Member of the Near Patient Testing leadership team and responsible for the identification of new diagnostic opportunities within and outside Novartis; driving the expansion of the portfolio of Point of Care tests. Providing leadership and project management support for such new opportunities in collaboration with the relevant functions within Novartis. At the Near Patient Testing Unit of Novartis, I was the project leader for the development of the Niji platform (http://www.niji-system.com), a novel Point of Care Device. As head of Project Management managed a team of project managers that coordinated cross functional product development as well as business improvement activities. As Global Program Diagnostic Director at Novartis Pharma Oncology, I lead all aspects of two companion diagnostic development products used in several phase 2 and phase 3 global drug development projects. Between 2005 and 2010, I served as Vice President Product Development at MDx Health, where I was responsible for In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) product development activities. In this capacity I worked closely with external scientific collaborators and MDx Health R&D to achieve successful development of innovative diagnostics products in the oncology field. During my 11 years at Innogenetics (now Fujirebio Europe), my main responsibilities were the management of IVD product development projects for launch in worldwide markets. Earned a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Leuven (Belgium) followed by post-doctoral studies at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Belgium) and the Henry M Jackson Foundation (U.S.).
Global Program Diagnostic Director, New Opportunities, Near Patient Testing Unit
Since April 2017
Member of the Leadership Team and responsible for the identification of new diagnostic opportunities within and outside Novartis; driving the expansion of the portfolio of Point of Care tests. Providing leadership and project management support for such new opportunities in collaboration with the relevant functions within Novartis.
Head Project Management, Near Patient Testing Unit
October 2014 --- April 2017
Head of the project management office for Novartis Near Patient Testing Unit. Responsible for the coordination of design and development of novel Point of Care In Vitro Diagnostic products.
Senior Program Director, Near Patient Testing Unit
October 2013 --- September 2014
Project leader for the development of the novel Point of Care system "Niji" (http://www.niji-system.com/) in partnership with external engineering firms.
Global Program Diagnostic Director, Oncology Companion Diagnostics
December 2010 --- September 2013
As Global Program Diagnostic Director lead all aspects of a companion diagnostic program with a predominant focus on ensuring regulatory approval, technical market access and optimized commercial value. This involved responsibilities for deliverables, quality, time and costs for the program. As a member of the Global Project Drug Development team, responsible for the development of two companion diagnostic products used in several phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials.
Vice President Product Development, Oncology In Vitro Diagnostics
April 2005 --- November 2010
Responsible for scientific aspects of private and academic product development collaborations. As a member of management team coordinated "In Vitro Diagnostic" product development activities in the companion diagnostics field, resulting in successful development of technologies and products. Successfully applied for several major grants and coordinated the execution and reporting of the resulting projects.
Product Development Manager, In Vitro Diagnostics
January 1993 --- January 2005
Held various position with increasing responsibility, e.g. as "Program Manager Infectious Disease" franchise as well as "Product Development Manager" my group was responsible for the development of several products on the platforms INNO-LiPA, INNOTEST, Auto-LIA, Auto-LiPA and LiRAS.
Post doctoral scientist
January 1991 --- January 1993
Studied the genetic variation of HIV strains from different geographical origin and authored several publications on the phylogenetic analysis of HIV strains.
Post doctoral scientist
January 1990 --- July 1991
Responsible for the introduction of molecular biology methods in the virology group.
Analytical thinkingCollaborationCoordinationCritical thinkingDependabilityEfficiencyFlexibilityIndependenceProactivityProblem solvingResiliencyResponsibilityResult OrientedSelf-disciplineTrustWillingness to compromiseStriving
BiomarkersCross-functional team leadershipDiagnostic marketDiagnosticsGeneticsIn VitroIn vitro diagnostics (IVD)LeadershipmanagementMolecular DiagnosticsMolecular geneticsPersonalized MedicineProblem SolvingProduct developmentProject CoordinationProject ManagementProject PlanningProject Portfolio ManagementPrototyping techniquesTeam LeadershipTeam ManagementTechnological InnovationTechnology Development
Skills and Expertise
Analytical skills Molecular Diagnostics Interpret data Technology researchAdjust processes and methodsAdvise on strategyBiomarker Researchbudgeting of R&D activitiesCoach staffcollaborate in research projects at universitiesCollaborate with medical teamCollaborate with project teamCoordinate projectscoordinating research projectsDesign scientific experimentsDevelop business planDevelop software programsDirect co-workers to achieve resultdrafting grant applicationsEstablish professional relationships with partnersEstablish relationships with Key Opinion LeadersExecute scientific projectsFollow up projectsGuide staffIdentify growth / improvement potentialIdentify risksInteract with pre-clinical scientistsInteract with statisticiansInterpret dataInterpret scientific dataLead teamsLiaise with research teamlifescienceManage complexityManage multiple projectsManage projects resourcesNetworkObtain grantsOptimize assay performanceOrganize scientific projects (in biology)pcrPresent data at congressproject managementPublication of articlesPublish scientific projectsR&DSupervise techniciansUnderstand protocolsUse laboratory techniquesUse western blotting techniqueWork collaboratively with the other members of the clinical research team Work cross-functionallyWork with coordination and data management teams
MBA in Executive international MBA from Vlerick Business School in 2006
Ph.D in Biochemistry from KU Leuven in 1990
M Sc in Biochemistry from KU Leuven in 1986
Training and Certification
International business administration master in 2006 Certification