Our team

Oncode has a team of dedicated professionals in place to organize the collaborative effort of 61 oncology research groups accross The Netherlands.

Research and Community support team

The Research and Community support team works in the fields of science policy and culture, people and development, communications and collaboration, and finance and operations to help Oncode to fulfil its mission. The team consists of the following people:

Alain Kummer

Alain Kummer

Managing Director

Alain Kummer is Managing Director of the Oncode Institute since the beginning of September 2020. At Oncode he is primarily responsible for the operational aspects of the Institute (finance, HR, ICT, facilities, and communications), national and international stakeholdership (together with the other board members) and manager of the Research & Community Support team.


Managing Director
Alexander Duyndam Communications Manager
Bianca-Olivia Nita

Bianca-Olivia Nita

Project Communication Manager



Project Communication Manager
Colette ten Hove

Colette ten Hove

Programme Manager



Programme Manager
Denis Groot Controller
Elize Brolsma

Elize Brolsma

Project Communication Manager

Elize is part of Oncode’s communication team. She has over 10 years of experience in the com-munication industry, both for commercial and non-profit organisations. After obtaining her bache-lor and master degree in communication at Utrecht University, Elize worked as a communication professional at a research institute, PR agency, law firm and internet company. She has a strong focus on external communications and Public Relations. At Oncode - together with her colleagues - Elize produces the monthly newsletters for Oncode Investigators & Researchers and the Oncode digital magazine. She publishes content for the Oncode website and is responsible for all social media channels. She enjoys discussing science with researchers and support them in their outreach.


Project Communication Manager
Emanuela Lonardi

Emanuela Lonardi

Programme Coordinator



Programme Coordinator
Ester Frische

Ester Frische

Head Research and Community support

Ester is a biomedical scientist by training with experience in both an academic and a biotech environment. She obtained her PhD in the lab of Hans Bos at the UMC Utrecht. She studied signalling routes in cancer biology and continued this line of research at Galapagos in Leiden. In 2010 Ester moved into scientific project management and is managing director of CancerGenomics.nl since 2015. She has been involved with Oncode Institute since its early days and supported the founders in developing the scientific strategy. In her current role as Programme Manager, Ester supports the Scientific Director and Research Management Committee and is responsible for all programmes directly related to supporting research and the link to the clinic. This includes managing dedicated funds for clinical proof of concept projects and large equipment and technology applications.


Head Research and Community support
Inga Tharun

Inga Tharun

Programme Manager

Inga has a background in biochemistry and acceleration of health innovation. She obtained her PhD from the TU Eindhoven after studying the effects of estrogen-receptor post-translational modifications on protein-protein interactions. Since then she gained many years of experience in accelerating health innovation by managing public private partnerships, advising the Dutch minister of Health on innovation policy and as program manager for the Personal Health Train. Since 2020, she is responsible for the Oncode Open Science program. Inga: “I am honored to lead the Oncode Open Science program since: Open science is the act of taking responsibility of scientists to return insights into society. This strongly aligns with my personal motivation and is right at the heart of the Oncode ambition: Outsmarting cancer.”


Programme Manager
Jacqueline Staring

Jacqueline Staring

Programme Manager

After her study of Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University, Jacqueline finished her PhD in virology and functional genetics at the Netherlands cancer institute. She then moved to Denmark to do a postdoc in ancient pathogens and genomics at the University of Copenhagen. At Oncode, Jacqueline is working on the technology focussed programmes such as the Drug Repurposing, Equipment & Infrastructure, and Technology Access programmes. She also likes to engage the younger Oncode community and is therefore for instance co-organizing the Oncode postdoc retreats.


Programme Manager
Manouche Hetzler

Manouche Hetzler

HR



HR
Mariëlle Harlé

Mariëlle Harlé

Meeting & Event Coordinator



Meeting & Event Coordinator
Marlinde Smit

Marlinde Smit

Programme Manager

Marlinde is a programme manager at Lygature. After completing her biomedical studies at the University of Groningen, she did a Phd at the Pediatric Oncology department in the UMCG. Marlinde is passionate about oncology research and loves to bring people together and organize and manage projects. As a programme manager for Oncode, Marlinde supports Oncode researchers to translate their findings into the clinic. By organizing clinical workshops, she brings researchers and clinicians together to explore how fundamental research can address unmet clinical needs. She also focuses on the clinical proof-of-concept programme used to fund pre-clinical and clinical projects. She coordinates a team of experts to support and advice Oncode Researchers and clinicians who together applied for funding.


