From start-up to IPO

Tuesday June 23, 12:00 - 13:00 hours


The presentation covers the main aspects that are relevant to scale a start-up company to a commercially viable business, including technology, markets, partnering strategy, financing and composing and building the team. To illustrate these elements real-life examples are presented from the history of Avantium, providing a wide range of valuable lessons for any entrepreneur in the chemical, cleantech and life sciences industries.

Tom van Aken

CEO, Avantium
Tom van Aken holds a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He worked at DSM, a Dutch chemical company, from 1996 till 2002. At DSM he held various commercial positions in the USA and the Netherlands. In 2002, he joined Avantium as Vice-President of Business Development. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Avantium in 2005. At Avantium Tom has led the company through the transition to become a focused renewable chemistry company by divesting its pharmaceutical business and by the development of a portfolio of innovative products and processes in renewable chemistries. Following the incorporation of Synvina, a joint venture between BASF and Avantium, to commercialize FDCA and PEF, Avantium successfully listed on the Euronext stock exchange in 2017 to raise an additional EUR 109 million.

Jumpstart your career

Join BioBusiness Summer School to jumpstart your career in Life Sciences by gaining knowledge of business aspects such as product development, IPR, finance and business models. The next edition of the summer school will take place from 28 June to 2 July 2021!

Why participate

The BioBusiness Summer School is a programme tailored to bridge the gap. By immersing yourself in the business aspects of Life Sciences during this programme, you will learn the basic knowledge of BioBusiness, gain insight in the world of Life Sciences companies, meet leading business leaders and increase your international network.

Employers meet talent

Is your organisation interested in early-career talents in Life Sciences? BioBusiness Summer School can get you in touch with business oriented PhDs, postdocs or Master students. More info can be found here.