We partner with ambitious teams

To create breakthrough businesses in technology and healthcare.

INKEF Capital helps early stage companies reach their full potential. We back mission-driven entrepreneurs who are passionate about the problem they are solving and are ready to take the next step to grow their business. Working side-by-side with these visionaries makes us incredibly optimistic about the future.

Our portfolio.

Since 2010, Inkef has backed more than 25 companies in healthcare and technology. We have supported and continue to actively support companies with financing, business strategy, insights and shaping their future.

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Meet the team.

Over the years, we have built a dynamic team eager to discover new technologies and build successful companies with global footprints. As a team we come from diverse walks of life, but we all share the same values such as flexibility, transparency and pragmatism. And we pair that with a no-nonsense mentality. Given our DNA and the long-term nature of our remit, our primary aim is to build long-lasting companies, not just valuations.

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Office Manager Lisa Diepgrond
Senior Advisor Robert Narquizian
Analyst Daniela Begolo
Associate Janna Goncharova
Associate Ivan Burkov
Managing Director Roel Bulthuis
Analyst Laura Waldenstrӧm
Managing Director Robert Jan Galema
Office Manager Janneke van Dongen
Analyst Rianne Ellenbroek
Managing Director Corné Jansen
CFO Wolfgang Nöldeke
Director Fiona MacLaughlin
Operations Manager Mirella Tempelaars
Director Thijs Cohen Tervaert
Director Kyang Yung
Senior Advisor Michael Stam
Senior Advisor Jan Keltjens
Senior Advisor Frank Lansink
Senior Advisor Patrick Vink
Senior Advisor Martin C. Michel
Senior Advisor Adriaan Ligtenberg
Senior Advisor Lex van der Ploeg
Senior Advisor Micha Hernandez van Leuffen

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Lisa Diepgrond

Office Manager

Lisa joined the INKEF team in December 2018, prior to that she was working as an office manager at Profibrix BV, a successful porfolio company from INKEF that was acuired by The Medicines Company in 2013. Lisa excels in her role as office manager exhibiting high levels of quality and accuracy in her work. Lisa possesses the ultimate “ can do”  attitude while taking on all tasks with a positive energy and a smile. Lisa’s personality and engaging personal style enable her to interact effectively with clients and colleagues.

Robert Narquizian

Senior Advisor

Being part of the Inkef team since February 2018, Robert has more than 20 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industry.  Medicinal Chemist by formation, with over 100 patents and co-authored peer reviewed scientific papers, Robert has led a number of projects from initial concept all the way to phase 2 clinical trials / proof of concept studies.  He has contributed to a large number of pharma-related transactions as Director of Business Development and Licensing at Roche, as Head of Asia Pacific Global External R&D at Lilly based in Shanghai and more recently through his own consulting firm.  Not only is Robert experienced within the global pharma market, he also has a great interest in the ever-developing Asia pharma market.

Robert graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from The University of Glasgow, Scotland; he completed his post-doc at Harvard University and holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School.

Daniela Begolo

Analyst

Daniela joined INKEF in March 2019. As a member of the healthcare team, she is involved in sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities, as well as supporting portfolio companies. Before joining INKEF, Daniela worked as an analyst fellow in the healthcare team of M Ventures, corporate VC fund of Merck KGaA, evaluating opportunities and supporting due diligence of companies in oncology, immuno-oncology and immunology. Prior to that, Daniela trained as a molecular biologist, studying at University of Padua and working for five years in Heidelberg University. Here she obtained her PhD thanks to a Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions fellowship, working on drug target identification in eukaryotic parasites. Outside of work, Daniela is fond of trying new food and restaurants, as well as travelling and enjoying various art forms.