Programme Manager
Soumela Kasperiouk

Soumela Kasperiouk

Management Assistant



Management Assistant
Tale Sliedrecht

Tale Sliedrecht

Head of Strategy

Tale is a molecular biologist by training with a background in both public and private organizations. After completion of his PhD in the lab of Geert Kops at the UMC Utrecht, Tale became team lead at Janssen Biologics in Leiden. In 2015 Tale combined his experience in both public and private organizations and became Programme Manager at Lygature, a not for profit organization specialized in the management of Public Private Partnerships (PPP), here he has managed multiple large European PPP in the area of drug discovery and development. Oncode creates, delivers and supports its programmes in partnership with Lygature, it is through this partnership that Tale enforced the Oncode General Support Team as Programme Manager Corporate Operations.


Head of Strategy
Tracey Faase

Tracey Faase

Financial Controller

With an educational background in business economics and over 25 years of experience, Tracey is a financial controller with a demonstrated history of working within international corporations and diverse branches, including both profit and non-profit. She is skilled in accounting, internal controls and financial reporting. At Oncode Tracey provides the necessary financial support to give insight into the funding streams and the corresponding reporting requirements along with assisting with the annual statements and stakeholder reporting. She also provides support with updating and maintaining the internal procedures and controls.


Financial Controller
Vesna de Jong

Vesna de Jong

Digital Communications Manager

Vesna is a Digital Content Manager at Lygature, and is responsible for all things digital at Oncode. Originally from Slovenia, where she finished her MA in English language and literature, life led her to the Netherlands. Vesna has more than 10 years of experience in translation and localization, and has gained extensive experience of digital communications while working for one of the biggest online travel agencies.


Digital Communications Manager


Valorization support team

The Valorization Support Team consists of eleven members and will be guided by the Valorization Advisory Board. Team members contribute their extensive expertise in business development, new company creation, intellectual property, large public funding programmes, international collaborative research, knowledge transfer and communications.

To supplement the team’s direct skills in areas such as law, taxation and regulatory affairs, Oncode has taken onboard several external experts to bring in unique expertise as required. Strong interpersonal and communications skills, demonstrated networking capabilities, the ability to build effective relationships, creativity, persistence and a clear understanding of the academic, clinical and business environments is essential to our success. Read more about our approach.

The Valorization Support Team is led by Chris de Jonghe, the Valorization Director, and consists of the following members:

Alexander Turkin

Alexander Turkin

Business Development

Alexander’s educational background is in physics (BSc) and nanoscience (MSc). His growing fascination for biology and medicine led him to pursue a PhD in biophysics at the University of Groningen. Subsequently, he decided to continue his journey in the Life Sciences branch as a Business Consultant. In this role he was helping both academic and industrial parties to obtain funding, establish partnerships, build consortia, do market research and develop commercialisation plans. At Oncode, Alexander intends to leverage this expertise to support Oncode Researchers with company creation, acquiring funding, establishing collaborations and with other valorization strategies, ultimately creating impact for society.


Business Development
Alina Boca- Eichner

Alina Boca- Eichner

Data Entry Assistant

Alina’s educational background is in psychology (BSc) and occupational health psychology (MSc). Being familiar with statistics and datasets, Alina worked in research assistant and data analysis jobs in both commercial and educational environments. At Oncode, Alina assists the Oncode Valorization Team with all necessary (legal) administrative support by performing data entry and data management tasks. In addition, she is responsible for the prevention officer tasks, given her academic background in psychology.


Data Entry Assistant
Amber Liu

Amber Liu

Business Development



Business Development
Chris De Jonghe

Chris De Jonghe

Valorization Director



Valorization Director
Emil Pot

Emil Pot

Business Development

With an educational background in law, Emil has gained over 25 years of experience as a patent attorney and business developer. In his capacity as business development manager at the Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) he drafted and negotiated licensing, R&D and IP agreements and helped creating two start-up companies. He joined ActoGeniX as general counsel and was responsible for all business development, legal and IP matters. The company raised a total of €45MM in three consecutive financing rounds. Emil is a registered patent attorney, does business development for NLO and acts as CEO of Allero Therapeutics. At Oncode Emil helps to translate fundamental research to the market by developing and executing IP strategies, advising and assisting in company creation and building and maintaining stakeholder relations.


