DOE) Diagnostic marketDue DiligenceELISAEnglishEntrepreneurshipExperimentationFinancial AnalysisGeneticsGenomicsImmunohistochemistry (IHC)ImmunologyIn vitro diagnostics (IVD)InflammationInnovation ManagementISO 13485Laboratory ManagementLaboratory study designLeadershipLife SciencesLifesciencesMammalian Cell CultureMarket AnalysisMedical Device R&DMedical DevicesMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft ProjectMicrosoft WordMolecular & Cellular BiologyMultilingualPatentspeople managementPre-clinical researchPreclinical developmentPreclinical SafetyPresentation SkillsProduct developmentProject ManagementResearchSPSSStart-upsStatistical Data AnalysisTeam LeadershipTeam ManagementTechnological InnovationVascular surgery
LinkedIn Assessment :
LifesciencesMicroscopyGeneticsscienceCell biologyImmunohistochemistryLaboratoryToxicologyResearchELISAAnimal ModelsClinical DevelopmentMedical DevicesProject ExecutionInventorLife SciencesProject ConceptionScientific WritingNeuroscienceTeam LeadershipStatisticsHistologySPSScardiovascularWound CarePre-clinical StudiesZEN (microscopy software)Tissue EngineeringISO 13485ISO 10993FileMakerBiotechnologyProject Management

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
research and developmentbusiness developmentproduct developmentinnovation managementteam managementcoachingMentoring Analytical skillsKey Opinion Leader Management


  • Master in Executive Master of Businedd Administration (till Nov 2017) from IMD in 2017
  • in Foundations for Business Leadership from IMD Business School in 2016
  • PhD in Brain perfusion, oxygenation and metabolism from Universiteit Maastricht in 2002
  • Master in Biology from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1997
  • none in Produktontwikkeling from Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen in 1993
  • Sciences/Mathematics in High school from Koninklijk Atheneum III Gent in 1990

Training and Certification

  • Certificaat Proefdierleider (Felasa C) in 0000 Certification
  • Certificate Medical Biostatistics in 0000 Certification
  • Personal License under Animals Act in 0000 Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Full Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    1 week
  • Positions I am interested in:
    CSO General Manager Managing Director R&D Director
  • Work From Home:
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position :    100% FTE
  • International:

Area / Region

Lausanne, Switzerland


Driving License
  • Yes

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