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Current Experience

  • Lab Manager

    Antwerp, Belgium
    Since November 2011

    position: Lab manager Clinical Pathology (klinische Biologie)


    major achievements:

    • reorganisation of corelab in terms of workstations, workplanning and Education
    • implementation of new Automation system
    • Lab lead for electronic order Communication system within the Hospital
    • many lean projects to optimize Lab processes and increase efficiency

    reports to Managing Director uza

    Position: Lab Manager Clinical Pathology (klinische biologie)


    • Daily operational management of clinical diagnostic lab (clinical chemistry, hematology & microbiology)
    • Liaison between laboratory & technical, Information, financial and human resources departments
    • Project leader of different projects such as lab automation, electronic order communication, resource planning, ...
    • Contact person & follow up of clincial trials within the lab

    Major achievements:

    • Reorganisation of corelab in terms of workstations, workplanning and education
    • Implementation of new automation system
    • Lab lead for electronic order communication system within the hospital
    • Many Lean projects to optimize lab processes and increase efficiency

    Reports to managing director UZA

Past Experience

  • Director Screening & Diagnostic Lab Operations Beerse, Belgium

    June 2008 --- October 2011

    within the c.r.e.a.te global Research capabilities organization, i was leading a team of (approx. 80) scientists working on Drug Discovery & Diagnostics in Infectious diseases, neurosciences and oncology.

    major achievements

    • key role in successfully move all mechelen Biology laboratories to the beerse site, within timelines & budget.
    • integrate 2 discovery Research teams & leverage capabilities, with very different histories and cultures. design and implement new processes and policies, combining the best elements of the 2 teams. this includes scientific components, operational efficiency, hs&e (Health, safety & environment), Human Resources policies, it systems and others.
    • active participate in global functional excellence workshops, connecting & leveraging global Research capabilities
    • initiate, present & execute proposal to carve-out Diagnostic commercial activities from create
    • design & implementation of the departmental Strategy; align globally with us peers, ensure fit with global Strategy
    • management of all screening (& Diagnostic) Lab Operations on beerse site

  • Director Virology Lab Operations Mechelen, Belgium

    June 2001 --- May 2008

    acquisition of the company by johnson & johnson in 2002

    evolved from manager central drug screening to Director Virology Lab Operations

    leading a team of > 80 Scientist working on Drug Discovery & Diagnostics on Infectious diseases

    major achievements:

    • development and implementation of High Throughput Screening (HTS) for hiv and hcv; consisting of Assay development, screening, compound profiling, LIMS development, reporting & compound tracking.
    • implementation of matrix structure as operating model: gain buy-in & trust of scientific project leaders, set up adequate resource Planning, budget preparation & follow-up, ...
    • 2007: optimize processes with maximal use of synergies between Diagnostic & discovery Research labs, respecting fire-wall and patient confidentiality requirements as well as the quality and Compliance standards needed in a cap-clia accredited Diagnostic environment.

  • Production & Lims Manager Antwerp, Belgium

    October 1997 --- May 2001

    small biotech company specialized in hiv resistance Testing

    evolved from Lab Technician molecular biology to production & LIMS manager

    team Leader of 6 Laboratory technicians


Self Assessment :
AdaptabilityCoordinationCommunicativeOptimismOrganizationResponsibilityResult OrientedCollaboration


Self Assessment :
Drug DiscoveryDiagnosticsClinical Pathologymolecular biologyChange ManagementHealthcare ManagementLaboratory ManagementOperations Managementpeople managementTeam ManagementTime ManagementProject Management

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Planning and organisationdecision makinganalytical thinkingConflict handlingCommunicationTeamwork


  • Master in Bio-Engineer Sciences, specialized in cell-and gene-technologies. in Bioscience engineering from University of Leuven in 1997

Training and Certification

  • Harvard Business School: JnJ Strategic leadership program (1 week course) in 2010 Training
  • UCT Graduate School of Business: Ascend JnJ EMEA Women Leadership Program in 2008 Certification
  • Vlerick Management School: Young Management Program (1 year program) in 2006 Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Professional Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    13 weeks
  • Positions I am interested in:
    operations manager Clinical Operations Manager Clinical Research Manager Clinical Trial Manager (CTM) Field Project Manager Laboratory Manager Team Leader Project Leader Project Manager
  • Locations I am interested in:
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 1 to 3 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position :    100% FTE
    BrightOwl employee :    100% FTE
  • International:

Area / Region

Antwerp, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes

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