Willem Dhooge is a bio-engineer in chemistry, graduated from the University of Ghent. He obtained an additional engineering degree in environmental remediation at the same university. After a short stay at the ENSCM in France where he worked on heterogeneous catalysis, his scientific career focused on research in the field of endocrinology and environmental sciences. He obtained a doctorate in Medical Sciences in June 2008. In 2006 he started as "Officer European Collaborations" at flanders.bio. Between 2009 and 2015 he worked at the same organisation as project manager Industrial Biotechnology. As such, he was the founder of CINBIOS, the cluster collaboration initiative between flanders.bio, Ghent Bio-Energy Valley and essenscia flanders in the domain of industrial biotechnology and biorefining. Together with Sofie Dobbelaere from GBEV and Tine Schaerlaekens from FISCH / Catalisti, he coordinated the CINBIOS activities and was the driving force behind a number of new biomass and biorefining research and innovation projects, including the large-scale VISIONS project, a partnership with 30 financing companies. Since the beginning of 2018, he has been the Co-General Manager of flanders.bio.
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