Nicky has extensive experience in the evaluation of new technologies and the founding, coaching and support of startups in the life sciences. She has started her career as a business developer within a Dutch technology transfer office and then made the switch to business, where she has been active in different Business Development roles in start up companies.
For Swanbridge Capital, she is responsible for the evaluation of the investment proposals, the deal making and the coaching of the start-up companies.
In addition to her activities for Swanbridge Capital, Nicky is the Executive Vice President, Global Business Development at SkylineDx.
Dharminder has built an extensive network in the life science industry and holds a strong track record in direct involvement of complex corporate transactions. These include the sale of the stake of Van Herk Investments in Crucell to Johnson and Johnson, the sale of deVGen to Syngenta and the sale of Octoplus to Dr. Reddy’s.
At Swanbridge Capital, Dharminder has an important role in the valuation of our portfolio companies, as well as ensuring follow-up investment.
Besides his activities at Swanbridge Capital Dharminder is CEO and founder of SkylineDx, owner and managing director of Exponential BV, as board member or advisor he is active for several companies and Venture Capital funds in the field of life sciences.
Cillian joined the team in 2018 following a career in strategic consultancy for early-stage ventures in the Life Sciences industry. As a consultant, Cillian gained extensive experience in the valuation of novel healthcare technologies, business development, project management, and non-dilutive funding.
In addition to working with early-stage ventures, Cillian was also involved in setting up several Dutch investment funds, including Swanbridge Capital in 2016. Cillian has a background in Molecular Biology (VU University and MIT) and a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience (VU University).
At Swanbridge Capital, Cillian is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment proposals, deal making, and the management of portfolio companies.
Hans Schikan brings more than 25 years of development, commercial and leadership experience in the (bio)pharmaceutical sector, latest as CEO of Prosensa in the Netherlands, a company focusing on rare diseases. During Mr. Schikan’s leadership, Prosensa was listed on NASDAQ in a successful IPO in June 2013, and acquired by BioMarin early 2015 for USD 680 million.
Previous assignments include Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Development for the rare disease portfolio of Genzyme and several senior commercial roles in Organon.
He is currently on the board of a number of biotechnology companies in The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Switzerland. He is also member of the core team of the Dutch Top Sector for Life Sciences and Health.
With over 15 years of experience as CFO of the Van Herk Group, Erik Esveld brings a wealth of experience in Life Science investments. The Van Herk Group is one of the major private Life Science investors in the Benelux, with positions in Galapagos, Nightbalance among others and various Life Science funds.
For the last three years Erik is part of the nominating committee at BioInvent. Since early 2016 he holds a position in the supervisory board of the Amsterdam based molecular diagnostic company Agendia.
Gertine van der Vliet
Gertine is Managing Director of Medical Delta. Medical Delta brings together knowledge and experience from three universities, two academic medical centers and four universities of applied sciences in the province of South-Holland. Top researchers from these institutions work together on technological solutions for sustainable healthcare, from molecule to reimbursement.
Gertine has a strong background in finance and governance and brings years of experience with founding, building, and exiting ventures.
Henk Blumers has over 19 years of experience in finances of University Medical Centers. Starting as controller in 2001 at the Leiden University Medical Center and later from 2008 onwards as controller at the Erasmus University Medical Center. The Erasmus MC ranks amongst the top European medical research institutions. Mr. Blumers’ expertise is in financial control and business control with a clear focus on research funding in the fields of Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences.
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