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 is the co-founder of DDF services, now known as Catalyze. Theodoor raised >100 million Euro in subsidies and grant for different types of organizations, and has been involved in the start-up of several early stage (life science) companies.

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai is a co-founder of DDF Services, now known as Catalyze. Jalal Es-Sbai has raised >100 million Euro in subsidies and grants for different types of organizations. Jalal specializes in business development and financing strategies for innovative companies in multiple sectors (life sciences, energy, valorization and technology). 

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 – Commercial Manager

Kirsten van Benthem – Commercial Manager

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.

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.

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.

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.

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Manager Agri, Food and Bio-Economy

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Manager Agri, Food and Bio-Economy

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.

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter combines his scientific background with his sales and account manager experience within the life science industry. He is passionate about carrying innovative ideas forward and helping companies and researchers in bringing their technologies to the market.

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi – Account Manager / Business Developer

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi – Account Manager / Business Developer

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…

Mats Ouwehand – Business Developer

Mats Ouwehand – Business Developer

Mats is a Business Developer at Catalyze and combines his account manager experience with his educational background in Life Sciences. A passion for networking and a strong interest in Life Sciences are his key drivers to bring innovative ideas to life. He completed the Bachelor program Biomedical Sciences and obtained a Master’s degree in Management,…

Amber Liu – Business Analyst

Amber Liu – Business Analyst

Amber Liu is a Business Analyst at Catalyze, where she leverages her experience in the challenging landscape of advancing innovations in life sciences to assist with business and account development. Having originally obtained her clinical pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in Canada, she was lead by her interest in health policy to the…

Stijn Hertel – Contract Manager

Stijn Hertel – Contract Manager

Stijn is planning to obtain his LLB in Dutch Law at the Hague University of Applied Sciences next academic year. He joined the co-determination committee for his program 3 years ago and during this time developed a preference for working in an international organization. His goal is to apply his legal background and negotiation skills…

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot is Manager Consultancy of the Amsterdam consultancy team, and responsible for daily operations and resource management of currently 23 consultants. She brings a broad experience in the life sciences to the company, with a background both in academia and several biotech businesses. Elmieke is highly motivated to successfully transfer this experience to her…

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.

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 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.

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…

Rick Kwekkeboom – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

Rick Kwekkeboom – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

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…

Patricia Celie – Specialist Senior Consultant

Patricia Celie – Specialist Senior 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 has a PhD and post-doc experience in Life Sciences, and is consultant at Catalyze since 2011. In 2013, Patricia successfully completed the management and entrepreneurship BioBusiness Masterclass of HollandBio-de Baak….

Marike van Beuge – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

Marike van Beuge – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

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…

Heike Schmidlin – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

Heike Schmidlin – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

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.

Peter Ochodnicky – Senior Consultant

Peter Ochodnicky – Senior 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.

Boaz van Driel – Senior Consultant

Boaz van Driel – Senior Consultant

Boaz van Driel, PhD is the type of consultant that is driven by the envisioned brighter and healthier future that his clients aim to achieve. Because of this drive, it comes easy to fully engage with his clients and co-develop creative and innovative solutions to societal challenges. In the past, he has successfully structured grant…

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…

Ming Wang  – Consultant

Ming Wang – Consultant

Ming is a consultant at Catalyze, where her role is to support clients in raising funds to finance the further development of their innovations. Ming works with clients to shape their ideas into coherent project concepts, and in turn formats these concepts into compelling and competitive subsidy proposals and business plans. For every project, Ming…

Saharla Ahmed – Consultant

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…

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…

Reinoud Brenkman – Consultant

Reinoud Brenkman – Consultant

Reinoud Brenkman obtained his Master’s degree in Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience with a specialisation in Science, Business and Policy at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. During his Master’s he has participated in several innovative business projects and wrote his thesis about the implications of neuromarketing for online marketing SME’s. Before this, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

Sedef Iskit – Consultant

Sedef Iskit – Consultant

Sedef Iskit, PhD, is a molecular biologist specialized in cancer research. As a Consultant at Catalyze, she is helping groundbreaking biomedical innovations get financial support. Sedef studied Biological Sciences and Bioengineering at Sabanci University, Istanbul. After finishing the Master Oncology program at VU Amsterdam, she continued her academic career as a PhD student at the…

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…

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 Seignette – Consultant

Max Seignette – Consultant

Max obtained a bachelor degree in Psychobiology at the UvA followed by a master degree in Management, Policy Analysis & Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences (MPA) at the VU. Over the years Max developed a passion for Life Sciences and as a consultant he will help promising business ideas with making their way to…

Erik van Tilborg – Consultant

Erik van Tilborg – Consultant

Erik van Tilborg obtained his Master’s degree in Fundamental Neuroscience at Maastricht University. For his Master thesis, he spent eight months doing neuroscience research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Erik obtained his PhD degree at the University Medical Center Utrecht, where he managed multiple research projects to develop novel treatments for brain injury…

Evelyne Klaassen – Consultant

Evelyne Klaassen – Consultant

Evelyne obtained a bachelor degree Biomedical Sciences and a master degree Biomedical Sciences Management at the Leiden University. During her master she gained knowledge in the business side of biomedical and life sciences and she is very motivated to apply this knowledge in her work as a consultant for Catalyze.

