CEO - Brussels

Vacancy information

Publication date:November 09 2020
Employment type: Permanent
Sector: Biotechnical
Function Group: Management

Functiegroepen: Management / CEO


For a newly created start-up in the field of Treg targeted therapies for the treatment of autoimmune diseases, we are currently looking for a CEO. This organisation is focusing on the development of a new class of biologics (bispecific antibodies, immunocytokines etc.) to stimulate and activate Tregs in patients suffering from autoimmune diseases with the aim to restore the immune balance. This is done through combining the efforts of several top academic labs, each pursuing their own pathways.


As CEO you will be responsible to successfully grow this new biotherapeutics business by setting vision, strategy and direction, building connections with VCs, pharma partners, PIs and other stakeholders, and raising a Series A investment round in mid 2022 in strong collaboration with the organisation’s CSO.

Also you will bring a balance of business and commercial skills and scientific understanding. You do not need to be a specific scientific expert in immunology but need to be able to get up to speed with the science and articulate the vision of the organisation both internally and externally.

In short, as the ideal candidate you are an exceptional CCO / COO / CBO / Corporate BD person with high potential and ready to step-up, with significant experience in the life sciences industry.


You will recognise yourself in the following profile:

  • You have a scientific degree in life sciences (PhD or MD), ideally completed by a Business degree (MBA, MSc Management, or equivalent by experience)
  • You have a strong network within the Biotech/Pharma industry with ideally a minimum 5 years of experience as CCO / COO / CBO or Corporate BD. You ideally have interacted directly with biotech and pharma companies, academic labs, clinicians, CROs and TTOs (and gained insights into their needs and financial drives) as well as ideally venture capital companies
  • You have a proven track record in concluding partnership deals, including collaborations and licensing deals with big pharma and biotech. Strong bonus will be experience in collaboration with academic institutes
  • You have experience with budget / financial planning and strong operational / project management skills
  • You have demonstrated your ability to work across functions and business groups
  • You are open and eager to make a significant next step in your career

This is demonstrated and illustrated by the following skills and abilities:

  • An entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm and energy
  • A strong appetite for innovation
  • Excellent leadership skills and strong executive presence
  • You are hands-on, pragmatic and adept at solving problems
  • You are resilient and capable to adapt to changing situations
  • You possess excellent judgment and strategic decision-making skills among a range of options and in the face of uncertainty
  • Backed by strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • The ability to motivate and work with others in a highly collaborative environment
  • The ability to establish common ground and forge partnerships
  • The ability to work with VCs and understand expectations
  • A result-oriented personality
  • (Ideally speaking you are located in the Benelux region)


If driving an ambitious, scientifically strong biotech start-up to great success all the while partnering with an inspiring CSO is your thing, do not hesitate and contact me.

On offer is a change of a lifetime with a package to match!


If you are interested in this job, or in similar ones, please feel free to contact me directly.

Martin van der Velden
Principal Associate




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