Our Team

Our team combines scientific excellence (PhD, Post-doc) with commercial experience. Catalyze employs talented, smart and ambitious professionals who are committed and passionate about the work we do for our clients. We value strong team work to optimally serve our clients, while individual employees take full responsibility for their work and projects. Our team always strives to be successful and deliver top quality work, while being honest and transparent.

 

Meet the team

 

Theodoor Rutgers – Founder and director

Theodoor Rutgers – Founder and director

Theodoor Rutgers holds a Bachelor in Human Movement Sciences from the State University of Groningen (RUG) and successfully completed the Master program in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences. Theodoor is specialized in business development and financing/funding of innovative R&D companies.

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai holds a Bachelor in Chemical Technology from the Saxion Hogeschool in Enschede, the Netherlands. After completing his theses at the Energy research Centrum Netherlands (ECN) in Petten and subsequently at Teijin Aramid BV in Arnhem, he successfully completed the 2-year Master program in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences.

Quirein te Roller – Commercial Director

Quirein te Roller – Commercial Director

As Commercial Director, Quirein is responsible for all Sales and Business Development operations, both in The Netherlands and abroad. Within Catalyze, he furthermore leads the Marketing & Communication activities as well as the Strategic Funding Unit (SFU). This Unit provides in-depth and strategic funding advice to the growing Life Sciences Community.

Kirsten van Benthem – Account Manager/ Business Developer

Kirsten van Benthem – Account Manager/ Business Developer

Kirsten van Benthem is team leader sales at Catalyze. At Catalyze she uses her experience and expertise, in Pharma and FMCG in order to manage department business development and accounts.

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Account Manager/Business Developer

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Account Manager/Business Developer

Neeltje has a huge passion for helping people and companies bring their innovative and disruptive ideas, research, products and solutions closer to the market and to patients. This means help them build strong collaborations, a network of trust, a sound business strategy and acquiring the necessary funding to achieve all this.

Hamza Deiri – Country Manager Denmark / Business Developer

Hamza Deiri – Country Manager Denmark / Business Developer

M.Sc. Business Administration and Bio-Entrepreneurship. B.Sc. Pharmacy and Medical Sciences. Bio-Business hybrid, Hamza’s dual background within pharmaceutical and business, allows him to identify opportunities and solutions that are both scientifically possible and commercially viable. Hamza has extensive commercialization skills with more than 8 years of international and cross-cultural entrepreneurial experience. Gaining unique experience in business…

Virginia Ballotta – Country Manager Switzerland / Business Developer

Virginia Ballotta – Country Manager Switzerland / Business Developer

Virginia Ballotta is a Business Developer at Catalyze. She is located in Basel, Switzerland, and is the reference contact for all customers in Switzerland, Italy and France. Virginia obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. After starting her career as a Research Engineer, she was prompted by her…

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter Nuytinck obtained his bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and successfully completed the 2-year Master’s program Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. Wouter combines his scientific background with his sales and account manager experience within the life science industry. He is passionate about carrying innovative…

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi successfully completed two Master programs Biomolecular Sciences and Management and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam. Subsequently, she was awarded a personal grant from the NWO and started her PhD at the Academic Medical Center. Here she studied the immune mechanisms involved in tissue…

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot is manager consultancy for Catalyze’s Amsterdam office, leading an operational team of currently 12 consultants with the aim to provide optimal and high quality support for our clients in the most effective manner.

Clara Elbers – Quality & Talent Manager

Clara Elbers – Quality & Talent Manager

Clara Elbers obtained her Master’s degree in Biology at Utrecht University. Subsequently, she did her PhD in human genetics and genetic epidemiology at the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU). In 2010, she was awarded a NWO Rubicon scholarship to continue her research as a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in Philadelphia, USA.

Marlene Végh – Manager Consultancy

Marlene Végh – Manager Consultancy

Marlene Végh is Manager Consultancy at Catalyze and is responsible for Catalyze’s Utrecht office. In her role, Marlene is directing all operational aspects of Catalyze’s Utrecht office, and is responsible for determining and carrying out strategic plans for Catalyze’s Utrecht office, together with the Management Team.

Dilek Iusuf – Strategic Funding Specialist

Dilek Iusuf – Strategic Funding Specialist

As Strategic Funding Specialist at Catalyze, Dilek Iusuf leads the Strategic Funding Unit at Catalyze. In her role, Dilek defines the funding strategy for biotech companies and life sciences researchers. She matches the relevant funding opportunities with the right project and/or client, establishing thus long-term partnerships with Catalyze.

Annika van Rosmalen – Account Manager/Business Developer

Annika van Rosmalen – Account Manager/Business Developer

As Account Manager at Catalyze, Annika van Rosmalen advices biotech companies and life sciences researchers on the best funding opportunities for their R&D projects. Annika uses her knowledge of – and strong network in – the biotech industry to expand Catalyze’s client portfolio, both on a national and European level.

Merel Lammers van Toorenburg – Contract Manager

Merel Lammers van Toorenburg – Contract Manager

Merel Lammers van Toorenburg obtained her Master’s degree in Health Science at the VU University in Amsterdam. She started her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales representative for Schering Plough (MSD).

Tim van Beelen – Project Manager & WBSO Consultant

Tim van Beelen – Project Manager & WBSO Consultant

Tim van Beelen is the Project Manager and WBSO Consultant at Catalyze. As project manager he participates in several projects within the Eurostars- and H2020-programme, such as REACTION!, ESCAPE-NET and PNEUMONAV, on behalf of Catalyze. Additionally he actively advises Dutch enterprises in financing their research & development through the WBSO-programme; a fiscal stimulus program providing…

Olav Veldhuizen – Project manager

Olav Veldhuizen – Project manager

Olav Veldhuizen is Project Manager at Catalyze. Olav has a strong background in EU project management and grant writing including FP7, COST Action and IMI2.

Luuk de Ruijter – WBSO Consultant

Luuk de Ruijter – WBSO Consultant

Luuk de Ruijter obtained his Legal Law Master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam, where he specialized in administrative law and subsidy law.

