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Leadership

Our amazing leadership team paves the way for success.

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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
Anna Wozniak
Anna Wozniak

Chief Financial & Development Officer (CFDO)

Anna has more than 14 years of life sciences experience, building and scaling businesses through her focus on strategy, leadership, and driving execution. Her passion for scaling businesses is what led her to Castor – to deliver on the promise of democratizing clinical research. 

Chief Financial & Development Officer (CFDO)
Dave Howgego
David Howgego

Chief Revenue Officer

Before joining Castor, David spent over 5 years researching chemistry and nanotechnology. He also brings with him a wide range of experience of more than 10 years guiding technology companies through major business growth including building operations management and strategic planning. His expertise range from sales-drive, customer experience to global operations, and P&L management.

Chief Revenue Officer

Advisory Board

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

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 & Johnson 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 a 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)
Mark Slaughter
Mark Slaughter

Senior Vice President

Sidekick Health

Mark currently leads Pharma Business Development for Sidekick Health, a leading Digital Therapeutics company.  Prior to joining Sidekick, Mark was the Commercial Leader-Pharma for Philips; an Independent Member of the Board of Directors at Castor; and the Founder and CEO of venture backed hospital informatics company Cohealo.

Senior Vice President
Amir Lahav

Head of Strategic R&D and Digital Health Innovation

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Holding America

Amir Lahav is a strategic consultant currently serving as Head of Strategic R&D and Digital Health Innovation at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Holding America as well as Chief of Digital Health Strategy at Redenlab. 

Formerly, Amir served as the Head of Digital Innovation for Rare Diseases at Pfizer and was a Prof. of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Head of Strategic R&D and Digital Health Innovation
Baljit Samra
Baljit Samra

Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific

Parexel

Baljit (Boo) Samra has over 25 years of experience in clinical trials and is a seasoned leader with global expertise in operations, digital health and technologies, account leadership, quality, and general management. Having lived in the UK, USA, and Asia including China, Japan, India, and Singapore, his work experience spans the globe.

Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific

Board of Directors

Helping supervise the management of the company.

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
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Derk Arts

Member

Founder & CEO Castor

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

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
Milind-Kamkolkar
Milind Kamkolkar

Member

Senior Advisor to Cellarity

Milind is currently serving as Senior Advisor to Cellarity, a Flagship Pioneering company, post his tenure as Chief Digital & Data Officer. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare AI and digital health, from startup management consulting to Fortune 500 enterprises. 

Member
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
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

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