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

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

Gertjan Geelen

Gertjan Geelen

Quality Manager

Gertjan Geelen is responsible for planning and executing the daily quality assurance activities regarding Medace’s ISO 13485 certified QMS as well as the planning, strategy and coordination of the quality support activities for our medical device clients, serving as Management Representative. He ensures the compliance and staying up-to-date with international quality requirements as defined by the applicable ISO guidelines, MDR and IVDR regulations in the specialised area of Medical Devices.

Gertjan studied at KU Leuven, from which he holds a Master of Science degree in Electromechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and has already gained over 6 years of experience in the Medical Device industry before joining Medace early 2022. He did an internship at the Biomedical Engineering department of Materialise, an additive manufacturing company, testing software in connection with 3D printers. At Novosanis, a spin-off company from the University of Antwerp, he developed a dual-chamber container for the intradermal injection of lyophilised vaccines. Gertjan then spent 5 years working for Fortimedix Surgical, specialised in the field of minimally invasive surgery, where he started off as a Manufacturing Engineer, being mainly responsible for the core laser cutting, chemical cleaning and visual component inspection process. Building on his continuous improvement and operational excellence experience and his Lead and Internal Auditor certification, he grew into the Lead Quality Assurance Officer’s role, where he was responsible for implementing, improving, maintaining and monitoring compliance of the QMS and its business processes in accordance with EU and US regulatory requirements ISO 13485:2016 and 21 CFR Part 820.

Gertjan is a sporty person who competes in (trail) running races and enjoys his daily cycling route from across the Belgian-Dutch border to work. “I like the unique concept of working with several clients on different products and technologies at the heart of medical innovation in this Euroregion.”

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.’

Kailum Browne

Quality Associate

At Medace Kailum is responsible for the maintenance and design of Quality Management Systems, all the while continually assessing documentation, facilities and process to ensure the highest level of quality is being delivered in Medace services. On top of this you can always Kailum on hand to provide technical, quality advise when needed.

Kailum started out as an Apprentice Assistant Scientist as part of a collaboration between York College and Fera Science Ltd in 2016. For the next two and a half years he worked in a modern multidisciplinary environment fine tuning skills in microbiology and molecular biology while at the same time increasing knowledge in the field through study. After finishing his studies in 2019 Kailum moved to the Netherlands to start working as a Biotech Associate at Lonza. Here he spent nearly two years manufacturing cell and gene therapy products inside the cleanroom while also acting as a quality Subject Matter Expert in the office. Over the years Kailum has used his skills to contribute massively in numerous international projects and the implementation of complex LIMS systems.

Kailum now is a Maastricht local, only a stone throw away from the office where you can usually find him mixing with different people from different walks of life. Something he hope tos continue doing with the massive range of people and clients operating in the Medace co-workspace.

Dana Quaden

Quality Associate ATMP

Dana Quaden is responsible for maintaining and improving the Medace’ Quality Management System according to the current cell therapy (GMP) legislation and regulations on a daily base. Dana provides guidance to the cell therapy clients with developing tailor-made quality documentation for the specific cell therapy processes, further development of manufacturing processes and trainings on general cleanroom activities.

Dana studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Maastricht with a great interest in Immunology. She further broadened her experience in Immunology and Microbiology by performing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Hasselt University. During this PhD, she was responsible for an innovative project and gained a lot of experience in the identification and further validation of diagnostic biomarker tools. After this PhD, she joined the Manufacturing Engineering team at Abbott Vascular BV were she documented and reported non-conformances and corrective and preventive actions according to ISO13485 standards. In 2019 she started working at CiMaas BV where she was responsible for the technology transfer and further product development of a cell based medicinal product and gained extensive hands-on experience by working under current GMP standards for ATMPs. At Medace, she is now active as a Quality Associate and is looking forward to use her hands-on experience, knowledge and positive mind-set to guide and assist Clients with implementing current GMP regulations and guidelines.

With her scientific background and extensive experience in GMP regulations Dana is able to prepare tailor-made quality documentation for Client’s specific processes. ‘It gives me energy to work in such a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment and it is a joy to share my knowledge in GMP standards by supporting people in getting their innovative biomedical products ready for clinical use.’

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.’

Mark Huurneman

Business Developer

Mark Huurneman is connecting innovative medical companies and academic institutions with the Medace formula and establishes the base for a thriving cooperation. Using his hands-on experience in the Life Sciences market and extensive commercial background in the sector he advises clients on the optimal utilization of our facilities and services.

Mark studied at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht where he completed the bachelor of Life Sciences. During the bachelor he worked on multiple clinical research studies in both the UMC Utrecht and Radboud UMC. He subsequently held multiple advisory sales positions within VWR, part of Avantor for over 3 years. During which he advised biotech customers on all chemical related topics and thereby supporting their research and production needs. He was also responsible for regulatory affairs of the Dutch office, ensuring compliance on a wide range of topics and conveying relevant changes of legislation to customers.

Mark cherishes the open atmosphere at Medace, enabling unmatched synergy with the team and clients. ‘It’s highly motivating to work in the accessible and challenging ecosystem of Medace – in which our clients are truly partners in achieving our conjoined targets.’

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.“

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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.’

Dyanne Dohmen

Manager Accounting & Reporting

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. Then she started working for 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.’

Paula Bilbao

Paula Bilbao

Intern Quality GMP

Paula Bilbao is an intern at Medace working in the GMP quality department together with Dana Quaden and Jessica Gerards. She is gaining experience in the current legislation and regulations in the ATMP area and assists the team with our mission to support the process of patent to patient. Next to that she supports in the operations area when needed on a daily basis.

Paula is currently studying for a Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences following the specialization in Genetics and Genomics at Maastricht University. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Valladolid. During her BSc, she gained experience working with cell culture and mass spectrometry analysis. In addition to her passion for biomedical sciences, she has also experience working in the Pharmaceutical Sales and Health Care sector.

"I am driven by the idea of cell and gene therapies one day will transform global healthcare, change the way diseases are treated, and significantly improve patient outcomes. Therefore, working at Medace and being surrounded by cutting-edge innovations just feels the right place for me!".