Senior Gap Filler!
Hossein is a co-founder and a co-CEO at AZAR Innovations. His passion is to fill the gap between end-users (biologists) and developers (engineers) in the field of Organ-on-a-chip. He received his PhD in Biomedical/Mechanical Engineering in 2018 in the group of prof. Jaap den Toonder at Eindhoven University of Technology. He joined the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in collaboration with the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Utrecht University to develop intestine and multi-organ on a chip models for pharmaceutical applications. He led the technical developments at TNO and initiated innovative collaborations with biological teams at TNO and external technical partners.
Scientific director Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Utrecht University - Member of advisory board
Roos Masereeuw is professor of Experimental Pharmacology at Utrecht University. The work of Prof Roos Masereeuw and her research group focuses on understanding the path ways that can be pharmacologically triggered to enhance repair and regeneration processes after organ injury. For this, humanized in vitro systems are being applied that functionally mimic (patients) organs. It includes the use of innovative technologies for 3-dimensional advanced tissue cultures such as organs-on-chips. Masereeuw aims to develop new regenerative treatments and innovations in functional and safe replacement therapies for failing organs.
Chair Microsystems group, Eindhoven University of Technology - Member of advisory board
Jaap den Toonder is full professor and Chair of the Microsystems research Section at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His group focuses its research on the investigation and development of innovative technological concepts and fabrication methods for microsystems fora wide range of applications. The application focus is on microfluidic chips, biomedical microdevices, and soft micro-robotics. Jaap’s main personal research interests are microfluidics, mechanical properties of biological cells and tissues, nature-inspired micro-actuators and organs-on-chips to understand cancer. He is one of the pioneers of artificial cilia, micro-hair like structures in the Netherlands and in the world.
Senior scientist, Metabolic Health Research, TNO - Member of advisory board
Dr. van de Steeg has a PhD in Pharmacology and over 10 years’ experience in the field of cell biology, mainly in relation to DMPK (Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics), but also to study the effect and potential toxicity of drugs and nutraceuticals. She (co)authored more than 40 publications in this area, and did spend part of her PhD at the pharmaceutical company GSK. As a senior scientist at TNO, she is responsible for the development and implementation of innovative preclinical tools to better understand processes in intestine (including microbiome) and liver, amongst other organ on-a-chip applications and advanced in vitro and ex vivo laboratory models.
Founder Hendriks Nutrition Support for Business - Member of Advisory Board
Henk F.J. Hendriks has a background in biology and received his PhD on ‘Vitamin A metabolism’ from the Leiden University in the Netherlands. He started working at the Netherlands Organization of Applied Scientific Research (TNO) in 1986 and has worked at various institutes in TNO until February 2014, mainly as a nutritionist. He was part-time project leader at the Top Institute for Food and Nutrition in the Netherlands focusing on ‘Gut nutrient sensing’. Currently, he is an independent consultant for various food companies and research institutes and partner of the Nutrition Consultants Cooperative. Henk’s special fields of interest are: biomedical aspects of moderate alcohol consumption in man, weight management, nutrigenomics, nutrition and coronary heart disease risk factors, functional food claim support and novel food safety evaluation. He has coordinated research programs on health effects of moderate alcohol consumption focusing on coronary heart disease, diabetes and wellbeing. He also coordinated weight management programs focusing on food intake regulation and food, cognition and behavior. Henk has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers.
Chair Applied Stem Cell Technologies group, University of Twente - Member of Advisory Board
Andries van der Meer is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He heads an independent research group within the Applied Stem Cell Technologies department of the Bioengineering Technologies cluster, supervising PhD candidates and postdocs and coordinating multiple national and European research projects. His group focuses on the development of organs-on-chips, which are stem cell-derived micro-engineered models of the human body that are used to model diseases and discover new treatments. Some of the models that Van der Meer works on are the retina-on-chip, lung-on-chip and heart-on-chip, and his group has a specific focus on the realistic integration of blood vessels in organs-on-chips. From 2013 to 2015, Andries worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering of Harvard University, USA. He actively developed organ-on-chip models of the blood-brain barrier and the lung alveolus and coordinated a collaborative project between Emulate, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals.