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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 10993FileMakerR&DBiotechnologyProject 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) Certification
  • Certificate Medical Biostatistics Certification
  • Personal License under Animals Act 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