The Aim Difference

Founded in 2009, AIM offers a unique combination of qualities that generates better results for clients.

Specialized

  • Deeply specialized in life science supply chains
  • In-depth expertise in all core and supporting supply chain functions
  • Detailed experience with complex supply chains, including controlled / scheduled drugs, biotech products, ATMPs, autologous and allogenic stem cell therapies, gene therapies, diagnostic equipment, and medical devices

Comprehensive

  • End-to-end capabilities to plan, build, implement, and sustain supply chains for Europe and beyond
  • Strategic capabilities, as well as hands-on supply chain management

Resources

  • Subsidiary of Blue Matter, a strategic consulting firm serving the life science industry, giving clients access to a broad range of additional capabilities in commercial strategy and more
  • Key component of Blue Matter’s comprehensive PathfinderSM suite of capabilities, designed to help biopharma companies enter European markets and succeed

We are a collaborative team of more than 50 supply chain experts.

Leading the firm is a management team, supported by a core group of highly experienced Associates. Our team also includes more than 50 Supply Chain Professionals and specialists. All are dedicated experts, have years of supply chain experience, and have managed multiple supply chain operations.

Extensive Knowlege In:

  • (CMO) Sourcing and Contracting
  • Compliance
  • Financial Infrastructure
  • Information Technology
  • Last Mile Research
  • Licensing Requirements
  • Packaging Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Serialization
  • Tax Optimization

AIM Team

  • Richard de Bakker

    Managing Director and Founder

  • Pim van der Aar

    Managing Director and Co-Founder

  • Ronald van Zitteren

    Principal

  • Rolf Wildeman

    Principal

  • Corné van Raak

    Associate Principal

  • Peter Martens

    Manager

  • Renske de Bakker

    Office Manager

Richard de Bakker

Managing Director and Founder

Richard is an experienced executive in the life science and chemical industries.  In 2009, he founded AIM.  Prior to AIM, Richard served in leadership roles at Genzyme and Ashland (Hercules). 

At Genzyme, Richard was Head of Customer Service for the EMEA region.  While there, he transitioned from in-house warehousing to a European external third-party logistics provider (3PL).  He also restructured the customer service organization, was involved in multiple product launches, and managed the supply chain.

Richard held multiple roles at Ashland, including Head of the EMEA Customer Care team.  While there, he led various improvements, including re-engineering the customer service team, introducing the key performance indicator concept, and standardizing numerous work processes. The result was a double-digit improvement in the quality of customer service.

Also while at Ashland, Richard served as a Global Accounts Manager.  He worked closely with accounts like Unilever, Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, and AstraZeneca.  He generated year over year double-digit business growth and was involved with multiple new product development projects and launches.

Pim van der Aar

Managing Director and Co-Founder

Pim is an experienced operations and supply chain executive with a notable career in the biotechnology industry. He led a best-in-class European operational center for one of the largest biotech companies in the world (Amgen). Prior to Amgen, Pim served in a leadership role with Chiron/EuroCetus.  He’s widely recognized as a thought leader and speaks at biopharmaceutical operations and supply chain conferences worldwide. 

At Amgen, Pim was Executive Director, Operations.  He led the organization through a period of phenomenal growth, designing its European operations and supply chain to be a state of the art, “best in class” model.

Pim was also instrumental in creating all back-office activities for European sales and marketing operations. He implemented the full SAP suite in Europe across the matrix covering all disciplines of the international organization.  He supported Amgen’s international expansion from 3 countries to 44.

At Chiron/EuroCetus, Pim was the Director of Materials Management.  He oversaw the full range of supply chain activities, providing a key competitive advantage for the company.

Ronald van Zitteren

Principal

Ronald has a BSc in commercial economics and a substantial background in the biopharma industry.  He has held senior management positions in four global companies. He has experience in sales and marketing, change management, and continuous improvement. 

However, his primary focus has been on supply chains.  Over 20+ years, he has covered all of the typical functional areas within end-to-end life science supply chains. Ronald is a holistic thinker who understands what it takes to build supply chains, as well as improve them to exceed customers’ expectations.

I love to work across cultures and in highly complex environments, letting the team-diversity do the magic while having a clearly defined and ambitious game-plan.

Rolf Wildeman

Principal

Rolf is an experienced leader in supply chain and operations functions in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, with many years working as a member of company senior management teams.

His specialties are purchasing, planning, (cold-chain) warehousing and distribution, supplier selection and contract management, management of outsourced operations, and management of assembly and packaging operations. 

Rolf’s background includes leadership roles at Synthon (VP, Global Supply Chain), Quanta Dialysis Technologies (Chief of Operations), Biocartis (Director of Supply Chain and External Manufacturing), and MSD / Schering Plough / Akzo Nobel / Intervet (Director, Outbound Operations).

