Working apart together. That is what we do.

Bioqube ventures has one mission: bringing early-stage healthcare companies to the next level. Entrepreneurial, result driven, shoulder to shoulder.

Our team jointly represents over 40 years of leadership experience in identifying and funding promising scientific opportunities, is skilled in helping businesses grow and is deeply connected across corporate, government and academic research ecosystems.

We cut cost, accelerate business and bring value by linking three key components: access to capital, specialized infrastructure and expertise.

In 2016, Bioqube Ventures partnered with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen), part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, to act as the independent management arm leading the new Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLINX initiative. Through this partnership, Bioqube Ventures ran the day to day operations of JLINX, including managing the investment portfolio and relationships with external venture investors, involvement in identifying, securing and investing in new companies, and supporting the overall scale-up of the new initiative.

Our partnership with Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLINX, was the embodiment of our mission: a multifaceted approach that enables early-stage healthcare companies to reach their full potential in a cost effective and time efficient way.

Whether you are a scientist, entrepreneur or venture capitalist, Bioqube Ventures will face the challenge – working apart, and together with you.

Nico Vandervelpen

Nico Vandervelpen MSc

Managing Partner

Nico Vandervelpen is managing director and co-founder of Bioqube Ventures.

Nico previously served in a variety of capacities at LRM, a Belgium-based private equity and venture capital firm, including most recently as the funds Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining LRM, between 1998 and 2007, Nico was a senior executive at Ernst & Young.

Nico served on the board of directors of several public and private life sciences companies and has led several dozen international venture capital transactions and M&A deals including Minerva Neurosciences (Nasdaq: NERV), Tigenix (NYSE Euronext: TIG), SEPS Pharma (acquired by Amatsi) and Apitope.

Nico holds a Masters degree in commercial and business engineering from Hasselt University as well as a Master in Accountancy from VLEKHO Business School - Brussels.


Debora Dumont

Debora Dumont PhD

Managing Partner

Debora Dumont is managing director and cofounder of Bioqube Ventures.

Debora previously served as Head of Health & Care at LRM, a Belgium-based private equity and venture capital firm. In this position, she served as a board member on several biotech companies and was involved in a series of international venture capital transactions including XO1 (acquired by Johnson & Johnson), FFPharma, Complix and Therasolve. Prior to joining LRM, between 2007 and 2010, Debora was a business developer at the Biomedical Research Institute of Hasselt University and manager of the life sciences cluster organization LifeTechLimburg (now LifeTechValley).

Debora has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Hasselt University and holds a Masters degree in Bioscience Engineering from K.U. Leuven.


Tol Trimborn

Tol Trimborn PhD

Venture Partner

Tol Trimborn is a Venture Partner of Bioqube Ventures.

Tol has over 15 years of experience in the life sciences and venture capital industry. He is a highly motivated, creative and dynamic entrepreneur. Tol serves and has served in a variety of management capacities, including CEO of Arcarios, COO of Gadeta, founder and general manager at DNage (acquired by Pharming). He has co-founded several companies including Arcarios and Gadeta.

Tol started his career as a Postdoctoral fellow conducting scientific research at the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute of Stanford, became a leader of the molecular biology activities at Kalobios, an early-stage biotech start-up in Mountain View and expanded his scientific network into a commercially oriented network as a biotech analyst at LSP, The Netherlands.

Tol has a PhD in Medical Biology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and holds Masters degrees in biology and chemistry from Leiden University, The Netherlands.


Dirk Reyn

Dirk Reyn Ph MBA

Venture Coach

Dirk Reyn is a Venture Coach of Bioqube Ventures.

Dirk has over 30 years of experience in the life sciences industry. He has served in a variety of management capacities, including Global Business Unit leader for Gastroenterology, head of a Regulatory department and head of European Business development at JNJ, Founder and CEO of Movetis, Global Commercial lead at Shire, founder and CEO of Progress Pharma and founder of R&S consulting. He is currently CEO of ETheRNA, a spin-off from the University of Brussels with a breakthrough therapy for cancer. He is also board member of Tigenix and vice-chairman of Flandersbio, an organization of Flemish biotech companies.

