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Current Experience

  • Lab Manager Antwerp, Belgium
    Since November 2011

    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