Delivering next-generation treatments for back of the eye disorders, with focus on diabetic eye disease

Our team

People at Oxurion

Oxurion employs 75 people worldwide, all are united by a shared goal: to make Oxurion a global leader in developing and commercializing innovative treatments for chronic eye disorders.

Most members of the Oxurion international team hold a master’s or PhD degree. The majority work at our headquarters in Leuven (Belgium) or from our office in New Jersey (U.S.).

Each member of the Oxurion team provides a distinct viewpoint and set of experiences in the biopharmaceutical industry. The diversity and experience of the team stimulates creativity and problem-solving while enabling the company to successfully develop and commercialize therapeutics to preserve the vision of patients worldwide.

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Board of Directors
 

Thomas Clay

Non-Executive, Independent Director, Chairman

Thomas Clay is Vice-President of East Hill Management Company, LLC and Chairman and CEO of Golden Queen Mining Co., Ltd. He also serves as a Director of the Clay Mathematics Institute, Inc. Thomas is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Harvard Business School, following in the footsteps of his father, Landon Clay, who led the first external investment into Oxurion until leaving the Board in 2011.

 

Patrik De Haes, MD

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Patrik De Haes, MD, has over 25 years of experience in the global healthcare industry in product development, marketing and general management. Before joining the company as CEO in 2008, Patrik was Head of Roche's Global Insulin Infusion business. Prior to that he was President and CEO of Disetronic Medical Systems Inc., a medical device company based in Minneapolis, USA. He also led the global development and commercialization of the first biotech product at Sandoz Pharma (now Novartis) in Switzerland. Past Chairman of FlandersBio, Patrik is an active member of Belgium's local and regional biotech and life science community. He is also Executive Chairman of Oncurious NV, an oncology company co-created by Oxurion and VIB LIfesciences. Patrik holds a degree in Medicine from the University of Leuven.

 

Paul G. Howes

Non-Executive Director

Paul Howes brings over 30 years of commercial strategy, product development and management leadership experience, with a key focus in ophthalmology. He is a board member of Oxurion, and until the end of 2017 was President and Chairman of its U.S. subsidiary, ThromboGenics, Inc. He previously served as board member and CEO of Inotek Pharmaceuticals, a NASDAQ-listed ophthalmic drug development company. Before Inotek, he joined Bausch & Lomb in 2003 and spent 16 years in senior management roles that included President of the Americas Region for Bausch & Lomb, Executive Director of Hospital Marketing, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Specialty Products. He served as President and CEO of DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical and President of Merck Frosst Canada, Inc., after spending 11 years at Price Waterhouse Canada. Mr. Howes is a graduate of Harvard College and earned his MBA from York University in Toronto, Canada. He is also a board member of Prevent Blindness, a Trustee of BioNJ, and a board member of Kish Bancorp.

 

David Guyer, MD

Non-Executive Director

David Guyer, MD, is a long-standing member of the US retina community. He is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of the Ophthotech Corporation, where he was previously CEO.
Dr. Guyer is also on the boards of Sound Pharmaceuticals, iStar, and PanOptica. He co-founded and served as CEO and as a director of Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which he led through private, public and corporate financings. He also oversaw the rapid development and successful commercialization of Macugen® (pegaptanib sodium), the first FDA-approved anti-VEGF pharmacological treatment for treatment of wet AMD. Dr. Guyer had a successful career in academic medicine as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Guyer received his Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from Yale College summa cum laude and his medical degree (MD) from Johns Hopkins Medical School. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a retinal fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School.

 

Emmanuèle Attout

Non-Executive, Independent Director

Emmanuèle Attout was an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1994 to 2014, overseeing audits of a range of clients including banks, insurance companies, investment funds and asset managers. In recent years she managed the audits of listed companies and pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, giving her the substantial experience that she now brings to the Board and the Audit Committee.
Emmanuèle is an independent non-executive director and member of the audit committees of Atenor SA and Schréder SA. She is co-founder and since 2009 director of the NGO Women on Board. She is on the board of Toutes à l'école Belgique asbl. Emmanuèle graduated in Applied Economic Sciences from the Catholic University of Louvain.