Leanne Schmitz – Consultant

Leanne Schmitz – Consultant

Leanne Schmitz obtained her Bachelor’s degree Psychobiology and Master’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam. Driven by her interest in neuroscience and molecular biology she continued her academic career as PhD-student at the department of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology at the VU University.

Reinier Waij – Consultant

Reinier Waij – Consultant

Reinier Waij is a passionate consultant striving to translate innovative ideas into market ready products for healthcare. At Catalyze, he combines his entrepreneurial, biological and analytical background for this cause. This led to securing funding for his very first Eurostars project.

Benjamin Sieters – Consultant

Benjamin Sieters – Consultant

Benjamin Sieters studied Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University. During his Master he studied Agile project management principles in a medical R&D environment and performed molecular genetic research in the field of microbiology.

Veerle Fleskens – Consultant

Veerle Fleskens – Consultant

Veerle Fleskens obtained her MSc. degree in Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University. Her interest in molecular biology as well as immunology led her to continue as a PhD student at UMC Utrecht, where she studied the molecular mechanisms involved in immune regulation.

Thom Frielink – Consultant

Thom Frielink – Consultant

Thom Frielink obtained his MSc in Innovation Sciences at the University of Utrecht. During both his bachelor and master degrees he has specialised himself in the connection between business and life sciences.

Josta Kevenaar – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Josta Kevenaar – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Josta Kevenaar obtained her Bachelor’s degree Psychobiology at the UvA and her Master’s degree in Neurosciences cum laude at the VU in Amsterdam while she was continuously active in several committees and boards. Thereafter, she continued her academic career as a PhD-researcher at the department of Cell Biology at the Utrecht University.

Peter Ochodnicky – Consultant

Peter Ochodnicky – Consultant

Peter Ochodnicky holds a Master (MSc) and PharmD degree from the Comenius University, Bratislava. His keen interest in the drug’s working mechanisms prompted him to follow the post-gradual research program at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University Medical Center Groningen studying novel drug targets in cardiovascular and renal disease.

Marike van Beuge – Consultant

Marike van Beuge – Consultant

Marike van Beuge is a Senior Consultant and Cluster Leader at Catalyze. She aims to use her research background, writing and analytical skills to help develop innovative ideas into successful projects in Life Sciences. In this role, she likes to assist clients in defining the optimal project, finding potential project partners, and writing a well-matched…

Peter van den Berghe – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Peter van den Berghe – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Peter van den Berghe is working as a Senior Consultant and Cluster Leader at Catalyze. Peter and is team are responsible for assisting our clients in defining their Life Science research and development projects, writing project proposals and establishing competitive international public-private consortia.

Rick Kwekkeboom – Consultant

Rick Kwekkeboom – Consultant

Rick Kwekkeboom, PhD, is consultant at Catalyze, with a focus on acquiring (inter)national funding for companies in the life sciences, and providing strategic advice on product and/or service development. Rick specifically focuses on project intake, conceptual project design, finding the right partners for the consortium, budget negotiations, setting up project applications, and supporting contractual requirements…

Helen Pothuizen – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Helen Pothuizen – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

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…

Heike Schmidlin – Consultant

Heike Schmidlin – Consultant

Heike Schmidlin studied biochemistry at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and performed fundamental academic research in immunobiology / haematology at the Universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Patricia Celie – Consultant

Patricia Celie – Consultant

Patricia is Senior Consultant at Catalyze, focusing on special and high-end projects and applications. She also performs larger assignments for research institutions and companies. Patricia J.W.A.M. Celie obtained her MSc in Medical Biology in 2001 (VU University Amsterdam) and her PhD in 2006 (Molecular Cell Biology & Immunology, VU University Medical Center). In her studies,…

Dalila El Ouarrat – Consultant

Dalila El Ouarrat – Consultant

Dalila El Ouarrat PhD studied Biomedical Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, and specialized as a molecular and cell biologist graduating with a MSc from the University of Cambridge UK.

Ayla Kempers – Consultant

Ayla Kempers – Consultant

Ayla Kempers obtained her MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences with specializations in Immunology and Infection Biology at the VU university in Amsterdam. For the Infection Biology specialization she additionally studied in Uppsala, Sweden.

Esther Stroo – Consultant

Esther Stroo – Consultant

At Catalyze, Esther Stroo combines her scientific background with her experience in writing scientific grants to facilitate development and funding of innovative research projects.

Sabine Oppedijk – Consultant

Sabine Oppedijk – Consultant

Sabine Oppedijk obtained her MSc. in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug innovation from the Utrecht University. Her interest in the molecular basis of medicine resulted in the continuing her career as a PhD-researcher in the field of biochemistry and microbiology researching antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance. As a consultant at Catalyze Sabine uses her…

Kristian Göeken – Consultant

Kristian Göeken – Consultant

Kristian Göeken is a consultant at Catalyze, where he specializes in nanotechnology and in vitro diagnostics-related projects. His goal is to help you through the subsidy application process step by step, and to maximize your chance of success.

Ester Weijers – Consultant

Ester Weijers – Consultant

Ester is Consultant at Catalyze. She assists clients in the field of Life Sciences in transforming ideas into project applications to raise funding. Ester holds a PhD and is specialized in vascular biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Sabine Welten – Consultant

Sabine Welten – Consultant

Sabine Welten, PhD, studied Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University (LUMC). During her studies, she collaborated on multiple research projects, including projects in Taipei and Barcelona. Sabine obtained her PhD in vascular biology from Leiden University in 2017. At Catalyze, Sabine combines her background in biomedical sciences with her experience in grant application writing to secure…

Nuray Gul – Consultant

Nuray Gul – Consultant

Nuray Gül obtained her Master’s degree in neurobiology at University of Amsterdam. Because of her broad scientific interest, in 2007 she started her PhD in immuno-oncology at VUmc investigating the development of liver metastasis after surgical resection of colorectal tumors. As PhD and post-doc, Nuray collaborated with (inter)national research groups and coordinated multiple research projects.

