Vacancy Chief Executive Officer – Antwerp


12 SEP ’22: For a recently founded biotech organisation, which develops innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is needed. Its lead program (oligonucleotide-based) is currently in lead optimisation phase and scheduled to move to clinical phase by 2024. Up until this point in time, the company operated virtually, but is now planning to create a core team over the next 12 months.


As CEO, you will be responsible for building the company and team and, developing the strategy moving forward. It’s important that you build connections with VCs, pharmaceutical partners, academic researchers, and other stakeholders. You will be in the lead in raising a new investment round by the end of 2023. Furthermore, you will bring a balance of business and operational skills and scientific understanding, ideally with a background in CNS/neurology.


As the ideal candidate, you will recognise yourself in having a scientific degree in Life Sciences (think of MSc, MD, or PhD) with a good understanding of biology, medicine and Biotech R&D. Ideally, you completed a Business degree (MBA, MSc Management, or equivalent by experience).

Strong communication skills are needed, and you should have an interest in building a sound network with biotech and pharmaceutical companies, academic labs, clinicians, CROs and KOLs as well as venture capital companies. Of course, you have strong communication skills (verbal and written) in English. Furthermore, there is required:

  • Previous experience with budgets, financial planning and strong operational and project management skills;
  • The ability to work across functions, be a team leader and coach, combining high IQ and EQ;
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit with enthusiasm, energetic and “hands-on” approach, driven to execute, able to inspire stakeholders and to lead this venture in a proactive, collaborative way to the next level;
  • Inspirational leadership skills and strong executive presence with a strong appetite for innovation;
  • Resilience and you are capable to adapt to changing and challenging situations;
  • Excellent judgment and strategic decision-making skills among a range of options and in the face of uncertainty and a results-oriented personality;
  • Ability to motivate and work with others in a highly collaborative environment, establish common ground and forge partnerships and work with VCs and understand expectations.


This CEO position gives you the ability to make a significant next step in your career. This organisation and position offers you the rare chance to develop this start-up with strong financial backing and even more importantly a strong group of scientific and business professionals.

  • Unique opportunity to build your ‘own’ company and team;
  • Your salary plus package will be reflective of this opportunity;
  • Opportunities as the business grows.


There is a lot more I can share about this opportunity, but I will only do so over the phone.

Contact me via the below:

Martin van der Velden
Principal Associate | Biotech/Pharma division

+31 6 82 05 77 09
+31 6 82 05 77 09