It has always been my passion to turn results from basic research into new applications in the sector of animal health and production. During my studies and PhD in bio-engineering I learned to develop innovative solutions to improve efficiency and sustainability of animal production. In my position in industry I contributed to the launch of a new program to support animal health and immunity via nutrition. The link with animal health became stronger when I joined Ghent University to start provaxs, the business development cluster for animal health.
In this position I coordinate tech transfer to and collaboration with the animal health industry: scouting within the research groups in provaxs for data/results that can be the basis of innovations, generating and delivering proof of concept (mostly up to TRL 5-6), patenting, valuation and negotiation with industrial partners. Whenever possible I make the translation to human health or stimulate One Health-collaborations. This is illustrated by my role as Chairman of Flanders Vaccine.
I also have hands-on experience with the preparatory track and the foundation of spin-offs/start-ups.
Function: Business Development Manager provaxs