Alessandro joined NLC in April 2022 and brings over 20 years of experience in the MedTech industry. His passion lies in translating clinical needs into meaningful solutions, building purpose-driven 'tribes' of early adopters and taking impactful innovations from idea to business realisation. He has lived in four European countries and has travelled to more than 20 countries with great curiosity for healthcare systems, and the local food culture.
Amalia joined NLC in August 2021 as a Legal Counsel. She holds an LL.M. degree from Uppsala University and has also studied EU law at Utrecht University. During her studies, Amalia was very interested in regulations surrounding healthtech, and wrote her master thesis on privacy issues in health tracking devices used in healthcare. She is thrilled to join NLC in its mission to bring better and more affordable healthtech solutions to patients.
Senior Biotech Advisor
Amanda Lehmann joined NLC’s Technology Assessment and Strategy team in August 2021. Her background is in the life sciences, having undertaken a PhD and postdoctoral studies in Cambridge, Montreal and Munich. She has worked at several UK technology transfer offices at the academia/industry interface. Amanda enjoys hearing about new technologies and getting them to the next crucial step on their journey to achieving patient benefit.
Annameta joined NLC in April 2020. She is working as a Venture Developer, with the mission of creating a positive impact on patients’ lives. Having lived in Italy, UK, and the Netherlands, Annameta has developed an open and international outlook. She holds an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience from UCL and is part of the digital and Medtech domains. She enjoys new challenges and meeting driven inventors.
Lead Tech Partnerships
Anne joined NLC in January 2022. She is passionate about making healthcare accessible, affordable, and unbiased. In the past 10 years, she has focused on personalising healthcare using (medical) technology and data and putting the patient first. Through various projects, Anne has impacted over 250K patients’ lives across Europe, India, and Africa. At NLC, she works with corporates and academic institutions to bring more significant inventions to life.
Asier joined NLC in March 2022 in venture development. He holds a BSc in Biotechnology and is currently finishing his MSc in Science and Business Management, focusing on Neurobiology. Being a lover of innovation in the biotech field, NLC is a perfect fit for Asier as he strives to make clinical innovations closer to everyone and know closer the business side of life sciences.
Venture Teaming Expert
Bender joined NLC in January 2022 as a venture developer. He developed his passion for healthtech during his BSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Groningen. He also holds an MSc in Engineering and Policy Analysis from the Delft University of Technology. Bender is highly motivated to contribute to creating meaningful ventures with a positive impact all around the world.
Bernard joined NLC in July 2019. He has always been driven by his curiosity and eagerness to learn how inventions work and how they can be improved. After graduating as a mechanical engineer, he sought to expand his technical knowledge to create more value, and completed a master’s in Entrepreneurship and Business Design at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Bernard has had first-hand experience with venture creation, training in intellectual property strategy, open innovation and knowledge-based business development. Now, he aligns his technical and entrepreneurial background with his interest in healthcare improvement and helps NLC to bring innovative solutions to the patients.
Bert Arjan Millenaar
Founder & CEO
Bert-Arjan is the founder of NLC and has a personal aim to advance health. He has over 20 years of experience in business development and growth strategies. His love for pushing boundaries and stretching the possibilities of an organisation allows Bert-Arjan to steer NLC's unique business model and to support the team.
Carlos Garcia Tognaccini
Junior Legal Counsel
Carlos joined NLC in June 2022 as Junior Legal Counsel. He holds an LL.M. degree from Leiden University in European and International Business Law and studied law and international relations in Madrid. Before joining NLC Carlos worked for two years at an international pharmaceutical company in The Hague, where he developed his interests in the pharma- and med-science industries.
Christian joined NLC in July 2021 and is a life science professional passionate about translating science into innovations. He is particularly interested in digital solutions and value creation from data assets. He holds a PhD in biophysical chemistry from Heidelberg University and was a postdoc at the Max Planck Society and Harvard University. With more than 16 years of cross-functional and general management experience from large global corporates, management consulting and fast-growing startups, Christian brings valuable expertise, including digital product management, strategy development, and business transformation and scaling.
