The INKEF Capital Team, our DNA

Over the years we have built a dynamic team eager to discover new technologies and build successful companies worldwide. We embrace the great challenge of transforming early-stage tractions into successful businesses. Our team is diverse, as it should be, but we are united by the energy and enthusiasm to succeed. It is our business to help you fulfil your entrepreneurial dream. If we can contribute to making the world a better place in the process, so much the better.

Being flexible and straightforward is in our DNA. So is being transparent. We will never hide our true intentions from our partners, and we only invest in new ventures when we’re completely aligned with the Management Team about the way forward. This isn’t just being fair. It’s the very foundation on which the culture of collaboration is built.

Michael Stam

Michael Stam

CEO

Michael Stam became INKEF’s Chief Executive Officer in August 2012. As a chair member of our Investment Committee and representative of our founding partner ABP, Michael has been closely associated with INKEF since its inception in 2010. Previously, Michael managed APG’s Listed Equity Platform, focusing on selecting and monitoring external asset managers.

Michael received a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Leiden, an MBA from Delft University and a Master’s in Real Estate from the Amsterdam School of Real Estate.

Dirk Kersten

Dirk Kersten

Managing Director

Dirk Kersten was named INKEF’s Managing Director in May 2014. He has 12 years of investment experience in European and US healthcare companies.

Prior to INKEF Capital, Dirk was a partner at Gilde Healthcare Partners where he led as series of successful investments in (bio)pharmaceutical and Medtech companies. In 2011 helped set up the US investment activities of Gilde Healthcare Partners in Boston.

Dirk holds a Master’s of Science in Physics from the University of Groningen.

Robert Jan Galema

Robert Jan Galema

Managing Director

Robert Jan Galema is a multi-lingual senior executive and investment professional with over 20 years of experience in global technology environments and a proven record of accomplishment. He has held senior executive positions at Philips and Electrolux as well as founded a number of companies. He has also held supervisory board and investment management positions.

Robert Jan received a Master’s in Business Economics from the Erasmus University Rotterdam and followed an Executive MBA program at Duke University.

Wolfgang Nöldeke

Wolfgang Nöldeke

CFO

Wolfgang Noeldeke became INKEF’s CFO in April 2017. He spent 20 years of his professional career in various roles in Venture Capital. Wolfgang started as an auditor and consultant of BDO, focusing on companies in the German Start Up and Venture Capital marketplace.

From 2001 he worked for the British Private Equity company 3i as fund manager and later Financial Director of the German business unit. This role involved managing several Venture Capital funds in Germany and The Netherlands. In 2007 Wolfgang moved to Amsterdam to join Aescap Venture as CFO.

Wolfgang holds a master of economy of the Technische Universitaet Berlin.

Jan Keltjens

Jan Keltjens

Operational Director

Jan Keltjens joined INKEF in September 2015. Jan has extensive experience in the health care sector. He most recently served as chief executive officer of Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation (acquired by Medtronic in August 2014). Before that he previously was the chairman and chief executive officer of Endosense SA (acquired by St Jude Medical in August 2013), executive chairman of Surpass Medical ltd. (acquired by Stryker Corporation late 2012), as well as president and chief executive officer of AngioDynamics Inc. (ANGO, 2009 – 2011) and CryoCath Technologies Inc. (TSX; CYT, 2007- until its acquisition by Medtronic in 2009). From 2000 to 2007, he served as Worldwide General Manager of Cordis Neurovascular, a Johnson & Johnson company.

Jan currently holds a number of non-executive Board roles, including Chairman of the Board of JenaValve Technologies.

Patrick Vink

Patrick Vink

Operational Director

Patrick Vink joined INKEF in September 2016. He has more than 30 years experience in the life sciences industry in regional and global roles. Most recently he was Chief Operating Officer of Cubist Inc until the acquisition by MSD in 2015 . Prior to joining Cubist in 2012 he served as Senior Vice-President of global Institutional Business at Mylan since 2008. Earlier in his career he was head of the global business unit Biologics at Sandoz, Head of international operations at Biogen and head of worldwide Cardio-vascular and Thrombosis marketing at Sanafi-Synthelabo.

Currently he is holding a number of non-executive director Board positions, including Chairman of Piqur AG, Acacia Pharma and NMD Pharma.

Patrick graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Leiden and obtained his MBA at the University of Rochester and Rotterdam

Martin C. Michel

Martin C. Michel

Operational Director

Martin C. Michel joined Inkef in May 2017. As physician board certified in Pharmacology and in Clinical Pharmacology, he has more than 30 years’ experience in academic and commercial drug discovery, translational pharmacology and development in Germany, the US and the Netherlands, including the discovery and clinical development of tamsulosin (Flomax®). From 2003-2011 he was Head of the Department of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapy at the University of Amsterdam, from 2011-2016 Global Head of Product and Pipeline Scientific Support at Boehringer Ingelheim and since 2016 is Senior Partner at PAASP GmbH. His research focusses on urogenital and cardiovascular diseases, where he has published more than 500 scientific articles cited more than 21,000 times.

