Chief Officers:

Arjen Brussaard - chief executive officer (CEO) and chief scientific officer (CSO), prof., PhD, director Amsterdam Neuroscience Arjen Brussaard - chief executive officer (CEO) and chief scientific officer (CSO), prof., PhD, director Amsterdam Neuroscience

As a faculty chair in Translational Medicine and being the scientific director of Amsterdam Neuroscience, Arjen's main role is to achieve the mission of Amsterdam Neuroscience, which is to transform the fundamental and deep understanding of the human brain and its diseases in effective and affordable healthcare measures. His vision is that fundamental knowledge can be accelerated by proactively setting up collaborations between in-house translational research teams and clinicians and external stakeholders with new interventions in the field neurology and psychiatry. Hence, we started the Industry Alliance Office in 2013, and have been contracting over 50 different commercial biotech and pharma companies as commissioning sponsors since then.

Diederik van de Beek - chief medical officer (CMO), prof, MD, PhD, co-director Amsterdam Neuroscience Diederik van de Beek - chief medical officer (CMO), prof, MD, PhD, co-director Amsterdam Neuroscience


Business Development Team:

Pieter van Bokhoven - director of business development, PhD Pieter van Bokhoven - director of business development, PhD

Pieter joined the Industry Alliance Office as senior business developer in 2015, thereafter he became the director of business development in 2019. Pieter obtained his PhD in molecular neuroscience in 2011 on campus at the VU University. He broadened his business experience as an entrepreneur as founding partner of an SME developing applications for pharmaceutical companies. In 2015 Pieter decided to focus his career towards collaboration between industry and academia. In this role he is responsible for all business development efforts and specializes in preclinical and clinical drug development and diagnostics for neurodegenerative disorders.
Contact: p.vanbokhoven@amsterdamumc.nl

Sasja Heetveld - business development manager, PhD Sasja Heetveld - business development manager, PhD

Sasja is appointed as business developer for the Industry Alliance Office in 2018. She obtained her PhD in molecular neurobiology at the VU University and thereafter worked at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases as specialist in automated high-throughput high-content screens. In 2016 Sasja decided to focus her career on building partnerships in the field of neuroscience drug discovery and started as business developer for a preclinical CRO in neuroscience. Currently Sasja specializes in business development for preclinical and clinical drug development in CNS diseases, with a focus on Multiple sclerosis.
Contact: s.heetveld@amsterdamumc.nl

Dilek Iusuf - business development manager, PhD Dilek Iusuf - business development manager, PhD

Dilek is working as dedicated business developer for the Industry Alliance Office since June 2018.
Dilek has obtained her Pharmacist diploma in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) followed by her Master Diploma in Drug Innovation at the University of Groningen. After completing her PhD at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in 2015, she makes the transition to the field of life sciences consultancy with focus on grant writing and strategic non-dilutive funding advice. In the course of her career, Dilek has developed an interest for innovative discoveries and aims to speed up the valorization and translation of these discoveries to the end-users. To this aim, she focuses on setting up collaborative agreements between the researchers within Amsterdam Neuroscience and the relevant industrial partners. Contact: d.iusuf@amsterdamumc.nl

Prisca Leferink - business development manager, PhD Prisca Leferink - business development manager, PhD

Prisca is a neuroscientist with a strong interest in innovative and translational neuroscience projects. She has a background in stem cell biology and brain white matter disorders, which she obtained during her PhD at the stem cell laboratory of the pediatric neurology department of Amsterdam UMC. Interested in broadening her horizon towards a strategic business perspective, she joined the IAO in 2018 as a business developer. Here she connects academic neuroscience research with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, to develop and manage research collaborations for high impact translational neuroscience projects.
Contact: p.leferink@amsterdamumc.nl

Sanne Stembert - business development manager, MSc Sanne Stembert - business development manager, MSc


Legal and Financial Team:

Barbara Goossens - planning manager & legal officer IAO Barbara Goossens - planning manager & legal officer IAO

