Life Sciences Talent Cafe - June 2013

PhD students and postdocs, are you fully aware of your career options?

You may consider working for a company but what positions do PhDs actually fulfil? Biobusiness is different from academia, it is therefore wise to get acquainted with it before you make a move in your career.

PCDI and the Amsterdam Biomed Cluster organise Life Sciences Talent Cafes, specifically for early career researchers to gain insights into careers in the Dutch Life Science sector, from R&D intensive companies to business that support the industry and academia.

Join us at this networking event to get insights into the diversity of career options for PhDs, obtain the background information you need to find out whether a career at a company would suit you, learn what competences are required to make yourself attractive for the employers and make new contacts in the biobusiness!

The Talent Cafe is interactive and includes a meet 'n greet session, therefore it is a unique opportunity to ask all your questions and to network with PhDs from the industry and non-profit sector.

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On Thursday 13 June 2013 we had representatives from DDF Services (consultancy), Sanquin Blood Supply andBioceros (preclinical development of protein products) to present overviews of their core activities in the Netherlands and possible career paths for PhDs at their organisations.


'I was primarily interested to find out what other job opporunities there are outside academia, and it was great to find out that there are more than I knew.'


'I never really thought about the type of service DDF for instance provides. Also interesting to see how much research is performed at Sanquin, and their unique business structure, being part government, part business, part bloodbank.'


'It gives insight in the possibilities... it will help to make a well-balanced choice for my career.'


'I particularly appreciated the part of the talks where people told about their daily activities (practical content of their job), and the networking drinks (possibility for informal discussions).'



For a photo impression of the event, please click here.



 Time   Activity                          
15:30 - 15:40            Introduction Lilian Menu
Director PCDI 
15:40 - 16:10  DDF Services Patricia Celie
Consultant Life Sciences Subsidy & Funding 
16:20 - 17:00 Sanquin Blood Supply          

Henk te Velthuis
Project Manager R&D

Rachel van Beem
Clinical Research Specialist

17:00 - 17:30 Bioceros Louis Boon
Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) 
17:30 - Network drinks  




Life Sciences Talent Cafe
Thursday 13 June 2013
15:30 - 18.00

Café Restaurant Polder
Science Park 205
(formely: Kruislaan 300)
1098 XH Amsterdam

For who?
Postdocs and final year PhD students

Free of charge but registration
via PCDI is compulsory. 


Registration is now closed



 Company information

DDF Services - website

LSTC_13_ddf_smallDDF Services offers a full range of services to support R&D at innovation-based companies, spin-off companies and university groups. DDF Services offers services in subsidies & funding, loan applications, tax credits, business plans and project administration & management. The company has a strong background and specific expertise in Life Sciences & Health, Medical Technology, High Tech Systems and (Bio) Materials. DDF Services has successfully obtained funding for numerous R&D projects from e.g. NWO, ZonMW, STW, International innovation subsidies, FP7, TI Pharma, Pre-seed grants and Healthcare Funds. Our mission is to obtain maximum funding and support promising innovative R&D projects, while limiting the time and effort spent by our clients to the minimum.


Sanquin Blood Supply - website

logosanSanquin Blood Supply works, on a not-for-profit basis, to provide the blood supply and to promote transfusion medicine. In addition, Sanquin provides products and services, carries out scientific research and provides education, specialized courses and practical training on blood transfusion medicine. Sanquin Blood Supply employs almost 3000 people representing various disciplines, like scientific researchers (including PhD students and post-docs), physicians, pharmacists, technicians, account managers, product advisors and en process engineers.

About 250 employees are involved in research.Sanquin Blood Supply comprises four divisions and two business units. All divisions are involved in blood transfusion, transfusion medicine and blood products.


Bioceros - website

LSTC_13_biocerosBioceros, founded in 2003, is a privately owned biopharmaceutical company focusing on pre-clinical development of protein products, with an emphasis on monoclonal antibodies. Bioceros’ technology platform covers early pre-clinical development of monoclonal antibodies, including generation of monoclonal antibodies in mice, making high protein producing mammalian cell lines, assay development and pre-clinical manufacturing at 20L scale in disposable bioreactors. This is all Quality Controlled, using state of the art serum-free culture media, such that the generated cell lines can be used for GMP manufacturing. Bioceros has its own proprietary CHOBC® expression platform and is in addition to this is preferred vendor of DSM Biologics and Crucell for PER.C6® cell line generation services. Using its expression platform Bioceros has generated production cell lines that can produce up to 4 g/L. Bioceros uses this technology platform to offer services to the industry and academia, and furthermore to develop its own pipeline of monoclonal antibody products. The first example of such an antibody is an agonist anti-CD134 (OX40) immune modulating antibody for the treatment of cancer.