Talent Accelerator Programme for BioBusiness

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14 October 2020

Ann De Clercq and Joost Muylle teach a group of driven entrepreneurs the ins and outs of IP and licensing as part of a challenging programme to jumpstart the next generation of BioBusiness leaders in Belgium and the Netherlands.


What is TAP BioBusiness?

Talent Accelerator Programme for BioBusiness (TAP BioBusiness) is an intensive training & development programme of eight months in which young BioBusiness professionals can learn in a group of peers from experienced executives, experts, and each other by means of inspiring experience stories, training, coaching and consultative sessions. The aim is to accelerate the learning curve of these young high-potentials and thereby enhance the growth and supply of BioBusiness leaders for the Dutch and Belgian Life Sciences & Health sector. TAP BioBusiness is developed in the context of the Health & Life Science (HELIS) Academy by Hyphen Projects in collaboration with with support from a.o. Interreg Flanders-Netherlands and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.


Why participate?

TAP BioBusiness will help you to develop quickly in your commercial role in Life Sciences. Whether you are a Business Developer in a biotech/pharma/CMO/CRO, a tech transfer officer at a research institute, financial analyst at a VC or a starting entrepreneur, through this program you will become more effective and productive in your role at an earlier stage, benefiting both your own career development and your organization.

In a small-scale setting you will learn from experienced BioBusiness executives, experts and trainers but also from the successes and mistakes of your peers. The intensive programme offers knowledge and insights, inspiring experience stories, interactive consultative sessions, practical case studies and 1-on-1 mentoring by seasoned BioBusiness executives with successful track records. As a participant you will receive advice and feedback regarding the issues you face at work and how to handle these challenges, projects and business relations. The size of the group is deliberately kept small to ensure optimal interaction and provide room for feedback and discussion.

After the TAP BioBusiness training programme you will not only have gained in-depth knowledge and developed your soft skills but have also expanded your network with BioBusiness professionals from the Netherlands and Belgium.


For whom?

TAP BioBusiness is developed for junior BioBusiness professionals working in the Dutch of Flemish Life Sciences & Health sector, either as a Business Developer in a biotech/pharma/CMO/CRO, a tech transfer officer at a research institute, a financial analyst at a VC or a starting entrepreneur.

Admission criteria for TAP BioBusiness are:

  • Working in a Dutch or Belgian Life Sciences organisation.

  • Maximum of 4-5 years of experience in a commercial role.

  • Motivation and potential to further develop into a BioBusiness leader role.




Your first step to officially enter TAP BioBusiness starts with filling in the application form on After we receive your application, we will send you a personal intake form to get insight in your background, your personal learning and development goals. The intake also consists of a phone interview to further map your learning objectives. Based on the intake it will be determined if you will be admitted to the programme.

Thematic modules

Each module comprises two full-day programmes with inspiring experience stories, expert sessions, trainings, cases and interactive feedback sessions. The programme is designed to facilitate interaction and offers plenty of room to bring in your own questions and cases from your own job.

The (provisional) dates and themes of the modules are:

  • Module 1
    September 23-24, 2020 | Introduction to BioBusiness, personal development & leadership - Corporate development & company strategy, Growth plan | Netherlands

  • Module 2
    October 14-15, 2020 | Tech transfer, IP & licensing - Contracts & legal factors | Belgium 
    > Our very own Ann De Clercq & Joost Muylle will be teaching this module.

  • Module 3
    November 24-25, 2020 | Finance, valuation - Deal structures | Netherlands

  • Module 4
    January 13-14, 2021 | Communication, promotion - Negotiation strategies, deal closing | Belgium

  • Module 5
    February 17-18, 2021 | Managing partnerships, clients, alliances & portfolio - Partners’ or clients’ perspective | Netherlands



For more information and registration, please visit the TAP programme's website. The deadline for registration is August 27, 2020.

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