Janna Goncharova

Associate

Janna joined INKEF Capital in December 2018 and focuses on early stage investments in the areas of B2B SaaS, online marketplaces and fintech. Prior to INKEF, Janna worked in corporate finance advisory with a focus on European technology startups and in investment management at Rocket Internet, the world’s largest start-up incubator outside the USA, where she was instrumental in raising over $1bn for the portfolio companies and guiding them through the Rocket Internet’s IPO.  Prior to that, Janna worked in capital markets division of Bank of America investment bank in London. She holds a BSc Summa cum Laude in International Economics and Management and an MSc in Finance from Bocconi University in Italy. Janna speaks seven languages and outside of work enjoys ice skating, skiing, art and travelling.

Companies Bloomon
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Ivan Burkov

Associate

Ivan is an Associate in the INKEF Healthcare investment team. He joined the fund in January 2019 after graduating with his MBA from INSEAD. Trained as a biological scientist, Ivan holds a PhD in Genetics from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics (Novosibirsk) and has 10 years of experience in applied and fundamental biological research. That includes 2.5 years as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (Barcelona). Then, Ivan joined Sanofi’s Eurasian affiliate, where he worked in strategy and business development roles. He has also advised startups in the biotechnology and digital-health space and was an intern at Forbion Capital Partners.

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Roel Bulthuis

Managing Director

Roel Bulthuis is a Managing Director and head of the Healthcare investment team at INKEF. Roel combines more than 15 years of experience across venture capital, pharma business development and investment banking. Prior to joining INKEF he served as an SVP and Managing Director of M-Ventures which he created and developed into a leading CVC fund. Prior to that, he served in senior positions in global business development at Merck Serono and in the investment banking team at Fortis Bank. Roel is a Kauffman Fellow and passionate about continuously challenging the status quo. Roel holds a Msc. in Biopharmaceutical Sciences from Leiden University and an MBA in Finance from the Helsinki School of Economics.  

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Laura Waldenstrӧm

Analyst

Laura joined INKEF in 2018 and is responsible for sourcing new deals, due diligence and supporting portfolio companies in the technology investment team. Laura joins us from Stockholm where she co-founded a market intelligence startup. Prior to being right in the midst of the Scandinavian startup scene Laura came from London where she worked for the knowledge broking firm AlphaSights. She started her career at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK and holds a master’s degree from Lund University in Business and Economics. Outside of work, Laura is an outright foodie while she enjoys fitness and wellbeing in all its forms.

Companies OneFit
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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.

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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.

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Rianne Ellenbroek

Analyst

Rianne joined Inkef in 2017 and is involved in sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, and supporting portfolio companies in the healthcare team. Rianne joins Inkef from the academic community where she was a medical biologist in regenerative medicine. She obtained her PhD at Leiden University while performing part of her activities at biotech company Galapagos. Winning a grant facilitated her to take a position as postdoctoral fellow at the Kovler Diabetes Center at the University of Chicago. Next to performing her research, she became a fellow at the university’s Tech Transfer Office which has sparked her interest in the early stages of life sciences ventures.

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Corné Jansen

Managing 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.

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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.

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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.

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Mirella Tempelaars

Operations Manager

Mirella Tempelaars has been INKEF’s Operations 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.

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Thijs Cohen Tervaert

Director

Thijs Cohen Tervaert is a Director at INKEF. Thijs currently also serves on the board of ViCentra, Aidence, Audion Therapeutics, Rainier Therapeutics and Castor. 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.

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Kyang Yung

Director

Kyang joined INKEF in November 2016. He has more than 10 years of experience in technology investing, across fintech, online marketplaces, 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 growth-stage investment firm, where he drove the execution of several investments and was deeply involved in hands-on portfolio management. Kyang started his career as an investment banker in London (M&A) and Hong Kong (Principal Investments). He holds a Msc. degree in Financial Economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Outside of work, Kyang enjoys playing tennis and golf as well as travelling to exotic destinations with his wife and two boys.

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Michael Stam

Senior Advisor

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.

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Jan Keltjens

Senior Advisor

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.

