Johan is Managing Director of VIB, one of the world’s premier life science institutes based in Belgium, where he is responsible for the Innovation and Business Team. He currently represents VIB on the Board of various Life Science and AgTech companies, including Biotalys, Aphea.Bio, ConfoTherapeutics, Oncurious and GlobalYeast. He is currently also independent Chairman of Meiogenix and Chairman of the LP Board of V-Bio Ventures, a dedicated life sciences investment fund focused on early stage investments. Johan built extensive experience in the Agtech sector, starting his career at AgrEvo Hoechst Schering/Aventis (now Bayer CropScience) where he was responsible for all biotech related technology acquisitions. In 1999, Johan joined CropDesign (now BASF) as Vice President Business Development and became CEO in December 2004 where he developed and implemented a dual track strategy (IPO/trade sale) which led to the acquisition of CropDesign by BASF in June 2006. Johan obtained his PhD in Biology from KU Leuven, Belgium and a Business Degree from KU Leuven, Belgium.