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Summary

Passionate about creating value-driven microbiome innovation, I excel at communicating science to multiple stakeholders to address unmet medical need within patient care. I embody a solutions-oriented yet critical approach that bridges commercial objectives and sound research in order to drive business revenue and meet targets. For stakeholders and KOLs, I am a catalyst for communication, credibility, and creativity.

Microbiome expertise applied across three therapeutic areas: gynecology, obstetrics, urology

Summary skills
• Open-thinking scientist with biotech science liaison and business development experience
• PhD in vaginal microbiology, MSc in nutrition and nutraceuticals
• Direct experience in: KOL network management, probiotic product development and commercialization, clinical studies & mechanistic research, science communication, business development, end-user & stakeholder communication
• Established SL & BD track record with KOLS & clients in Europe, Asia, and South America
• Proactive and comfortable at the boundary of change and uncertainty
• Excels within cross-functional teams in goal-oriented, multifaceted, and fast-paced environments
• Languages: English (native), Dutch (A2 level)

Additional skills
• Working knowledge of clinical trial processes
• Confident, open-minded, ethical, and approachable
• Excellent networking, writing and presentation skills
• Autonomy and enthusiasm combined with determination and hard work
• Strong analytical and strategic thinking abilities
• Diplomatic, interpersonal, and cross-functional communication skills
• Constantly learning and fearlessly engaged

Experiences

Current Experience

  • Science Liaison Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Since December 2015

    Therapeutic areas for probiotics: gynecology, obstetrics, urology, especially urogenital infections

     

    Core Activities:
    • Share, present, and discuss balanced scientific information data about current state of microbiome and probiotic research with doctors, KOLs, scientific thought leaders, and healthcare professionals
    • Actively identify, build, and maintain professional and mutually-beneficial KOL relationships
    • Achievement of rapid KOL network growth through credible data dissemination, scientific updates, conference sponsorships, research support, and exchange meetings
    • Collaborate with key thought leaders on all aspects of the research process
    • Continually drive and spearhead development of new internal science liaison team
    • Identify, develop, and manage scientific opportunities for new and existing products
    • Keep abreast of key science areas (microbiome-dysbiosis, products, therapies) to ensure current, balanced, and competitive knowledge

     

    Additional Activities:
    • Prepare and deliver presentations to international health care professionals, scientists, and the general public in scientific and lay language
    • Key contributor for cross-functional initiatives and field-based support within internal departments including marketing, sales & BD, R&D, and RA
    • Provide internal and field-based scientific training and product support
    • Develop clinical and commercial education materials for external and internal use
    • Aggressively foster cross-functional synergy between science liaison and sales teams to promote medical-endorsed corporate strategy
    • Attend and participate in company booth at international, national and regional meetings
    • Strategic partnership development with scientific organizations and healthcare professionals
    • Strengthen the external image and position of Winclove Probiotics within the market
    • Member of 2 Scientific Advisory Boards (Probiota Americas & Beneficial Microbes)

  • Chairwoman and Founder
    Since January 2015

    Join us on June 13th, 2016 in Amsterdam at MICROPIA (world's first microbe zoo)!
    * Scan the field of women's health and the female microbiota(s), and specific challenges and consequences faced
    * Meet thought leaders in microbiome research and women's health
    * Review the current opportunities of probiotics as adjunct therapeutic approaches
    * Explore possibilities of collaboration to advance the field
    * Continuing medical education accreditation applied for!

Past Experience

  • Scientific Product Steward & Business Developer (Women's Health)
    March 2015 --- December 2015

    Probiotic product portfolio: women’s health

     

    Core Activities:
    • Customer-facing position responsible for creating and sustaining good rapport with B2B partners and prospects
    • Doubled number of business partners within 1 year and rapidly expanded prospect network through evidence-based sales approach
    • Established track-record of working with numerous international clients
    • Managed women’s health probiotic portfolio throughout entire product life cycle
    • Built and fostered relationships with international thought leaders
    • Provided internal and field-based scientific training and support
    • Developed, communicated and maintained in-depth scientific knowledge for B2B purposes
    • Mined clinical, B2B, scientific, and consumer markets for new ideas, thoughts, and feedback

     

    Additional Activities:
    • Prepared and delivered international scientific lectures and presentations
    • Partner relations, including preparation of presentation and communication materials for investors
    • Founder and Chairwoman of annual international scientific conference (Women & their Microbes)
    • Interfaced and built strong relationships with key external partner contact points (medical, sales, marketing, regulatory affairs, R&D)
    • Responsible for value creation and innovation by bridging internal gaps between science and business

  • PhD Candidate
    January 2010 --- January 2015

    • Studied biophysics of bacteria and cell adhesion within the human vagina niche
    • Published scientific papers in top 25% ranked field-specific journals (ISI Web of Science)
    • Recruited collaborators and embraced a multidisciplinary approach to all research projects
    • Supervised four bachelor student projects including conception, execution, and write-up
    • Honed presentation skills through eight international conference presentations and in-house talks
    • Very active on multiple levels of the student body and PhD councils

  • Research Fellow - Department of Biomedical Engineering
    September 2009 --- February 2010

    • Recruited to Biomedical Engineering lab for tailor-made project on bacterial adhesion
    • Worked within multiple disciplines (microbiology, cell culture, microscopy, etc) to achieve research goals
    • Transitioned into a PhD position within the same laboratory

Knowledge

LinkedIn Assessment :
Scientific WritingMicrobiologyProbioticsBuilding RelationshipsCommunication SkillsCross-functional CommunicationProactive self-starterProject ManagementProblem SolvingTeamworkExperimental DesignBacterial adhesionStrategyPublic HealthKOL managementWomen's HealthUrogenital InfectionsCommunicationmanagementLeadershipMarket accessVolunteeringBiotechnologyBusiness DevelopmentScientific LiaisonEmotional IntelligenceHealthcareProduct developmentLife Sciences

Education

  • PhD, Vaginal Microbiology in Medical Sciences from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in 2015
  • MSc in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences from University of Guelph in 2009
  • BSc in Kinesiology from York University in 2007

Area / Region

Almere, Netherlands

Others

Driving License
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