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Nettie Buitelaar appointed managing director of Biotech Booster

As per December 1, 2022, Nettie Buitelaar started as managing director of Biotech Booster. Biotech Booster was awarded almost €250M by the National Growth Fund last April, to accelerate the translation of biotech knowledge to the market and society.


The parties behind Biotech Booster (Universiteiten van Nederland, de Nederlandse Federatie van Universitair Medische Centra, de Vereniging Hogescholen, HollandBIO, DSM and Janssen) were unanimous in their selection of Nettie Buitelaar and are pleased with her appointment.


Annemiek Verkamman, director HollandBIO: “We are very happy with the choice for Nettie Buitelaar. She has the optimal mix of experience in science, entrepreneurship and public-private collaboration projects required to develop Biotech Booster successfully”.


Pieter Duisenberg, president Universities of the Netherlands: “Nettie Buitelaar, with her enthousiasm and energy, is the right person to make Biotech Booster thrive.”


Nettie Buitelaar: “I feel very honoured that the Dutch biotech sector trusts me with this important project. The combination of science and business in biotechnology has always been my sweet spot and I’m looking forward to work with a good team to put Biotech Booster on the map in order to facilitate the commercialisation of Dutch biotech knowledge”. 


For more information or questions, please contact Nettie Buitelaar via

Background info Nettie Buitelaar
Nettie Buitelaar has spent her whole career in biotech. The last years as entrepreneur/Chief Business Officer for BiosanaPharma BV in Leiden, active in the ‘low-cost, high-quality’ production of monoclonal antibodies and focusing on the upcoming market of biosimilars. Before that she was the director of Leiden Bio Science Park foundation; the science park took off a growth spurt under her supervision and has meanwhile developed into the largest and leading life science cluster in the Netherlands. Earlier she was also national director of the BioPartner program, to stimulate entrepreneurship in life sciences. For more information, see


Background info Biotech Booster
Biotech Booster was awarded almost €250M last April from the National Growth Fund to intensify the commercialisation of biotechnology research. With Biotech Booster entrepreneurs, inventors, knowledge organisations and companies can turn knowledge into valuable innovations much faster and in a more efficient way.
The last months a team consisting of Ivo de Nooijer, Rein Strijker and Keshen Mathura made a start building up Biotech Booster. Together with them Nettie Buitelaar will continue with the implementation and execution of the program. For more information on Biotech Booster (in Dutch):


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