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Luis Eduardo Rodriguez

co-founder / Director Innovation

netherlands

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Luis Eduardo (Edwin) has gained a lot of experience with patient groups as a physiotherapist in different settings. Afterwards Edwin received an MSc in Biomedical Sciences and an MSc in Policy, Management & Entrepreneurship for Physicists & Life Scientists from the VU University Amsterdam.

Edwin has over 20 years of professional experience in social media, marketing, advertising and online communications for the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical food industries.

In 2007 Edwin and Simon Klaasen founded Link2Trials; a CRO specialized in patient recruitment and adherence services.

Link2Trials is one of the first companies in the pharmaceutical industry to use social media and make patient centricity and patient experience leading in its activities.


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Simon Klaasen

co-founder / Managing Director

netherlands

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Simon has over 15 years of professional experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical food industries, specifically in the fields of clinical operations and quality management.

Simon experienced first-hand that difficulties in patient recruitment and retention are one of the major causes for delays during clinical trial conduct. He decided to specialize in these areas and set out to find ways to make recruitment and retention more effective.

In 2007 Simon and Luis Eduardo Rodriguez founded Link2Trials; a CRO specialized in patient recruitment and adherence services.

Link2Trials is one of the first companies in the pharmaceutical industry to use social media and make patient centricity and patient experience leading in its activities.

Simon received a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and an MSc in Policy, Management & Entrepreneurship for Physicists & Life Scientists from the VU University Amsterdam.


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Ola Hasselgren

Director Nordics

sweden

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Ola has over 15 years of sales and business development experience. Over the years he has worked for a number of Scandinavian companies in different industries.

In 2015 Ola joined Link2Trials and became responsible for growing our business in the Nordic territory.

Ola received a BSc in Sports Management and a BSc in Business Management & Marketing from the Swedish Dalarna University.


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Aleksandra Sheren

Business Development

united states

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Aleksandra has over 10 years experience as a business developer in the Life Science and On-line Education industries.

In 2016 Aleksandra joined Link2Trials as our Senior Account Manager for the US and the Baltic region.

Aleksandra received an MSc in Applied Neurolinguistics from the St. Petersburg State University and a MSc in Business Administration from the Belgian Vlerick Business School.


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Marjolein Nankman

Assistant Project Manager

netherlands

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Marjolein has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnical and medical food industries. She worked for 10 years in different sales roles for a number of pharmaceutical companies in different industries and another 10 years in clinical operations specifically in the field of subject/patient recruitment.

In 2021 she started as a Freelance Clinical Trials Consultant / Virtual Assistant and joined Link2Trials as an assistant project manager.


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    David Bjorkhem

    PSL

    sweden

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    David is currently studying medicine at Lund University in Sweden, where he started in 2018. He has worked as a PSL for Link2trials since 2021. David works from Sweden but has also helped recruit patients for British studies.


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      Sean Forster

      PSL

      united states

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      Sean has been a registered nurse for 12 years starting his career in the acute care hospital setting for three years and working as a professor for the past nine years in the United States.

      Sean has a B.S in kinesiology, B.S in Nursing, M.S in Community Systems Administration, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). He joined Link2Trials in July 2022 as a Patient Site Liaison.


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        Adrianne van Huissteden

        PSL

        netherlands

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        Adrianne started her career as a registerd nurse specialized in Cardiology. She has worked in various hospitals in the Netherlands as a registerd nurse but also as a cardiology function lab technician and cardiac catheterization with intervention lab technician,  She worked as a Research nurse in the cardiology field. Therefore she knows a lot about how clinical trials are carried out in daily practice.

        After working on the development of the Electronic Medical Record in the hospital for a few years, she has chosen to continue her carreer as a freelancer. Since october 2022 she works from the Netherlands as a Patient Site Liasion for Link2trials.


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          Karine Gontijo

          PSL

          netherlands

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          Karine is a 6th year medical student in the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Karine was born in Brazil but lived many years in Spain. She hopes to one day be a gynecologist.
          Karine has been recruiting patients for Link2Trials since 2019, calling mostly for Spain, but has also helped recruit patients for British studies.


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            Stefania Pournara

            PSL

            netherlands

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            Stefania is currently studying medicine in Groningen in the Netherlands, where she started in 2018. She has gained experience in communication with patients and medical consultations as triage assistant in ‘’GP- office’ for emergencies in Amsterdam. Recently Stefania joined Link2Trials as a PSL.  Stefania works from the Netherlands, but she has also helped recruit patients for British studies.