Christine joined NLC's Venture Support team in February 2022 as a biomedical sciences master’s student with a management specialisation. During her time at the Leiden University Medical Centre conducting research, Christine came to recognise that healthcare needs innovation and entrepreneurship to advance. She is dedicated to creating a lasting, positive impact on individuals and making healthcare accessible to all. Impact-driven, focused and a team player, she is excited to bring science to life.
Corrine van Vliet
Corrine joined NLC in December 2021 as a Communications Specialist. For over 6 years, she has worked in various marketing and communications functions within the Higher Education sector. She is passionate about making a positive impact, whether through improving processes or creating stories that bring NLC’s values to life.
Danyl joined NLC in January 2020 and holds a Bachelor’s in Finance, and Business and IT. He strives to help businesses achieve optimal IT support, improve ICT workflow, translate business requirements into IT solutions, and optimise business processes. Danyl helps bring science to life by ensuring that NLC has effective and efficient IT support.
Dominique de Jong
Dominique joined NLC in January 2021 and has a background in Medicine and Biomedical Engineering. She holds a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Leiden University and is eager to apply her science and engineering knowledge. Dominique wants to drive the translation of innovations that benefit patients’ lives, thereby bringing science to life!
Ellis joined NLC in September 2021 and sees health innovation as an inherently intersectional field. She joined NLC as a venture developer to combine her research, business, and policy interests to help translate health inventions into tangible solutions. Ellis has a background in chemical and biological engineering and research and holds a Master’s degree in medical biology and innovation management.
Venture Teaming Expert
Eva joined NLC in February 2021 and is responsible for finding and attracting CEOs for NLC’s ventures. She is an experienced international executive life sciences recruiter with agency and corporate experience. Eva has a passion for helping companies realise their business plans by getting the right people on board and finds great meaning in building ventures that advance health for patients worldwide.
Eva van Rooijen
Lead Venture Teaming
Eva joined NLC in September 2017. She is an entrepreneurial, optimistic and result-driven team player with a decade of experience in talent management and executive search, including founding and exiting a life sciences recruitment agency. Eva is passionate about high-impact innovation and strongly believes that ‘you can invent alone, but you can not innovate alone’.
Lead expertise integration
She will build on and expand further the fast growing network of (clinical) experts linked to NLC. Building teams of experts will increase the value the experts can bring to NLC and its ventures and vice versa. From her perspective as an internist, personalised high quality care for each individual patient is always key. To realise this ambition for future generations, our healthcare system needs a more integrated and innovative strategy, in which all stakeholders are represented. This ambition motivated Fenna in 2014 to take off her white coat and to focus on innovation and healthcare transformation from a broad perspective, both technological, organisational and social. Keywords are collaboration, courage and medical leadership with an intellectual and creative touch. She worked for eight years at STZ , the association of topclinical hospitals in the Netherlands, focussing on transforming health care delivery and innovation.
Gábor joined NLC in June 2022. In his most recent endeavour, he was the CEO of a virtual speciality biopharmaceutical company, Tavanta Therapeutics. Under Gábor’s guidance, Tavanta secured over $55 million in funding and grew from a 2-person company to an organisation with 5 pivotal clinical stage compounds for major indications such as oncology and pain, as well as an innovative pre-clinical pipeline following closely in their footsteps. Gábor will apply his experience at NLC as a venture partner, bringing science to life.
Gina holds a Masters in biotechnology with a focus on synthetic biology from ETH Zurich and worked in management consulting as well as venture capital before joining NLC. She joined NLC as a Venture Developer in February 2020 to help startups succeed and ensure the wealth of innovation surrounding us gets its chance to make a real impact.
Venture Teaming Expert
Hidde joined NLC as a venture developer intern in April 2022. He is a medical student at Erasmus MC Rotterdam. Hidde is an analytical-thinking team player who thrives under pressure. He gets his motivation from the possibility of improving people's lives by using business to bring innovation to the patient.
Hidde ten Brink
Lead Venture Finance & NLC Funds
Hidde has extensive experience in mergers & acquistions, corporate and structured finance, company valuations, debt advisory, venture capital and treasury management. He gained this experience at EY’s M&A department, at Zanders as well as at an Amsterdam based M&A boutique. He will use this experience to help NLC’s ventures with finance related issues throughout their lifecycle under NLC’s management, ultimately leading to achieving successful exits, maximizing the ventures’ positive impact on society.