As a leader, Rolf is practical, eloquent, used to changing environments and result-oriented with a focus on the human factors involved.  He is a highly effective team player and is excellent at maintaining open lines of communication.

Corné van Raak

Associate Principal

Corné is an experienced Supply Chain professional with more than 25 years of experience designing, optimizing, and managing global and regional supply chain operations in various industries (biopharma, FMCG, and high technology). 

He has held senior management positions in blue chip companies, developing and leading international distribution networks and delivering major transformation programs. 

Corné is passionate for identifying opportunities to improve business, boost customer experience, and improve operational performance, always with an end-to-end view in mind.  

He brings extensive experience in managing cross-functional teams in challenging and/or new circumstances.  Since joining AIM, he has been supporting various biotech start-up companies in the design and set-up phases of commercial supply chain and distribution operations.

Peter Martens

Manager

Peter has a MSc in Supply Chain and Operations Management and more than 10 years of experience in supply chain operations, order to cash, and procurement activities in the biopharmaceutical and food industries.

He has held several leadership positions in global companies, including Amgen and Abbott.  He has been focused on managing European supply chain operations, cold chain distribution, and the restructuring and digitizing of organizations.

Peter is passionate for using new technology and innovation to improve operational performance as well as the customer / patient experience.

Renske de Bakker

Office Manager

Renske is the Office Manager for AIM. Her background includes 10 years as bookkeeper for a mid-size accountancy firm. Following that, she became the office manager for an entrepreneurial company active in the fashion industry until June 2021. She has also been responsible for AIM’s financial administration since 2018. As of June 2021, she has been full-time with AIM and her activities have been extended to also cover Human Resources and Office Operations.

One of Renske’s passions is to create a flawless back-office environment for AIM.

Associates

  • Jürgen Günther

    Senior Associate

  • David Kann

    Senior Associate

  • Joop Wijdeven

    Senior Associate

Jürgen Günther

Senior Associate

Jürgen is a pharmacist with a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Technology.  He also holds an MBA from London Business School.  He has broad experience in the pharmaceutical industry where he started in formulation development and manufacturing process support. 

Later, he moved to the commercial side of the business, working in project management, marketing and sales, and business analytics.  He has set up commercial pan-European business units covering sales & marketing, tender management, customer service, business analytics, supply chain, and distributor management. 

Since joining AIM, Jürgen has developed and implemented supply chain strategies for several US- and EU-based biopharma companies.  His strength is to look beyond the pure logistics to better integrate supply chains into commercial operations, benefitting patients and all customer groups.

David Kann

Senior Associate

David is an experienced supply chain professional with over 20 years in global supply chain and logistics management in various industries, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronics, and more. 

He has gained extensive knowledge in establishing and optimizing international distribution networks in the life science industry.  His in-depth experience includes cold chain distribution, controlled drugs distribution, Early Access Program distribution, GDP compliance, supply chain planning processes, etc.  

He is especially adept at leading cross-functional project teams in challenging environments, such as start-ups, re-organizations and companies undergoing transformational change. David is a self-starter who always delivers results.

Simplifying complexity and building bridges”

Joop Wijdeven

Senior Associate

Joop started his career as IT consultant, specializing in supply chain solutions. He then switched to the “client side” and held a number of management positions of increasing scope and responsibility at a large multinational pharmaceutical company.  Joop has extensive experience in designing, implementing, and optimizing complex supply chains and related business processes in a global setting.

Joop is a strong team player and builder with a pragmatic, process-oriented approach. His expertise includes supply chain planning, application and governance of IT, distribution set-up and optimization, launch preparation, contracting and partner management, and pre/post-merger management. He has an MBA and an MSc in business and information technology.

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My experience with AIM has been fantastic. They have a knowledge of the European and global market that is extensive from a supply chain standpoint…our relationship has been amazing.

Sage Therapeutics

(AIM’s) knowledge of Europe is great . They work with so many clients and have such a wide breadth of experience, that every new undertaking is something they’ve already gone through .”

Apellis Pharmaceuticals

We are very pleased with the performance of AIM and they have proven to be a major contributor to our European launch project.

GW Pharmaceuticals

AIM is a great resource for smaller companies…They’re extremely experienced and provide a lot of expertise.”

Mirum

(AIM) are well experienced in supply chain…They have strong knowledge about regulatory requirements and guidelines and provide full support to a small pharmaceutical company.

Paion

(AIM) are industry experts…they know who the players are and the key success points in the industry.  They know what to look out for and have the experience you need.

Seagen

AIM was selected to help define the supply chain strategy for Europe…and conduct the search, contracting, and implementation of a third party logistics partner (3PL).  AIM…has proven to be important for a successful launch of ZEJULA® and VARUBY® in the EU.

Tesaro (now part of GSK)

Our senior staff members had previous positive experiences with AIM…AIM did an excellent job and were highly capable to execute a successful launch…

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