Katrien Vanhonacker

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Katrien Vanhonacker

Katrien Vanhonacker, MA Biotechnology, MBA, started her career in the microbial genetics’ lab at the University of Ghent, and witnessed the emergence of the first biotech companies in Flanders Biotech Valley. She then moved on to join EMEA business development and commercial functions in several segments of the molecular testing and diagnostics ecosystem, for a number of international life sciences companies such as Oxoid (now Thermo Fisher Scientific), Qiagen and Applied Biosystems (Life Technologies). During her career, she studied business administration (Vlerick Management School) and marketing (University of California, Irvine), and fulfilled a variety of roles from the pre-sales process by performing technical sales tasks, establishing contacts with key opinion leaders and generating customers reference sites, to strategic selling and marketing.