Bart Hommez obtained his PhD in Chemistry (polymer chemistry) from Ghent University. After his PhD he worked for 10 years within the lubricants industry (automotive and industrial applications), followed by 3 years in innovation consulting for SME’s. Today Bart is active as business developer for Ghent University where he leads the exploitation of research output in close collaboration with the research teams within the field of chemical engineering and modelling.
Jeroen De Maeyer (1979) obtained his PhD (2006) in micro-electronics from Ghent University. After his PhD he worked for 3 years in the automotive industry. In December 2008 he rejoined Ghent University to become the business development manager of the industrial research platform Sustainable Energy Technologies, which he recently converted into EnerGhentIC wherein research and valorization activities were embedded w.r.t. electrical machines and power electronics. As of 2013 he has been a main contact person of Ghent University for Flanders Make. In 2018 he spun out from EnerGhentIC a new Ghent University industrial research cluster Machineries & Factories of which he is currently the business development manager.
As a business development manager his role is two-fold (1) to identify tangible research results and prepare them for commercialization by industry; (2) to identify needs and trends from industry to steer the research activities to maximize the industrial value of the research results. In this process tools such as patent applications, regional and international funding, infrastructure, spin-off creation … are commonly used.
An Van Den Bulcke holds a Ph.D in Chemistry (Polymer Synthesis) and has an industrial career in product development and R&D management. In 2011 she started as Business Developer at ChemTech, the Chemistry Business and Valorisation cluster at Ghent University.
As Senior Business Developer, dr. An Van Den Bulcke is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of commercialisation of new research findings to market-ready technologies and products, specifically for biomedical markets (pharma, biotech, diagnostics), personal care (cosmetics) and biomaterials markets. She is the focal point for industrial collaborations and builds a relevant network of life science companies interested in chemical expertise or novel (patented) technologies to boost their innovations. In this way, she is involved i.a.:
- Managing the portfolio of collaborations with academic and industrial partners
- Building and managing a strategic IP portfolio
- Prospecting licensing opportunities and negotiating licensing deals
- Creation of spin-off companies
Specialties: research & innovation management – technology transfer – project portfolio management – out-licensing – intellectual property – technology & business development