The Breathomix Team
Maurik van den Heuvel
Chief Executive Officer
Maurik van den Heuvel has a commercial background and professional experience in data science and analytics. He has a master’s degree in economics and is working on a PhD in drug utilization research. His principal experience is in the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare, FMCG and finance, in manufacturing, trading and strategy consulting companies.
Rianne de Vries
Chief Operational Officer, Technical Physician
Rianne de Vries studied Technical Medicine with a masters degree in Medical Signaling. She forms the hybrid between classical medicine and advanced technology and is therefore a new professional who has the knowledge, skills and problem-solving mind-set to design and safely apply improved diagnostics and therapeutics. She developed the signal analysis algorithms of the BreathBase Platform that is connected to the SpiroNose and automatically processes and analyzes the sensor signals in order to diagnose and phenotype disease or to predict therapy response.
Wouter van Catz
Chief Financial Officer
Wouter van Catz has gained extensive financial experience both in medical devices and biotechnology companies. During his career at OctoPlus and Batavia Biosciences, he was responsible for the daily operations of the finance and IT departments. Later on, Wouter performed two challenging interim assignments for Airopack and Damen Shipyards and joined Breathomix in November 2020 to assist in the professional scale up of the company. He studied Accountancy in Rotterdam and he holds certifications in Internal Auditing and Risk Management.
Personal Assistant of Rianne de Vries
Tatjana is an enthusiastic, energetic and experienced personal assistant. She has worked in various corporate, diplomatic and commercial environments and she has excellent client-facing skills. The medical environment is not new to her – her father was a doctor. Tatjana is a team player, a networker and an experienced event organizer. ‘’I am very pleased to be part of the Breathomix team, and I am looking forward to building the growth and success even further,’’ says Tatjana.
Covid Program Manager
Maurits Huigen has a background in Mathematics/Informatics from Leiden University, and business administration from The Hague University of Applied Sciences. He has built a 25 year career in the pharmaceutical and MedTech industries taking up national and pan-European leadership roles in large, midsize, small and start-up companies. Most of these companies focused strongly on the development and commercialization of respiratory solutions. Maurits: ‘’I am very passionate about bringing innovative and disruptive health technologies to clinical practice.’’
Scientific Project Manager, PhD
Niloufar Farzan has a background in pharmaceutical sciences and is focusing on precision medicine. She completed her PhD training at the University of Amsterdam at the Department of Respiratory Medicine. Her main focus of interest during her PhD was on precision medicine in childhood asthma. Her extensive knowledge of biology, pathology and underlying mechanisms of various diseases allows her to identify relevant research opportunities from a clinical, research and patient perspective.
Scientific Project Manager, Technical Physician
Scientific Project Manager
Scientific Project Manager
Marisca Joosten-Tamarit has a background in Biomedical Sciences and has extensive experience in lung disease. While working in the pharmaceutical industry for 15 years, she gained valuable commercial knowledge and scientific experience. In the area of asthma and COPD, she was responsible for the product launch of two inhalation drugs delivered by medical devices (inhalers). In interstitial lung disease she prepared the market introduction and reimbursement of an antifibrotic drug. Marisca has an important network in pulmonary disease and brings the skills and knowledge to our team to help us bring our solution into clinical practice.
Product Manager, Technical Physician, PhD
Merijn Eskes is a Technical Physician who obtained his PhD in Technical Medicine at the University of Twente. He performed his research at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, aiming at patient-specific prediction of function loss in cancer treatment by creating digital doppelgängers and using advanced signal analysis and prediction models. Besides his technical and medical background, he expanded his skill set at EY in the role of senior consultant in health care solving complex problems internationally. With his extensive background he is able to build bridges between disciplines, solve problems creatively and efficiently, and think strategically.
Bart Zuidhof has extensive managerial experience in High Tech Equipment, Food, Aerospace, Automotive and Solar Systems industries. He obtained his master’s degree in Industrial Engineering & Business Administration at Twente University. Since 2012 Bart is working as an Interim Manager in both Projects as General Management. We asked how he feels about his new role. Bart: “I get energy from ‘getting things done’ and I am honoured to be asked to contribute to the growth and development of Breathomix!”
Software Quality Engineer
Massimo likes to call himself Quality Advocate and has a natural curiosity which is pushing him to investigate simple and complex systems. He enjoys artificial intelligence and has a master’s degree in Computer Science. Massimo started to work as a Software Tester by chance and enjoyed it. He has ample experience in many fields. In the past years he has been working in medical technology, focusing on software quality. Software quality starts with design and requires complete understanding of software requirements and the reasons behind them. Massimo: ‘’If I am asking too many questions, just let me know!’’
