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


Following a Sales and Business Development Director role at FEI— now ThermoFisher— Olivier Heyning co-founded LUMICKS in 2014. He is an experienced manager with in-depth knowledge of the life-science equipment market.

Olivier Heyning

Willem Peutz

Head of Sales

A born entrepeneur with a degree in Optics from St. Barbara, Willem worked for McKinsey and Shell before joining LUMICKS early on. He is currently responsible for global sales and customer success.

Willem Peutz

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.

Gijs Oude Elberink

Bauke van Rhijn


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

Bauke van Rhijn

Andrea Candelli

Head of Business Development

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 leads the business development team and is in charge of developing the next applications in the Pharma field.

Andrea Candelli

Gerrit Sitters

Product Manager

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 focuses on the top market requirements and translating these into the overall technical and commercial roadmap.

Gerrit Sitters

Lycke Cappelle

General Counsel / Human Resources

Previously a Corporate and IP lawyer at Allen & Overy and Heussen, Lycke fills two crucial roles for LUMICKS; legal & compliance as well as HR, recruitment & overall employee satisfaction.

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.

Mattijs de Groot

Supervisory Board

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

Peter van den Broek

Peter van den Broek (NL)
Supervisory Board

High-tech equipment business expert
Previously CEO of Leica, Senior Vice President at Fluke

Pieter van der Meer

Pieter van der Meer (NL)
Supervisory Board

Seasoned Life Science Venture Capitalist
Managing Partner Gilde Healthcare Partners

Erik Walldén

Erik Walldén (SE), Chairman
Supervisory Board

30 years of Life Science & Biotech executive experience
Previous CEO of: Biacore (GE), Biotage (IPO), Perseptive (Life Techn.), Pharmacia (GE), GyrosAffibody

Don Kania

Don Kania (USA)
Supervisory Board

CEO at FEI for 10 yrs (acquired by ThermoFisher), COO at Veeco
Management role at LLNL and LANL labs.
PhD in Physics & Engineering from University of Michigan.

Technical Advisory Board

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

Gijs Wuite

Prof.dr. Gijs Wuite (NL)
Technical Advisory Board

Biophysicist, PhD from UC Berkeley, Single-molecule force spectroscopy and Optical Tweezers expert
Co-founded LUMICKS in 2014

Erwin Peterman Erwin Peterman (NL)
Technical Advisory Board

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


Gigi Wang (USA)
Technical Advisory Board

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)

Iddo Heller

Dr. ir. Iddo Heller (NL)
Technical Advisory Board

Assistant Professor Physics of Living Systems at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Developed high tech instruments for >10 years
Developer of super-resolution optical tweezers & fluorescenc

Arne Gennerich

Prof. Arne Gennerich (USA)
Technical Advisory Board

Associate Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Single-molecule biophysicist, expert on molecular motors, and microscope developer

Frank Lison

Dr. Frank Lison (DE)
Technical Advisory Board

Seasoned SME high-tech optics company GM
Successfully built & exited three similar companies

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