Mohammad Tabibi – Consultant

Mohammad Tabibi – Consultant

Mohammad Tabibi obtained his Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and has successfully completed a Master program in Management and Entrepreneurship within Health and Life Sciences. Mohammad has expert knowledge of theory development and methodology of transdisciplinary research and can integrate insights from different scientific disciplines and other sources of information in…

Max van Zandvoort – Consultant

Max van Zandvoort – Consultant

Max van Zandvoort obtained his Master’s degree in Medical Biology with the specialization Science, Management and Innovation at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He combined his background in biology with his passion for business to specialize in the commercial side of Life Sciences. During his Master’s, he has been involved in several projects to develop and…

Saharla Ahmed – Consultant

Saharla joined Catalyze in January 2018. Before joining Catalyze, Saharla spent 10 years in the Innovations Division of the Wellcome Trust in London. There she evaluated early stage product development opportunities and investments for translational funding. She also helped to establish and run the ‘Innovator Awards’; a fund supporting the development of healthcare innovations. Prior…

Sara Schaafsma – Consultant

Sara Schaafsma – Consultant

Sara Schaafsma obtained her Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Amsterdam. Interested in human and non-human behaviour, she pursued and obtained her PhD degree at the University of Groningen. With the support of two private funding agencies, she then studied the mechanisms underlying autism development at The Rockefeller University in New York. With…

Aniek Doensen – Funding Advisor

Aniek Doensen – Funding Advisor

Aniek obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Medicine and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, both at the University of Twente. During her master she focused on bionanotechnology, controlled drug delivery and polymer chemistry.

Brian Steur – Financial Controller

Brian Steur – Financial Controller

Brian Steur is responsible for the monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports of Catalyze. Furthermore, he is responsible for the payments of invoices, salaries and for the payroll taxes employees. He started his financial career in the medical center in Baarn, where he was responsible for the debt administration for ten years. The next five…

Simone Gottardi – Consultant

Simone Gottardi – Consultant

Simone Gottardi graduated in Medical Biotechnology at Milan University, later he obtained a Master in Innovation Science from Utrecht University. He is driven by the passion for helping businesses in bringing their products to the market. He specializes in building strong relationships with partners and clients.

Guilherme Machado – Social Media Coordinator

Guilherme Machado – Social Media Coordinator

Guilherme is currently interning in the marketing department as part of his final thesis in International Communications Management degree. He is improving and optimizing the company’s social media channels as well as communications. He has interests in technology and innovation alongside marketing developments and social media.

Ellen Isarin – HR & Office Manager

Ellen Isarin – HR & Office Manager

Ellen Isarin is operating in a dual-role as our HR / Office Manager. She is responsible for all HR tasks, like personnel administration, absence counseling, contract management, fleet management. The office management component of this position is overall responsible for housing, facilities, purchasing (this is partly in cooperation with administration), travel management and more.

Margreet Singerling – Administration Officer

Margreet Singerling – Administration Officer

Margreet Singerling is Administration Officer at Catalyze. She is responsible for incoming and outgoing mail, administrative aspects, and preparing invoices. In addition, she helps preparing the payroll stubs.

Wijna Bekker – Corporate recruiter

Wijna Bekker – Corporate recruiter

Wijna Bekker is corporate recruiter at Catalyze. Wijna is responsible for attracting bright and talented people to facilitate Catalyze’s ambitious growth vision for the coming years.

Manuel Lüdtke – Trainee

As part of his International Business and Management Studies, Manuel Lüdtke works closely together with Catalyze’s Directors to expand and structure our services. His primary responsibilities at Catalyze involve business model innovation and business optimization.

António Ornelas-Soares – Senior QA Manager

António Ornelas-Soares – Senior QA Manager

António Ornelas-Soares works as Senior Quality Assurance Manager at Catalyze. He is an entrepreneur with international experience in the start-up, implementation and management of business ventures in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors internationally.

Peter Schoevers – Non-executive director

Peter Schoevers – Non-executive director

Peter Schoevers has a master degree in Business Administration from the State University of Groningen and from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. He also graduated from the post-doctoral Executive Training Program in Japan.

Theodoor Rutgers – Founder and director

Theodoor Rutgers – Founder and director

Theodoor Rutgers holds a Bachelor in Human Movement Sciences from the State University of Groningen (RUG) and successfully completed the Master program in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences. Theodoor is specialized in business development and financing/funding of innovative R&D companies.

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai holds a Bachelor in Chemical Technology from the Saxion Hogeschool in Enschede, the Netherlands. After completing his theses at the Energy research Centrum Netherlands (ECN) in Petten and subsequently at Teijin Aramid BV in Arnhem, he successfully completed the 2-year Master program in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences.

Quirein te Roller – Commercial Director

Quirein te Roller – Commercial Director

As Commercial Director, Quirein is responsible for all Sales and Business Development operations, both in The Netherlands and abroad. Within Catalyze, he furthermore leads the Marketing & Communication activities as well as the Strategic Funding Unit (SFU). This Unit provides in-depth and strategic funding advice to the growing Life Sciences Community.

Kirsten van Benthem – Account Manager/ Business Developer

Kirsten van Benthem – Account Manager/ Business Developer

Kirsten van Benthem is team leader sales at Catalyze. At Catalyze she uses her experience and expertise, in Pharma and FMCG in order to manage department business development and accounts.

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Account Manager/Business Developer

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Account Manager/Business Developer

Neeltje has a huge passion for helping people and companies bring their innovative and disruptive ideas, research, products and solutions closer to the market and to patients. This means help them build strong collaborations, a network of trust, a sound business strategy and acquiring the necessary funding to achieve all this.

