Our Team

Meet the People Behind Pacmed

Our mission takes a global, experienced, talented and interdisciplinary team. We are proud of our expertise in machine learning, healthcare, regulatory and privacy.

Willem Herter

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Willem Herter is one of the founders of Pacmed and as director within Pacmed mainly responsible for corporate affairs. He has a drive to make a social impact and developed a wide skill set and an in-depth understanding of complex data analysis methods.

Willems interest in social affairs already showed during his studies, when he founded a company in education, helping high school students. Furthermore, Willem was a member of the voluntary board of the Dutch Cancer Society, worked as data scientist for THNK: School for Creative Leadership and founded Waaromkiesjij.nl, an app that facilitates political engagement. After his participation on the National ThinkTank 2014 he founded Pacmed with Wouter and Hidde.

Willem studied Physics at the University of Amsterdam.

Wouter Kroese

Co-Founder & Co-CEO

Wouter is one of the founders of Pacmed. Wouter combines his medical and mathematical background with creative and strategic thinking and loves bringing different people together to work on smart solutions to tackle health care’s greatest challenges.

Wouter has worked (on the bedside and behind computers) at University Medical Center Utrecht for five years. Furthermore, he has working experience in management consulting and has worked for a software start-up and a service platform for the elderly. Wouter participated in the Dutch National ThinkTank 2014 with Willem and Hidde.

Wouter studied Medicine in Utrecht and Computational Logic at the University of Amsterdam and Stanford University.

Hidde Hovenkamp

Chief Technology Officer & Chief Finance Officer

Hidde Hovenkamp is one of the directors of Pacmed, and mainly responsible for technology product management, regulatory and finance. Hidde combines project management skills with systematic thinking.

Before Pacmed Hidde already had many years of working experience as a data analytics consultant, where he focused on helping large organisations transition to a more data-driven way of working. In 2014 he met Wouter and Willem during the National ThinkTank of which Pacmed originated.

Hidde studied at University College Utrecht before doing a Master’s in Quantitative Finance and a Master in Econometrics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

Hidemi Nagao Peck

Head of Operations

Hidemi Nagao Peck has 14 years of experience in healthcare operations and digital innovation as well as strategic management of product & operations teams. As Pacmed’s Head of Operations, she is determined to use the intersectionality of her experiences to bring an empathy-centred operational strategy to propel Pacmed’s teams to scale alongside product growth.

Kieron Kirkland

Senior Product Manager

As Pacmed’s product manager, Kieron is excited to combine his passion for using technology to address social challenges with his experience in product managing medical devices.

Kieron has spent the last 15 years designing and delivering digital services. He started working in User Experience and ended up co-founding a mission-driven digital service design agency. In recent years he has moved across to Product Management, where he has been specializing in medical devices and the use of AI in healthcare.

Taco Houwert

Growth Lead

Taco combines his medical background with consulting skills, to improve the efficiency and quality of care. At Pacmed, as a Growth Lead, Taco focuses on establishing large partnerships in hospital care and finding opportunities to expand the value Pacmed can bring for the healthcare system.

Taco has extensive working experience in strategy consulting. He worked 10 years at McKinsey & Co and 3 years at Gupta Strategists. He has led many data driven strategic and operational projects within healthcare.

Taco is trained as a medical doctor and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Medical Information Science.

Daan de Bruin

Lead Data Scientist

Daan de Bruin has extensive and in-depth knowledge of data science. He joined Pacmed in an early stage and uses his expertise to lead Pacmed’s data science team building machine learning algorithms for Pacmed’s decision support software .

Before Pacmed, Daan was a senior data science consultant & data science trainer at analytics consultancy firm MIcompany. Daan studied Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam.

Bas Vonk

Lead Engineer

Bas Vonk has a strong background in programming and engineering and a talent to understand and streamline complex systems. As senior data engineer, Bas builds and implements Pacmed’s decision support systems to make sure that Pacmed's algorithms can be used at the bedside and in the consultation room.

Before Pacmed, Bas worked as a software engineer at the educational tech start-up Dedact, where he made it to the position of tech lead.

Bas holds a Master’s in Econometrics of the University of Amsterdam.

Giovanni Cinà

Research Lead

Giovanni Cinà specializes in connecting the potential of new technologies to social impact. He has a keen interest in the conditions of responsible use of modern Machine Learning methods in the field of healthcare. At Pacmed Giovanni leads the research team, shaping the agenda of the department and contributing to various research projects on medical AI. He also holds a part-time appointment as Assistant Professor in Responsible Medical AI at the University of Amsterdam.

Giovanni is one of the first employees of Pacmed, having extensive working experience as a medical data scientist on the prognosis of chronic diseases in primary care. His formation comprised Philosophy, Mathematics and applied AI: he obtained a MSc in Philosophy of Science from LSE and a PhD in Mathematical Logic at the University of Amsterdam.

Ester Vlaanderen

QA/RA Manager

Ester Vlaanderen has in-depth knowledge of, and experience in, regulatory affairs of technical innovation. At Pacmed Ester guides our team to the right quality and safety standards when implementing our tools in the consulting room.

Ester gained over 12 years of working experience in quality assurance and regulatory affairs for various medical devices, both at start-ups and more established organisations before joining Pacmed.

Ester obtained her Master’s in Industrial Design Engineering in Delft.

