Luk Van Goethem has a master’s degree in bioscience engineering from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a master in Economics (EHSAL, Brussels, Belgium). He started his career in 1995 at Protex, a Belgian family owned company, active in the distribution of crop protection products. He joined the BCP Group after it acquired Protex in 2008. He has been involved in BiPA and in the project Innova until February 2015.
Hanne Decuypere has a master’s degree in bioscience engineering from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and joined Belchim Crop Protection in 2009 for the development of bio products. At its re-launch in 2010, she joined Bi-PA as the responsible for regulatory affairs.
Joost Bovijn graduated as a biologist and a bioscience engineer at the University of Leuven, Belgium. He has experience in the cultivation of vegetables and ornamental plants. He joined Bi-PA in 2012 where he is working on the development of the fungicides.
Thomas Reher has a master’s degree in bioscience engineering from the University of Leuven and has experience in viticulture. He joined Bi-PA in 2012 and is responsible for the development of Biological trials of insecticides and herbicides.
Sandro Frati has a PhD in Entomology from Università Alma Mater of Bologna (Italy). He worked on crop protection both in entomology and in plant pathology, with a special focus on biocontrol methods. He joined the Bi-PA team in June 2013 where he works as a Development Engineer.
Johan De Saegher holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and started his career as engineer with UCB in 1994 and held several operational and technical functions. After the spin-off of Taminco from UCB, he became responsible for Taminco’s global manufacturing operations. In 2005, he became responsible for the Crop Protection Business Unit, which was extended to Life Sciences including Feed Additives as Group Vice-President Life Sciences and Regional President Latin America and Asia. In 2012, he took up the function of Chief Operating Officer of the Taminco Group. After the acquisition of Taminco by Eastman Chemicals, he joined Bi-PA as CEO since March 1st 2015
Luk Van Goethem
Johan De Saegher
Ilaria Pertot PhD, is currently the head of the Department of sustainable agro-ecosystems and bioresources of FEM (coordinating 82 researchers, PhD students and technicians). She has a long experience in coordinating multidisciplinary research. Her scientific background is on plant pathology and plant protection, specifically focusing on sustainable tools and products for IPM. She has more than 200 scientific and technical papers, four patents and four products under development in collaboration with industry.
Andrea Campisano has a PhD in Plant Protection Technologies from the University of Catania. He joined Fondazione E. Mach in 2010, focusing on ecology and applications of endophytic microorganisms in agriculture. Current interests include plant symbioses, bio-based products for the agroindustry and microbial genomics.
Dario Angeli has a bachelor degree in “Scienze e Tecnologie Agrarie” at Padova University. He got a Phd at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich. His job experience is in innovative research oriented toward the technologies for reducing chemical inputs in agriculture and using low impact plant protection methods. He joined Bi-PA in 2013 where he is working as a research collaborator for the development of new bio-fungicides.
Michele Perazzolli has a PhD in Molecular Biotechnologies from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Piacenza (Italy). His research activity is mainly focused on molecular and functional characterization of plant defense mechanisms and the effects of natural resistance inducers. He is researcher at Fondazione Edmund Mach (Italy)..
Gerardo Puopolo received his PhD in Plant Pathology at the University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy). He worked on different topics such as biological control of phytopathogenic fungi and oomycetes, microbial ecology and molecular microbiology. During his PhD, he worked in collaboration with Prof. Leland S. Pierson III at the University of Arizona. After his PhD, he worked as Post-doc at the Plant Pathology Division of University of Naples “Federico II” (Italy). Since April 2011, he joined the Interactions in the Agro-ecosystems Research Group as Post-doc working on the ability of bacterial and fungal strains to control plant pathogenic fungi and oomycetes..
Nadja Robič has obtained her degree in Microbiology from the Biotechnical University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). In August 2013 she started her PhD, based on the microbiological study of the candidate bacteria for biological control agent, as a part of the INNOVA project.
Guillem Segarra has a PhD in Biology from the Universitat de Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). He specialized in the induction of resistance against plant diseases by Trichoderma. He joined the INNOVA project in October 2013 where he works in the formulation of microbial pest control products.
Andrea Nesler has a PhD in Molecular, Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology from the University of Verona (Italy). He worked on plant pathology at Foundation Edmund Mach (Italy), focusing on molecular and functional characterization of plant defense mechanisms and the effects of natural resistance inducers. He joined the Innova project in March 2015.
Audrey Derumier has a master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering from the University of Louvain (Belgium). After one year as a plant pathologist researcher, she joined Belchim Trial Station team in 2013 where she’s responsible for the laboratory trials.
Tim Antoons has
a master’s degree in bioscience engineering from the University of Ghent (Belgium). After working 1.5 year as a technical advisor at Protex, he joined the
BCP development team
Karolien Abts has a master’s degree in "Science of Applied Bio-Engineering: Agriculture and horticulture - option vegetable and animal production" from the Biosciences and Technology Department of the "Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen" of Geel (Belgium). She joined Belchim in 2012, where she works as development engineer.
Nadja Liebig received her PhD in Plant Physiology at the University of Hohenheim (Germany). She worked on the physiological characterization of a gene family in Arabidopsis thaliana which is involved in abiotic stress response. In 2012 she joined the Belchim development team.
Pieter Vanhassel has a master’s degree in bioscience engineering from the University of Ghent (Belgium). After working 2.5 years as a research engineer in greenhouse crops at Inagro, he joined the BCP development team in 2015
Lander De Valck received his Master in Bioscience Engineering Technology and Master in Business Economics at the University of Ghent (Belgium). He worked on the development of plant extract based pesticides. In 2015 he joined the Belchim trial station and started in 2016 as EU Marketing & Development Analyst at Belchim.
Henri Caulier has a master’s degree in Bio-Engineering from the Agricultural Sciences department of the University Gembloux-Agro-Bio Tech in Belgium. He joined Belchim in 2015, where he works in the Regulatory Affairs and formulations development.
Maud Buggenhout has a master’s degree in bioscience engineering and a master’s degree in complementary studies in business economics, both from the University of Ghent (Belgium). She joined Belchim in 2013 as marketing and development analyst, first on a European level and since 2014 for Benelux.
Tanya Schollaert has a master’s degree in bioscience engineering from the University of Ghent (Belgium), with a specialization in crop protection. She joined the regulatory affairs department of Belchim Crop Protection in 2015.
Jan Vanherck received his Master of Bioscience Engineering Technology at the University college Thomas More in Geel (Belgium). In 2013, immediately after graduation, he joined Belchim as a Technical advisor crop protection.
Kenny Caes has a master’s degree in Biology from the university of Leuven (Belgium), with a focus on plant pathology and crop protection. After working as a student at Proefcentrum Fruitteelt (Sint-Truiden, Belgium) and as an interim at Scientia Terrae (Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium), he joined the Belchim Trial Station team in October 2015, where he works as a laboratory assistant.
Lander De Valck
Innovative bio-based pesticides to minimize chemical residue risk on food
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