Sandra Ekdawi – Consultant

Sandra Ekdawi – Consultant

Sandra studied Biotechnology as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, Canada where she also pursued her doctoral studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences, focusing on nanotechnology and image-guided therapy in oncology. She then completed her post-doctoral training at the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany, where she worked on the translation of new drug delivery strategies to…

Sebastian Schee genannt Halfmann – Consultant

Sebastian Schee genannt Halfmann – Consultant

Sebastian Schee genannt Halfmann obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degree in European Public Health at Maastricht University. Sebastian is currently writing his PhD thesis on the creation and management of innovation in healthcare. After his education, he worked as project manager of the EU FP7 project “innXchange” at the United-Nations-University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research…

Carla van Alem – Consultant

Carla van Alem – Consultant

Carla studied Biomedical Science in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and obtained both her Bachelor and Master’s degree there. She then moved to Leiden to start as a PhD candidate in the fields of nephrology and immunology at the Leiden University Medical Center. Her main focus was on the preclinical evaluation of a novel drug in kidney…

Ashley James – Consultant

Ashley James – Consultant

Ashley James obtained her Bachelor of Biomedicine and Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering (Distinction) at The University of Melbourne, with a six-month exchange to Delft University of Technology. For her Master thesis she successfully completed the BioDesign Innovation Program, building a business model based on an observed unmet clinical need. Ashley has internship experience at…

Paul de Vries – Consultant

Paul de Vries – Consultant

Paul de Vries obtained his Master’s degree in Molecular Neuroscience with a major in Science and Society at the University of Amsterdam. His major taught him how to combine both his passion for science with a newfound passion for business and policy. It included courses in business plan writing  and business management. He also completed…

Rizgar Saltik – Consultant

Rizgar Saltik – Consultant

Rizgar Saltik obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology at the University of Amsterdam followed by a master’s degree in Science and Business Management at the Utrecht University. Parallel to his studies he developed a strong entrepreneurial background with a specialization in validation methodologies for tech startups. At Catalyze, Rizgar combines his scientific and entrepreneurial background…

Luc Schoppink – Consultant

Luc Schoppink – Consultant

Luc Schoppink obtained two Master degrees, in Neurosciences and Life Science Based Management and Entrepreneurship, at the VU University of Amsterdam. During his studies he was involved in several scientific and business oriented research projects and has developed a keen interest in the field of Life Sciences from an entrepreneurial perspective. As a consultant at…

Frederike Müskens – Consultant

Frederike Müskens – Consultant

Frederike obtained her BSc (chemistry) and MSc (Drug Innovation) from the University of Utrecht. While her initial focus was on organic chemistry, during an internship at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla (CA) she gained experience with molecular biology. This led to her pursuit of an interdisciplinary PhD shared between an organic chemistry group…

Peter Groothuis – Consultant

Peter Groothuis – Consultant

With a Bachelor degree in Industrial Design engineering from the TUDelft and a master program Management of Innovation at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Peter understands what it takes to develop and commercialize new products. Through competing in several international business competitions and challenges he gained experience in finding the right dilutive and non-dilutive funding needed…

Sandy Broere-Lee, PhD – Consultant

Sandy obtained her Bachelor’s degree with honours at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia) and her PhD at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), where she worked on developing a wide range of potential therapeutic targets for stroke. Prior to becoming a consultant, Sandy was a postdoctoral researcher at Yale…

Maurice van Rotterdam – Consultant

Maurice van Rotterdam – Consultant

Maurice has a background in Biomedical Science Management from Leiden University. He joined Catalyze at their Amsterdam headquarters, where he will be performing as a consultant. During his Masters program, Maurice developed both scientific and commercial skills which he will apply towards supporting promising scientific ideas making their way to success.

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.

Maarten Doornbos – Project manager

Maarten Doornbos – Project manager

Maarten Doornbos is project manager at Catalyze. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University he did a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR). At Catalyze he combines his scientific background with a strong drive to bring innovation forward.

Kristine Stickney – Project Manager

Kristine Stickney – Project Manager

Kristine holds a master’s degree in neurosciences from Vrije Universiteit. She has a background working in project management for both pre-clinical and clinical research companies. At Catalyze, she combines her scientific knowledge and work experience to facilitate successful project delivery.

Mathijs De Kleer – Consultant WBSO

Mathijs De Kleer – Consultant WBSO

Mathijs has a bachelor and a Master’s degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Leiden. He specialized in Science-Based Business during the end of his Master, which gave him a broad overview of combining innovative (drug) research with business. During his study, he obtained an affinity with biotechnological industry and translational research. As consultant…

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.