Lucas de Breed

Lucas de Breed

Director

Lucas de Breed walked through our doors in August 2013 and is currently a Director. Prior to INKEF, he had 10 years of international experience in all phases of drug development. In his previous role at Deallus Consulting, he was responsible for the oncology business, and founded and managed the firm’s New York office. He has advised half a dozen early-stage therapeutics/medtech companies in both New York and San Francisco.

Lucas holds a Ph.D. from University College London and an MBA from Stanford University. He has also co-authored several scientific papers.

Corne Jansen

Corne Jansen

Director

Corné joined INKEF May 1, 2015 and focuses on early stage investing in the areas of enterprise SaaS & financial technology. He has 7 years of investment experience in technology.

Prior to INKEF, Corné was a VP at HPE Growth Capital, a late stage growth fund where he looked at both B2B as well as B2C business models in the areas of fintech, applied materials and enterprise software. Before joining HPE, Corné worked in the London based Technology Coverage teams of Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse First Boston, both in London where he executed several M&A transactions and IPOs. He holds a BSc in Finance from Reims Management School and a MSc. degree in Financial Management from the Nyenrode, Netherlands.

When not working with start-up companies you might find Corné on the beach playing beach volleyball (though he admits there are better countries for this particular pastime), in the kitchen cooking, spending time with his family or reading up on technology trends. Prior to his career in technology he actually worked as a roady for several years, but that’s a different story.

Kyang Yung

Kyang Yung

Director

Kyang joined INKEF in November 2016 as a Director. He has 9 years of experience in technology investing, across payments, fintech, enterprise software and manufacturing technology.

Prior to INKEF, Kyang was responsible for M&A at Naspers’ fintech segment, which brought him to developing economies in 4 continents. At Naspers, he was instrumental in building a portfolio of fintech holdings and led one of the largest acquisitions in the payments space in Asia. Before Naspers, he was a VP at HPE Growth Capital, a European growth-stage investment firm, where he drove the execution of several investments. He was also involved in hands-on portfolio management, helping management teams develop strategy and driving debt refinancings and spin offs. Kyang started his career at ABN AMRO in London (M&A) and Hong Kong (Principal Investments). He holds a Msc. degree in Financial Economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Fiona MacLaughlin

Fiona MacLaughlin

Director

Fiona joined Inkef Capital as a Director in 2017 and brings over 20 years of experience in the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry, primarily in the founding and financing of early stage life science companies. Before joining Inkef, Fiona was an Associate at Advent Life Sciences. During her time at Advent, she co-founded Boston-based Arrakis Therapeutics, where she led Operations during the company’s Seed phase.

Previously, Fiona spent 5 years as a Business Development Manager in the Technology Transfer Division of the Wellcome Trust, where she evaluated early stage product development opportunities and investments for Translational Funding, and established and ran the £45M "R&D for Affordable Healthcare" fund supporting technology development opportunities in India.

Fiona has over 10 years of operational biotech experience and held senior roles as Head of Strategic Business and Product Development at RepRegen(tm) Ltd and Head of R&D at Gendel Ltd, and scientific roles at Phaeton Ltd and Valentis Inc. She was also an Advisor to Tiber Creek Partners, a US-based boutique consultancy advising life science companies of opportunities in sourcing non-dilutive capital. Fiona is a Pharmacist by training and has a PhD in drug delivery from Nottingham University.

Thijs Cohen Tervaert

Thijs Cohen Tervaert

Associate

Thijs Cohen Tervaert joined INKEF in September 2016. He is involved in deal origination, the assessment of investment cases and portfolio management.

Prior to INKEF, Thijs was a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group with a focus on health care and technology. He worked on projects for pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and insurers. During a one year secondment, Thijs helped to establish the Amsterdam Health and Technology Institute in 2014.

Thijs is a medical doctor and graduated at Leiden University. He has also co-authored several scientific papers.

Mirella Tempelaars

Mirella Tempelaars

Operations Manager

Mirella Tempelaars has been INKEF’s Office Manager from Day 1, and has a comprehensive grasp of all our administration, marketing and HR. Previously, Mirella was a partner at Praktisch Werkt, where she provided vital back-office support to young start-ups.

Mirella understands the organizational dynamics of all INKEF’s partners. Mirella has also held various operational positions at companies like Lextone and FundPartners, an investment arm started by NIB Capital.

Janneke van Dongen

Janneke van Dongen

Office Manager

Janneke van Dongen joined INKEF January 1st 2016 as office manager.

Over the past 13 years she has worked in an international environment as executive assistant for senior executive management, office management and project management.

She particularly loves the innovation and startup environment and is very happy to be part of it once more.