Hamza Deiri – Country Manager Denmark / Business Developer

Hamza Deiri – Country Manager Denmark / Business Developer

M.Sc. Business Administration and Bio-Entrepreneurship. B.Sc. Pharmacy and Medical Sciences. Bio-Business hybrid, Hamza’s dual background within pharmaceutical and business, allows him to identify opportunities and solutions that are both scientifically possible and commercially viable. Hamza has extensive commercialization skills with more than 8 years of international and cross-cultural entrepreneurial experience. Gaining unique experience in business…

Virginia Ballotta – Country Manager Switzerland / Business Developer

Virginia Ballotta – Country Manager Switzerland / Business Developer

Virginia Ballotta is a Business Developer at Catalyze. She is located in Basel, Switzerland, and is the reference contact for all customers in Switzerland, Italy and France. Virginia obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. After starting her career as a Research Engineer, she was prompted by her…

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter Nuytinck obtained his bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and successfully completed the 2-year Master’s program Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. Wouter combines his scientific background with his sales and account manager experience within the life science industry. He is passionate about carrying innovative…

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi successfully completed two Master programs Biomolecular Sciences and Management and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam. Subsequently, she was awarded a personal grant from the NWO and started her PhD at the Academic Medical Center. Here she studied the immune mechanisms involved in tissue…

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot is manager consultancy for Catalyze’s Amsterdam office, leading an operational team of currently 12 consultants with the aim to provide optimal and high quality support for our clients in the most effective manner.

Clara Elbers – Quality & Talent Manager

Clara Elbers – Quality & Talent Manager

Clara Elbers obtained her Master’s degree in Biology at Utrecht University. Subsequently, she did her PhD in human genetics and genetic epidemiology at the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU). In 2010, she was awarded a NWO Rubicon scholarship to continue her research as a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in Philadelphia, USA.

Marlene Végh – Manager Consultancy

Marlene Végh – Manager Consultancy

Marlene Végh is Manager Consultancy at Catalyze and is responsible for Catalyze’s Utrecht office. In her role, Marlene is directing all operational aspects of Catalyze’s Utrecht office, and is responsible for determining and carrying out strategic plans for Catalyze’s Utrecht office, together with the Management Team.

Dilek Iusuf – Strategic Funding Specialist

Dilek Iusuf – Strategic Funding Specialist

As Strategic Funding Specialist at Catalyze, Dilek Iusuf leads the Strategic Funding Unit at Catalyze. In her role, Dilek defines the funding strategy for biotech companies and life sciences researchers. She matches the relevant funding opportunities with the right project and/or client, establishing thus long-term partnerships with Catalyze.

Annika van Rosmalen – Account Manager/Business Developer

Annika van Rosmalen – Account Manager/Business Developer

As Account Manager at Catalyze, Annika van Rosmalen advices biotech companies and life sciences researchers on the best funding opportunities for their R&D projects. Annika uses her knowledge of – and strong network in – the biotech industry to expand Catalyze’s client portfolio, both on a national and European level.

Merel Lammers van Toorenburg – Contract Manager

Merel Lammers van Toorenburg – Contract Manager

Merel Lammers van Toorenburg obtained her Master’s degree in Health Science at the VU University in Amsterdam. She started her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales representative for Schering Plough (MSD).

Tim van Beelen – Project Manager & WBSO Consultant

Tim van Beelen – Project Manager & WBSO Consultant

Tim van Beelen is the Project Manager and WBSO Consultant at Catalyze. As project manager he participates in several projects within the Eurostars- and H2020-programme, such as REACTION!, ESCAPE-NET and PNEUMONAV, on behalf of Catalyze. Additionally he actively advises Dutch enterprises in financing their research & development through the WBSO-programme; a fiscal stimulus program providing…

Olav Veldhuizen – Project manager

Olav Veldhuizen – Project manager

Olav Veldhuizen is Project Manager at Catalyze. Olav has a strong background in EU project management and grant writing including FP7, COST Action and IMI2.

Luuk de Ruijter – WBSO Consultant

Luuk de Ruijter – WBSO Consultant

Luuk de Ruijter obtained his Legal Law Master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam, where he specialized in administrative law and subsidy law.

Leanne Schmitz – Consultant

Leanne Schmitz – Consultant

Leanne Schmitz obtained her Bachelor’s degree Psychobiology and Master’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam. Driven by her interest in neuroscience and molecular biology she continued her academic career as PhD-student at the department of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology at the VU University.

Reinier Waij – Consultant

Reinier Waij – Consultant

Reinier Waij is a passionate consultant striving to translate innovative ideas into market ready products for healthcare. At Catalyze, he combines his entrepreneurial, biological and analytical background for this cause. This led to securing funding for his very first Eurostars project.

Benjamin Sieters – Consultant

Benjamin Sieters – Consultant

Benjamin Sieters studied Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University. During his Master he studied Agile project management principles in a medical R&D environment and performed molecular genetic research in the field of microbiology.

Veerle Fleskens – Consultant

Veerle Fleskens – Consultant

Veerle Fleskens obtained her MSc. degree in Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University. Her interest in molecular biology as well as immunology led her to continue as a PhD student at UMC Utrecht, where she studied the molecular mechanisms involved in immune regulation.

Thom Frielink – Consultant

Thom Frielink – Consultant

Thom Frielink obtained his MSc in Innovation Sciences at the University of Utrecht. During both his bachelor and master degrees he has specialised himself in the connection between business and life sciences.

Josta Kevenaar – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Josta Kevenaar – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Josta Kevenaar obtained her Bachelor’s degree Psychobiology at the UvA and her Master’s degree in Neurosciences cum laude at the VU in Amsterdam while she was continuously active in several committees and boards. Thereafter, she continued her academic career as a PhD-researcher at the department of Cell Biology at the Utrecht University.

Peter Ochodnicky – Consultant

Peter Ochodnicky – Consultant

Peter Ochodnicky holds a Master (MSc) and PharmD degree from the Comenius University, Bratislava. His keen interest in the drug’s working mechanisms prompted him to follow the post-gradual research program at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University Medical Center Groningen studying novel drug targets in cardiovascular and renal disease.

