Leadership

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Founders

Our amazing team leadership paves the way for success.

Derk Arts
Derk Arts

Founder & CEO

Dr. Derk Arts has more than 10 years of experience in medicine, research and data management. He also founded Castor and launched a platform that enables researchers to easily capture, standardize and integrate data from any source.

Founder & CEO
Rob Konterman
Rob Konterman

COO & Board Member

Rob joined Castor in 2015 from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as the Chief Operating Officer. He also holds the position of Data Protection Officer. With his mother being a nurse and his father working in health insurance, Rob has been submerged in healthcare all of his life.

COO & Board Member
Sebastiaan Knijnenburg
Sebastiaan Knijnenburg

Principal Innovation Engineer

During his studies and subsequent PhD he gained critical experience in the medical research world as well as in IT as freelance PHP developer. Since 2012 he is Castor’s lead developer. His interests lie with Continuous Integration & Testability, User Interaction and cutting edge front-end and back-end technologies.

Principal Innovation Engineer

Advisory Board

Our team of industry experts helps guide us and provide us with advice.

Cherie Butts, PhD
Cherie Butts

Medical Director and Head Clinical Assessments

Digital & Quantitative Medicine at Biogen

Cherié Butts is Medical Director and Head, Clinical Assessments – Digital & Quantitative Medicine at Biogen (Cambridge, MA), leading activities to incorporate meaningful measurement tools into clinical trials.

Medical Director and Head Clinical Assessments
Craig Lipset

Former Head of Clinical Innovation / Advisor & board member

Pfizer / various life sciences and startups

Craig Lipset is a recognized leader at the forefront of innovation in clinical research and medicine development.

Former Head of Clinical Innovation /  Advisor & board member
Thomas Würdinger
Thomas (Tom) Würdinger

Prof. Dr. / Founder of ThromboDX

VUmc neurology / ThromboDX

Tom is a professor at the cancer center of Amsterdam and VU and director of the neuro-oncology research group. Tom has received the “Brain Award” from the STOPbersentumoren Foundation. He is also one of the best-publishing researchers at VUmc CCA.

Prof. Dr. / Founder of ThromboDX
Sarah Fisher
Sarah Fisher

Senior Director, Global Markets, External Innovation

Johnson & Jonson Medical Devices

Accomplished executive with 18 years HealthTech/MedTech/Sector Convergence experience in global corporate entrepreneurial ventures.

Senior Director, Global Markets, External Innovation
Niels van Royen
Niels van Royen

Head of Cardiology Department (Prof. dr)

Radboud University

Niels van Royen is full professor at the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences. He is connected to the Vascular damage theme and head of the Cardiology department.

Head of Cardiology Department (Prof. dr)

Board of Directors

Helping supervise the management of the company.

Derk Arts
Derk Arts

Member

Founder & CEO Castor EDC

Dr. Derk Arts has more than 10 years of experience in medicine, research and data management. He also founded Castor and launched a platform that enables researchers to easily capture, standardize and integrate data from any source.

Member
Rob Konterman
Rob Konterman

Member

COO Castor EDC

Rob joined Castor in 2015 from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as the Chief Operating Officer. He also holds the position of Data Protection Officer. With his mother being a nurse and his father working in health insurance, Rob has been submerged in healthcare all of his life.

Member
Ben Cons

Chairman

Advisor, Investor, Chairman/NED

With over two decades’ experience in drug development and commercialisation for pharmaceutical giants BayerSchering, GlaxoSmithKline and Quintiles. Managing well over a billion dollars of deals.

Chairman
Villi Iltchev
Villi Iltchev

Member

Partner at Two Sigma Ventures

Villi Iltchev joined Two Sigma Ventures in 2019 and focuses on SaaS, enterprise software, developer tools, and mobile applications. Prior to joining August, he was a member of the leadership teams at Box and Lifelock. Previously, Villi was a Vice President at Salesforce.

Member
Mark Slaughter
Mark Slaughter

Member

Founder & CEO Cohealo Inc

Mark Slaughter is Head of Pharma and MedTech, Healthcare Transformation Services at Philips. Prior to Co-founding Cohealo, Mark spent four years driving sales of robotic, laparoscopic, and endoscopic surgical devices in a sales and logistics management role for Fortec Medical.

Member
Corné Jansen
Corné Jansen

Member

Partner at INKEF Capital

Corné focuses on early stage investing in the areas of enterprise SaaS & financial technology. He has 7 years of investment experience in technology.

Member
Thijs Cohen Tervaert
Thijs Cohen Tervaert

Board Observer

Director at INKEF Capital

Medical Doctor with strategy consulting background investing in early stage companies in healthcare and technology.

Board Observer
Kyra Durko
Kyra Durko

Board Observer

Investor at Two Sigma Ventures

Kyra joined Two Sigma Ventures in 2018, where she spends her time sourcing, evaluating, and supporting companies across a variety of verticals. Prior to joining Two Sigma Ventures, Kyra worked on building and supporting startups.

Board Observer

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