Ben van Leent – Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder
Ben has more than 25 years of experience in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market. At the end of 1988 after several sales and management positions at Esso and Unisys he started his career as an entrepreneur. As the Managing Director of Benton Software International BV, he was responsible for the sales and implementation of data communication software (XCOM6.2) to the financial services sector. Later he represented Entrust Inc., market leader in the field of encryption, and was responsible for the sales and implementation of PKI-infrastructures, configured to send encrypted data in the form of a so-called "digital signature". Users were Interpay, S.W.I.F.T. and the Dutch Inland Revenue Service (electronic declaration of tax). He has extensive entrepreneurial experience and is well versed with the major business issues such as IP, technology, legal, finance and business strategy.
Peter de Haan PhD – Chief Scientific Officer & Co-founder
Peter has a virology background and has been active in R&D for more than twenty-five years. Peter’s academic career started as a Virologist at the Wageningen University in The Netherlands, where he obtained his PhD in 1991. In 1991 he joined Novartis Seeds where he held several research management positions in the field of plant biotechnology. He is a co-founder of Phytovation B.V., formerly active in biopharmaceuticals and vaccine production, and of its subsidiary Viruvation B.V., which was active in developing therapeutic AIDS and HCV vaccines. Throughout his career Peter has worked on applications of virus-associated technologies. He has a long-standing expertise in virology, molecular & cell biology, immunology and is highly experienced in molecular cloning activities, tissue culture of mammalian cells and production of (recombinant) virus particles in mammalian cell systems. Peter is the (co-) author of more than fifty peer reviewed scientific articles. Next to this, he is the company’s intellectual property (IP) manager. Peter has a longstanding expertise with IP matter as (co-) inventor of more than twelve different awarded patents and patent applications.