Yoëlle Schell – Funding Advisor

Yoëlle Schell – Funding Advisor

Yoëlle obtained a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with the specializations neurobiology and immunology at the VU University in Amsterdam. During her Master she studied specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators in multiple sclerosis. As a consultant strategic funding at Catalyze, Yoëlle aims to find the best match between projects and funding opportunities.

Alexandra Marques – Marketing Officer

Alexandra Marques – Marketing Officer

Alexandra Marques is the Marketing Officer at Catalyze. She works from the main office in Amsterdam and coordinates all marketing activities. Alexandra comes from Portugal and has a Master degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Porto. She had a lot of experience in marketing and communications throughout her studies, and found a passion…

Evelyn Demirchian – Marketing and Communications Officer

Evelyn Demirchian – Marketing and Communications Officer

Evelyn Demirchian obtained her bachelor degree in Mass Communications and Journalism from California State University, Fresno and her sequential bachelor and master degrees in Psychology from Webster University, Leiden. Evelyn originates from the United States and has been living in the Netherlands since 2015.

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.

Dorota Rokita – HR Advisor

Dorota Rokita – HR Advisor

Dorota Rokita is the HR Advisor at Catalyze. She provides advice and support on all Human  Resources related topics with focus on employee needs and organisational goals. Dorota is interested in understanding employee motivation and psychology. She believes that a pleasant work atmosphere and employee satisfaction are important to make the company successful.

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…

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.

Erik Moltzen – Intern

Erik Moltzen – Intern

Erik has an international background being part Danish and part Russian, enabling him to speak four languages fluently. He is holding a Bachelor degree in Science, Business & Innovation from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. For his graduation thesis he has joined the Amsterdam office of Catalyze, where he will be analysing research institutions for…

Quinty de Ruiter – HR assistant

Quinty de Ruiter – HR assistant

Quinty de Ruiter is working as an HR-assistant at Catalyze. She is currently working on her bachelor degree in Human Resource Management and is excited about applying the learned theory in practice. After her bachelor degree she wants to expand her knowledge in psychology.

Bjorn Bouwer – Sales assistant

Bjorn Bouwer – Sales assistant

Bjorn is rounding up his BSc in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and is planning to start a Business related Masters in 2019. He combines his scientific background and his interest in business in his job as a sales assistant at Catalyze. He hopes to contribute to the success of Catalyze and at the same time learn more…

Tom Dijk – Process Analyst

Tom is a process analyst at Catalyze. In a fast growing company like Catalyze it is a challenge to keep the processes flexible enough to keep growing but maintain the high quality standards. With a MSc degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Groningen, a Black Belt Lean Six Sigma and…

Peter Schoevers – Founder and Chairman

Peter Schoevers – Founder and Chairman

Peter holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen and IMD. He worked for Solvay Pharmaceuticals for 10 years in international management positions in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium and Japan. Peter has been active as entrepreneur since 1998 and has founded companies such as marviQ, Catalyze and Julius Clinical where…

Theodoor Rutgers – Founder and director

Theodoor Rutgers – Founder and director

Theodoor Rutgers is the co-founder of DDF services, now known as Catalyze. Theodoor raised >100 million Euro in subsidies and grant for different types of organizations, and has been involved in the start-up of several early stage (life science) companies.

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai is a co-founder of DDF Services, now known as Catalyze. Jalal Es-Sbai has raised >100 million Euro in subsidies and grants for different types of organizations. Jalal specializes in business development and financing strategies for innovative companies in multiple sectors (life sciences, energy, valorization and technology). 

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 – Commercial Manager

Kirsten van Benthem – Commercial Manager

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.

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.

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.

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.

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Manager Agri, Food and Bio-Economy

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Manager Agri, Food and Bio-Economy

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.

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter combines his scientific background with his sales and account manager experience within the life science industry. He is passionate about carrying innovative ideas forward and helping companies and researchers in bringing their technologies to the market.

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi – Account Manager / Business Developer

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi – Account Manager / Business Developer

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…

Mats Ouwehand – Business Developer

Mats Ouwehand – Business Developer

Mats is a Business Developer at Catalyze and combines his account manager experience with his educational background in Life Sciences. A passion for networking and a strong interest in Life Sciences are his key drivers to bring innovative ideas to life. He completed the Bachelor program Biomedical Sciences and obtained a Master’s degree in Management,…

Amber Liu – Business Analyst

Amber Liu – Business Analyst

Amber Liu is a Business Analyst at Catalyze, where she leverages her experience in the challenging landscape of advancing innovations in life sciences to assist with business and account development. Having originally obtained her clinical pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in Canada, she was lead by her interest in health policy to the…

Stijn Hertel – Contract Manager

Stijn Hertel – Contract Manager

Stijn is planning to obtain his LLB in Dutch Law at the Hague University of Applied Sciences next academic year. He joined the co-determination committee for his program 3 years ago and during this time developed a preference for working in an international organization. His goal is to apply his legal background and negotiation skills…

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot is Manager Consultancy of the Amsterdam consultancy team, and responsible for daily operations and resource management of currently 23 consultants. She brings a broad experience in the life sciences to the company, with a background both in academia and several biotech businesses. Elmieke is highly motivated to successfully transfer this experience to her…

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.