Marike van Beuge – Consultant

Marike van Beuge – Consultant

Marike van Beuge is a Senior Consultant and Cluster Leader at Catalyze. She aims to use her research background, writing and analytical skills to help develop innovative ideas into successful projects in Life Sciences. In this role, she likes to assist clients in defining the optimal project, finding potential project partners, and writing a well-matched…

Peter van den Berghe – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Peter van den Berghe – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Peter van den Berghe is working as a Senior Consultant and Cluster Leader at Catalyze. Peter and is team are responsible for assisting our clients in defining their Life Science research and development projects, writing project proposals and establishing competitive international public-private consortia.

Rick Kwekkeboom – Consultant

Rick Kwekkeboom – Consultant

Rick Kwekkeboom, PhD, is consultant at Catalyze, with a focus on acquiring (inter)national funding for companies in the life sciences, and providing strategic advice on product and/or service development. Rick specifically focuses on project intake, conceptual project design, finding the right partners for the consortium, budget negotiations, setting up project applications, and supporting contractual requirements…

Helen Pothuizen – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Helen Pothuizen – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

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…

Heike Schmidlin – Consultant

Heike Schmidlin – Consultant

Heike Schmidlin studied biochemistry at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and performed fundamental academic research in immunobiology / haematology at the Universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Patricia Celie – Consultant

Patricia Celie – Consultant

Patricia is Senior Consultant at Catalyze, focusing on special and high-end projects and applications. She also performs larger assignments for research institutions and companies. Patricia J.W.A.M. Celie obtained her MSc in Medical Biology in 2001 (VU University Amsterdam) and her PhD in 2006 (Molecular Cell Biology & Immunology, VU University Medical Center). In her studies,…

Dalila El Ouarrat – Consultant

Dalila El Ouarrat – Consultant

Dalila El Ouarrat PhD studied Biomedical Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, and specialized as a molecular and cell biologist graduating with a MSc from the University of Cambridge UK.

Ayla Kempers – Consultant

Ayla Kempers – Consultant

Ayla Kempers obtained her MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences with specializations in Immunology and Infection Biology at the VU university in Amsterdam. For the Infection Biology specialization she additionally studied in Uppsala, Sweden.

Esther Stroo – Consultant

Esther Stroo – Consultant

At Catalyze, Esther Stroo combines her scientific background with her experience in writing scientific grants to facilitate development and funding of innovative research projects.

Sabine Oppedijk – Consultant

Sabine Oppedijk – Consultant

Sabine Oppedijk obtained her MSc. in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug innovation from the Utrecht University. Her interest in the molecular basis of medicine resulted in the continuing her career as a PhD-researcher in the field of biochemistry and microbiology researching antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance. As a consultant at Catalyze Sabine uses her…

Kristian Göeken – Consultant

Kristian Göeken – Consultant

Kristian Göeken is a consultant at Catalyze, where he specializes in nanotechnology and in vitro diagnostics-related projects. His goal is to help you through the subsidy application process step by step, and to maximize your chance of success.

Ester Weijers – Consultant

Ester Weijers – Consultant

Ester is Consultant at Catalyze. She assists clients in the field of Life Sciences in transforming ideas into project applications to raise funding. Ester holds a PhD and is specialized in vascular biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Sabine Welten – Consultant

Sabine Welten – Consultant

Sabine Welten, PhD, studied Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University (LUMC). During her studies, she collaborated on multiple research projects, including projects in Taipei and Barcelona. Sabine obtained her PhD in vascular biology from Leiden University in 2017. At Catalyze, Sabine combines her background in biomedical sciences with her experience in grant application writing to secure…

Nuray Gul – Consultant

Nuray Gul – Consultant

Nuray Gül obtained her Master’s degree in neurobiology at University of Amsterdam. Because of her broad scientific interest, in 2007 she started her PhD in immuno-oncology at VUmc investigating the development of liver metastasis after surgical resection of colorectal tumors. As PhD and post-doc, Nuray collaborated with (inter)national research groups and coordinated multiple research projects.

Mohammad Tabibi – Consultant

Mohammad Tabibi – Consultant

Mohammad Tabibi obtained his Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and has successfully completed a Master program in Management and Entrepreneurship within Health and Life Sciences. Mohammad has expert knowledge of theory development and methodology of transdisciplinary research and can integrate insights from different scientific disciplines and other sources of information in…

Max van Zandvoort – Consultant

Max van Zandvoort – Consultant

Max van Zandvoort obtained his Master’s degree in Medical Biology with the specialization Science, Management and Innovation at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He combined his background in biology with his passion for business to specialize in the commercial side of Life Sciences. During his Master’s, he has been involved in several projects to develop and…

Saharla Ahmed – Consultant

Saharla joined Catalyze in January 2018. Before joining Catalyze, Saharla spent 10 years in the Innovations Division of the Wellcome Trust in London. There she evaluated early stage product development opportunities and investments for translational funding. She also helped to establish and run the ‘Innovator Awards’; a fund supporting the development of healthcare innovations. Prior…

Sara Schaafsma – Consultant

Sara Schaafsma – Consultant

Sara Schaafsma obtained her Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Amsterdam. Interested in human and non-human behaviour, she pursued and obtained her PhD degree at the University of Groningen. With the support of two private funding agencies, she then studied the mechanisms underlying autism development at The Rockefeller University in New York. With…

Aniek Doensen – Funding Advisor

Aniek Doensen – Funding Advisor

Aniek obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Medicine and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, both at the University of Twente. During her master she focused on bionanotechnology, controlled drug delivery and polymer chemistry.

Brian Steur – Financial Controller

Brian Steur – Financial Controller

Brian Steur is responsible for the monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports of Catalyze. Furthermore, he is responsible for the payments of invoices, salaries and for the payroll taxes employees. He started his financial career in the medical center in Baarn, where he was responsible for the debt administration for ten years. The next five…

Simone Gottardi – Consultant

Simone Gottardi – Consultant

Simone Gottardi graduated in Medical Biotechnology at Milan University, later he obtained a Master in Innovation Science from Utrecht University. He is driven by the passion for helping businesses in bringing their products to the market. He specializes in building strong relationships with partners and clients.