Irni Mark Gemzon
Irni’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s in Microbiology, a Doctor in Medicine, and a Master in Business Administration. He is an active practicing physician and a medical school faculty member in the Philippines. He created a successful healthcare corporation that addressed primary care accessibility during the pandemic and is also an experienced consultant that helps digital and healthtech founders define their technology and find correct solutions for unmet healthcare needs. He joined NLC in April 2022 as a business development intern to help bring healthech innovations closer to the patient’s bedside. He is currently finishing his Advanced Master’s in Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Management at Grenoble Ecole de Management, Paris Campus.
Venture Finance & NLC Funds
Extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance gained at EY’s M&A department and passionate about innovation and making an impact. He will leverage his experience and passion to support NLC’s ventures with finance related issues throughout their lifecycle, ultimately leading to achieving successful exits, maximizing the ventures’ positive impact on society.
Jikke de Jong
Responsible for guarding the quality of inflow of new technologies. She holds a Msc in Life Sciences and Innovation management. With her multidisciplinary interests, she is always keen to spot opportunities and select technologies ready for venture building. A team player determined to strengthen the venture development team and venture building process.
Lead Venture Creation & Venture Partner
Pro-active, dedicated and an analytically strong teamplayer, with a decade of experience in strategic and operational health care consulting and health economics. Interested in accelerating the role of technology and innovation in improving health and the health care landscape. At NLC, she carries main responsibility for a smooth venture building process and personal development of the people within.
Venture Finance & NLC Funds
Backed by extensive experience in M&A, and passionate about bringing forward a positive impact on society, Jola joined the NLC Venture Finance to support ventures with their funding needs. Prior to joining NLC, Jola worked at Deloitte Financial Advisory and Corporate Finance on various transactions, gaining experience on multidisciplinary aspects of deal-making process, which she aims to leverage in her position at Venture Finance to help achieve successful exits.
Student in the final year of an IT bachelor program at NHL Stenden. Jonathan is a Certified Ethical Hacker, with cyber security and software development skills. Jonathan has experience with not only software but hardware and networking. His goal is to support the team in developing healthtech ventures that bring science to life.
Leads NLC’s operations, using his hands-on experience with developing young, fast growing companies. Joost holds an MSc. in Theoretical Physics and provided board level consulting for 20 years, among others as managing partner of healthcare specialist Plexus (later KPMG Plexus, after the acquisition he negotiated).
Jordy has a passion for the life sciences & healthcare sector as well as the financial industry. After gaining experience at Kempen & Co, a pan-European life sciences & healthcare investment bank, he is now eager to leverage his expertise to identify promising opportunities and propel new ventures forward for patients worldwide to benefit from.
Jorge has been founder and CEO in 6 industries. Prior to joining NLC, Jorge founded and managed Kanteron Systems, a Computational Bioinformatics company. Formerly, he was a member of the European Commission Expert Group, and university lecturer (UPV and UOC). Jorge graduated in Computer Science from the University of Oxford, and has completed postgraduate studies in Entrepreneurship at MIT, and in Clinical Genomics at the University of Valencia. He is currently an Innovation Fellow at Harvard University.
Julian joined NLC in January 2022 as a Venture Developer Intern and will support the NLC mission of bringing science to life. He acquired a medical degree from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. With his clinical background and a fascination for biotech and medtech, Julian is enthusiastic about leaving a lasting impact on patients' lives and improving healthcare for everyone involved.
Julie Szu-Chun Yang
Venture Support Expert
Julie is dedicated to improving the healthcare industry by implementing data-driven, evidence-based solutions, and seeking innovations of healthtec. She joined NLC as Venture Support Officer, supporting ventures to bring the innovations to patients. She holds an joint degree of MS in Agro-biomedical Science from National Taiwan University, Tsukuba University, Université de Bordeaux and an EMBA from Quantic School Of Business And Technology.
