About Katrien

I crafted my education and my corporate and consulting career to take on a business role in biotech ventures alongside the founder.

From science to business oriented

After a biotech master, I spent 15 years preferring techno-commercial roles in corporate companies such as European key account manager (QIAGEN), European field account specialist and EMEA marketing manager (Thermo Fisher).

The goal? To hone my strategic, business development, communication and branding skills for the startup world to take on a business role there alongside the founder. With my consulting company BioConAct, I did that at UgenTec, PharmaFluidics and other startups. I’m thrilled to work on the ever moving frontier of bioconvergence.

My education and specializations

I deliberately chose my courses for their added value in the biotech startup world. Here are the main ones:

  • Master in Chemical Sciences, option Biotechnology (University Ghent, 1986-1990)
  • International Executive MBA, elective Venture Capital (Vlerick Business School, 2009-2017)
  • Entrepreneurial Buyout Academy (Vlerick Business School, 2018)
  • Director effectiveness (Guberna, 2020)

In addition to these courses, I also immersed myself in these specializations:

  • Marketing Management (Vlerick Business School)
  • Digital Marketing (School of Marketing Life Technologie)
  • Marketing Strategy Simulations (University of California Irvine)
  • Applied Marketing Research Principles (University of California Irvine)
  • People management 'Enneagram Module 9 Types' (Improve)
  • Negotiating up to the handshake (Dirk Van Poucke)

Interested? Let’s get in touch.