Meet our Management Team

Martin Hessing, PhD, General Manager, has a background in Biochemistry and Haematology-Immunology from Utrecht University and held postdoc positions at Kyushu University in Japan and Sanquin in Amsterdam. He obtained work and management experience at the TNO-Nutrition and Food Research Institute and Organon Teknika (now Biomerieux) industry. In 2000, he was co-founder of AM-Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company on protein therapeutics with anti-infectives and sepsis and lead compounds entering Clinical Phase 3. In addition, Martin was involved as co-founder in BiOrion, Microdish, SERPINx and U-PACT and in a number of other biotech start-up companies in various positions. He is co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed papers and 7 patent applications. Martin was co-founder of U-Protein Express BV and sold the business to IPA.

Wieger Hemrika, PhD, Head of Protein Production and Biological Safety, has a background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of Amsterdam). He did post-doctoral work on peroxisomal biogenesis (Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam), heterologous expression and enzymology of vanadium containing peroxidases (University of Amsterdam) and worked on a grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at Tottori University of Japan. As a senior scientist, he was involved in the development of STAR-elements (Chromagenics BV Amsterdam). He established the ABC-expression Centre (Utrecht University), the predecessor of U-Protein Express. He is co-author of over 30 peer-reviewed papers and 1 patent application. Wieger was co-founder of U-Protein Express BV and sold the business to IPA.
Roland Romijn, PhD, Head of General Operations and QA/QC, did his PhD at the University Medical Center Utrecht (Heamatology) and at Utrecht University (Protein Crystallography) on the structure and function of von Willebrand Factor. In a two-year post-doctoral study, he investigated ADAMTS13 (University Medical Center Utrecht). He is (co)-author of 18 peer-reviewed papers and 2 patent applications. Roland has major experience in molecular biology and protein purification. Roland was co-founder of U-Protein Express BV and sold the business to IPA.