Yennece Dagelet has obtained her post-bachelor degree in Research Coordination. She has worked at the Academic Medical Center (AMC) for many years and has gained large experience and knowledge both in scientific research and lung diseases. Yennece was involved in the BreathCloud study, where she included a huge number of patients and performed numerous measurements with the electronic nose. Together with the Breathomix team she will work on bringing breath analysis to clinical practice.
Aiko Hulzebos has extensive experience in setting up management systems such as ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and NEN 7510 within a wide variety of organizations, including healthcare and IT organizations. His approach is very pragmatic where the result always comes first. He will distinguish himself with his analytical skills, which allows him to separate main issues from side issues. Besides that, he is just a nice guy to work with.
Sonia Difrancesco has a background in Biomedical Engineering and has several years of international experience in scientific medical research and data science. In the past four years, she worked at the Amsterdam UMC to obtain her PhD in analysing complex data from wearable devices in patients with depression and anxiety. With her excellent analytical and communication skills, and her enthusiastic personality, Sonia is very excited to be a part of the highly motivated team that is keen to help, share and learn.
Remy van den IJssel
Marketing and Communication Manager
Remy van den IJssel studied Communication Management at the University of Utrecht. Over the past years she gained experience in the field of marketing and communication working with publicity and consulting companies. She has an enthusiastic and creative personality, and strives for a good balance between pragmatics and strategy to reach for the best result. She feels the urge to use her creativity to interest people for new and innovative products and services, especially those that make a significant difference in the lives of many.
Gijs van Dam
Supply Chain Manager
After completing his MSc degree in Supply Chain Management, Gijs has gained broad international experience in various industries. During and after the management traineeship at FrieslandCampina, he has taken on different roles and completed multiple cross-country projects within planning, production and distribution. Gijs strives to use his enthusiasm and energy to ensure the implementation and organization of smooth end-to-end supply chains. With his pragmatic mind-set and drive for excellence in execution, Gijs is fully committed to support the growth and further development of Breathomix.
Richard van Es
Project Lead ERP
Richard van Es joined the Breathomix team to support the scale up of administrative systems and business processes by leading the ERP implementation project. He has gained 25 years of experience in various industries by managing finance teams, applying business process improvements and leading system implementations in mainly international organizations. Richard is pragmatic in getting things done. He works closely with the team to analyse current needs, maintain forward-thinking strategies and implement improvements.
Dick Naezer has gained extensive recruitment experience through working within a variety of organizations ranging from technology start-ups to multinationals. His enthusiasm and excitement for the role drives him forward in connecting the right talent to the right role. He strongly believes that the best performing teams are built by hiring based on character and personality. His drive, experience and network will help us build the team. For inquiries regarding recruitment or vacancies, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Louise van Alst
The Advisory Board
Prof. Peter Sterk, MD, PhD, is emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam with a chair on Phenotyping Chronic Airways Diseases. He works on translational research, linking molecular fingerprints to clinical disease expression in respiratory medicine. He was coordinator of the public-private EU-IMI project U-BIOPRED, which has progressed towards validating breathomics in exhaled air using molecular pattern recognition for diagnosis and phenotyping of patients with asthma, COPD or lung cancer. This aims to bring Data Driven Medicine to the clinic. Peter is Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians, London, UK (HFRCP FPM) and has a Hirsh citation index of 85.
Razvan Furca currently serves as the CEO of Tecknoworks, a worldwide leader in custom software service. He is a highly-driven, customer-focused software developer with a passion for breathing life into big ideas. Razvan grew Tecknoworks from a one man operation into a world-wide brand with offices around the globe. Over the course of his career, Razvan has become known not just as a visionary leader in the world of software development, but also as a trusted partner among firms seeking ways to prepare for the future and do better business using cutting-edge technology.
Rogier van der Hooft
In recent years, Rogier van der Hooft and his team at CbusineZ (part of CZ Health Insurance) have made great efforts to achieve breakthroughs to keep care for the future affordable and available. Not only in the field of eHealth, tools and robotics, but also with initiatives with hospitals and doctors to make expensive medicines affordable again. Rogier has an MBA and is already working for 17 years at CZ Health Insurance. Rogier has recently been appointed the new chairman of the Board of Directors of CbusineZ.
Maarten is founder and Executive Chairman of Oaklins and founder of New Life Wearables (a Breathomix joint venture company). In 2009, Maarten became president of Holland Corporate Finance N.V. and later also chairman of M&A International, an alliance of independent investment banking organizations. He took the lead to merge the largest members of this organization and created Oaklins, a global investment banking group with over 850 professionals (45 in Amsterdam) in 40 countries. Maarten is business coach for NL Groeit, an active member of Entrepreneurs Organization and guest lecturer of the New CFO Masterclass program at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.