Tjarda Kasteel

Tjarda, a medical doctor by training, is a commercial professional with over 20 years of experience in the biotech industry. She brings extensive expertise in leading commercial organizations, developing strategy, and launching and building new businesses.

She has held several commercial and senior leadership roles in biotech companies such as Celgene, BeiGene and bluebird bio, a gene therapy company.  

Tjarda’s strengths are understanding and managing complex stakeholder environments, combining commercial knowledge with scientific expertise, and providing valuable input in strategy development. She is a strong communicator and motivates high-performing teams.

Sander Smit

Sander holds an M.Sc. in Operations Research and an M.B.A. from the Rotterdam School of Management.  He has an extensive background biopharma supply chains. 

Sander held multiple senior roles at Amgen for 15+ years, including head of the demand and supply management departments.  He has a reputation for delivering successfully, with a long track record launching new products and devices in key markets across the globe (Europe, Russia, Brazil, and the US).  

Sander successfully restructured Amgen’s supply management organization, increasing profitability by more than $100 million. Prior to Amgen, he served as a project manager and consultant in large, nationwide ventures. 

Sander is a practical, results-oriented leader.  He’s a team player and is excellent at managing complex and novel initiatives. 

Renske de Bakker

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.

Rolf Wildeman

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.

Ronald van Zitteren

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.

Richard de Bakker

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.