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Frank Lansink

Senior Advisor

For the past two decades, Frank has founded, built and led multiple Technology companies through various stages of rapid growth. The last 11 years, he served on the Executive board of IPsoft, Inc., a global leader in Intelligent Automation Software, being responsible as CEO for EMEA and later as Chief Strategy Officer for the Group. Earlier, he cofounded several technology companies including a European leader in Logistics & Retail Software and an international Digital Agency. He holds a number of advisorships to help Entrepreneurs achieve real results. Frank is a graduate of the Haarlem Business School and followed an MBA program at the University in Amsterdam.

Patrick Vink

Senior Advisor

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.

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Martin C. Michel

Senior Advisor

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.

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Adriaan Ligtenberg

Senior Advisor

Adriaan Ligtenberg joined INKEF in May 2017. Currently, he is co-founder and Managing Partner at SparkHealth B.V. and is a Managing Director at Health2047, the innovation studio of the AMA (American Medical Association). He is a proven Silicon Valley executive with a track record in founding, building and exiting breakthrough technology-based companies. During his tenure at Bell Labs he worked on JPEG and MPEG compression standards and lectured in computer architecture at Princeton University. Adriaan went on to found Bay Area successes including C-cube and Storm Technology, and subsequently joined Cadence Design for a turn around as Sr VP WW Services. He was CEO of SpinCircuit, a joint venture between Cadence and FLEX, founded and chaired BMEYE BV, a cardiovascular medical device monitoring business, sold to Edwards Life Science. In 2015, he founded AllMobile, a seed-stage investment fund focusing on startups in the mobile, data and AI fields. Adriaan sits on the boards of multiple technology companies both in the Netherlands and in the United States. He holds several patents and received his PhD in Computer Science from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

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Lex van der Ploeg

Senior Advisor

Lex H.T. Van der Ploeg is CSO for Rhythm pharmaceuticals and functions as a member of the board of Directors for Retrotope Inc., and as an advisor to DeuteRx, LLC. Lex is a member of the SAB for Excellentia Global partners and an Advisor to Inkef Capital.  Lex functions as Managing Director for VDP, LLC, an independent consulting agency focused on guiding Research and Development for the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries and private investors. At VDP, LLC, Lex focuses on supporting R&D initiatives from a strategic and tactical perspective, as an integrated member of Management and R&D teams.

Lex’s expertise includes development of Diagnostics and Therapeutics including Cancer, Neurodegenerative disorders, Metabolic disorders and Infectious diseases. Prior to starting VDP, LLC Lex was the Sr. Vice President of Integrative Medicine and Translational Science at Abraxis/Celgene. Previously, Dr. Van der Ploeg held the position of, Vice president, Basic Research, and site head at Merck Research Laboratories Boston focused on oncology and neurodegenerative disease. Prior to starting Merck Research Laboratories Boston in December 2003, Dr. Van der Ploeg held diverse functions at Merck Research Laboratories including site head MRL San Diego and Head Obesity research for Merck Rahway and Banyu, Japan. At Merck, Lex held leadership roles in obesity and metabolism, oncology, neurodegenerative disease research and diagnostics.

Dr. Van der Ploeg received his M.S. degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Biochemistry in 1980 from the University of Amsterdam and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Enzymology/Genetics in 1984 from the University of Amsterdam/Netherlands Cancer Research Center. Following receipt of his Ph.D. Dr Van der Ploeg joined the faculty of the Dept of Genetics and Development of Columbia University, as an assistant Professor and received tenure at Columbia University in 1987. Dr Van der Ploeg held an adjunct faculty position at the Dept of Genetics and Development of Columbia University from 1992 through 2009. Dr. Van der Ploeg received numerous awards and grants for his research and has broadly published on his research in peer reviewed journals. He is an inventor on over 50 patents and patent applications.

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Micha Hernandez van Leuffen

Senior Advisor

Micha “mies” Hernandez van Leuffen joined Inkef in October of 2018 and specializes in developer tools, cloud infrastructure and enterprise SaaS. He currently is Vice President of Software Development at Oracle. Before joining Oracle he was the founder and CEO of Wercker, a container native continuous deployment platform with offices in Amsterdam, San Francisco and London. Wercker was acquired by Oracle in May of 2017. Mies wrote his Master’s thesis on autonomous resource provisioning at the University of San Francisco and has both a Master’s in Business Administration as well as Computer Science from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. In his spare time he is an angel investor and enjoys advising other startups.