Maaike Leusden - contract manager IAO Maaike Leusden - contract manager IAO

Margot Muller - company financial officer & business manager IAO Margot Muller - company financial officer & business manager IAO

Karin Bekema - legal officier IXA Karin Bekema - legal officier IXA

Anna Vernhout - legal officer IXA Anna Vernhout - legal officer IXA

Translational Research Teams under supervision of:

Guus Smit - head of Center for Neurogenomics & Cognition Research (CNCR), VU Amsterdam, prof., PhD Guus Smit - head of Center for Neurogenomics & Cognition Research (CNCR), VU Amsterdam, prof., PhD

Jeroen Geurts - head of Department for Anatomy & Neurosciences, prof., PhD Jeroen Geurts - head of Department for Anatomy & Neurosciences, prof., PhD

Charlotte Teunissen - head of Clinical Neurochemistry Group, prof., PhD Charlotte Teunissen - head of Clinical Neurochemistry Group, prof., PhD

Elga de Vries - head Neurovascular unit, MS Center Amsterdam, prof., PhD Elga de Vries - head Neurovascular unit, MS Center Amsterdam, prof., PhD

Wilma van de Berg, neuroscientist, PhD Wilma van de Berg, neuroscientist, PhD

Brenda Penninx - head of research, Department of Psychiatry, prof., PhD Brenda Penninx - head of research, Department of Psychiatry, prof., PhD

Guus van Dongen - director of Imaging Center Amsterdam UMC, prof., PhD Guus van Dongen - director of Imaging Center Amsterdam UMC, prof., PhD

Bart van Berckel - nuclear physician, prof., MD, PhD Bart van Berckel - nuclear physician, prof., MD, PhD

Ronald Boellaard - head Imaging Methodology Group, prof., PhD Ronald Boellaard - head Imaging Methodology Group, prof., PhD

Wiesje van der Flier - head of research, Alzheimer Center Amsterdam, prof., PhD Wiesje van der Flier - head of research, Alzheimer Center Amsterdam, prof., PhD

Paul Lucassen - Swammerdam Institute for Life Science (SILS), department of Neuroscience, UvA, prof., PhD Paul Lucassen - Swammerdam Institute for Life Science (SILS), department of Neuroscience, UvA, prof., PhD

Clinical Trial Teams under supervision of:

Philip Scheltens - director Alzheimer Center Amsterdam, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD Philip Scheltens - director Alzheimer Center Amsterdam, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD

Jort Vijverberg, neurologist, PhD Jort Vijverberg, neurologist, PhD

Rob de Bie - director Movement Disorders Center Amsterdam, co-director DBS Center Amsterdam, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD Rob de Bie - director Movement Disorders Center Amsterdam, co-director DBS Center Amsterdam, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD

Bernard Uitdehaag - director MS Center Amsterdam, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD Bernard Uitdehaag - director MS Center Amsterdam, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD

Joep Killestein - full professor Multiple Sclerosis Research, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD Joep Killestein - full professor Multiple Sclerosis Research, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD

Brigit de Jong - neurologist MS Center Amsterdam, MD, PhD Brigit de Jong - neurologist MS Center Amsterdam, MD, PhD

Marjo van de Knaap - director Center for Children with White Matter Disorders, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD Marjo van de Knaap - director Center for Children with White Matter Disorders, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD

Yvo Roos - vice-head department of Neurology, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD Yvo Roos - vice-head department of Neurology, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD

Diederik van de Beek - director Neuroinfection Center Amsterdam, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD Diederik van de Beek - director Neuroinfection Center Amsterdam, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD

Jonathan Coutinho - program leader Neurovascular Disorders, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD Jonathan Coutinho - program leader Neurovascular Disorders, neurologist, prof., MD, PhD

Rick Schuurman - director DBS Center Amsterdam, neurosurgeon, prof., MD, PhD Rick Schuurman - director DBS Center Amsterdam, neurosurgeon, prof., MD, PhD