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 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.

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…

Rick Kwekkeboom – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

Rick Kwekkeboom – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

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…

Patricia Celie – Specialist Senior Consultant

Patricia Celie – Specialist Senior 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 has a PhD and post-doc experience in Life Sciences, and is consultant at Catalyze since 2011. In 2013, Patricia successfully completed the management and entrepreneurship BioBusiness Masterclass of HollandBio-de Baak….

Marike van Beuge – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

Marike van Beuge – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

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…

Heike Schmidlin – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

Heike Schmidlin – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

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.

Peter Ochodnicky – Senior Consultant

Peter Ochodnicky – Senior 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.

Boaz van Driel – Senior Consultant

Boaz van Driel – Senior Consultant

Boaz van Driel, PhD is the type of consultant that is driven by the envisioned brighter and healthier future that his clients aim to achieve. Because of this drive, it comes easy to fully engage with his clients and co-develop creative and innovative solutions to societal challenges. In the past, he has successfully structured grant…

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…

Ming Wang  – Consultant

Ming Wang – Consultant

Ming is a consultant at Catalyze, where her role is to support clients in raising funds to finance the further development of their innovations. Ming works with clients to shape their ideas into coherent project concepts, and in turn formats these concepts into compelling and competitive subsidy proposals and business plans. For every project, Ming…

Saharla Ahmed – Consultant

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…

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…

Reinoud Brenkman – Consultant

Reinoud Brenkman – Consultant

Reinoud Brenkman obtained his Master’s degree in Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience with a specialisation in Science, Business and Policy at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. During his Master’s he has participated in several innovative business projects and wrote his thesis about the implications of neuromarketing for online marketing SME’s. Before this, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

Sedef Iskit – Consultant

Sedef Iskit – Consultant

Sedef Iskit, PhD, is a molecular biologist specialized in cancer research. As a Consultant at Catalyze, she is helping groundbreaking biomedical innovations get financial support. Sedef studied Biological Sciences and Bioengineering at Sabanci University, Istanbul. After finishing the Master Oncology program at VU Amsterdam, she continued her academic career as a PhD student at the…

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…

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 Seignette – Consultant

Max Seignette – Consultant

Max obtained a bachelor degree in Psychobiology at the UvA followed by a master degree in Management, Policy Analysis & Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences (MPA) at the VU. Over the years Max developed a passion for Life Sciences and as a consultant he will help promising business ideas with making their way to…

Erik van Tilborg – Consultant

Erik van Tilborg – Consultant

Erik van Tilborg obtained his Master’s degree in Fundamental Neuroscience at Maastricht University. For his Master thesis, he spent eight months doing neuroscience research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Erik obtained his PhD degree at the University Medical Center Utrecht, where he managed multiple research projects to develop novel treatments for brain injury…

Evelyne Klaassen – Consultant

Evelyne Klaassen – Consultant

Evelyne obtained a bachelor degree Biomedical Sciences and a master degree Biomedical Sciences Management at the Leiden University. During her master she gained knowledge in the business side of biomedical and life sciences and she is very motivated to apply this knowledge in her work as a consultant for Catalyze.

Sandra Ekdawi – Consultant

Sandra Ekdawi – Consultant

Sandra studied Biotechnology as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, Canada where she also pursued her doctoral studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences, focusing on nanotechnology and image-guided therapy in oncology. She then completed her post-doctoral training at the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany, where she worked on the translation of new drug delivery strategies to…

Sebastian Schee genannt Halfmann – Consultant

Sebastian Schee genannt Halfmann – Consultant

Sebastian Schee genannt Halfmann obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degree in European Public Health at Maastricht University. Sebastian is currently writing his PhD thesis on the creation and management of innovation in healthcare. After his education, he worked as project manager of the EU FP7 project “innXchange” at the United-Nations-University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research…

Carla van Alem – Consultant

Carla van Alem – Consultant

Carla studied Biomedical Science in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and obtained both her Bachelor and Master’s degree there. She then moved to Leiden to start as a PhD candidate in the fields of nephrology and immunology at the Leiden University Medical Center. Her main focus was on the preclinical evaluation of a novel drug in kidney…

Ashley James – Consultant

Ashley James – Consultant

Ashley James obtained her Bachelor of Biomedicine and Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering (Distinction) at The University of Melbourne, with a six-month exchange to Delft University of Technology. For her Master thesis she successfully completed the BioDesign Innovation Program, building a business model based on an observed unmet clinical need. Ashley has internship experience at…

