Bernard Mulder has more than two decades of experience in the life sciences industry. He worked for Organon for 12 years, of which he spent 10 years abroad in Asia, Europe and the USA. He held several medical, marketing, sales and managerial positions in the different countries. After returning to the Netherlands, he worked as Global VP Marketing, Sales and Business Development for Avantium Pharma. In 2011, Bernard co-founded Eagle Rock Life Sciences to support life sciences enterprises from early start-ups to mature companies (hands-on) and also invested in start-ups. Most recently, he worked for Boehringer Ingelheim for the medical department. Bernard earned his medical degree at Leiden University and his MBA from New York Institute of Technology.
Frank Luyten is board certified Rheumatologist, tenured full Professor and Head of the Division of Rheumatology at the University Hospitals Leuven; Director of the Skeletal Biology & Engineering Research Center, KU Leuven and of Prometheus, the Tissue Engineering Division at the KU Leuven. He obtained his MD, PhD degree and Board Certification in Rheumatology at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He spent his Postdoctoral Training at the National Institute of Dental Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA. He became subsequently group leader of the Developmental Biology Unit at the Bone Research Branch, NIDR, NIH, Bethesda, USA. Frank Luyten is also founder, scientific and medical advisor of TiGenix, a Biotech spin-off of the Universities of Leuven and Ghent. He serves as advisor and board member of several biotech companies in the field of Regenerative Medicine.
Marianne van der Steen is Professor of Entrepreneurship in Healthcare at the Technology-inspired Institute of Regenerative Medicine (MERLN), Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University. She has been General Director of RegMed XB from 2016-2020 and member of the board of governors of RegMed XB foundation. Marianne van der Steen received her PhD degree in 1999 from Twente University. Her research focus is on biomedical entrepreneurship, specifically on the scaling-up of ventures. At MERLN, she is responsible for biomedical entrepreneurship valorization, training and education from the lab to a spin-off company.
In addition, she is the founding director of executive life sciences entrepreneurship programs such as the Global Investor Forum, the Global Scale-up Program and the executive Master MBI Life Sciences & Health (currently member of the advisory board). Since 2006, she has been involved in life sciences start-ups, served in early stage start-up investor boards and national and international advisory boards related to entrepreneurship and valorization in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States.
Tom Oostrom has been Managing Director of the Dutch Kidney Foundation since 2010. He started as head of the policy section in 2005. With the motto "Life comes first" the Kidney Foundation gives everything to make sure kidney patients survive ánd their quality of life improves. Tom Oostrom learned from practice: he started out as a nurse. His drive is to make a real difference for kidney patients, to help make their lives livable.
Since 2012 Oostrom has been the chair of the cooperating healthcare funds (Samenwerkende Gezondheidsfondsen) in which 21 large funds are united. He is also a member of the Regiegroep Life Sciences & Health and is committed to promote active involvement of healthcare funds in the topsector policy. Oostrom is also vice-president of the NPHF, Federation for Health. In Leiden Oostrom studied to become a nurse (1986). He studied Policy & Management in Healthcare at Erasmus University Rotterdam (1991).