Life Science
Incubator Leiden

Meet the unlock_team!

Meet, connect, expand your network

The unlock_team is a varied bunch, with different background but they share a passion for entrepreneurship in the Life Science Health sector. Meet all the members of the unlock_team below!

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Stéfan Ellenbroek – unlock_director

With a background in biopharmaceuticals end entrepreneurship, Stéfan was a perfect fit when he joined unlock_ this year. He was the person who originally envisioned the incubator and is now head of the program.

Why does he work at unlock_?

“I can’t imagine doing anything more fun and fulfilling then helping the starting entrepreneurs in Biotech to make sure they don’t repeat mistakes so many others have made before them”

Advice for future entrepreneurs?

Find out how the market works in this sector; who is the end-user, who will pay for the product and who are your competitors. There is no other sector where these questions are as hard to answer as in the LSH sector. At unlock_ we can help you kickstart your first steps toward these answers.

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Ruben Habraken – unlock_program manager

Ruben is what happens when trainer meets producer… He’s the mind behind the first unlock_incubation program, building upon his experience in his earlier years to create the exact circumstances to help young entrepreneurs grow!

Why does he work at unlock_?

“Setting up a life science startup comes with a set of additional challenges. But the impact they can make on the lives of people is big. With unlock_ we can create the support system needed so that more life science startups will succeed.”

Advice for future entrepreneurs?

Your technology is not the solution you sell. The first takes time to create, the second you need to validate from the start.

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Henriëtte van Dam – unlock_project manager

Hands on, precise and critical thinker, Henriëtte provides the unlock_team with her sharp insights but also keeps the team on track when it comes to delivering what they promise to the entrepreneurs. As part of the Leiden BioScience Park organisation, she provides direct acces to the ecosystem.

Why does she work at unlock_?

“By outlining the opportunities at the Leiden Bio Science Park, we can help startups on their way to successful entrepreneurship.”

Advice for future entrepreneurs?

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice & support, we all need it sometimes!

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Joep van den Eerenbeemt – unlock_business developer

If you want to sell your idea… Joep is your man. He coaches even the most uncertain public speakers up to the point that they are Ted-talk worthy, breaking down the complexity of ideas so that everyone can get onboard.

Why does he work at unlock_?

“This region is one of the top ecosystems in the LSH sector, to keep it that way, we need to make room for the next generation of entrepreneurs”

Advice for future entrepreneurs?

Talk to your future clients, step away from the research if only for a bit, validate your ideas in the real world!

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Bart Hoenen – unlock_program manager

Ruben is what happens when trainer meets producer… He’s the mind behind the first unlock_incubation program, building upon his experience in his earlier years to create the exact circumstances to help young entrepreneurs grow!

Why does he work at unlock_?

“In one of the best and richest Life Science & Health ecosystem in the world, more entrepreneurship is needed. To innovate, accelerate and to unlock the full potential of the city and the Leiden Bioscience Park we need to cherish our entrepreneurs and those who could be so.”

Advice for future entrepreneurs?

Always trust your gut feeling. Be curious and go out there.

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