Guilherme Machado – Social Media Coordinator

Guilherme Machado – Social Media Coordinator

Guilherme is currently interning in the marketing department as part of his final thesis in International Communications Management degree. He is improving and optimizing the company’s social media channels as well as communications. He has interests in technology and innovation alongside marketing developments and social media.

Ellen Isarin – HR & Office Manager

Ellen Isarin – HR & Office Manager

Ellen Isarin is operating in a dual-role as our HR / Office Manager. She is responsible for all HR tasks, like personnel administration, absence counseling, contract management, fleet management. The office management component of this position is overall responsible for housing, facilities, purchasing (this is partly in cooperation with administration), travel management and more.

Margreet Singerling – Administration Officer

Margreet Singerling – Administration Officer

Margreet Singerling is Administration Officer at Catalyze. She is responsible for incoming and outgoing mail, administrative aspects, and preparing invoices. In addition, she helps preparing the payroll stubs.

Wijna Bekker – Corporate recruiter

Wijna Bekker – Corporate recruiter

Wijna Bekker is corporate recruiter at Catalyze. Wijna is responsible for attracting bright and talented people to facilitate Catalyze’s ambitious growth vision for the coming years.

Manuel Lüdtke – Trainee

As part of his International Business and Management Studies, Manuel Lüdtke works closely together with Catalyze’s Directors to expand and structure our services. His primary responsibilities at Catalyze involve business model innovation and business optimization.

António Ornelas-Soares – Senior QA Manager

António Ornelas-Soares – Senior QA Manager

António Ornelas-Soares works as Senior Quality Assurance Manager at Catalyze. He is an entrepreneur with international experience in the start-up, implementation and management of business ventures in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors internationally.

Peter Schoevers – Non-executive director

Peter Schoevers – Non-executive director

Peter Schoevers has a master degree in Business Administration from the State University of Groningen and from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. He also graduated from the post-doctoral Executive Training Program in Japan.

Theodoor Rutgers – Founder and director

Theodoor Rutgers – Founder and director

Theodoor Rutgers holds a Bachelor in Human Movement Sciences from the State University of Groningen (RUG) and successfully completed the Master program in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences. Theodoor is specialized in business development and financing/funding of innovative R&D companies.

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai holds a Bachelor in Chemical Technology from the Saxion Hogeschool in Enschede, the Netherlands. After completing his theses at the Energy research Centrum Netherlands (ECN) in Petten and subsequently at Teijin Aramid BV in Arnhem, he successfully completed the 2-year Master program in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences.

Quirein te Roller – Commercial Director

Quirein te Roller – Commercial Director

As Commercial Director, Quirein is responsible for all Sales and Business Development operations, both in The Netherlands and abroad. Within Catalyze, he furthermore leads the Marketing & Communication activities as well as the Strategic Funding Unit (SFU). This Unit provides in-depth and strategic funding advice to the growing Life Sciences Community.

Kirsten van Benthem – Account Manager/ Business Developer

Kirsten van Benthem – Account Manager/ Business Developer

Kirsten van Benthem is team leader sales at Catalyze. At Catalyze she uses her experience and expertise, in Pharma and FMCG in order to manage department business development and accounts.

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Account Manager/Business Developer

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Account Manager/Business Developer

Neeltje has a huge passion for helping people and companies bring their innovative and disruptive ideas, research, products and solutions closer to the market and to patients. This means help them build strong collaborations, a network of trust, a sound business strategy and acquiring the necessary funding to achieve all this.

Hamza Deiri – Country Manager Denmark / Business Developer

Hamza Deiri – Country Manager Denmark / Business Developer

M.Sc. Business Administration and Bio-Entrepreneurship. B.Sc. Pharmacy and Medical Sciences. Bio-Business hybrid, Hamza’s dual background within pharmaceutical and business, allows him to identify opportunities and solutions that are both scientifically possible and commercially viable. Hamza has extensive commercialization skills with more than 8 years of international and cross-cultural entrepreneurial experience. Gaining unique experience in business…

Virginia Ballotta – Country Manager Switzerland / Business Developer

Virginia Ballotta – Country Manager Switzerland / Business Developer

Virginia Ballotta is a Business Developer at Catalyze. She is located in Basel, Switzerland, and is the reference contact for all customers in Switzerland, Italy and France. Virginia obtained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. After starting her career as a Research Engineer, she was prompted by her…

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter Nuytinck obtained his bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and successfully completed the 2-year Master’s program Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. Wouter combines his scientific background with his sales and account manager experience within the life science industry. He is passionate about carrying innovative…

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi successfully completed two Master programs Biomolecular Sciences and Management and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam. Subsequently, she was awarded a personal grant from the NWO and started her PhD at the Academic Medical Center. Here she studied the immune mechanisms involved in tissue…

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot is manager consultancy for Catalyze’s Amsterdam office, leading an operational team of currently 12 consultants with the aim to provide optimal and high quality support for our clients in the most effective manner.

Clara Elbers – Quality & Talent Manager

Clara Elbers – Quality & Talent Manager

Clara Elbers obtained her Master’s degree in Biology at Utrecht University. Subsequently, she did her PhD in human genetics and genetic epidemiology at the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU). In 2010, she was awarded a NWO Rubicon scholarship to continue her research as a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in Philadelphia, USA.

Marlene Végh – Manager Consultancy

Marlene Végh – Manager Consultancy

Marlene Végh is Manager Consultancy at Catalyze and is responsible for Catalyze’s Utrecht office. In her role, Marlene is directing all operational aspects of Catalyze’s Utrecht office, and is responsible for determining and carrying out strategic plans for Catalyze’s Utrecht office, together with the Management Team.

Dilek Iusuf – Strategic Funding Specialist

Dilek Iusuf – Strategic Funding Specialist

As Strategic Funding Specialist at Catalyze, Dilek Iusuf leads the Strategic Funding Unit at Catalyze. In her role, Dilek defines the funding strategy for biotech companies and life sciences researchers. She matches the relevant funding opportunities with the right project and/or client, establishing thus long-term partnerships with Catalyze.