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              Cindy van Poecke

              PSL

              egypt

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              After completing her studies as a nurse, Cindy worked in Intensive Care before working as an independent nurse practitioner. Cindy has been working in our call team for 1 year now, contacting our volunteers applying for Dutch, Belgian and English studies to find suitable candidates.


              She does all this from sunny Egypt, where she has been living for 3 years now.


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                Claire Davis

                PSL

                united kingdom

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                Claire is a registered nurse in the UK. Upon qualifying she worked on an acute haematology ward. After a short time, she made the transition to oncology research nursing. With a BSc in Biological sciences and an MSc in nursing,

                Claire feels research nursing is the perfect area for her. Claire joined Link2Trials as a PSL in 2022 and feels happy to have a role in a company which increases clinical trial accessibility and awareness.


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                  Fenna Janssen

                  PSL

                  curaçao

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                  Fenna is a 6th year medical student at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. Since March 2021 she has been doing her internships and research in Curacao. Fenna was born in the UK, lived many years in the Netherlands and eventually moved to Sweden. Right now she is working from sunny Curacao!

                  Fenna has been recruiting patients for Link2trials since 2021, calling mostly for Sweden, but also helping with Dutch and British studies.


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                    Marianne Mathlener

                    DPO

                    netherlands

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                    Throughout her whole career Marianne has been responsible for managing sensitive personal data and since 2015 data privacy became her field of expertise. Marianne has over 15 years of knowledge and experience on data privacy and data security.

                    In 2019 Marianne joined Link2Trials as our Data Protection Officer and is responsible for keeping save the sensitive personal data patients and clients share with us.

                    Marianne received a BSc in Commercial Economics and is a Certified Data Protection Officer.


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                    Aad Liefveld

                    Advisory Board

                    belgium

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                    Aad has over 25 years of international sales and business development experience in the IT and pharmaceutical industry.

                    Being responsible for business development Aad has always been a strong advocate of customer relationship management, customer experience and customer satisfaction.

                    All three are part of what the pharmaceutical industry is focusing on today: patient centricity and patient experience. Together with Prof. dr. Sjaak Bloem, Aad developed the Subjective Health Experience Methodology (SEHM) to improve patient adherence during clinical trials.

                    Prior to his career in business development, Aad fulfilled various positions as project director, business consultant and IT Director in the pharmaceutical industry, the automotive industry, the manufacturing industry, and local and national governments in the Netherlands.


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                    Sjaak Bloem

                    Advisory board

                    netherlands

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                    From November 2011, Sjaak Bloem is working for Nyenrode Business Universiteit as a professor of Health care consumers & experienced health at the Center for Supply Chain Management and Marketing. He is an expert in health consumer behavior, methodology and health innovations.

                    From 2000 on, Sjaak has worked at Janssen Benelux (pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson) in several jobs and functions. Furthermore, he was member (secretary, lead communication) of the board of the Pension Fund Johnson & Johnson The Netherlands (2002-2015).

                    From 2013 onwards, Sjaak is a member of the Advisory Board of the Academy of Media and User Experience (Avans Hogeschool, Breda) and a consultant of the quality institute for Achmea Zorgverzekeringen (dementia, mantle and the elderly, the disabled).

                    From 2013 until 2014, Sjaak was a member of the Board of Trustees of Stichting Zelforganisatie Rotterdam. He was a jury member of the International Health Battle and member of the program IAB4 from 2012 to 2014.

                    In 2012, he was a Juror for the IAB4 contest (Brabantse Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij). He participates in the Nyenrode GfK Ziekenhuismonitor and was a jury member at the Bielat Pitch event in 2015 (Thomas More Campus, Turnhout, Belgium).


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                      Hadil Es-Sbai

                      Advisory board

                      netherlands

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                      Hadil majored in analytical chemistry at the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He has a background of 17 years in clinical development and assumed several roles within the pharmaceutical and clinical contract research industry.

                      Hadil has acquired extensive experience managing international clinical trials (phase I-IV) within a wide range of therapeutic areas. He became an entrepreneur in 2006 and has since combined several functions that are all related to business development and innovation in the pharmaceutical and clinical domain.

                      Hadil co-founded several service-driven pharmaceutical companies, including the contract research service providers Herakles Life Sciences Group in 2007 and CR2O in 2008, acting as Executive Managing Director and CEO to date, respectively.

                      All his entrepreneurial initiatives are geared towards making innovative treatments accessible to those in need.


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