Paul de Vries – Consultant

Paul de Vries – Consultant

Paul de Vries obtained his Master’s degree in Molecular Neuroscience with a major in Science and Society at the University of Amsterdam. His major taught him how to combine both his passion for science with a newfound passion for business and policy. It included courses in business plan writing  and business management. He also completed…

Rizgar Saltik – Consultant

Rizgar Saltik – Consultant

Rizgar Saltik obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology at the University of Amsterdam followed by a master’s degree in Science and Business Management at the Utrecht University. Parallel to his studies he developed a strong entrepreneurial background with a specialization in validation methodologies for tech startups. At Catalyze, Rizgar combines his scientific and entrepreneurial background…

Luc Schoppink – Consultant

Luc Schoppink – Consultant

Luc Schoppink obtained two Master degrees, in Neurosciences and Life Science Based Management and Entrepreneurship, at the VU University of Amsterdam. During his studies he was involved in several scientific and business oriented research projects and has developed a keen interest in the field of Life Sciences from an entrepreneurial perspective. As a consultant at…

Frederike Müskens – Consultant

Frederike Müskens – Consultant

Frederike obtained her BSc (chemistry) and MSc (Drug Innovation) from the University of Utrecht. While her initial focus was on organic chemistry, during an internship at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla (CA) she gained experience with molecular biology. This led to her pursuit of an interdisciplinary PhD shared between an organic chemistry group…

Peter Groothuis – Consultant

Peter Groothuis – Consultant

With a Bachelor degree in Industrial Design engineering from the TUDelft and a master program Management of Innovation at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Peter understands what it takes to develop and commercialize new products. Through competing in several international business competitions and challenges he gained experience in finding the right dilutive and non-dilutive funding needed…

Sandy Broere-Lee, PhD – Consultant

Sandy obtained her Bachelor’s degree with honours at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia) and her PhD at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), where she worked on developing a wide range of potential therapeutic targets for stroke. Prior to becoming a consultant, Sandy was a postdoctoral researcher at Yale…

Maurice van Rotterdam – Consultant

Maurice van Rotterdam – Consultant

Maurice has a background in Biomedical Science Management from Leiden University. He joined Catalyze at their Amsterdam headquarters, where he will be performing as a consultant. During his Masters program, Maurice developed both scientific and commercial skills which he will apply towards supporting promising scientific ideas making their way to success.

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.

Maarten Doornbos – Project manager

Maarten Doornbos – Project manager

Maarten Doornbos is project manager at Catalyze. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University he did a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR). At Catalyze he combines his scientific background with a strong drive to bring innovation forward.

Kristine Stickney – Project Manager

Kristine Stickney – Project Manager

Kristine holds a master’s degree in neurosciences from Vrije Universiteit. She has a background working in project management for both pre-clinical and clinical research companies. At Catalyze, she combines her scientific knowledge and work experience to facilitate successful project delivery.

Mathijs De Kleer – Consultant WBSO

Mathijs De Kleer – Consultant WBSO

Mathijs has a bachelor and a Master’s degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Leiden. He specialized in Science-Based Business during the end of his Master, which gave him a broad overview of combining innovative (drug) research with business. During his study, he obtained an affinity with biotechnological industry and translational research. As consultant…

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.

Yoëlle Schell – Funding Advisor

Yoëlle Schell – Funding Advisor

Yoëlle obtained a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with the specializations neurobiology and immunology at the VU University in Amsterdam. During her Master she studied specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators in multiple sclerosis. As a consultant strategic funding at Catalyze, Yoëlle aims to find the best match between projects and funding opportunities.

Alexandra Marques – Marketing Officer

Alexandra Marques – Marketing Officer

Alexandra Marques is the Marketing Officer at Catalyze. She works from the main office in Amsterdam and coordinates all marketing activities. Alexandra comes from Portugal and has a Master degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Porto. She had a lot of experience in marketing and communications throughout her studies, and found a passion…

Evelyn Demirchian – Marketing and Communications Officer

Evelyn Demirchian – Marketing and Communications Officer

Evelyn Demirchian obtained her bachelor degree in Mass Communications and Journalism from California State University, Fresno and her sequential bachelor and master degrees in Psychology from Webster University, Leiden. Evelyn originates from the United States and has been living in the Netherlands since 2015.

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.

Dorota Rokita – HR Advisor

Dorota Rokita – HR Advisor

Dorota Rokita is the HR Advisor at Catalyze. She provides advice and support on all Human  Resources related topics with focus on employee needs and organisational goals. Dorota is interested in understanding employee motivation and psychology. She believes that a pleasant work atmosphere and employee satisfaction are important to make the company successful.

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…

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.

