Bringing knowledge and
knowhow together

Medace offers a working environment where entrepreneurial researchers transfer into researching entrepreneurs. With our background as researchers and business professionals we understand your business and know what you need. Using our expertise and network we decrease the risks and the cost of your startup company and accelerate your success.

Medace arose from the experiences of the Chemelot Institute for Science and Technology (InSciTe). At InSciTe researchers and entrepreneurs work side-by-side to bring promising biomedical concepts out of the academic setting and translate them into new clinical products for First in Man studies. Their needs for support in the process from patent to patient led to the development of a tailor made service model, which was used as the foundation of Medace.

Located at a rapidly growing medical hub in the South of the Netherlands we are within reach of every European destination in just a matter of hours. With an unrivalled concentration of biomedical companies, a solid business climate and a long history of strategic partnerships between science, industry and government, the Netherlands is a perfect location for innovation in Europe. Many ground-breaking Medtech and Biotech companies have already established themselves in the Netherlands.

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Our committed team

Danielle Curfs

Chief Executive Officer

Danielle M.J. Curfs, PhD
CEO Medace

Ms. Curfs studied Environmental Health Sciences and holds a PhD in Toxicology and Cardiovascular Diseases. She continued as a postdoctoral research fellow in a public private partnership between the former pharmaceutical company Organon, Maastricht University and the Dutch government, setting up high-throughput screening methods. In 2009, she transferred to Royal DSM and started working as a project manager in the public-private BioMedical Materials Program, managing a project portfolio of M€50 in the fields of cardiovascular, nephrology and drug delivery. In 2014, she switched to DSM’s Innovation Center as the program director of DSM’s global competence program Health. Simultaneously she was involved in setting up the public-private Institute for Science and Technology (InSciTe).

As of 2016, she dedicates her time on developing a matrix concept to accelerate (bio)medical innovations towards market and patient. This matrix concept is the foundation of Medace: a full service company that trains and guides its customers (being academics or entrepreneurs), in an ISO-certified work-learning environment, how to set up and develop the technical dossier needed for clinical validation whilst producing their clinical grade product.

Kurt Gielen

Chief Business Officer

Sales, Marketing & General Business Management Professional with 20 years’ experience in the Life Science & Biomedical Research industry.

Background as Master in biochemistry. Working with early stage companies and academic groups to bring proven concepts to the patient studies. Currently focusing on GMP and ISO-certified Manufacturing Facilities to help accelerate the growth of Medical Devices, ATMPs and Regenerative Medicine companies.

Throughout his entire career Kurt has always delivered above average growth, often 5 to 10% higher than company and industry growth.

Specialties: Market Development, Marketing, Business development, Real Estate development for innovative companies, Coaching and People Management, General Management

Leah Evers

Quality Manager

Leah Evers’ daily focus is to help companies to bring their products to the patients faster by optimizing their quality system in the field of MDR and IVDR in an ISO-certified facility.

Leah graduated from Fontys college with a Bachelor degree in Applied Science and has already gained more than 9 years of experience in the Medical Device industry. She was active at various departments of the company PathoFinder, like R&D and production. Leah was active in product development, conducting studies, purchasing materials and performing QC tests. She was also involved in the production of semi manufactured goods and final products and their QC testing. In September 2019 Leah joined Medace at a perfect time to transfer the ISO 13485 accreditation to the newly built biomedical facility in Maastricht. This was a major team achievement in which Leah played an important role.

With her allround experience Leah masters the entire process of bringing a CE marked Medical Device to the market. Leah has extensive knowledge about ISO 13485 and she is authorized to carry out internal audits. On top of that Leah offers specialized knowledge regarding MDR and IVDR.

‘It gives me energy to help people develop their quality system and I find it most satisfying if I can just convey a fraction of my enthusiasm about quality.’

Jessica Gerards

Quality Manager

Jessica Gerards is specialized in the area of Regenerative Medicine development, with the focus on ATMP. Jessica ensures compliance with international quality to accelerate the development of her clients’ products towards patients.

