OPINNO educational module: What does it take to work in a life sciences company?

Are you studying life sciences and are you curious about what the life sciences industry has to offer?
Then you should follow our OPINNO educational modules for Master students!

This first Module will focus on what it takes to work in a life sciences company, featuring testimonials from industry representatives.


You will learn about the importance of portfolio management, company strategy and innovation, with a case study about how to start up a life sciences company. The lectures will be followed by an interactive panel discussion, during which you can address all your questions to the speakers.


Registration is free of charge for Master students but registration is mandatory before 15 November 2017.


What is OPINNO?

OPINNO – open innovation for successful entrepreneurship – aims to bridge the gap between life sciences education and industry, and stimulate entrepreneurship among students. One of OPINNO's initiatives is to organize educational modules with life sciences entrepreneurs that share their industry experience with students. 


DID YOU KNOW you can perform your internship in a life sciences company? Visit our OPINNO internships page for more information!


Stefan Vanderhauwaert

Programme Manager,

Henk Joos

Managing Director,

Griet Vanpoucke

Manager New Ventures, VIB

Kristine De Sutter

Senior Director Portfolio Management, Ablynx

Franky Van Herreweghe

Business Developer, Phoreon – A brand of Pharma Diagnostics NV


13:15 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:15


Stefan Vanderhauwaert, Programme Manager EDUCATE,

14:15 - 14:45

Overview of the life sciences cluster: from therapeutics, to agbiotech and nanotechnology

Henk Joos, Managing Director,

14:45 - 15:10

What does it take to start a company?

Griet Vanpoucke, Manager New Ventures, VIB 

15:10 - 15:40

Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:05

Importance of portfolio management and business strategy

Kristine De Sutter, Senior Director Portfolio Management, Ablynx 

16:05 - 16:30

Running a life sciences company requires innovation

Franky Van Herreweghe, Business Developer, Phoreon – A brand of Pharma Diagnostics NV 

16:30 - 16:55

Testimonial: starting-up your own company, a passionate story

Speaker TBC

16:55 - 17:30

Panel discussion with all speakers

Moderated by: Henk Joos, Managing Director,

17:30 - 17:45

Closing remarks

Event Details


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (13:15 h - 17:15 h)


Universiteit Antwerpen - Campus Drie Eiken, Gebouw Q - Aula Fernand Nédée, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk.


Free of charge but registration is mandatory.



More info?

For any further information about this event, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Event & Management Assistant

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Lissa Van Hecke

Event & Management Assistant

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