Until June 2020, Johan Cardoen was Managing Director of VIB, a life science research organization based in Belgium. In this role, Johan is responsible for VIB’s Tech Transfer Team. He represents VIB on the board of Agrosavfe (a VIB agro spin-off, BE), Aphea.Bio (BE), GlobalYeast, FlandersBio and is independent board member of Meiogenix (an Institut Curie spin-off, FR). Johan is also chairman of the LP Board of V-Bio Ventures, a dedicated life sciences investment fund, which is focused on early-stage investments in life sciences. In the past he held board positions in argenx, Actogenix (now Intrexon), Applied-Maths (now bioMérieux) and Pronota (now Mycartis).
Until 2012, Johan was CEO of CropDesign N.V., today part of BASF (Ghent, Belgium), a biotechnology spin-off from VIB. Johan joined CropDesign in 1999 as Vice President Business Development and became CEO of CropDesign in 2004. He developed and implemented a dual track strategy (IPO/trade sale) which led to an acquisition of CropDesign by BASF Plant Science in 2006.
Prior to joining CropDesign, Johan was Head of Technology Acquisition of AgrEvo Hoechst Schering (now Bayer CropScience) and was responsible for all biotechnology-related technology acquisitions. Johan received his Ph.D. in biology from KU Leuven, Belgium (1987) and a business degree from KU Leuven (1990).