banner - CMAST Partner Day: Realizing Life Science Innovation with Impact

A matter of effective portfolio management, funding and strategic partnerships? and CMAST warmly invite you to the first edition of their Partner Day, focusing on how to overcome key challenges when realizing innovation with impact.

Testimonials by representatives from both industry and academia will give insight into the value of portfolio management, funding and strategic partnerships in innovation projects:

  • Hilde Windels will share her expertise on managing an R&D portfolio for innovative medical solutions.
  • Prof Dr Herman Goossens will discuss the challenges related to transferring project-based into sustainable funding for PPPs in Europe, in the context of the set-up of a European clinical trial network for infectious diseases.
  • Bart Vannieuwenhuyse will show the results of effective partnership building in the IMI project EMIF on improving access to and re-use of existing patient-level data to support novel research.
  • Cedric Ververken will comment on the strategy and process flow when changing your technology platform company into a drug development company.
  • Daap Kooij will introduce the Health Generation Platform, a novel initiative that aims to create a longitudinal data and bio repository foundation to inform effective future disease prevention and interception strategies. 

A vivid panel discussion with academic, SME, pharma and patient group representatives will address “The critical success factors and pitfalls in multi-stakeholder innovation platforms”.


Interactive workshops build further on the topics of the day, aiming to uncover concrete solutions.


Please join us as an engaged partner eager to realize impact through your innovation projects!




Hilde Windels

Board Member at several biotech companies

Herman Goossens

Professor, University of Antwerp & UZA

Bart Vannieuwenhuyse

Sr. Director Health Information Sciences, Janssen

Cedric Ververken

CEO, Confo Therapeutics

Kurt Hertogs

Partner & Chief Innovation, CMAST

Liana Steeghs

Managing Director, Immuno Valley

Peter Willems

Chief Medical Officer, Cubigo

Erik Van der Eycken

EU-Research Project Officer, GAMIAN / Ups en Downs

Jan Schrooten

Coordinator, RegMed

Daap Kooij

Global Business Leader, Janssen Diagnostics


09:30 - 10:00

Registration & welcome coffee

10:00 - 10:10

Welcome & CMAST

10:10 - 10:30

Keynote 1

Hilde Windels, member of the Board of Directors of Ablynx, MyCartis, BioCartis NV, VIB and Erytech Pharma

10:30 - 10:50

Keynote 2: Public-Private Partnerships to defeat antimicrobal resistance: challenges and oppotunities

Herman Goossens, Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Antwerp and Director of the Dept. of Clinical Pathology of the University Hospital Antwerp

10:50 - 11:10

Keynote 3

Bart Vannieuwenhuyse, Senior Director Health Information Sciences, Janssen 

11:10 - 11:30

Keynote 4

Cedric Ververken, CEO, Confo Therapeutics

11:30 - 12:15

Panel: The critical success factors and pitfalls in multi-stakeholder innovation platforms

Featuring: Bart Vannieuwenhuyse (Janssen), Peter Willems (Cubigo), Liana Steeghs (Immuno Valley), Erik Van der Eycken (GAMIAN / Ups en Downs) and Kurt Hertogs (CMAST)

Moderated by: Jan Schrooten (RegMed)

12:15 - 13:15


13:15 - 13:45

Intro workshops

13:45 - 15:00


  • Workshop 1: Learning from multi-stakeholder platforms and solving challenges ahead.
  • Workshop 2: Managing my R&D portfolio: shaping processes and systems to enable real decision making.

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 16:00

Wrap-up workshops

16:00 - 16:20

Keynote 5

Daap Kooij, Global Business Leader, Janssen Diagnostics

16:20 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:30

Networking Reception

Event Details


Thursday, November 30, 2017 (09:30 h - 17:30 h)


Elisabeth Center Antwerp, Koningin Astridplein 26, 2018 Antwerp


40 €* for members
80 €* for non-members
* VAT excluded

FLANDERS.BIO MEMBER BENEFIT: members  receive a 50% reduction on the registration fee. 



2017-11-30 09:30:00 2017-11-30 17:30:00 Europe/Brussels - CMAST Partner Day: Realizing Life Science Innovation with Impact Elisabeth Center Antwerp, Koningin Astridplein 26, 2018 Antwerp

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Jonas De Backer

Communications Coordinator

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