Kathrin has more than 15 years of experience in supporting Startups – mainly in the Life Science business – in different positions as consultant and coach. She is a biochemist and holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience. Besides her scientific background she is also trained as a Business Coach, Team Coach & Team Developer and holds a Micro Master in Business Model Innovation. Prior to joining NLC she was in Seed Management with grow platform GmbH, A Bosch Company. Kathrin brings expertise in supporting early stage scientific entrepreneurial projects turning into valuable businesses.
Venture Finance & NLC Funds
After discovering his passion for solving multidisciplinary challenges during his B.Sc. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics Kevin joined NLC to leverage his passion in order to generate a positive social impact. He gained experience in supporting strategic decision-making during his internship at a management consultancies in Munich. Having enjoyed an international education in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and China, Kevin is eager to assist in globally representing the financial interests of NLC ventures and investors.
Venture Finance & NLC Funds
Driven by the goal of making a positive societal impact through entrepreneurship, Lars joined NLC after finishing my master's degree at the London School of Economics. Together with the rest of the Venture Finance team, he is responsible for designing and validating business models of our new healthtech ventures, managing financing rounds for ventures in the NLC portfolio (both dilutive and non-dilutive), and developing novel financial propositions to ensure all our portfolio companies are financed according to need. This is all done with one single goal in mind: to accelerate the growth of NLC's venture portfolio and bring more groundbreaking medical innovations to the patient.
Lou is a business minded corporate legal counsel with extensive international experience in major law firms in Luxembourg and New York. She enjoys working in a thriving environment and aims to contribute her legal expertise to make a significant impact on healthcare. She will be providing legal support to both NLC and its ventures.
Lydia holds a BSc in Biology from Greece, a MSc in Pharmacology from the Netherlands and a PhD in Neuroscience from Sweden. She has 8+ years of R&D experience in academic and industrial settings (including Yale University and AstraZeneca) across 4 countries. She has a strong interest in the business/commercial side of Life Sciences and she is currently pursuing an MBA degree. She joined NLC in April 2022 as Venture Developer in the biotech field, with special focus on innovations in Neuroscience and Neuroimmunology. She looks forward to applying her scientific knowledge in building ventures and ultimately helping NLC bring innovative science to patients in need.
Venture Support Expert
Lead Venture Support
Driven, internationally oriented generalist aiming at having a positive impact for people and society. As lead Venture Support, he is providing services to scale NLC’s ventures to bring innovation to healthcare and to improve people’s lives. He holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Groningen and an MBA from INSEAD.
Mthulisi joined NLC in June 2022 as a Legal Intern. He holds a Bachelors of Laws degree from the University of Cape Town and is currently studying towards a Masters in International Business Law at Tilburg University. He hopes to draw upon his other professional experiences interning at various Law firms and multinational corporations such as British American Tobacco. Whilst at NLC he ultimately seeks to learn as much as possible from the experienced in house legal team.
Partner UK & Venture Partner
Nick joined NLC from a London-based VC fund where he led European Life Sciences investments and was a Member of the Fund’s Investment Committee. Over the past ten years, he has backed several high-profile companies, including taking one from Series A to IPO in the USA. Nick started his career as a surgeon, specialising in neurosurgery. He holds degrees in medicine and law. He also holds a master’s degree in Surgical Technology from Imperial College London and an MBA from London Business School.
Nina joined NLC in June 2022 as a Venture Developer. She holds a MSc in Biomedical Engineering from TU Delft. Previously she worked as a management consultant in the healthcare industry and as a lead for the innovation team of a mental healthcare institution. With this background she has developed a broad view on the healthcare industry and she is eager to leverage her expertise at NLC within the Medtech domain.
Venture Finance & NLC Funds
Nina gained experience working as a venture fundraiser in Paris, advising entrepreneurs on their financial strategy as well as connecting startups with a wide range of private investors and public funding. Now a member of NLC’s Venture Finance team, Nina will use this experience to support NLC’s ventures on their finance related issues throughout their lifecycle to ensure their success.
Lead Corporate Partnerships
Responsible for NLC’s corporate partnerships. She believes constructive collaboration is a true prerequisite for value creation. Nina loves to build new concepts and stories together with people and feels privileged to work in an environment where people not only dare to envision the future, but also help shape it.