Erik Moltzen – Intern

Erik Moltzen – Intern

Erik has an international background being part Danish and part Russian, enabling him to speak four languages fluently. He is holding a Bachelor degree in Science, Business & Innovation from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. For his graduation thesis he has joined the Amsterdam office of Catalyze, where he will be analysing research institutions for…

Quinty de Ruiter – HR assistant

Quinty de Ruiter – HR assistant

Quinty de Ruiter is working as an HR-assistant at Catalyze. She is currently working on her bachelor degree in Human Resource Management and is excited about applying the learned theory in practice. After her bachelor degree she wants to expand her knowledge in psychology.

Bjorn Bouwer – Sales assistant

Bjorn Bouwer – Sales assistant

Bjorn is rounding up his BSc in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and is planning to start a Business related Masters in 2019. He combines his scientific background and his interest in business in his job as a sales assistant at Catalyze. He hopes to contribute to the success of Catalyze and at the same time learn more…

Tom Dijk – Process Analyst

Tom is a process analyst at Catalyze. In a fast growing company like Catalyze it is a challenge to keep the processes flexible enough to keep growing but maintain the high quality standards. With a MSc degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Groningen, a Black Belt Lean Six Sigma and…

Peter Schoevers – Founder and Chairman

Peter Schoevers – Founder and Chairman

Peter holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen and IMD. He worked for Solvay Pharmaceuticals for 10 years in international management positions in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium and Japan. Peter has been active as entrepreneur since 1998 and has founded companies such as marviQ, Catalyze and Julius Clinical where…

Theodoor Rutgers – Founder and director

Theodoor Rutgers – Founder and director

Theodoor Rutgers is the co-founder of DDF services, now known as Catalyze. Theodoor raised >100 million Euro in subsidies and grant for different types of organizations, and has been involved in the start-up of several early stage (life science) companies.

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai – Founder and director

Jalal Es-Sbai is a co-founder of DDF Services, now known as Catalyze. Jalal Es-Sbai has raised >100 million Euro in subsidies and grants for different types of organizations. Jalal specializes in business development and financing strategies for innovative companies in multiple sectors (life sciences, energy, valorization and technology). 

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 – Commercial Manager

Kirsten van Benthem – Commercial Manager

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.

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.

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.

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.

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Manager Agri, Food and Bio-Economy

Neeltje Ramnath-Willems – Manager Agri, Food and Bio-Economy

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.

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter Nuytinck Account Manager/Business Developer

Wouter combines his scientific background with his sales and account manager experience within the life science industry. He is passionate about carrying innovative ideas forward and helping companies and researchers in bringing their technologies to the market.

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi – Account Manager / Business Developer

Nawal Bahia El Idrissi – Account Manager / Business Developer

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…

Mats Ouwehand – Business Developer

Mats Ouwehand – Business Developer

Mats is a Business Developer at Catalyze and combines his account manager experience with his educational background in Life Sciences. A passion for networking and a strong interest in Life Sciences are his key drivers to bring innovative ideas to life. He completed the Bachelor program Biomedical Sciences and obtained a Master’s degree in Management,…

Amber Liu – Business Analyst

Amber Liu – Business Analyst

Amber Liu is a Business Analyst at Catalyze, where she leverages her experience in the challenging landscape of advancing innovations in life sciences to assist with business and account development. Having originally obtained her clinical pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto in Canada, she was lead by her interest in health policy to the…

Stijn Hertel – Contract Manager

Stijn Hertel – Contract Manager

Stijn is planning to obtain his LLB in Dutch Law at the Hague University of Applied Sciences next academic year. He joined the co-determination committee for his program 3 years ago and during this time developed a preference for working in an international organization. His goal is to apply his legal background and negotiation skills…

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot – Manager Consultancy

Elmieke Boot is Manager Consultancy of the Amsterdam consultancy team, and responsible for daily operations and resource management of currently 23 consultants. She brings a broad experience in the life sciences to the company, with a background both in academia and several biotech businesses. Elmieke is highly motivated to successfully transfer this experience to her…

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.

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 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.

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…

Rick Kwekkeboom – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

Rick Kwekkeboom – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

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…

Patricia Celie – Specialist Senior Consultant

Patricia Celie – Specialist Senior 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 has a PhD and post-doc experience in Life Sciences, and is consultant at Catalyze since 2011. In 2013, Patricia successfully completed the management and entrepreneurship BioBusiness Masterclass of HollandBio-de Baak….

Marike van Beuge – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

Marike van Beuge – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

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…

Heike Schmidlin – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

Heike Schmidlin – Senior Consultant & Cluster Lead

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.

Peter Ochodnicky – Senior Consultant

Peter Ochodnicky – Senior 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.

