Emil has wide experience in commercializing innovative ideas, ranging from drafting and negotiating licence and R&D agreements, to preparing business plans and advising start-ups and innovative companies on their IP strategy. As a co-founder of ActoGeniX NV, he has been actively involved in business development and corporate legal and was responsible for building an extensive IP portfolio, until the company was successfully sold to a US company, Intrexon Corporation, in 2015.
Emil has been a registered European Patent Attorney since 2013. He graduated from the University of Groningen with a Master of Laws degree (1993) and studied life sciences at the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB).
Emil is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences. He also works as a patent expert for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Emil is currently a member of the ICC reviewing committee, which reviews and shares business perspectives on innovation and technology diffusion with policymakers and intergovernmental organisations. He is also a member of the IP working group of EuropaBio and the Funding Models working group of EBE.
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Intellectual Property is a valuable asset. From start-up to market leader, applying a smart strategy for patents, trademarks and/or designs adds value to every company. Examples of such successful IP strategies can be found at our page ‘Cases’. Read more