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Erik Popping, LL.M

General Counsel

Erik Popping joined Intravacc in January 2016. He has more than 14 years of experience within the pharmaceutical / healthcare industry as corporate and legal counsel. Before Erik joined Intravacc, he was Corporate & Legal counsel at the Hal Allergy Group. Prior to that he was the Legal Counsel of the Netherlands Vaccine Institute, a predecessor of Intravacc. He holds a Master’s degree in law (LL.M.) (Radboud University) and a Bachelor degree in business administration (HAN University of applied sciences).

Prof. Dr. Virgil Schijns

Chief Scientific Officer

Prof. Dr. Schijns joined Intravacc in November 2020. He was appointed special Professor in Immunology and Virology at North Carolina State University (NCSU) USA, in 2002, and Guest Professor of Immune Intervention at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Department Cell Biology & Immunology in 2008. Since 2013, he has been Guest Professor at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Virgil also has extensive experience in the Life Science and Biotech sector. He is the CSO of Epitopoietic Research Corporation S.A. in Namur, Belgium. Before that, he was principal Immunologist of Nobilon and Head of Vaccine Technology and Immunology at Intervet-AKZONOBEL.

Daniëlle Lankveld, DVM, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Daniëlle is Chief Operational Officer of Intravacc since 2017. As a doctor in veterinary medicine she started her career in 1995 as a resident in equine surgery at the former Department of General and Large Animal Surgery of the Utrecht University. After completing this she continued her career as a veterinary anesthetist for the same department and obtained her PhD in 2007. In this year she moved to the National Institute of Public Health to work as both a researcher in nanotoxicology and an assessor of human medical dossiers for cardiovascular medicine. In 2011 Daniëlle became Manager of the Animal Research Center of the former Netherlands Vaccine Institute and member of the management team. In 2013, when the Animal Research Center became part of Intravacc, Daniëlle moved to the position of Chief Development Officer until 2017 when she became the COO.

Minke Wessels, MA

HR Manager

Minke Wessels joined Intravacc in September 2019. She brings more than 15 years of HR experience to Intravacc. After her Master degree in International Law at Leiden University, she started out as Team manager at the ING Bank. Five years into the job she chose a new career path within HR, to pursue her interests in individual & group development and change management. Before joining Intravacc, she was Sr. HR Business Partner at Nationale-Nederlanden. Minke is an experienced coach and trainer and she has a track record in creating a culture of collaboration and managing change.

Michiel Stork, PhD.

Vice President Business Development

Michiel started his current position as VP business development in July 2020 and works at Intravacc for over 9 years. Trained in molecular microbiology he first came in contact with vaccines in 2005. He worked in this field ever since. He started with antigen discovery and animal models followed by vaccine design and process development. This allowed him to work on the complete chain from lead finding up to clinical trials. Prior to his current position he was head of the Process Development Bacterial Vaccine department at Intravacc, where he focused on the design and upscaling of processes for conjugate and vesicle vaccines. During this time he studied the biogenesis of outer membrane vesicle vaccines to unravel the mechanism of formation and subsequent yield increases.


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