Meet our leadership team
Hans Cobben is the CEO of Bluebee. He is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned executive, investor and enabler for start-ups and cofounder of a number of globally successful companies in the fintech domain. He has held senior executive roles at Alcatel, SunGard and SWIFT. Driven by his experience in technology and excited by the potential of high performance genomics, Hans joined Bluebee as a CEO in 2013.
Kurt Florus is CTO for Bluebee. Kurt manages the development teams focusing on building and deploying Bluebee’s cloud-based genomics platform, with a strong focus on security, resilience, and end user functionality. Kurt joins Bluebee from SWIFT, the global provider of ultra-secured financial messaging services with over 15 years of experience in building large scale mission-critical platforms.
VP Marketing & Strategic Alliances
With a strong customer focus, Valerie takes care of the go-to-market of the Bluebee solution. She is responsible for strategic alliances and marketing. Valerie has over 20 years of experience in international go-to-market and new product launches, combining product management, sales and marketing roles to drive success. Prior to joining Bluebee she held senior roles at SWIFT, SunGard and Dun & Bradstreet.
Dr. Marc Hogenbirk
Chief Scientific Officer
Marc Hogenbirk joined Bluebee from the Netherlands Cancer Institute where he was project leader bioinformatics in oncology. At Bluebee Marc guides Bluebee’s strategic product vision and manages all aspects of the product roadmap, working closely with customers, development teams and external partners. Marc holds a Ph.D. in Cancer Genetics and was a researcher at Harvard Medical School and the Utrecht University.
Vicky Buyse is the driving force behind the global sales team. Prior to Bluebee, Vicky held various senior positions at Roche Diagnostics, Eurofins and Thermofisher, where she built strategic alliances and developed a solid expertise and network in the genomics field. Vicky is Biochemical Engineer from the Ghent University and has a strong commercial and international experience of over 17 years in the Life Sciences and Diagnostics industry.
Dr. Vlad-Mihai Sima
Head of Research
Vlad-Mihai Sima is one of the founders of Bluebee and he supervises the research and development of our high-performance solutions in bioinformatics. Vlad obtained his Ph.D. from the Computer Engineering Lab at the Delft University of Technology. He is an authority on the subject of accelerating and optimizing computer systems, focusing on genomics algorithms. His work was published in various scientific publications in leading conferences and journals on the topic.
As Bluebee’s COO Marc Gielis is responsible for operations, security, compliance and customer services. Marc is an operations professional with proven experience in ICT operations, technical services, data centers, call-centers and after-sales services. Marc worked most of his career in the technology sector, prior to joining Bluebee he held senior roles at Argenta, Interxion, Liberty Global & Canal+.
Edmée van Dijk
Edmée van Dijk is Bluebee’s CFO. She joined Bluebee from Delft University of Technology, where she was responsible for the investment portfolio of the university. Prior she worked in Venture Capital firm TIIN Capital. Edmée holds a degree in biotechnology, combined with a MSc in Management from Nyenrode and a Postdoc in Business Valuation at the Rotterdam School of Management and is a Registered Valuator.