Quality & Environmental, Health and Safety Manager
January 2011 --- September 2015
As EHS Manager directed the implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive environmental, health and safety compliance system for plant sites in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. • Provided leadership and EH&S related technical expertise • Ensured compliance to all local environmental, health and safety • Created, gained agreement for and implemented policies, procedures and reporting • Encouraged creation of a culture that puts employee safety as the top priority and meets all statutory health and safety guidelines. • Provided technical support and guidance for all biosafety (up to level 3), GMO, radioactivity and environmental permits • Reviewed/analyzed accidents, incidents, specific situations and issues, and conducted field audits, reported and managed the corrective actions. • Identified and designed EHS training needs • Identified and managed activities for Occupational Health (industrial hygiene), Psychosocial Wellbeing and Ergonomics. • Coordinated and prepared activities related to regulatory agency inspections • Participated in due diligence processes related to EHS during company acquisitions and IPO - Initial Public Offering (NASDAQ). • Managed and shared internal Safety committees. As Quality & Compliance Manager responsible for the implementation of the global R&D Quality & Compliance (Q&C) strategy and providing continuous support to the Research stakeholders related to the following areas: • Procedural Document (ProcDoc) Management • Learning Management System (LMS) • Audits / Inspections / CAPA Management System
Senior Scientist / Data Manager - Department of Enabling Discovery Capabilities
April 2008 --- July 2010
• Design, development and management of project database/e-Rooms for the antiviral and antibacterial projects. • Prevention Coordinator for the Department of Antimicrobial Research: - License holder of all activities with biological materials in containment use (BSL 1,2 and 3) - Developed safety practices and procedure guidelines - Active company committee member “Safety & Health” • ABCD (Advanced Biology & Chemistry Discovery) editorial committee member overseeing the loading and management of biological information (protocols and results) into the J&J global data warehouse.
Head Screening Team as Senior Scientist - Department of Antimicrobial Research
January 2001 --- March 2008
• Established novel drug discovery screening platform for several bacteria (gram positives and negative pathogens) that led to the discovery of Fatty acid biosynthesis inhibitors. • Discovered a novel anti-tuberculosis compound in a screening system. Currently in Full development for MDR TB patients. • Discovered key molecules for clostridium. • Prevention Coordinator for the Department of Antimicrobial Research.
Head Screening Team as Scientist - Department of Virology
January 1988 --- January 2001
• Established novel drug discovery antiviral screening platforms targeting respiratory viruses (Human Rhino Viruses – Human Influenza Viruses – Respiratory Syncitium Viruses). • Discovered novel anti-respiratory virus compounds, and contributed to the human clinical proof of concepts.
Lab Technician - Department of Oncology
September 1979 --- January 1988
• Performed and developed screens for identifying promising inhibitor chemical classes for oncology targets. • Developed innovative solutions via laboratory automation for oncology in vitro screens. • Contributed to the discovery of the radio sensitizing effect of the synthetic microtubule inhibitor Erbulozole.
CollaborationAnalytical thinkingCoordinationCreative thinkingFlexibilityOrganization
Biochemistry Cell biology R&DAnimal ModelsBiological Drug DevelopmentCell biologyCell CultureCAPABiotechnologyData ManagementInfectious diseasesLaboratory ManagementMicrobiologyMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficePowerPointProject ManagementQuality Assurance (QA)SOPUnderstanding of regulatory guidelinesWriting Study Procedures and SOPs
Skills and Expertise
Create SOPsCollaborate with project teamCollaborate with principal investigatorCreate standard operating procedure (SOP)Confirm protocol complianceCreate SOPsEnsure data consistencyFacilitate sponsor monitoring visitsFollow-up of internal auditsFollow-up of external auditsFollow-up of quality assurance activitiesFollow-up of Quality Management System (QMS) processesImplement Quality Management System (QMS)Labeling compliance with local regulationsMaintain Quality Management System (QMS)Manage Quality Management System (QMS) documentationPrepare external auditsPrepare final reportPrepare internal auditsPrepare regulatory documentsProvide input to process improvement initiativesProvide trainingQuality control processRegulatory documentationRegulatory submissionsReport non-compliance incidentsRespond to audit findingsReview quality control activitiesReview quality policiesSet-up quality policiesSetup of research equipmentShipment of biological specimenSolve problemsTrain on site staffValidate dataVerify dataWriting regulatory documents
in from HORITO Turnhout in 1978
Chemistry in Chemistry, Biology, Technology, Physics, English from HORITO Turnhout in 1978
Training and Certification
Emergency preparedness and response& incident and accident investigation in 2013 Training
Preventieadviseur (niveau 3) in 2011 Certification