Jessica graduated from Zuyd Hogeschool with a Bachelor degree in Applied Sciences (Biomedical). As an intern she gained experience with techniques like flow cytometry, confocal microscopy and cell culture. Her motivation to contribute to people’s quality of life combined with her general interest in regulatory issues led to her passion to work in the field of Quality.

In 2018 Jessica started working as a Quality Officer within Chemelot InSciTe to support clients in the field of Medical Devices and ATMPs with the development of their quality management system. Jessica became Interim QA Manager in 2019 which raised her managerial responsibilities. She also successfully prepared and executed the transfer of the ISO 13485 accreditation to the newly built biomedical facility of Medace in Maastricht.

Jessica provides clients with the tools needed to manage their own quality systems in the maze of regulatory and quality issues.
‘ I am proud to be working at Medace as the company is unique in the service that we provide. We are front runners which makes it a dynamic and challenging place to work.’

Chris Duxbury

Manager Facility and Technical Engineering

Chris Duxbury makes sure that all the facilities and technical aspects in the Medace facilities run smoothly. Combining both his scientific expertise and projectmanagement skills, Chris has made a great effort in the design and development of the medical device and ATMP cleanroom facilities at Medace, in which he applied best practices seen in earlier developed facilities.

Chris studied at the University of Nottingham where he gained a PhD in Chemistry. He moved to the Netherlands and held post-doctoral fellowships within the field of polymer chemistry at Royal DSM. After these fellowships he started working at DSM’s materials research department with a focus on the biomedical business unit. In 2015 he took up the responsibility to design, build and subsequently manage the biomedical facility of the public-private Institute for Science and Technology in Geleen (InSciTe). Parallel to these activities Chris played an important role in the process of obtaining ISO 13485 certification for InSciTe’s Biomedical Program.

Chris lives close to the facility in Maastricht and enjoys his daily bike ride from home to work. “ It’s a joy to be working in this vibrating heart of the medical hub in Maastricht, with so many different people with so many different expertises. We can really make things happen here.“

Celeste Tillemans

Operations and Logistics Manager

Celeste Tillemans is the first point of contact for startup companies working in the Medace facilities. Together with Chris Duxbury, Celeste manages the planning and all kinds of other operational matters. Her allround work package also includes biological safety, for which Celeste is responsible as Biosafety Officer.

Celeste studied Applied Sciences at Zuyd Hogeschool and graduated in Biomedical Sciences. She was the first to combine materials engineering with biology in her graduation internship. Starting at the XS-GRAFT project of the Chemelot Institute for Science and Technology she continued her professional career at this knowledge and science institute as a Biomedical Technician. Taking ownership of new responsibilities in her role at Medace, Celeste arranged fast approvals for working with animal materials and working with GGO’s on levels ML-I and ML-II.

Celeste always walks the extra mile to fulfill the needs of the clients working at the Medace facilities. She gets energized by working with people and by finding creative solutions. ‘ It is a real joy for me to be working in such an inspiring work environment with all these highly motivated academic groups and companies.’

Youri van de Beek

QA Officer

Youri van de Beek is responsible for maintaining and improving the Quality Management System on a daily basis. Youri assists projects and clients within Medace by reviewing and updating documentation and completing technical files from a quality point of view.

Youri studied Laboratory Technique at the Vista College and spent his internships at the Uniklinik in Aachen and the Zuyderland hospital in Heerlen. In 2018 Youri started working for the Chemelot Institute for Science and Technology. Being involved in the quality team of their biomedical facility, Youri and his team members made a natural transfer to Medace at the end of 2019. At Medace he is now active as a full-fledged QA Officer by supporting implementation of guidelines and regulations.

Youri also provides introductory training for clients’ team members who will be working within the facility. ‘I enjoy working in a small team that still manages to do so much. Being a part of that and supporting others pushes me to develop into a Quality Officer that is able to support multiple projects and companies at the same time.’

