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Summary

Early career researcher in regenerative medicine. Enthusiastic about the future of cell therapies and strongly motivated to contribute to the success of the industry.

 

Engineering mind-set with scientific training, draws from a wide range of educational and technical experience to contribute creative and well-considered ideas. High level of technical competence, with a proven ability to independently plan and execute experiments which contribute to project and company goals.

Experiences

Current Experience

  • Research Engineer Leuven, Belgium
    Since March 2013

    Independently managed research project supporting the process development group in developing processes for large scale production of MAPCs (lot sizes ~500B cells). Development activities included:

    • advanced understanding of attachment, growth and death kinetics of MAPCs in microcarrier culture;
    • establishment and optimisation of processes for continuous expansion of MAPCs on microcarriers;
    • initial development of agitation-induced dissociation;
    • risk mitigation, process simulation and evaluating COGS for scale-up.

    Extensive experience with microcarrier (spinner) culture, monolayer culture with flask & multilayer vessels, cell cryopreservation, and MSC-like characterisation techniques. Hands-on experience with cell culture and processing technologies including New Brunswick bioreactor controllers, Quantum CES and kSep centrifuge. Good understanding of currently available technologies for cell therapy production. Experience dealing with external vendors.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Newcastle University in 2016
  • Master in Mechanical Engineering w Operations Management from Newcastle University in 2012

Languages

BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
English
Native
Dutch
Elementary Proficiency

Area / Region

Leuven, Belgium

Others

Driving License
  • Yes