Dr. Frans Houwen (1958) studied Biology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, and gained a PhD in anaerobic microbiology and biochemistry at the Agricultural University in Wageningen.
Frans: “Passionated by Science I then worked for several years as a PostDoc at the Agricultural University of Uppsala (Sweden) and at the University of Ghent (Belgium). The enthusiastic support of students was in both places a very important part of my work. Back in the Netherlands I worked for Sanquin Bloodbank (Maastricht) as manager of the divisions Production, Laboratory & Distribution, including Quality, (international) guidelines, and software application management. Then, as a project manager I carried out several projects to initiate and improve processes and methods. In an industrial environment, I have contributed as microbiologist / system developer to the creation of a number of products at the interface of biology, engineering and software. Starting from innovation and the belief that (multidisciplinary) collaboration is exciting and needed, I started my own companies ScienceLynk Ltd in 2009 and Peracutus Ltd in 2013.