Boaz van Driel – Senior Consultant

Boaz van Driel – Senior Consultant

Boaz van Driel, PhD is the type of consultant that is driven by the envisioned brighter and healthier future that his clients aim to achieve. Because of this drive, it comes easy to fully engage with his clients and co-develop creative and innovative solutions to societal challenges. In the past, he has successfully structured grant…

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…

Ming Wang  – Consultant

Ming Wang – Consultant

Ming is a consultant at Catalyze, where her role is to support clients in raising funds to finance the further development of their innovations. Ming works with clients to shape their ideas into coherent project concepts, and in turn formats these concepts into compelling and competitive subsidy proposals and business plans. For every project, Ming…

Saharla Ahmed – Consultant

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…

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…

Reinoud Brenkman – Consultant

Reinoud Brenkman – Consultant

Reinoud Brenkman obtained his Master’s degree in Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience with a specialisation in Science, Business and Policy at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. During his Master’s he has participated in several innovative business projects and wrote his thesis about the implications of neuromarketing for online marketing SME’s. Before this, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

Sedef Iskit – Consultant

Sedef Iskit – Consultant

Sedef Iskit, PhD, is a molecular biologist specialized in cancer research. As a Consultant at Catalyze, she is helping groundbreaking biomedical innovations get financial support. Sedef studied Biological Sciences and Bioengineering at Sabanci University, Istanbul. After finishing the Master Oncology program at VU Amsterdam, she continued her academic career as a PhD student at the…

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…

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 Seignette – Consultant

Max Seignette – Consultant

Max obtained a bachelor degree in Psychobiology at the UvA followed by a master degree in Management, Policy Analysis & Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Sciences (MPA) at the VU. Over the years Max developed a passion for Life Sciences and as a consultant he will help promising business ideas with making their way to…

Erik van Tilborg – Consultant

Erik van Tilborg – Consultant

Erik van Tilborg obtained his Master’s degree in Fundamental Neuroscience at Maastricht University. For his Master thesis, he spent eight months doing neuroscience research at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Erik obtained his PhD degree at the University Medical Center Utrecht, where he managed multiple research projects to develop novel treatments for brain injury…

Evelyne Klaassen – Consultant

Evelyne Klaassen – Consultant

Evelyne obtained a bachelor degree Biomedical Sciences and a master degree Biomedical Sciences Management at the Leiden University. During her master she gained knowledge in the business side of biomedical and life sciences and she is very motivated to apply this knowledge in her work as a consultant for Catalyze.

Sandra Ekdawi – Consultant

Sandra Ekdawi – Consultant

Sandra studied Biotechnology as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, Canada where she also pursued her doctoral studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences, focusing on nanotechnology and image-guided therapy in oncology. She then completed her post-doctoral training at the University Hospital of Cologne, Germany, where she worked on the translation of new drug delivery strategies to…

Sebastian Schee genannt Halfmann – Consultant

Sebastian Schee genannt Halfmann – Consultant

Sebastian Schee genannt Halfmann obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degree in European Public Health at Maastricht University. Sebastian is currently writing his PhD thesis on the creation and management of innovation in healthcare. After his education, he worked as project manager of the EU FP7 project “innXchange” at the United-Nations-University, Maastricht Economic and Social Research…

Carla van Alem – Consultant

Carla van Alem – Consultant

Carla studied Biomedical Science in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and obtained both her Bachelor and Master’s degree there. She then moved to Leiden to start as a PhD candidate in the fields of nephrology and immunology at the Leiden University Medical Center. Her main focus was on the preclinical evaluation of a novel drug in kidney…

Ashley James – Consultant

Ashley James – Consultant

Ashley James obtained her Bachelor of Biomedicine and Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering (Distinction) at The University of Melbourne, with a six-month exchange to Delft University of Technology. For her Master thesis she successfully completed the BioDesign Innovation Program, building a business model based on an observed unmet clinical need. Ashley has internship experience at…

Paul de Vries – Consultant

Paul de Vries – Consultant

Paul de Vries obtained his Master’s degree in Molecular Neuroscience with a major in Science and Society at the University of Amsterdam. His major taught him how to combine both his passion for science with a newfound passion for business and policy. It included courses in business plan writing  and business management. He also completed…

Rizgar Saltik – Consultant

Rizgar Saltik – Consultant

Rizgar Saltik obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology at the University of Amsterdam followed by a master’s degree in Science and Business Management at the Utrecht University. Parallel to his studies he developed a strong entrepreneurial background with a specialization in validation methodologies for tech startups. At Catalyze, Rizgar combines his scientific and entrepreneurial background…

Luc Schoppink – Consultant

Luc Schoppink – Consultant

Luc Schoppink obtained two Master degrees, in Neurosciences and Life Science Based Management and Entrepreneurship, at the VU University of Amsterdam. During his studies he was involved in several scientific and business oriented research projects and has developed a keen interest in the field of Life Sciences from an entrepreneurial perspective. As a consultant at…

Frederike Müskens – Consultant

Frederike Müskens – Consultant

Frederike obtained her BSc (chemistry) and MSc (Drug Innovation) from the University of Utrecht. While her initial focus was on organic chemistry, during an internship at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla (CA) she gained experience with molecular biology. This led to her pursuit of an interdisciplinary PhD shared between an organic chemistry group…

