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Wouter Bac PhD

Entrepreneur, Fruitomation

After graduating in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering at Wageningen University in 2010, Wouter started his PhD at research institute Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture. 


Floor van de Pavert


High-tech entrepreneur, self-employed

Floor van de Pavert is a high-tech entrepreneur. Currently she consults on several start-ups and prepares for her next high-tech venture.


Martijn Wilmer PhD


Postdoc Cell4Pharma, UMC St Radboud

Martijn Wilmer obtained his PhD degree at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre. He developed immortalized human renal cell lines to investigate the cellular metabolism involved in the progression of the rare disorder nephropathic cystinosis.


Farid El Oualid PhD

Postdoc NKI, COO UbiQ Bio Bv

Farid studied Chemistry and obtained his PhD in Bio-organic Chemistry at Leiden University. After obtaining a Marie-Curie Fellowship, he performed post-doctoral research at Oxford University. In 2008 he joined Huib Ovaa at the Netherlands Cancer Institute where he has since been working on the development of new chemical protein-ligation technologies


Nanneke de Fouw PhD

fouw_stem2012_thumbFreelance project and change manager

Dr Nanneke J. de Fouw read medical biology at Utrecht University. She gained her PhD at Leiden University on a thesis on Activated protein C and fibrinolysis. After a short period as clinical research associate, Nanneke held several posts at Unilever Research & Development, Vlaardingen, the Netherlands, working on developing and launching food products. Apart from this


Pieter Stienstra PhD

stienstra_stem2012_thumbProject, interim and general manager

Pieter Stienstra read geology at VU Amsterdam and Leiden University and obtained his PhD at Utrecht niversity. After a broad professional career, he now works through his own consulting agency, applying his experience and knowledge in ever changing contexts.


Aurel Ymeti, PhD

R&D Director, OSTENDUM 

After working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente, where he received his PhD, Dr. Aurel Ymeti founded his own company, Ostendum, in 2008. In 2011 he won with Ostendum the Young Technology Award, an award for fast-growing, innovative companies in the East of the Netherlands. 


Wietse Mulder PhD

Managing director at Genome Diagnostics

After working in the private sector for several years, Wietse Mulder PhD, managing director of Genome diagnostics, is now a successful life sciences entrepreneur. "Starting your own business is like writing your own job ad", Wietse says of his experience as an entrepreneur. It's exactly what he did five years ago. "Founding your own company is not for the faint-hearted though, you need to be willing to take risks", Wietse goes on. "But when it works it's just immensely satisfying."