Amalia Stenberg

Amalia Stenberg

Legal Counsel

Amalia Stenberg joined NLC on August 16th, 2021, as a Legal Counsel. Before joining NLC she worked as a banking and corporate legal counsel at The Student Hotel in Amsterdam. In this position she advised on corporate, banking and funding matters in multiple jurisdictions. Amalia holds a LL.M. degree from Uppsala University and have also studied EU law in Utrecht. In her studies she was very interested in regulation surrounding healthtech and wrote her master thesis on privacy issues in health tracking devices used in healthcare. She is now thrilled to join NLC in its mission to bring better and more affordable healthtech solutions to the patient.


Amanda Lehmann

Senior Technical Consultant

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.

Amerens Bekkers

Amerens Bekkers

Venture Developer

Amerens has a degree in Clinical Technology and is currently pursuing a MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University of Delft with a specialization in Medical Physics. With her medical-technical knowledge she is eager to find technical innovations with potential and support the venture development team to make a serious impact in healthcare.


Annameta Gericke

Venture Developer


Augusta Poteliunaite

Venture Teaming Expert

Bernard Maillard (2)

Bernard Maillard

Technology Analyst

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

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.


Christian Böhm

Venture Partner

Christian is a life science professional, with a passion for translating science into innovations and a particular interest in digital solutions and value creation from data assets. He received his 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 (Elsevier, Merck), management consulting (BCG) and fast-growing startups (ZAGENO), Christian brings valuable expertise, including: digital product management, strategy development as well as business transformation and scaling.


Damien Bayle



Danyl Lebediev

IT Developer

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

Dominique de Jong

Venture Developer

Dominique has a background in Medicine and Biomedical Engineering and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University. She is eager to apply her knowledge of science and engineering to drive the translation of innovations that benefit patients’ lives.

Egbert Smit

Egbert Smit

Lead Biomarker Ventures

Ellis Aune

Ellis Aune

Venture Developer

Ellis sees health innovation as an inherently intersectional field and joined NLC as a venture developer to combine her interests in research, business, and policy to help translation health inventions into tangible solutions. Ellis has a background in chemical and biological engineering and research and a Master’s degree in medical biology and innovation management.


Eva Demandt

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’.


Francesco Orlando

Venture Support

Francesco is a recent graduate from Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Msc. Business Administration) and has joined the Market Assessment & Strategy team. Driven by a passion for entrepreneurship and startups, and the aim of achieving strategic progress, he helps NLC portfolio startups to find the best way of approaching the market.

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Gina Melchner

Venture Developer

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.


Harri O’Sullivan

Venture Teaming Expert

Harri holds a BA Honours degree in English Literature and is an experienced talent partner. She has joined NLC as a Venture Teaming Expert and is excited to be part of growing NLC’s business.

Hidde ten Brink

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.  

Iris Meijer

Iris Meijer

Venture Developer

Iris Meijer has joined NLC in September 2021 and is working as a Venture Development Intern. Her background is Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, with a specialization in Medical Devices. In the Venture Development team, she is eager to use her health-tech knowledge to spot impactful innovations and improve healthcare.

Jikke de Jong

Jikke de Jong

Technology Sourcing

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.


Johanneke Maenhout

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.


Jola Danaj

Venture Finance Expert

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Joost Kruytzer


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 Breuker

Jordy Breuker

Venture Developer

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.


Joy Chiang

Venture 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 venture developer, Joy will establish mutually beneficial partnerships to grow NLC’s portfolio and enable better access to novel treatments via corporate channels.

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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 Ballesteros

Venture Partner

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.


Kevin Ranner

Venture Finance

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.


Koen Kernkamp

Corporate Partnerships


Kristian Lachev


Lars Olthof (1)

Lars Olthof

Venture Finance Expert

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 Venturin

Lou Venturin

Legal Counsel

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.


Marcel de Rooij

Business Support Professional

Marieke van Dommele

Marieke van Dommele

Venture Developer

Marieke is a master’s student in Biomedical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, with a specialization in Neuromusculoskeletal Biomechanics. Marieke joined NLC in September 2021 as a Venture Development Intern. She will focus on scouting and selecting valuable ventures with the goal to advance healthcare. She is looking forward to apply her medical and technical knowledge to boost healtech innovations.

Maxim Smits v Oyen

Maxim Smits van Oyen

Business Developer

Maxim is a recent graduate from Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Msc. Strategic Management) and has joined the Corporate Partnerships team. Driven by people contact and strategic progress, he helps NLC create and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with the industry’s corporate players.

Michiel Mussies

Michiel Mussies

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.

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Milad Tannazi

Venture Developer

Pharmacist by training and with various entrepreneurial endeavours during his studies he acquired the skills to bring projects forward. Therefore, he is very eager to use these skills to bring technology, health and business together to drive change and innovation for the patient.

Miyu Inagaki

Miyu Inagaki

Venture Finance

Miyu is a current Bachelor student at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in Finance. She joined NLC after contributing market research and financial decision making at a Japanese IT consulting company. Now she is excited to face new challenges in the healthtech industry.

Nina Lameule

Nina Lameule

Venture Finance Expert

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.

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Nina Rijnders

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.


Olsi Filaj

Venture Finance

Olsi studied Economics at the University of Crete becoming the first generation graduate. He expanded his studies in Finance at Tilburg University and Business at Warwick Business School and became interested in entrepreneurship and the startup landscape. Driven to create positive impact for society he joined NLC, helping life-saving medical devices to reach the market.


Paul Cairo

Legal Counsel

Pieter Wijffels (1)

Pieter Wijffels

Venture Partner

Prior to joining NLC as a Venture Partner, Pieter spent 15 years at Philips, bringing innovation to life across the globe. He enjoys working in fast paced environments and supporting initiatives that truly improve the lives of people.


Raymond Ypma

IT Systems Manager

Highly motivated technology enthusiast with a passion for making processes more fluent and integrated, Raymond will be managing the ICT Systems and working with a small team to improve our current ICT related workflows.

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Roland Zegger

Venture Partner

Trained as a Pharmacist, he worked in several pharmaceutical companies and has broad experience in marketing and sales functions as well as general management.  As Venture Partner his focus is on building innovative companies and strengthening NLC’s abilities to bring innovations to healthcare.


Ruben Mikkers


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.

Sabine Brans (2)

Sabine Brans

Office Manager

Hands on with extensive experience in office management, project management and marketing support in the healthcare sector. Gets energy from arranging everything down to the last detail.

Sabna Rodjan (1)

Sabna Rodjan

Legal & Finance Assistent

Highly motivated, passionate proactive team player with a great sense of responsibility. She likes the combination of Finance and Legal tasks that contribute to the development of the company and bringing science to life.


Sahil Bajaj

Venture Support

Sahil is currently studying the MSc Biology and Business Studies at Leiden University and living in Amsterdam. He has a passion for healthcare business & management and the ambition to strive in this area through utilizing and further developing his analytical skills and fast learning capability. His area of focus will be early HTA and reimbursement of newly developed ventures.

Sandra Lammerding (1)

Sandra Lammerding

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 Ortiz

Sandra Ortiz

Data Science

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.

Sjaak Deckers (1)

Sjaak Deckers

Venture Partner

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 (1)

Taco van der Feltz

Venture Partner

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.


Theo Kort

Finance Manager

Financial, legal and entrepreneurial generalist

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Tom Nijsten

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.  


Will Richardson

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.

Willem Fontijn

Willem Fontijn

Technology Strategist

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.