Rowena Simons

Biomedical Technician

Rowena Simons is Biomedical technician at Medace and has a background in Biotechnology and Medical science. She supports clients as part of the operational team and offers hands-on support in a range of activities like micro-biology, cell culture, microscopy, micro-manipulation, fluorometric quantitation of DNA and gel electrophoresis.

Rowena graduated from her studies Laboratory Engineering (Biotechnology) at Vista College. She has been working as a R&D lab technician at Océ technologies where she performed a lot of testing with UV-gel ink and prepared UV-gel ink according to different recipes. In 2018 Rowena started as a biomedical technician in the operational team at Chemelot InSciTe where she learned more about the biomedical working field. Rowena also joined the transfer from InSciTe to Medace as she is triggered by the unique role Medace can play in the (bio)medical field.

Rowena is now being trained to use specialized equipment with advanced properties and will soon be able to provide this training to clients too.

‘My work at Medace gives me the chance to work and connect with people who make a difference in the medical field. With my drive and joyful personality I hope to inspire them too and wish that we learn a lot from each other. ’

Johan Jansen

CFO/Financial Controller

Together with Dyanne Dohmen, Johan Jansen takes care of the financial accounting of Medace, making sure that all financial transactions are performed in a consistent and transparent way. In this role they are contact point for customers and suppliers for any questions or remarks with regards to accounting. Next to this role Johan is CFO/Financial Controller and part of the management team of Medace, and assisting in bringing the long term strategy of Medace into reality.

Johan studied Business Administration and Economics and has a long experience as finance manager in different entities at DSM as well as an independent financial consultant. He spent many years working with different teams in the field of Venturing, Innovation and Biomedical.

‘As one of the “senior” team members, it is very rewarding to work in a diverse team and to help bringing a new young company to a next level in realizing its ambition. The Biomedical field is highly innovative and so close to improving people’s lifes. What more do you want?’

Ingrid Grimbergen

Communications Manager

After finishing her Communications studies at Fontys Hogeschool and Radboud University, Ingrid started working for the Randstad Holding as an account manager and project manager for a period of 10 years. She then joined the NGO Mama Alice as a Communications manager and fundraiser for the education of street children in Peru. In 2014 she decided to join the family business (Grimbergen) to coordinate the corporate and marketing communication of construction company Thermoflor. She also helped to set up a start up to encounter new markets and developed their corporate identity.

Since 2018 Ingrid has been working at the Chemelot Institute for Science and Technology, where she is responsible for Communications and the Education Program. She combines these activities with working as a Communications Manager for Medace.

"It is an unique experience to be working in the co-workspace at Medace where almost on a daily basis you get to learn about revolutionary developments in life sciences and health."

Dyanne Dohmen

Accounting and Reporting Officer

Together with Johan Jansen, Dyanne takes care of Medace's financial administration and guarantees timely payment of obligations and accurate reporting to management.

Dyanne graduated from the HBO Business Economics in Sittard. Immediately after her studies she started working at DSM where she worked for 26 years as a financial controller in various departments and projects. She joined knowledge institute Chemelot InSciTe in April 2018.

She enjoys the interaction with all the diverse companies working at Medace.
'I am proud to be able to add a little value to this promising company in this beautiful working environment.’

Karin Hendrix

Office Manager

Karin Hendrix has many years of experience in various supporting roles within DSM and other companies. Next to her current job as an office manager at Chemelot InSciTe she is also working part-time as a management assistant for Medace. Karin has gained a lot of valuable knowledge during her career and service orientation, integrity, care and confidentiality are important core values for her. She has a coordinating job and helps to support the daily business by performing administrative and secretarial tasks very efficiently.

She is a social and enthusiastic person and she is happy to be able to contribute to the inspiring Medace team. ‘I love to work with this enthusiastic team and my role at the heart of the organisation perfectly fits me.’