22 years building tech companies. Investor in global ventures, most based in the US. A few in Latin America. A few in Europe. A few in Asia. 4 exits as CEO during a 14 year window (one at a time). The exits enabled me to start investing in innovative founders/teams/companies, which turned out to be an activity I really enjoy doing.
Willem is the Managing Director of V-Bio Ventures, a life sciences venture capital fund. Before co-founding V-Bio Ventures in 2015, Willem spent over 15 years working in and growing venture capital-backed life sciences companies as an entrepreneur, consultant, and executive. He was the founder and CEO of Fugeia NV (now owned by Cargill), and Vice President R&D of CropDesign NV (now part of BASF). Before joining CropDesign NV, Willem was a professor of plant biotechnology and plant pathology at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
Willem holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Bioscience Engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from IGIA/ESSEC in Paris, France.