Dr. Erwin Blomsma
Erwin Blomsma holds a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Applied Biological Sciences (1995) from KU Leuven in Belgium. After post-doctoral studies at UCB he started his career at Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1996. In 2000 co-founded Crystallics, a spin-off from the University of Leiden (NL) specializing in preformulation research. Crystallics was absorbed by Avantium Technologies in 2001, and he was appointed Chief Operating Officer there in 2004, playing a key role in making the company cash-positive. In 2007, Dr Blomsma joined Stefaan Wera and Johan Neyts as co-founder and CEO of Okapi Sciences, pioneering in animal health. From January 2014 to August 2015 he was the GM of Aratana Therapeutics in Belgium and VP of Aratana Therapeutics, Inc., a dual role he assumed after the acquisition of Okapi Sciences. In July 2015 he co-founded ViroVet and is the active CEO. Erwin is also chairman of the board of FlandersBio (cluster org for the life sciences sector in Flanders with 320+ members).
Providing innovative virus control solutions to secure and improve the health and value of livestock
ViroVet is a pioneer in the development of disruptive technologies for control of viral disease in livestock, with antiviral drugs leading the pipeline. The strategy of ViroVet is to provide innovative solutions that can be used alone or in combination with existing vaccines and biosecurity measures in order to provide livestock producers, national governments and international organizations with a multi-faceted arsenal of virus control weapons against endemic and epizootic viral diseases. ViroVet’s team of expert researchers has already generated extensive data packages supporting such disease control policies. Antiviral drug technology, together with novel vaccine platforms will be developed further to meet the needs of the production animal industry worldwide.
Animal Health / Veterinary medicine / Vaccines / Antiviral drugs / Livestock
private company (start-up/sme) with an innovative product, technology or service
ict / life sciences
america / asia / europe
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