Annika van Rosmalen – Account Manager/Business Developer

Annika van Rosmalen – Account Manager/Business Developer

As Account Manager at Catalyze, Annika van Rosmalen advices biotech companies and life sciences researchers on the best funding opportunities for their R&D projects. Annika uses her knowledge of – and strong network in – the biotech industry to expand Catalyze’s client portfolio, both on a national and European level.

Merel Lammers van Toorenburg – Contract Manager

Merel Lammers van Toorenburg – Contract Manager

Merel Lammers van Toorenburg obtained her Master’s degree in Health Science at the VU University in Amsterdam. She started her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales representative for Schering Plough (MSD).

Tim van Beelen – Project Manager & WBSO Consultant

Tim van Beelen – Project Manager & WBSO Consultant

Tim van Beelen is the Project Manager and WBSO Consultant at Catalyze. As project manager he participates in several projects within the Eurostars- and H2020-programme, such as REACTION!, ESCAPE-NET and PNEUMONAV, on behalf of Catalyze. Additionally he actively advises Dutch enterprises in financing their research & development through the WBSO-programme; a fiscal stimulus program providing…

Olav Veldhuizen – Project manager

Olav Veldhuizen – Project manager

Olav Veldhuizen is Project Manager at Catalyze. Olav has a strong background in EU project management and grant writing including FP7, COST Action and IMI2.

Luuk de Ruijter – WBSO Consultant

Luuk de Ruijter – WBSO Consultant

Luuk de Ruijter obtained his Legal Law Master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam, where he specialized in administrative law and subsidy law.

Leanne Schmitz – Consultant

Leanne Schmitz – Consultant

Leanne Schmitz obtained her Bachelor’s degree Psychobiology and Master’s degree in Neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam. Driven by her interest in neuroscience and molecular biology she continued her academic career as PhD-student at the department of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology at the VU University.

Reinier Waij – Consultant

Reinier Waij – Consultant

Reinier Waij is a passionate consultant striving to translate innovative ideas into market ready products for healthcare. At Catalyze, he combines his entrepreneurial, biological and analytical background for this cause. This led to securing funding for his very first Eurostars project.

Benjamin Sieters – Consultant

Benjamin Sieters – Consultant

Benjamin Sieters studied Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University. During his Master he studied Agile project management principles in a medical R&D environment and performed molecular genetic research in the field of microbiology.

Veerle Fleskens – Consultant

Veerle Fleskens – Consultant

Veerle Fleskens obtained her MSc. degree in Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University. Her interest in molecular biology as well as immunology led her to continue as a PhD student at UMC Utrecht, where she studied the molecular mechanisms involved in immune regulation.

Thom Frielink – Consultant

Thom Frielink – Consultant

Thom Frielink obtained his MSc in Innovation Sciences at the University of Utrecht. During both his bachelor and master degrees he has specialised himself in the connection between business and life sciences.

Josta Kevenaar – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Josta Kevenaar – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Josta Kevenaar obtained her Bachelor’s degree Psychobiology at the UvA and her Master’s degree in Neurosciences cum laude at the VU in Amsterdam while she was continuously active in several committees and boards. Thereafter, she continued her academic career as a PhD-researcher at the department of Cell Biology at the Utrecht University.

Peter Ochodnicky – Consultant

Peter Ochodnicky – Consultant

Peter Ochodnicky holds a Master (MSc) and PharmD degree from the Comenius University, Bratislava. His keen interest in the drug’s working mechanisms prompted him to follow the post-gradual research program at the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, University Medical Center Groningen studying novel drug targets in cardiovascular and renal disease.

Marike van Beuge – Consultant

Marike van Beuge – Consultant

Marike van Beuge is a Senior Consultant and Cluster Leader at Catalyze. She aims to use her research background, writing and analytical skills to help develop innovative ideas into successful projects in Life Sciences. In this role, she likes to assist clients in defining the optimal project, finding potential project partners, and writing a well-matched…

Peter van den Berghe – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Peter van den Berghe – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Peter van den Berghe is working as a Senior Consultant and Cluster Leader at Catalyze. Peter and is team are responsible for assisting our clients in defining their Life Science research and development projects, writing project proposals and establishing competitive international public-private consortia.

Rick Kwekkeboom – Consultant

Rick Kwekkeboom – Consultant

Rick Kwekkeboom, PhD, is consultant at Catalyze, with a focus on acquiring (inter)national funding for companies in the life sciences, and providing strategic advice on product and/or service development. Rick specifically focuses on project intake, conceptual project design, finding the right partners for the consortium, budget negotiations, setting up project applications, and supporting contractual requirements…

Helen Pothuizen – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

Helen Pothuizen – Senior Consultant & Cluster Leader

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…

Heike Schmidlin – Consultant

Heike Schmidlin – Consultant

Heike Schmidlin studied biochemistry at the University of Basel (Switzerland) and performed fundamental academic research in immunobiology / haematology at the Universities of Amsterdam and Utrecht.

Patricia Celie – Consultant

Patricia Celie – Consultant

Patricia is Senior Consultant at Catalyze, focusing on special and high-end projects and applications. She also performs larger assignments for research institutions and companies. Patricia J.W.A.M. Celie obtained her MSc in Medical Biology in 2001 (VU University Amsterdam) and her PhD in 2006 (Molecular Cell Biology & Immunology, VU University Medical Center). In her studies,…

Dalila El Ouarrat – Consultant

Dalila El Ouarrat – Consultant

Dalila El Ouarrat PhD studied Biomedical Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, and specialized as a molecular and cell biologist graduating with a MSc from the University of Cambridge UK.

Ayla Kempers – Consultant

Ayla Kempers – Consultant

Ayla Kempers obtained her MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences with specializations in Immunology and Infection Biology at the VU university in Amsterdam. For the Infection Biology specialization she additionally studied in Uppsala, Sweden.

