Management Team

LUMICKS is managed by an experienced team with diverse backgrounds. They combine business experience with technical expertise and a strong drive for growth and impact through customer success.

Olivier Heyning CEO

Olivier Heyning


Following a Sales and Business Development Director role at FEI— now Thermo Fisher Scientific— Olivier Heyning co-founded LUMICKS in 2014. He is an experienced manager with in-depth knowledge of the life-science equipment market.
Andrea Candelli CSO & Cell Avidity Go to Market

Andrea Candelli

CSO & Cell Avidity Go to Market

As co-founder of LUMICKS Andrea is an expert in the field of single-molecule applications, turning a self-built proof-of-concept prototype into a business opportunity. Currently, Andrea oversees the scientific vision and market creation strategy to Biotech and Pharma.
Willem Peutz Head of Customer Success

Willem Peutz

Head of Customer Success

With entrepreneurial experience and a degree in Physics from Delft and St. Barbara, Willem worked for McKinsey and Shell before joining LUMICKS early on. He is currently responsible for customer success.
Lycke Cappelle General Counsel / Office

Lycke Cappelle

General Counsel / Office

Previously a Corporate and IP lawyer at Allen & Overy and Heussen, Lycke is responsible for two crucial parts within LUMICKS; legal & compliance as well as general office management.
Gijs Oude Elberink COO

Gijs Oude Elberink


Having previously worked at Philips and at FEI/Thermofisher as Operations Director and Head of Global Sourcing & Operations Director respectively, Gijs is currently overseeing all R&D projects, sourcing and overall operations at LUMICKS.
Mattijs de Groot CTO

Mattijs de Groot


Mattijs has been developing high-tech optics instruments for over 10 years. As a deep content expert in hardware, electronics and software, Mattijs oversees the key developments for LUMICKS technical roadmap and manages the related IP portfolio.
Mira ten Velden

Mira ten Velden

HR Director

With extensive knowledge and experience in HR from previous roles at Shell, PinkRoccade, and her M.Sc. degree in Social & Organizational Psychology, Mira is responsible for transforming LUMICKS’ Human Resources and ensuring high employee engagement.
Gerrit Sitters

Gerrit Sitters

Head of Product Cell Avidity

During his Ph.D. in Physics at the VU University Gerrit further developed both C-Trap & AFS technologies. An expert on both products in LUMICKS’s portfolio, Gerrit now focuses on top market requirements for Cell Avidity technology and leads the technical and commercial roadmap.
Bauke van Rhijn CFO & Head of Product DSM

Bauke van Rhijn


Bauke previously worked at ING’s Corporate Finance division. At LUMICKS he is responsible for finance and plays a vital role in strategy formulation and managing bank and investor relations.

Paul Wheeler


With his impressive leadership experience and a track record for exceptional growth across all areas of the life sciences, including academia, pharma, industrials and diagnostics, Paul is tasked to elevate the company’s position in the marketplace and further grow the brand.

Board of Directors

Seasoned business & life science experts make up LUMICKS’ board of directors, advising us on strategy and key decisions.

Don Kania

Don Kania (USA), Chair of the Board

Serves on the boards of Intuitive Surgical and Nanostring Technologies, as well as several non profit organizations. Former CEO at FEI (acquired by ThermoFisher), COO at Veeco. PhD in Physics & Engineering from University of Michigan.

Erik Walldén

Erik Walldén (SE)

30 years of Life Science & Biotech executive experience. Previously CEO of Biacore (now GE Healthcare), Biotage (led from start up to IPO), PerSeptive Biosystems (Life Techn.), Pharmacia (now GE Healthcare), GyrosAffibody.

Melissa McLaughlin (USA)

Chief People Officer at Agios Pharmaceuticals. Previously held positions as HR World Director at Johnson & Johnson, and Vice President, HR at Expedia. Currently advises Google Ventures‘ companies on HR strategy.

Alex Slack (USA)

Founding Partner of Lauxera Capital Partners. Former Managing Director on Maverick Capital‘s healthcare team, Analyst at Jackson Square Partners, and Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Pieter van der Meer

Pieter van der Meer (NL)

Seasoned life science venture capitalist. Founder and managing partner of Gilde Healthcare.

Peter van den Broek

Peter van den Broek (NL)

20 years of experience as a senior executive with General Electric and Danaher.  Previously CEO of Leica and SVP at Fluke.

Olivier Heyning (NL)

Co-founder and CEO of LUMICKS. Previously Sales and Business Development Director at FEI – now Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Technical Advisory Board

LUMICKS’ technical advisory board includes the most knowledgeable people on our applications and technology.

Gijs Wuite

Prof.dr. Gijs Wuite (NL)

Biophysicist, PhD from UC Berkeley, single-molecule force spectroscopy and optical tweezers expert. Co-founded LUMICKS in 2014.

Erwin Peterman Erwin Peterman (NL)

Biophysicist, Post-doc Stanford University at W.E. Moerner (Nobel laureate 2014), single-molecule microscopy expert. Co-founded LUMICKS in 2014.


Gigi Wang (US)

Global mentor for entrepreneurship and innovation. Managing Partner of MG-Team, LLC. Chair of Berkeley Method Boot-camp, Board Member MITEF/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB).

Dr. John Rediske (US)

Project lead at Novartis in areas of immune therapies and oncology biologic therapeutics, Core team member workings towards registration of Kymriah. Obtained PhD in Immunology at Albany Medical College and Post Doc in inflammation at the University of Michigan.