 

Baron Philippe Vlerick

Non-Executive, Independent Director

Philippe Vlerick is the owner, Chairman and CEO of several businesses in Belgium and abroad. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Vlerick Group (Belgium), Chairman and CEO of UCO NV, Chairman of Pentahold, Chairman of the Smartphoto Group, Chairman of the Festival Van Vlaanderen, and Commissioner-General of Europalia Romania.
Baron Vlerick is Vice Chairman of the KBC Group, Corelio, and Durabilis, and a member of the boards of directors of Exmar, Hamon & Cie, Besix Group, BMT, Etex and L.V.D. (Belgium). Mr. Vlerick holds a degree in Philosophy and Law from the University of Leuven and an MBA in General Management (PUB) (Ghent, Vlerick School of Management – 1979). He also holds an MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (1980). He was chosen 2006 Manager of the Year by Trends, a leading business magazine in Belgium. He was granted the title of Baron in 2008 and became Commander of the Order of Leopold in 2013.

Executive Committee
 

Patrik De Haes, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Patrik De Haes, MD, has over 25 years of experience in the global healthcare industry in product development, marketing and general management. Before joining Oxurion as CEO in 2008, Patrik was head of Roche’s Global Insulin Infusion division. Prior to that he was President and CEO of Disetronic Medical Systems Inc., a medical device company based in Minneapolis, USA. He also led the global development and commercialization of the first biotech product at Sandoz Pharma (now Novartis) in Switzerland. Patrik holds a degree in Medicine from the University of Leuven. 

 

Dominique Vanfleteren

Chief Financial Officer

Dominique Vanfleteren has over 25 years of experience in senior finance, operational, control and reporting roles in quoted international biopharmaceutical companies. Before joining Oxurion, Dominique spent 12 years at UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company, where he held a number of international managerial finance positions, the latest in Brussels and Shanghai as CFO of UCB’s Asia Pacific Operations. Prior to UCB, he worked for GSK for 16 years in senior finance positions in Brussels and London, the latest as Finance Director of GSK’s Diversified Healthcare Services Europe. Dominique holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a master's in Applied Economics (UCL).

 

Vinciane Vangeersdaele

Chief Commercial Officer

Vinciane has over 15 years of experience in a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles in the global pharmaceutical industry, the latest being the Head of the Ophthalmology Franchise Europe at Novartis AG. She obtained a master degree in business engineering at the University of Mons-Hainaut. 

 

Susan Schneider, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Susan Schneider, MD, has nearly 15 years of experience in clinical drug development. Prior to joining Oxurion, she was, most recently, Vice President & Therapeutic Area Head of Retina & Glaucoma at Allergan. Susan received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania followed by a residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia. At Oxurion, Dr. Schneider is responsible for the development and execution of the Company’s global clinical and medical programs that are focused on its industry-leading pipeline of drug candidates targeting diabetic eye disease.

 

Jean Feyen, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Feyen oversees all preclinical activities at Oxurion. He joined the company in October 2013 from Galapagos, where he was the VP for alliance and portfolio management. He started his professional career with an academic appointment at the University of Connecticut Health Center. After that, he held several positions in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Jean progressed through the ranks in several drug discovery positions in Switzerland and the US, finally heading the translational science and disease biology effort on cardiovascular and metabolic disease at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Jean holds a PhD from the University of Leiden and is an inventor on several patents. He has authored more than sixty peer-reviewed publications. Jean is currently an adjunct professor in the department of pharmacology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

 

Claude Sander

Chief Legal Officer

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Andy De Deene, MD

Global Head of Development

Andy De Deene has extensive experience in drug development, including clinical development, pharmacovigilance and medical affairs. He previously worked as both Manager and Director for the Janssen Research Foundation and XCellentis in Belgium. Andy holds an MD from the University of Ghent, trained as a dermatologist at the University of Cologne, and obtained an executive MBA from Vlerick Management School.

 

Isabelle Decoster

Global Head of HR

Bio Isabelle Decoster