From start-up to IPO
Tom van Aken
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.
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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 be organised online from 22-26 June 2020.
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.