Esther Stroo – Consultant

Esther Stroo – Consultant

At Catalyze, Esther Stroo combines her scientific background with her experience in writing scientific grants to facilitate development and funding of innovative research projects.

Sabine Oppedijk – Consultant

Sabine Oppedijk – Consultant

Sabine Oppedijk obtained her MSc. in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug innovation from the Utrecht University. Her interest in the molecular basis of medicine resulted in the continuing her career as a PhD-researcher in the field of biochemistry and microbiology researching antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance. As a consultant at Catalyze Sabine uses her…

Kristian Göeken – Consultant

Kristian Göeken – Consultant

Kristian Göeken is a consultant at Catalyze, where he specializes in nanotechnology and in vitro diagnostics-related projects. His goal is to help you through the subsidy application process step by step, and to maximize your chance of success.

Ester Weijers – Consultant

Ester Weijers – Consultant

Ester is Consultant at Catalyze. She assists clients in the field of Life Sciences in transforming ideas into project applications to raise funding. Ester holds a PhD and is specialized in vascular biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Sabine Welten – Consultant

Sabine Welten – Consultant

Sabine Welten, PhD, studied Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University (LUMC). During her studies, she collaborated on multiple research projects, including projects in Taipei and Barcelona. Sabine obtained her PhD in vascular biology from Leiden University in 2017. At Catalyze, Sabine combines her background in biomedical sciences with her experience in grant application writing to secure…

Nuray Gul – Consultant

Nuray Gul – Consultant

Nuray Gül obtained her Master’s degree in neurobiology at University of Amsterdam. Because of her broad scientific interest, in 2007 she started her PhD in immuno-oncology at VUmc investigating the development of liver metastasis after surgical resection of colorectal tumors. As PhD and post-doc, Nuray collaborated with (inter)national research groups and coordinated multiple research projects.

Mohammad Tabibi – Consultant

Mohammad Tabibi – Consultant

Mohammad Tabibi obtained his Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and has successfully completed a Master program in Management and Entrepreneurship within Health and Life Sciences. Mohammad has expert knowledge of theory development and methodology of transdisciplinary research and can integrate insights from different scientific disciplines and other sources of information in…

Max van Zandvoort – Consultant

Max van Zandvoort – Consultant

Max van Zandvoort obtained his Master’s degree in Medical Biology with the specialization Science, Management and Innovation at the Radboud University Nijmegen. He combined his background in biology with his passion for business to specialize in the commercial side of Life Sciences. During his Master’s, he has been involved in several projects to develop and…

Saharla Ahmed – Consultant

Saharla joined Catalyze in January 2018. Before joining Catalyze, Saharla spent 10 years in the Innovations Division of the Wellcome Trust in London. There she evaluated early stage product development opportunities and investments for translational funding. She also helped to establish and run the ‘Innovator Awards’; a fund supporting the development of healthcare innovations. Prior…

Sara Schaafsma – Consultant

Sara Schaafsma – Consultant

Sara Schaafsma obtained her Master’s degree in Biology at the University of Amsterdam. Interested in human and non-human behaviour, she pursued and obtained her PhD degree at the University of Groningen. With the support of two private funding agencies, she then studied the mechanisms underlying autism development at The Rockefeller University in New York. With…

Aniek Doensen – Funding Advisor

Aniek Doensen – Funding Advisor

Aniek obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Medicine and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, both at the University of Twente. During her master she focused on bionanotechnology, controlled drug delivery and polymer chemistry.

Brian Steur – Financial Controller

Brian Steur – Financial Controller

Brian Steur is responsible for the monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports of Catalyze. Furthermore, he is responsible for the payments of invoices, salaries and for the payroll taxes employees. He started his financial career in the medical center in Baarn, where he was responsible for the debt administration for ten years. The next five…

Simone Gottardi – Consultant

Simone Gottardi – Consultant

Simone Gottardi graduated in Medical Biotechnology at Milan University, later he obtained a Master in Innovation Science from Utrecht University. He is driven by the passion for helping businesses in bringing their products to the market. He specializes in building strong relationships with partners and clients.

Guilherme Machado – Social Media Coordinator

Guilherme Machado – Social Media Coordinator

Guilherme is currently interning in the marketing department as part of his final thesis in International Communications Management degree. He is improving and optimizing the company’s social media channels as well as communications. He has interests in technology and innovation alongside marketing developments and social media.

Ellen Isarin – HR & Office Manager

Ellen Isarin – HR & Office Manager

Ellen Isarin is operating in a dual-role as our HR / Office Manager. She is responsible for all HR tasks, like personnel administration, absence counseling, contract management, fleet management. The office management component of this position is overall responsible for housing, facilities, purchasing (this is partly in cooperation with administration), travel management and more.

Margreet Singerling – Administration Officer

Margreet Singerling – Administration Officer

Margreet Singerling is Administration Officer at Catalyze. She is responsible for incoming and outgoing mail, administrative aspects, and preparing invoices. In addition, she helps preparing the payroll stubs.

Wijna Bekker – Corporate recruiter

Wijna Bekker – Corporate recruiter

Wijna Bekker is corporate recruiter at Catalyze. Wijna is responsible for attracting bright and talented people to facilitate Catalyze’s ambitious growth vision for the coming years.

Manuel Lüdtke – Trainee

As part of his International Business and Management Studies, Manuel Lüdtke works closely together with Catalyze’s Directors to expand and structure our services. His primary responsibilities at Catalyze involve business model innovation and business optimization.

António Ornelas-Soares – Senior QA Manager

António Ornelas-Soares – Senior QA Manager

António Ornelas-Soares works as Senior Quality Assurance Manager at Catalyze. He is an entrepreneur with international experience in the start-up, implementation and management of business ventures in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors internationally.

Peter Schoevers – Non-executive director

Peter Schoevers – Non-executive director

Peter Schoevers has a master degree in Business Administration from the State University of Groningen and from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland. He also graduated from the post-doctoral Executive Training Program in Japan.