IT Systems Manager
Rita holds a BSc in Biology and MSc in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine from Lisbon, Portugal. She is currently finishing her PhD in Bioengineering under the MIT-Portugal Program. Rita has +6 years of R&D experience, mainly in in vitro/ex vivo preclinical models, nanotechnology and omics/AI-based strategies in precision medicine applied to oncology. Rita has an entrepreneurial mindset and participated in 7 business/innovation-related courses, including a mini-MBA for life scientists. She joined NLC in April 2022 as a Venture Developer in the biotech team. Rita aims to help bring new healthtech from the lab to the market to solve unmet medical needs and ultimately improve patients’ lives.
Before joining NLC, Ruben spent 6 years at Robeco Asset Management and almost 14 years in KPMG’s Deals practice, of which the last 6.5 years as a Partner. Ruben brings along a lot of expertise in general financial management and M&A. He is looking forward to use his experience to support NLC with its expansion plans.
Legal & Finance Assistent
Sam join NLC on the 1st of June 2022 as part of the Venture Finance team as an intern. He holds a bachelor's degree in International Business Administration from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. He is currently in the process of completing his Master’s in Finance majoring in Quantitative Finance from Grenoble Ecole de Management. Previously his roles were primarily academic, holding positions in research, supervisory and teaching at both Rotterdam School of Management and Grenoble Ecole de Management. Whilst at NLC he is taking the opportunity to learn as much as possible and leverage his knowledge to assist the team.
Lead Legal Counsel
Corporate counsel with around 18 years of international experience in the life sciences and chemical industry, who is driven by “making things happen” at innovative companies, with the aim to make a social impact. She has held various inhouse positions at DSM (Life Science & Innovation Cluster) and recently at Avantium’s joint venture Synvina. At NLC, she will be providing and managing legal support to both NLC and its ventures, and as such contributing to bring science to life.
Marketing & Communication
Sinja is currently finishing her Masters in Intercultural Communication at Utrecht University, and holds a BA in General Linguistics from the University of Amsterdam. She joined the NLC Marketing and Communications team in April 2022 for her graduate internship. Passionate about communication and eager to learn about marketing, she is excited to embark on this new journey at NLC for the next six months.
Experienced MedTech executive with ample experience in fund-raising and creating and growing MedTech companies for complex Class III medical devices (including Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation, acquired by Medtronic, and GTX medical). Over 25 years of experience in R&D project management, product management, creating and managing alliances, and early stage venturing, mainly for MedTech and Healthcare products.
Taco van der Feltz
A highly international and networked entrepreneur trained as Medical Doctor and Medical Biologist, he is a visionary strategist conversant within and across disciplines. As Venture Partner, his focus is on building innovative companies and strengthening NLC’s abilities to bring innovations to healthcare.
Thomas joined NLC in May 2022 as a venture developer, he is interested in the intersection between science & society and how ideas can be translated to measurable impact son patient health. He has a background in Biotechnology (health and environmental) and life science business. He has worked previously as an innovation consultant, specialised in funding, and is excited to use these skills to help bring ideas to life at NLC.
People & Culture
Tom initially joined NLC in the role of Venture Finance Expert following a career at Deloitte's Corporate Finance practice in Amsterdam and London. Being always interested in the people side of doing business he gained experience in building teams and coaching team members. In the entrepreneurial environment of NLC Tom has now pivoted himself to fully focus on the NLC Talent Journey with a focus on People & Culture.
Lead Business Data & Analytics
Will is a chartered accountant with several years M&A experience. Prior to joining NLC, he spent 6 years with PwC in London, starting out in the Risk Assurance practice, then more recently Transaction Services, providing financial due diligence to Private Equity and Corporates on buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions. The latter experience is where he has developed his data analytics skill set. He brings with him an entrepreneurial mindset and looks forward to leveraging his experience to support NLC's growth.
Responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of NLC at an operational and strategic level. Guarding the quality of inflow and driving supporting technologies. PhD with both corporate and venturing experience, as principal scientist and prolific inventor at Philips Research turned serial entrepreneur. IP-expert. Fascinated by nature, technology and their synergy.
Testimonial: Pieter Wijffels, Venture Partner at NLC
One of our Venture Partners, Pieter Wijffels, shares his view on the advantages of working for NLC after a long and established international career.