Eric Claassen

Vironovative & Vrije Universiteit Athena Institute
Eric Claassen (1957) is 20% academic and 80% entrepreneur. He was also the winner of the Dutch 1 million Euro NGI Valorisation Award for ‘Excellent deal making with Industry”. He is on the Supervisory Board of Viroclinics Biosciences BV (PresCom) and Bright Move BV (TU Eindhoven). He is founder and CEO/Statutory director of ViroNovative BV, Darmgezondheid BV and ML Consultancy BV. He is Chairman of the PAB of Pfizer Consumer Health (USA) and Chairman of the SAB of Christian Hansen A/S (Denmark). Among various memberships of committees he is an elected member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation ( and (from 1992-2013) the Dutch Health Council(Gezondheidsraad) . After graduating cum laude in Medical Biology, Eric attained his PhD in Medicine some 30 months later in 1987 and spent 9 years at TNO Prevention an Health (vaccines and autoimmunity) after which period he became R&D director and deputy CEO at the Dutch Institute for Animal Science and Health (700 employees; 1996-2001) where he transformed the civilservant institute in a company with 5 successful spin-outs. Since 2001, he is self employed and combines many investments and functions all related to his main focus on research management, valorization and business development in life sciences with a special emphasis on immunology (SMBWO board certified), microbiology, virology, probiotics & vaccines. Eric is senior author on over 200 peer reviewed (and highly quoted; see PubMed under E Claassen, and H-factor of 41 per 2014) papers and several patents.
Eric remarried (Conny Kruyssen) after losing his wife Dr. Suzan Jeurissen to breast cancer (Feb 2003) and is a father of five+1 children. He is an avid sailor, marksman and photographer, is fluent in English and Dutch, and he has adequate reading and conversational skills in Spanish, Catalan, French and German.


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