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experienced biopharmaceutical industry Scientist, with a strong background in target Discovery/Validation and immunotherapy or biopharmaceutical development. i critically evaluate product opportunities from the Biology background, Clinical need, commercial opportunity and Intellectual Property viewpoints. i manage Product Development projects from the earliest high-level concept Planning stages through lead Discovery and optimization stages into In Vivo poc. my therapeutic expertise is mainly in inflammatory/autoimmune diseases and oncology, with an ongoing interest in neurosciences. apart from Product Development, i’ve initiated and managed several innovative Technology Development programs, including a lead generation method and developing procedures to generate Antibodies to intractable targets such as gpcrs and ion channels. outward facing, i assist Business Development in Presentations to attracting potential new partners and drafting high-level work plans. downstream of deal signing, i further contribute to value creation by developing and implementing such work plans in greater detail, enabling rapid program progression to downstream milestones as Member of multiple joint Research committees (jrcs). my goal is to develop novel therapeutics addressing currently unmet medical needs, using the methods best suited to a particular goal – from target Discovery through lead Discovery, generating enabling technology along the way where needed. specialties: drug target Discovery, target Validation, product opportunity evaluation, lead Discovery Project Management, Clinical Immunology, Technology Development, antibody Engineering


Current Experience

  • Research Fellow

    Since June 2013

Past Experience

  • Principal Scientist

    April 2008 --- May 2013
    continuation of earlier duties, plus - brought in technology enabling efficient gpcr targeting antibody Discovery - further expanded technology to include other intractable membrane targets, such as ion channels - manage new target selection group - Member of multiple joint Research committees, steering projects in collaboration with or funded by Partner pharma companies. contributed to obtained several multi-million milestone payments in a timely fashion in this role - scientific support to bd department in getting new revenue-generating deals signed

  • Senior Scientist

    May 2007 --- March 2008
    continuation of earlier duties

  • Project Leader

    June 2003 --- April 2007
    - built up Cell based assay facility and line function group from scratch - active Member of the science review committee: evaluated internally and externally sourced project proposals, initiated own proposals - Project Manager for ablynx's first formal Product Development program and multiple later programs - Project Manager for alternative lead generation Technology Development program (patented)


LinkedIn Assessment :
Target Identification and ValidationAntibody Identification and CharacterizationProject ManagementTechnology DevelopmentDrug DiscoveryAntibodiesImmunologyValidationBiopharmaceuticalsIdentificationBiotechnologyCell biologyIn VivoBiochemistryTarget IdentificationMonoclonal AntibodiesDrug DevelopmentCellProtein EngineeringProtein ExpressionGPCRsmolecular biologyImmunoassaysProtein PurificationBiomarkerspharmacologyTranslational MedicineProtein chemistryAssay developmentClinical DevelopmentPharmacokineticsFlow CytometryELISAHigh Throughput Screening (HTS)VirologyCancerGenomicsIn VitroAnimal ModelsoncologyLifesciencesVaccinesTranslational ResearchPhage DisplayCell CultureTissue CulturePurificationPharmaceutical IndustryLife Sciences


  • Mini-MBA in 5-day executive MBA for managers from IIR Management Development in 2010
  • Post-doc in Immunology from Stanford University in 2002
  • PhD in Medicine (Clinical Immunology) from Universiteit Hasselt in 1999
  • Masters in Biotechnology from Ghent University in 1994
  • Batchelor in Biology from Universiteit Hasselt in 1992


BrightOwl Assessment:
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Professional Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Area / Region

Merelbeke, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes

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