Jan Van den Berghe

Jan, together with Wim, is founder of Novalis Biotech Incubation. Jan is a serial entrepreneur in the food and biotech industry. Following his education in bio-engineering, he worked as senior consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.

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Work

2008 – PRESENT: FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN & CFO OF LIPA HOLDING NV
Based in Bavegem, Belgium. Acquired more than 20 companies to build the group into a diversified food and food recycling conglomerate: Lipa produces baking ingredients and high-quality fats and oils for the food industry and catering sector. Lipa also collects organic waste streams and processes those raw materials into high-quality animal and plant fats and proteins. At present, Lipa has about 200 FTE and >80M EUR turnover.

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2002 – 2018: CO-FOUNDER / DIRECTOR / CHAIRMAN OF GENOHM SA
Originally founded in Ghent (Belgium) in 2002 as a small two-person bio-informatics shop, Genohm re-established itself in 2011 as an EPFL Start-Up at the Innovation Park in Lausanne (Switzerland). With the successful launch of its main laboratory software automation suite, SLIMS, Genohm officially entered the lab informatics market, proudly serving a rapidly growing set of customers in widely varying research and clinical environments throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the US. Today, Genohm has offices in Lausanne, Ghent, and Durham NC and counts a workforce of 40+ highly trained software and life sciences engineers. The company was acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2018.

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2002 – 2017: DIRECTOR / CHAIRMAN OF OYSTERSHELL NV
Based in Ghent, Belgium. Oystershell laboratories is a world-class developer of innovative consumer healthcare products and is especially acknowledged for its success in the anti-lice and insects category, its new skin treatments such as for warts and several other important contributions to OTC pharma. The innovative product portfolio combines own brands and regional distribution agreements with major OTC players. The company was acquired by Gilde Buy-Out Partners in 2017.

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Previously:
Independent strategy consultant, co-founder & CFO of smarterwork.com, (senior) consultant for the Boston consulting group

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