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Urban Sports Club

Urban Sports Club offers a flexible flat-rate sports membership. The mission is to help people lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Club members can choose from 50+ activities – ranging from classic gym workout, swimming, yoga, or bouldering, to team sports and lots more – and more than 7,000 partner venues in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Variety, flexible conditions as well as team sports and wellness are offered both for private customers and companies. Urban Sports GmbH was founded in 2012 by Moritz Kreppel and Benjamin Roth in Berlin, Germany. After two years of bootstrapping, the company secured an early-stage financing in 2015 and went on to acquire four of its German competitors. In December 2016, the former competitor Somuchmore joined the German market leader; FITrate joined in January 2018 and in December INTERFIT.
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Provable Labs

Maximum Liquidity with Minimal Disclosure. Provable labs applies secrecy-preserving, secure multi-party computation technology to build trading platforms that allow participants to express their positions and find liquidity without the risk of price slippage.
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Comet Therapeutics

CoEnzyme A (CoA) is essential to numerous cellular processes including the metabolism of fatty acids, amino acids and sugars, the regulation of gene expression, and the proper functioning of the TCA cycle and mitochondrial health, which generates the energy all cells need to live. There are many genetic, rare metabolic disorders that are CoA related. In addition, dysregulated CoA metabolism is a key factor in diseases as diverse as cancer, fatty liver and neurological disorders. While CoA has been in biochemistry textbooks for 70 years, there are no therapies to restore dysregulated coenzyme A metabolism. Comet Therapeutics addresses these profound unmet medical needs with its CoEnzyme Metabolism (CoMET™) Platform.
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Calypso

Calypso Biotech is an immunotherapy biotech company, spin-off from Merck Serono, that discovers and develops monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of immune pathologies with large unmet medical needs. Calypso Biotech’s lead program, CALY-002, is a best-in-class therapeutic antibody against interleukin-15 (IL-15).
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Aidence

Aidence is a company that is bringing the full potential of Artificial Intelligence into the hands of medical professionals in medical imaging and disease detection. Aidence combines data scientists, deep-learning developers and radiologists. The first product of Aidence is the AI platform Veye, a highly accurate and clinically approved assistant for medical image analysis.
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Polarsteps

Founded in 2015, Polarsteps is used by over 1 million travelers in 180+ countries to track their trips and share them in real time with their closest friends and family. Polarsteps wants to inspire and connect people through travel. It believes that the best way to do that is by creating a place where the entire travel experience is combined within one platform. From the very first inspiration on where to go, to remembering your trip years after it has ended. The Amsterdam-based startup is therefore building the place to go to for travelers that want to plan, track and remember their adventures around the globe.
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Castor

Castor is a medical software development company based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Founded in 2011 by Derk Arts, their signature programme is a cloud-based electronic data capture platform which enables researchers to easily capture high-quality, reusable medical data. Now with 30k+ users, 2,500+ studies, servers in 3 countries and funding by INKEF Capital, Castor is well on their way to getting their platform used by medical researchers and institutions worldwide.
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NMD Pharma

NMD Pharma is a small molecule drug discovery company that develops novel treatments of neuromuscular disorders. Research by the founders working on the neuromuscular junction identified an approach that improves neuromuscular transmission in a way that is potentially applicable to a range of clinical indications and orphan human diseases that have profound unmet medical need.
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Onefit

Founded in 2012 OneFit offers a market-leading subscription service that allows users to attend any local fitness class or gym for a flat monthly fee. Users have access to the largest network of boutique gyms and studios in the Netherlands. More than 15,000 yoga, spinning, pilates, kickboxing, crossfit, fitness classes and many others are bookable on a weekly basis through a unique one-click experience. OneFit members join these group workouts or check in for individual training at over 600 different studios and gyms. OneFit has been experiencing significant traction and is on its way to European category leadership.