University graduated Pharmacist (University of Antwerp) and MBA'er (Handelshogeschool, Kellogs, Chicago) with Marketing, Sales, Project Team, Crisis Management, Business Development, Investment, CEO and General Management skills acquired in the international pharmaceutical industry over a period of 35 years. Founder and CEO of MOVETIS (2006), biopharmaceutical Spin-off company from Janssen Pharmaceutica that went public and was sold to Shire. Founder and Chairman of Progress Pharma (2013). Currently co-founder and CEO of eTheRNA immunotherapies.
Dirk is married to Kristin and has two children, Michael and Birgit.
His hobbies are music (High End Hi-Fi projects), Oldtimer cars (historical rally’s) and swimming/tennis.
Founder of two basketball clubs and member of the Belgian National University and Military Basketball Team.
President of Regional chapter of Jaycees International between 1998 and 2002 and honorary member.
Business sparring partner for Belgian artists in a changing music business model.
Dirk Reyn is a Venture Coach of bioqube ventures. In 2016, bioqube ventures partnered with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen), part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson to act as the independent management team leading the new Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLINX initiative.
Currently Vice Chairman of Flanders Bio since 2013.
FlandersBio is the umbrella organization of Flemish biotech companies, research organisations and capital and service providers. FlandersBio is acting as a driving force for the sustained growth of the Flemish biotech industry by stimulating the flow of knowledge, creating a supportive environment, actively promoting entrepreneurship and improving the international visibility of Flanders as biotech region.
Ex-CEO, now chairman, and founder of Progress Pharma, an asset development company in 2013. Supported deal between Nestle and Lipid Therapeutics around a phase III asset in UC in 2015.
Ex- Board member of Tigenix (public company in stem cells) and Zembro (digital alarm for elderly).
Completed the acquisition of Movetis by Shire in Aug 2010 and became Managing Director of the expanding Shire-Movetis site in Turnhout and Global General Manager for Resolor within the Shire group. Then became VP New Business Opportunities for Shire ex-US until end of 2012.
Responsible for set up of two affiliates; Movetis GmbH in Germany and Movetis Ltd in the UK.
Obtained approval of RESOLOR, a novel medication for severe forms of constipation, in Europe in 2009 with Movetis team.
CEO, Founder and key champion of the creation of MOVETIS NV in 2006. Movetis NV was an independent Belgian biopharmaceutical company which specialized in developing new products for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. Build company from scratch and secured more than 200 MM in a series ’A’ and IPO financing from major European and US investors.
Endorsed with the task to create an e-business excellence center and co-ordinate the required structures, processes and e-business offerings in the JNJ EMEA region leading up to full regional implementation of a common Internet and Siebel platform within Janssen Pharma.
As of 2001, responsible for New Business development in Europe for JNJ and one of team players in the closing of different deals including Velcade (Millenium), repurchasing of rights to Risperdal and Natrecor in Europe (Glaxo). Responsible of a team of 25 professionals all over Europe responsible for the commercial evaluation of all L&A opportunities within JNJ EMEA
Team leader of a team of 18 multidisciplinary teammembers from US and Beerse to manage the long-term strategy and regulatory negotiations of PREPULSID.
As Senior Director GI between 1995 and 1997, key member of number of Project Team that facilitated in-licensing and launch of PARIET (rabeprazole, a reflux medication) from Eisai in 1994.
Member, between 1992 and 1995, of the International Strategic Marketing team that launched PREPULSID, a motility agent to treat reflux and dyspepsia, for Janssen-Cilag, a division of JNJ.
Member of the Eli Lilly team between 1988 and 1992 that launched Prozac, an antidepressant, in Belgium and the US.