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The LUMICKS team

Many different backgrounds,
but one passion in common

The management team

An experienced team combining business experience with technical expertise

Olivier Heyning CEO

Olivier Heyning

Following a Sales and Business Development Director role at FEI —now Thermo Fisher Scientific— Olivier 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, PhD

CSO & Head of Marketing and Business Development
As cofounder 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.
Gerrit Sitters

Gerrit Sitters, PhD

General Manager, Cell Avidity Business
During his PhD in Physics at the VU University Gerrit further developed both C-Trap & acoustic force spectroscopy technologies, and later co-founded LUMICKS. He now focuses on top market requirements for Cell Avidity technology and leads the technical and commercial roadmap.
Gijs Oude Elberink COO

Gijs Oude Elberink

Having previously worked at Philips and at FEI —now Thermo Fisher Scientific— as Operations Director and Head of Global Sourcing & Operations Director respectively, Gijs is currently overseeing overall Operations including Sourcing, Service, IT, and Office at LUMICKS.

Edmee Verhulp


Edmee is a tech-CFO with a background in biotechnology, business economics and business valuation. She has a broad experience in VC/growth-backed technology companies across genomics, cleantech and industrial biotech. Previously she has led the acquisition of Bluebee by Illumina and has been an (advisory) board member for several businesses and government bodies.

Jos Maas, PhD

General Manager, Dynamic Single-Molecule Business

Jos brings a track record of growing high-tech businesses on a global scale and significant expertise in product marketing. Previously, he held several management positions at Nearfield Instruments, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Phenom-World (a spin-off from FEI Company), and ASML.

The board of directors

Seasoned business & life science experts advising us on strategy and key decisions

Melissa McLaughlin (USA), Chair

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.

Solange Bullukian (USA)

Strategic finance leader with experience in Fortune 500, scale-up and start-up organizations. Founder and Managing Principal of Scale2Growth. Previously CFO of Twist Bioscience, president, corporate controller, and CAO for Agilent Technologies, Board Member and Audit Committee Chair of Olink and Inari Agriculture.

Don Kania

Don Kania (USA)
Board Chair emeritus

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.

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.

Vali Barsan (USA)

Next generation sequencing engineer and oncologist at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Barsan has led numerous life science investments in life science tools, molecular diagnostics, and next generation medicines at SoftBank. Serves on multiple boards including Umoja Biopharma, Neuron23, and ArsenalBio.

The board of directors

Seasoned business & life science experts advising us on strategy and key decisions

The technical advisory board

The most knowledgeable people on our applications and technology

Dr. Michael Schnall-Levin (USA)

SVP R&D and founding scientist at 10x Genomics with extensive experience in successfully scaling up the company and bringing new products to market.

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.

Dr. Sadik Kassim (USA)

Scientist and executive with extensive experience in the biotech industry and expert in cell and gene therapy. Currently, CTO at Danaher.

The technical advisory board

The most knowledgeable people on our applications and technology

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