Dirk Reyn is a Pharmacist and has an MBA from Handelshogeschool (Antwerpen)/Northwestern University (Kellog’s Chicago/USA).


Joris De Maeyer

Joris De Maeyer PhD

Venture Coach

Joris is a Venture Coach of Bioqube Ventures.

Joris has 15 years' experience in the pharma-biotech sector, shaping and directing innovative and collaborative R&D programs. As an independent advisor, Joris currently provides strategic R&D and funding advise to international biotech companies and acts as Director R&D at Facio Therapies. Previously, Joris had various roles of increasing responsibility in start-ups as well as in large international companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Movetis and Shire Pharmaceuticals, where in his most recent position he served as Director Discovery.

Joris holds a PhD in Medical Sciences from Ghent University and a Masters in Bioscience Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven.


Olivier Houben

Olivier Houben LLM

Legal Counsel

Olivier Houben is the Legal Counsel of Bioqube Ventures.

He is a partner of Value for Growth, an independent consulting group. Olivier assisted in the creation and development of start-ups, supported companies & organisations with strategy development and implementation and together with leading (investment) banks helped companies with their fund-raising. Main achievements include assisting with the legal aspects of the creation of the venture capital fund Vesalius Biocapital I & III, co-operating with leading (investment) banks on fund-raising and legal counsel for Selligent, a multinational company of Belgian origin that provides relationship marketing solutions.

Olivier holds a Master’s Degree in Law from University of Louvain & University of Antwerp, as well as Special Licence Tax Law from the University of Brussels.


Alexander Demoulin

Alexander Demoulin MSc

Business Analyst

Alexander is Business Analyst of Bioqube Ventures.

Alexander recently graduated from the University of Warwick with a Masters degree in Medical Biotechnology and Business Management and holds a Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Sciences from Antwerp University.


Géry Dams

Géry Dams MSc

Operations Manager

Géry Dams is Operations Manager of Bioqube Ventures and was responsible for the (lab) facility management of the incubator at the Janssen R&D site in Beerse.

Géry started his career at Janssen in 1990 as a scientist in the department of Bacteriology & Mycology.  In 1998, Géry joined Tibotec in the role of team-leader cellular biology. After Tibotec was acquired by Johnson and Johnson, Géry became Associate Director e-Biology, Associate Director Target Validation & Engagement and finally Associate Director hit-to-lead and lead optimization within different discovery capability organizations at Janssen. In October 2017, Géry’s hit-to-lead and Lead optimization team was acquired by Charles River labs.

Géry holds a Master in Biochemistry from Breda Technical University.


Géry Dams

Eve Van Breda MA

Office Manager & Communication Officer

Eve is Office Manager & Communication Officer at Bioqube Ventures. She has experience in marketing, organisation and graphic design. She supports the Bioqube Ventures Team in their day-to-day activities and is responsible for all communication efforts.

Eve has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Management and attended Business School at the University of Greenwich. She holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Management from Antwerp University.


March 2016

Bioqube ventures launches specialist investment firm and announces collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLINX

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April 2016

JLINX incubator Launch Event - Sparking Life Science Innovation

September 2016

The JLINX building based at the Janssen R&D campus in Beerse, Belgium is ready to welcome life sciences startups

November 2016

JLINX award granted to S-Biomedic and Biomillenia in "Pitch Your Microbes" competition in collaboration with Janssen Human Microbiome Institute

April 2017

JLINX celebrates first birthday Catalyst for innovations in healthcare receives European and Flemish support

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April 2017

JLINX award granted to Genome Biologics in the Startup Challenge, Hannover

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June 2017

JLINX award granted to Gallinée in "Pitch Your Microbes" competition in collaboration with Janssen Human Microbiome Institute

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October 2017

JLINX features in The Pharma Frontier magazine

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November 2017

Bioqube Ventures managing partner, Nico Vandervelpen named by Bloomberg as one of the top people to watch in 2018

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February 2018

Genome Biologics joins the JLINX Community

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March 2018

JLINX incubator transitions into the first JLABS in Europe, JLABS @ BE

March 2018

Bioqube Ventures kick starts fundraising for independent VC fund


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