Helen Pothuizen is working as Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader at Catalyze. In her role she is responsible for assisting our clients in defining their research projects, ensure a good match between the project and the requirements of the funding scheme, writing the project proposal, establishing high quality (public-private) consortia, facilitate negotiations between consortium members and the funding agency and coordinating and organizing all requirements and formalities for the proposal submission. In addition, she leads a cluster of 3-6 consultants and is responsible for the training/supervision of starting consultants at Catalyze.
At Catalyze, Helen prepares project applications to help raise funding for the innovative research and development projects of our clients in the life sciences. In addition, she leads a cluster of 3-6 experienced and starting consultants. Apart from having a strong focus on providing a good service for our clients, she enjoys training the starting consultants in all elements of the subsidy application process and to give them a solid basis that they can use in their daily life as consultant at Catalyze.
Helen earned her MSc in Medical Biology at VU University Amsterdam and her PhD in Natural Sciences at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2005). She continued her scientific career with postdoctoral positions in the United Kingdom (School of Psychology, Cardiff University) and Switzerland (Laboratory of Behavioural Neurobiology, ETH Zurich). She is author of several highly-ranked articles in peer-reviewed journals with key focus on the development of animal models for psychiatric diseases, behavioural neuroscience and the functional organization of the brain. Following her academic positions, Helen worked as account manager and business development manager at a preclinical contract research organization called Delta Phenomics BV (the Netherlands). In this position, she was responsible for generating new business opportunities, project acquisition, building the company’s network with (inter)national public, semi-public and private partners, participation in national/EU funding proposals and all marketing communication activities. At Catalyze, Helen uses her scientific knowledge and strong research experience combined with a business focus to help establish collaborative relationships in/between academia and industry, and to move innovative research projects forwards.