Etherna Manufacturing

Our Management Team

Releasing the full potential of mRNA technology

eTheRNA manufacturing is managed by a dedicated team of production specialists, with expertise covering all stages of RNA production and LNP formulation.

Bernard-Sagaert

Bernard Sagaert

Senior VP, COO

Bernard Sagaert

Bernard Sagaert is an Industrial Pharmacist with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He has expertise in pharmaceutical authorizations, inspections and manufacturing. He was a former QA & Supply Chain Director at Mylan in Belgium.

David Ricketts

Director of Business Development

David Ricketts

David Ricketts has a doctorate in Drug Design and has worked in life sciences for over 35 years, with pharma companies and SMEs in the USA and Europe. After his scientific career David moved into Business Development, and then held roles as CEO of biotech companies in Belgium and the UK. He has expertise in business planning, sales management, technology commercialization and licensing, and also has extensive experience in Japan.

Niels Delamotte

Quality Control Manager

Niels Delamotte

Niels Delamotte has over 17 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. He has experience in quality control, analytical manufacturing science and technology, manufacturing processes development including transfer to GMP.

Phil Challis

VP Product Development

Phil Challis

Phil has 30 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry having worked for small SME’s, larger pharmaceutical companies and CDMO’s. He has broad experience in manufacture of biologicals and NCE’s with experience in transfer of processes from R&D, process development through clinical phases and process validation and commercial manufacture.

Wim De Donder

Production Manager

Wim De Donder

Wim De Donder has over 15 years of experience within supply chain. He has held mid-senior level roles in operations, purchasing and logistics. Prior to eTheRNA, Wim gained experience in big pharma, textile and chemical industry.

Maxim Feyaerts

Technical Manager and Prevention Advisor

Maxim Feyaerts

Maxim Feyaerts was a medical technologist for more than 10 years co-developing new diagnostic test platforms and therapies for HIV other infectious diseases at Tibotec-Virco (part of J&J). He was also responsible for several lab spaces and large testing equipment. Maxim has been working at eTheRNA for more than 5 years supporting the company as a prevention advisor for all environment, health and safety topics as well as supporting the technical aspects all facilities and its equipment.

Jolien Weyn

Quality Assurance Manager

Jolien Weyn

Jolien is a pharmacist and licensed Qualified Person with almost 10 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry in both large and small companies. She has a broad experience in clinical manufacturing of sterile medicines (Small Molecules, Biologicals, Vaccins and ATMPs) and medical devices.

Carlo Heirman

Principal Scientist

Carlo Heirman

Carlo Heirman is a molecular biologist by education. He has acquired a broad experience in immune oncology and worked nearly thirty years in applying mRNA in cancer vaccines.

George Dakwar

Senior Scientist Drug Product Development

George Dakwar

George has over 12 years of experience in the nanomedicine and drug delivery field. After obtaining his PhD from the Ghent Research Group of Nanomedicines in 2016, he worked in formulation and analytical development of biologicals at Eurofins. He has experience in CMC aspects of drug product development of lipid nanoparticles (LNPs), formulation, analytics and manufacturing processes development including transfer to GMP.