Alexandra is a Master’s student in Bio Inspired Innovation at Utrecht University, with a background in biomedical sciences. Alexandra is both Dutch and American, and spent time in Beijing learning Mandarin. She joined NLC in September 2020 as a venture development intern, and strives to combine innovation and life sciences in a sustainable, circular, and accessible way to improve patient outcomes.
Andrei originally comes from Romania, moving to Amsterdam in 2017 to do his bachelor at University of Amsterdam on Economics and Business Economics. Working for different companies such as Heineken or Tesla, it realized that he is more passionate to work in the startup ecosystem where he can make an impact.
Anemone von Blomberg
Venture Developer / Organisational Developer
Bernard has always been driven by his curiosity and eager to learn how inventions work and how they can be improved. After graduating as a mechanical engineering he sought out a way to expand his technical knowledge to create more value. He left his home country, Brazil, to start his master’s in Entrepreneurship and Business Design at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, where he 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
Founder of NLC with a personal aim to advance health. He has over twenty years of experience in business development and growth strategies. His love for pushing boundaries and stretching the possibilities of an organization allows Bert-Arjan to steer NLC's unique business model and to support the team.
Currently a student at Saxion Hogeschool, following Business and IT bachelor study. He has a completed bachelor study in Finances. Strives to help business achieve optimal IT support, improve ICT workflow, translate business requirements into IT solutions, and optimize business processes. Strives to develop effective and efficient IT support, so that the enterprise achieves its goals and objectives.
Dominique de Jong
Venture Teaming Expert
Responsible for finding and attracting CEOs for NLC’s ventures. Eva is an experienced international executive life sciences recruiter with both agency and corporate experience. She has a passion for helping companies realize their business plans by getting the right people onboard, and finds great meaning in building ventures that advance health for patients worldwide.
Eva van Rooijen
Lead Venture Teaming
Entrepreneurial, positive 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. Passionate about high-impact innovation and strong believer of ‘You can invent alone, but you can not innovate alone’.
Floris van Leeuwen
Currently completing his Bsc in Life sciences and Innovation management with the specialisation in economics at the University of Utrecht, Floris has always been interested in entrepreneurship in life science. He will provide his contribution to help NLC ventures to grow and ultimately bring 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.
Finishing his M.Sc. in Management & Technology at the Technical University Munich, Gonzalo is passionate about early-stage venture development. He has a background in Finance and Project Management. Prior to NLC Gonzalo has worked for corporates and startups in the Automotive industry and the Electronics/Communications industry. With this multidisciplinary background, he will assist the corporate team in finding significant partnerships and strategies for the development of NLC’s portfolio.
Hendrik Jan Griffioen
Lead Brand & Network
Hidde ten Brink
Lead Venture Finance
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.
Business legal counsel with multidisciplinary/dynamic profile and more than 9 years of experience in corporate law, real estate law, tax law, and general contracts, having worked in structured deals in the real estate market, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions. Igor is a team player who holds a master's degree in International Business Law from Tilburg University and strongly believes in the growth of businesses focused on making a high positive impact on society and the environment as a fundamental tool for social transformation and also for the development in the way people do business around the world.
Iselde van Beurden
Venture Teaming Expert
Jacopo was born in Italy, but after living in Germany and France he finally settled in the Netherlands. Here he completed his education and training conducting research in several fields of biotechnology, adding a sprinkle of business and regulatory affairs. In NLC he found an institution where to finally put at use his several interests across the spectrum of technology and innovation.
Ji Zhang holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Material Science and Engineering from University of Science and Technology Beijing and MBA from Rotterdam School of Management. Ji had 10 years experience in entrepreneurship, consulting, business development, sales and marketing, and now he joined NLC as a business developer to help it bring science to life and explore its China Strategy.
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.
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).
Corporate Partnerships Developer
Joy is enthusiastic about bridging silos along patient journeys and improving therapeutic outcomes. With 10 years of business and engineering in medtech and pharma, she has a mission-driven mindset towards enabling people to live healthier and happier lives. As a corporate partnerships developer, Joy will establish mutually beneficial partnerships to grow NLC’s portfolio and enable better access to novel treatments via corporate channels.
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.
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.
An enthusiastic team player with the ambition to bridge the gap between technologies and healthcare. She has a masters in Technical Medicine, Imaging and Interventions. Eager to bring fantastic innovations to the patient and drive fundamental change and improvements in healthcare. She is going to achieve this by supporting NLC as a Venture Developer.
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.
Lucia joined NLC in December 2019 as a Venture Developer Intern, after having finished her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. She studied at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) in Spain, where she is from. She completed the last semester of her studies at Michigan Technological University and did an internship at the Center for Arrhythmia Research at University of Michigan. Very enthusiastic about gaining experience, she’s willing to learn the most from NLC and help to bring closer the scientific and clinical worlds.
Entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience in building global businesses, developing and executing growth strategies mainly in healthcare including mergers and acquisitions. Built businesses within corporates (Fujitsu, Philips Speech Processing, Nuance Communications) as well as through co-founding or investing in start-ups such as Superevent, Telecats Austria, ESR iGuide, contextflow and NLC.
Mathilda joined NLC in January of 2021 as an intern in Venture Support/Legal Venture Support. Alongside contributing in the operations of Venture Support, she will assist on IP and data protection management. She is currently enrolled at Sahlgrenska School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship/Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship in Gothenburg, Sweden where she studies her final semester of Intellectual Capital Management as part of her specialization in law. Having a particular interest for data management and privacy within healthtech, she will efficiently help NLC promote innovations benefiting the patient. Will hold a LL.M and M.Med in Business Design and Entrepreneurship in Biomedicine after finishing her thesis the spring of 2021.
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.
Nina is a medtech professional based in Paris. Trained at Ecole Polytechnique and with a PhD in biophysics, she holds 9+ years of experience in healthcare innovation, including 3 as a COO of a startup in neurovascular intervention. After a few years in academic lab benches and a couple in tech transfer, being hands on in venture development made her realize that the key to success in a highly innovating project is the level of dedication of the team. She decided to strengthen her skill set and gained expertise in organization strategy, cultural design and executive coaching. Able to cover both technical and human aspects of entrepreneurship, she is a very versatile swiss knife in helping healthcare innovation projects come to life.
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
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
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.
Sandra has recently graduated from a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science by Tilburg University. She also holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology. Sandra is committed to NLC ’s mission of advancing healthcare by combining data science methodology and her scientific background. She enjoys working in fast-paced and thriving environments that strive to have a social impact.
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.
Sterre de Jong
Sterre is currently a Master’s student in BioMedical Engineering, holding a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management, both at Delft University of Technology. Sterre joined NLC in December 2020 as a Venture Development Intern. She wants to help contribute to close the gap existing between clinicians and engineers, thereby improving human health since it’s a burden that so many valuable health tech ideas are left on the shelf. Within NLC she’s very motivated to help bringing more health tech inventions to the patient.
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.
Venture Finance Expert
Tom has extensive experience in raising debt & capital funding for mid-market Private Equity, Private Corporates, and fast-growing ventures (e.g. scale-ups). He gained this experience over the past 8 years at Deloitte’s Debt & Capital Advisory practice in Amsterdam and London. He will leverage this experience to support 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.
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.