Peter Groothuis – Consultant

Peter Groothuis – Consultant

With a Bachelor degree in Industrial Design engineering from the TUDelft and a master program Management of Innovation at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Peter understands what it takes to develop and commercialize new products. Through competing in several international business competitions and challenges he gained experience in finding the right dilutive and non-dilutive funding needed…

Sandy Broere-Lee, PhD – Consultant

Sandy obtained her Bachelor’s degree with honours at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia) and her PhD at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), where she worked on developing a wide range of potential therapeutic targets for stroke. Prior to becoming a consultant, Sandy was a postdoctoral researcher at Yale…

Maurice van Rotterdam – Consultant

Maurice van Rotterdam – Consultant

Maurice has a background in Biomedical Science Management from Leiden University. He joined Catalyze at their Amsterdam headquarters, where he will be performing as a consultant. During his Masters program, Maurice developed both scientific and commercial skills which he will apply towards supporting promising scientific ideas making their way to success.

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.

Maarten Doornbos – Project manager

Maarten Doornbos – Project manager

Maarten Doornbos is project manager at Catalyze. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University he did a PhD in Molecular Pharmacology at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR). At Catalyze he combines his scientific background with a strong drive to bring innovation forward.

Kristine Stickney – Project Manager

Kristine Stickney – Project Manager

Kristine holds a master’s degree in neurosciences from Vrije Universiteit. She has a background working in project management for both pre-clinical and clinical research companies. At Catalyze, she combines her scientific knowledge and work experience to facilitate successful project delivery.

Mathijs De Kleer – Consultant WBSO

Mathijs De Kleer – Consultant WBSO

Mathijs has a bachelor and a Master’s degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Leiden. He specialized in Science-Based Business during the end of his Master, which gave him a broad overview of combining innovative (drug) research with business. During his study, he obtained an affinity with biotechnological industry and translational research. As consultant…

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.

Yoëlle Schell – Funding Advisor

Yoëlle Schell – Funding Advisor

Yoëlle obtained a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with the specializations neurobiology and immunology at the VU University in Amsterdam. During her Master she studied specialized pro-resolving lipid mediators in multiple sclerosis. As a consultant strategic funding at Catalyze, Yoëlle aims to find the best match between projects and funding opportunities.

Alexandra Marques – Marketing Officer

Alexandra Marques – Marketing Officer

Alexandra Marques is the Marketing Officer at Catalyze. She works from the main office in Amsterdam and coordinates all marketing activities. Alexandra comes from Portugal and has a Master degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Porto. She had a lot of experience in marketing and communications throughout her studies, and found a passion…

Evelyn Demirchian – Marketing and Communications Officer

Evelyn Demirchian – Marketing and Communications Officer

Evelyn Demirchian obtained her bachelor degree in Mass Communications and Journalism from California State University, Fresno and her sequential bachelor and master degrees in Psychology from Webster University, Leiden. Evelyn originates from the United States and has been living in the Netherlands since 2015.

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.

Dorota Rokita – HR Advisor

Dorota Rokita – HR Advisor

Dorota Rokita is the HR Advisor at Catalyze. She provides advice and support on all Human  Resources related topics with focus on employee needs and organisational goals. Dorota is interested in understanding employee motivation and psychology. She believes that a pleasant work atmosphere and employee satisfaction are important to make the company successful.

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…

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.

Erik Moltzen – Intern

Erik Moltzen – Intern

Erik has an international background being part Danish and part Russian, enabling him to speak four languages fluently. He is holding a Bachelor degree in Science, Business & Innovation from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. For his graduation thesis he has joined the Amsterdam office of Catalyze, where he will be analysing research institutions for…

Quinty de Ruiter – HR assistant

Quinty de Ruiter – HR assistant

Quinty de Ruiter is working as an HR-assistant at Catalyze. She is currently working on her bachelor degree in Human Resource Management and is excited about applying the learned theory in practice. After her bachelor degree she wants to expand her knowledge in psychology.

Bjorn Bouwer – Sales assistant

Bjorn Bouwer – Sales assistant

Bjorn is rounding up his BSc in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences and is planning to start a Business related Masters in 2019. He combines his scientific background and his interest in business in his job as a sales assistant at Catalyze. He hopes to contribute to the success of Catalyze and at the same time learn more…

Tom Dijk – Process Analyst

Tom is a process analyst at Catalyze. In a fast growing company like Catalyze it is a challenge to keep the processes flexible enough to keep growing but maintain the high quality standards. With a MSc degree in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the University of Groningen, a Black Belt Lean Six Sigma and…

Peter Schoevers – Founder and Chairman

Peter Schoevers – Founder and Chairman

Peter holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen and IMD. He worked for Solvay Pharmaceuticals for 10 years in international management positions in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Belgium and Japan. Peter has been active as entrepreneur since 1998 and has founded companies such as marviQ, Catalyze and Julius Clinical where…