Program management Office

Herman Verheij

Herman Verheij studied organic chemistry at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he also obtained a PhD in physical-organic chemistry. After a short stint as a post-doc researcher at the Wageningen University, where he developed organic solar cells, he joined the biggest worldwide supplier of screening chemistry, Specs, in 1998, as head of the department of Cheminformatics and Screening collaborations.

Together with a few colleagues he started Pyxis Discovery, where he also headed the Chemistry and Cheminformatics department. In 2010 he joined Top Institute Pharma as Senior Program Manager, where he managed the technological and financial execution of over 25 projects. Since 2016 he is one of the Senior Program Managers at Lygature, a Dutch not-for-profit foundation that acts as a catalyst for the development of new medical solutions for patients by driving public-private collaborations between academia, industry and society. Here he manages a.o. the worldwide RADAR-CNS and RADAR-AD projects, as well as the ReSToRe and PD-MIND consortia.

Vera Nies

Vera studied Medical Biology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. During her studies she developed a keen interest for neuro-endocrinology and metabolism. She performed her final internship at the Salk Institute, La Jolla, USA, where she studied the urocortin system in relation to diabetes. After that she pursued a PhD in Molecular Metabolism, which she obtained from the State University Groningen (RUG) in May 2017. During her PhD she performed basic research with a clear translational signature, as she investigated the blood-glucose lowering effects of FGF1, a protein that is currently investigated for it potential to treat type 2 diabetes. After her PhD she gained experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a Regulatory Affairs Manager at Novartis, where she managed the portfolios of several oncology products.

She joined Lygature as a Program Manager in June 2018, where she is now involved with the day-to-day management of the IMI-funded projects RADAR-AD, RADAR-CNS, and ELF2. It is her ambition to stimulate innovation through collaboration, and to put science to practice so that it brings benefit to us all.

Janneke Boere

Janneke is Program Manager at Lygature in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where she coordinates the management of several IMI projects. Janneke is a biomedical scientist by training. She studied Clinical Molecular Sciences at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and Wild Animal Biology at the University of London in the UK. She started her career in the Drug Discovery Team of Sepracor Inc. (currently Sunovion Inc.) in Marlborough, USA; here she investigated new targets for innovative anti-depressant therapy. Later, she performed fundamental research in the fields of wild animal reproduction at the Zoological Society London (UK) and cancer biology at Maastro Lab in Maastricht (the Netherlands). In 2017, Janneke obtained her PhD degree from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University & University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. For her PhD thesis she combined her background in veterinary and human medicine into a translational research project in the field of rheumatic diseases and regenerative medicine of the joint.

Janneke’s current ambition is to recruit scientific knowledge, bring people together, facilitate, advise and organize in order to guide innovative science towards a clinical application.

Andre Durudas

After receiving a business degree in insurance administration, Andre went on to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Applied Science in Münster, Germany. He then continued with his studies in the US and received his PhD in Immunology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Since 2010, Andre has been working in science project management, including collaboration projects funded by the US government (NIH, BARDA) as well as large-scale European-funded research projects in the FP7, Horizon2020 and IMI2 programs. In July 2016, he joined CMAST, a Belgian SME focusing on delivering Project Management, Consulting and Business Solutions to life science clients. In this role, Andre is subcontracted to Janssen Pharmaceutica to support the Project Leader in the two related IMI2 projects RADAR-CNS and RADAR-AD in all issues related to project management and contract compliance.