Meet the ImmunXperts Team

  • Thibault Jonckheere

    — CEO

    Thibault started his career in the utilities sector, holding several financial and consultancy positions. In 2013 he joined MaSTherCell (cell therapy CDMO), where he helped grow the company from 10 to over 90 persons in less than 3 years. In 2016 he joined ImmunXperts to apply his competences to the development of innovative therapies. Thibault holds a Master of Business Engineering from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management.

  • Sofie Pattijn

    — CTO

    Sofie has over 20 years of experience in the field of immunogenicity assessment (vaccines and biotherapeutics). She has extensive hands-on lab experience and has managed and coached several In Vitro teams over the last decade. From 2008 till 2013 she was Head of the In Vitro Immunogenicity group at AlgoNomics (Ghent, Belgium) and Lonza Applied Protein Services (Cambridge, UK). Prior to that, she worked at Innogenetics, Belgium for over 15 years.

  • Fabienne Lefevre

    — Office Manager

    Fabienne started her career at Winterthur, an international insurance company, where she gained experience as employee until she became assistant to the CEO. In 1999, she took on a new role at Puilaetco Dewaay, a private bank, as assistant to the executive committee. Originary from Charleroi, she wanted to come back to her home area and help develop a small but fast-growing company through the valuable experience she gained over the years.

  • Mayuko Oh Wong

    — Sales Manager

    Mayuko has 9 years of experience as a distributor of technologies from a variety of areas, such as bioinformatics and cancer models. She worked with over 10 biotech companies, including AlgoNomics, and successfully launched new markets for them in Japan. Later she joined Lonza for 4 years as the sales manager for both the Custom Manufacturing Organization and Applied Protein Services departments.

  • Amin Osmani

    — Business Development Manager

    Amin brings more than 8 years of business development experience, building long-lasting relationships and delivering win-win collaborations with large and small biopharmaceuticals across the United States & Canada. He is currently supporting ImmunXperts’ North American activities. Amin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University, a graduate diploma in Biotechnology & Genomics and a Master of Science degree from Concordia University.

  • Sofie Denies

    – Biostatistician

    Sofie Denies holds a Master of Veterinary Medicine and a Master in Statistical Data-analysis. She started her career in immuno-oncology with a PhD that focussed on the optimization of gene therapy for tumor vaccination and cytokine therapy. In 2015, she joined iTeos Therapeutics as a research scientist. There, she developed in-depth experience in in vivo models for immuno-oncology, as well as ex vivo mode of action studies while being responsible for  the overall statistical analysis too. She provides statistical support and insights at ImmunXperts.

  • Séverine Giltaire

    — Senior Scientist

    Séverine has 4 years of experience in research and development. After her PhD in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Namur (2006-2010), she worked 2 years at Quality Assistance as an analyst R&D and gained experience in cellular assays. From 2013 to the beginning of 2015, she successfully managed a scientific research project between the University of Namur and StratiCELL, where she acquired in-depth knowledge in T cell culture and activation.

  • Juliette Lamy

    — Senior Scientist

    Juliette holds a Master degree in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), which included an internship at UCB. After complementing a 4 year doctoral research project on the inhibition of immune responses in cancer at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Brussels, she joined the team as Senior Scientist specialized in immuno-oncology.

  • Jana Schockaert

    ─ Senior Scientist

    Jana holds a Master degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ghent since 2016, with a specialization in the field of immunology by completing a thesis project about Natural Killer cell differentiation. She started her career as Research Associate in the Cell Based Solutions team at Ablynx, where she gained experience in performing various flow cytometry based assays. She joined ImmunXperts as Scientist.

  • Chloé Ackaert

    ─ Senior Scientist

    Chloé Ackaert holds a Master in Pharmacy and a PhD in Immunology. During her PhD, she focused on the immunogenicity of nitrated Bet v 1.0101, which allowed her to develop in-depth experience on the impact of protein modifications and oligomerisation on the immune response. After participating in the start-up of ImmunXperts, she did a post-doc on the immunogenicity of Nanobodies. She joined the ImmunXperts team again as Senior Scientist.

  • Thibaut Janss

    ─ Senior Scientist

    Thibaut holds a Master degree in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular biology from the University of Liège. He acquired his PhD (2012-2016) at the GIGA research center in Liège, where he acquired a strong experience in the immunology field, working on dendritic cells and T cells interactions. During this period, he also developed an in-depth knowledge of flow cytometry. He joined ImmunXperts as a Senior Scientist.

  • Aurélie Hanoteau

    — Senior Scientist

    Aurélie holds a Master degree in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and a PhD in Immunobiology from ULB and Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. After this she performed a 2.5 year postdoctoral fellowship in cancer translational research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. At the same time she co-founded Unbound therapeutics, a non-for profit company (I-Corps Program). She then joined ImmunXperts as Senior Scientist.

  • Marina Vendrame

    ─ Laboratory Technician

    Marina holds a Bachelor in agro-industries and biotechnologies from HELHa. After several years’ experience in the vegetal field and phytopathology, she switched to human field by joining ImmuneHealth (now Caprion). Marina is specialized in various immunologic tests, purification of blood cells and cell culture. She joined ImmunXperts as senior lab technician where she uses the valuable experience she gained over the years.

  • Manuel Cerban-Bautista

    ─ Laboratory Technician

    Manuel holds a Bachelor in medical biology from HELHa. He had a first professional experience at the Institut de Pathologie et de Génétique as technician in the medical lab. Manuel also built up immunologic experience by developing detection and quantification ELISA tests and other applications during his time at CHRU de Lille.  As he wanted to gain experience in a small but fast-growing company, he joined ImmunXperts as lab technician.