Business Development
Ian Bell

Ian Bell

Business Development

With a background in molecular biology, Ian is an experienced business developer. He has spent 20 years in academic technology transfer at the University of Calgary and University of British Columbia, Canadian provincial and federal governments, industry and as an independent consultant. At Oncode Ian uses his extensive expertise to assess and commercialize life science inventions such as novel therapeutics, antibodies, diagnostics and molecular biology tools; develop IP protection strategies; market and negotiate valorization agreements; create companies and build and maintain academic-industry and stakeholder relations.


Business Development
Koen Verhoef

Koen Verhoef

Technology Development Fund Manager

Koen is a molecular virologist by training, and obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. After postdoctoral research projects at the University of Heidelberg and at Oxford University, he switched gears into technology transfer at the Medical Research Council in London. In 2003 he moved back to the Netherlands and founded the Technology Transfer Office at VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam. Since 2009 he is leads the Technology Transfer Office of the Netherlands Cancer Institute – Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital (NKI-AVL). Koen is an active member of ASTP-Proton, the European professional association for Knowledge Transfer, and served on its Board between 2010 and 2014. At Oncode, Koen manages the Technology Development Fund. This fund is aimed at supporting projects which increase the chances of successful valorisation of Oncode research.


Technology Development Fund Manager
Mariëlle Veldhuizen

Mariëlle Veldhuizen

Paralegal

With more than fifteen years work experience as legal secretary and paralegal in a corporate, commercial environment, Mariëlle provides the Oncode Valorization Team with all necessary le-gal administrative support.


Paralegal
Saharla Ahmed

Saharla Ahmed

Business Development

Saharla has over 10 years’ experience of business development and early-stage financing of life science technologies. Before joining Oncode, Saharla worked as a life sciences and business consultant, helping academic and SME clients to obtain funding, establish partnerships, perform market research and develop commercialisation plans. Prior to that, Saharla worked in the Innovations Division of the Wellcome Trust in the U.K., where she was responsible for manging an international portfolio of translational research programmes, contributing to and designing project and IP strategy, licensing intellectual property and helping to secure venture capital or other external investment. Saharla has a BSc in Genetics and a MSc in Intellectual Property Law, both from Queen Mary University of London.


Business Development
Shobhit Dhawan

Shobhit Dhawan

Fund Manager

Shobhit is the Fund Manager of Oncode Oncology Bridge Fund. Prior to joining Oncode Bridge Fund, he was an early stage investor at UvA/AMC Ventures for 4 years, where he made investments in tech and life science spin offs from the two institutions. Before UvA ventures, Shobhit supported early stage ventures with fundraising and business strategy at ACE incubator in Amsterdam. He trained as a pharmacologist at the University of Oxford and started his drug discovery career at Pfizer UK. Shobhit holds a PhD in immunology from the University of Amsterdam.


Fund Manager
Veerle Fleskens

Veerle Fleskens

Business Development

Veerle is a molecular biologist by training, specialized in molecular immunology. She obtained her PhD from Utrecht University at the University Medical Center Utrecht, followed by postdoctoral research at King’s College London. After several years as a life sciences and business consultant, she joined Oncode Institute as Business Development Manager. Here she supports Oncode Investigators to develop valorization strategies and translate their scientific findings to truly benefit society. Furthermore, she uses her expertise to initiate public-private partnerships and provide support for funding applications to all Oncode Researchers.


Business Development
Yuva Oz

Yuva Oz

Business Development

Over 17 years of experience in Molecular Biology, Yuva completed her MSc. degree at EMBL Heidelberg and conducted her PhD research on the topic of Chromatin and Biomedical Genetics at Hubrecht Institute as a Marie-Curie fellow. Interested in clinical aspects of the research, she joined to oncology specialized clinical research organization SMS-oncology, gaining experience both in clinical trial management (early phase paediatric and adult trials) and Business Development aspects. At Oncode, she is driving the industry engagement programme to enable new alliances and collaborations between Oncode and biopharma to fast-forward research and innovation. Furthermore, working closely with Oncode Investigators, she supports technology, clinical and IP assessments for efficiently translating fundamental research into clinical benefit. She is the founder and designer at Art 4 Science, a scientific visualization – graphic design company.


Business Development

Oncode creates, delivers and supports its programmes in partnership with Lygature. Lygature is a not-for-profit organization that drives the development of new medical solutions for patients by managing partnerships in life sciences initiatives.

Oncode Institute and Lygature work as partners to support excellent research