Lot Wagemakers

Senior Legal Counsel

Lot Wagemakers has an eye for detail and the ability to create order in complex matters. As senior legal counsel at Pacmed, Lot oversees all legal preconditions for responsible, safe and scalable development and implementation of data-driven medical software.

Before joining Pacmed, Lot worked as a lawyer at CMS, where she specialized in procurement law with a focus on healthcare and IT.

Lot studied at University College Utrecht and Utrecht University where she obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Arts & Sciences and Dutch law and Master’s degrees in Public International Law and European Law.

Mattia Fornasa

Senior Data Scientist

Mattia Fornasa has extraordinary analytical and mathematical skills and the ability to explain complicated matters in a simple way. At Pacmed Mattia makes sure that our state-of-the-art machine learning models are scalable enough to be applied to multiple health care institutions.

Before moving to Amsterdam, Mattia has worked as a researcher in astrophysics for 8 years. In Amsterdam, he led an international research team investigating dark matter by applying machine learning on enormous volumes of gamma-ray data from satellites.

Mattia obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics in his home country Italy.

Michele Tonutti

Senior Data Scientist

Michele Tonutti combines his interests in academic, medical and social issues. At Pacmed, Michele works at the intersection of data science and engineering. He focuses on building scalable production-ready data pipelines and reusable code to train interpretable and reproducible state-of-the-art machine learning models.

After his studies Michele worked first as a graduate research engineer in deep learning at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, where he researched domain adaptation methods applied to assisted-driving vehicles. He then moved to Amsterdam where he joined Bunq as a data scientist.

Michele obtained a Master's of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering and a Master's of Research in Medical Robotics & Image-Guided Intervention at Imperial College London (both with distinction).

Carsten Van Weelden

Senior Machine Learning Engineer

Carsten van Weelden is an experienced data scientist with a goal to democratise data science and analysis tools for medical professionals. At Pacmed Carsten will use his skills to contribute to a future where each treatment and interaction with a patient contributes a datapoint to our collective knowledge about medical treatments and increases future medical effectiveness for similar patients.

Carsten worked as a machine learning/research engineer for Textkernel where he built deep learning models for sequence labeling and representation learning. After this, he worked as data scientist for Trivago where he learned to complete full-loop data science projects under strict time constraints.

Carsten studied Artificial Intelligence at the University of Amsterdam where he focused on machine learning for NLP and computer vision.

Joost Zeeuw

Product Manager

Joost Zeeuw combines an entrepreneurial mind with an in-depth understanding of medical technology. At Pacmed, Joost started as a data scientist with a specialisation in text mining to develop algorithms that improve the quality of care in emergency care and psychiatry, but grew in to the role of product owner primary care & emergency care, making sure that the products Pacmed develops meet the requirements of healthcare-professionals and patients as much as possible, thereby maximising the impact these products have on improving the quality of care and putting the limited resources in healthcare to the best possible use.

Joost Zeeuw received his Master's degree in both Nuclear Science & Engineering and Innovation Management from the Delft University of Technology. In both programs he already focused on applications of technology and innovation in healthcare, via fundamental research but also at, for example, Philips Healthcare.

Davide Quintarelli

Data Engineer

Davide Quintarelli can explain complex matters and systems in a clear way. At Pacmed, Davide optimises the data science infrastructure and Pacmed's products.

Davide followed a traineeship in Data Engineering that led him to work as a consultant at Transavia. Throughout this experience, he contributed to the ideation and deployment of web applications and a customized search engine.

Davide completed a master’s in Computational Science with a focus on Neuroscience and Machine Learning.

Olivier Thijssens

Data Scientist

Olivier Thijssen has a background in advanced engineering and econometrics. As a data scientist at Pacmed , he focuses on creating value for doctor and patient through the use of machine learning. He developed, for instance, a model for personalizing the treatment of prostate cancer with Antoni van Leeuwenhoek.

He has an active sport life and became Dutch champion under 23 with competitive rowing. During his studies he gained experience in data science projects in aviation at both KLM and Qantas Airways.

Olivier did a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft and subsequently completed a master's degree in Econometrics at Tilburg University (with distinction).

Geert Klop

Machine Learning Engineer

Geert Klop combines extensive experience as a machine learning engineer, passion for software engineering and a medical background to create valuable data science products to solve complex medical problems. At Pacmed, Geert will focus on designing and building scalable and maintainable pipelines for Pacmed’s products.

Before Pacmed, Geert worked as a machine learning engineer consultant at Xomnia. There he worked with many clients to support them in their data needs, from data science to data engineering.

Geert has a master degree in Biomedical Sciences and Science Based Business at the University of Leiden.

Hanne Nijhuis

Software Engineer

With his background in Artificial Intelligence and his entrepreneurial mindset, Hanne has the right combination of skills to translate technical opportunities into useful products that fulfil customer needs. On top of that, his passion for software engineering drives him to deliver the cleanest code in the most beautiful structures. Within Pacmed he has a broad role with a focus on migrating to the cloud.

Next to years of freelancing and getting his own start-up off the ground, Hanne also has a lot of experience in the corporate world.

Hanne holds a Master’s in Artificial Intelligence of the University of Amsterdam.

Sophie Tichelaar

Front-end Engineer

Sophie has a background in biomedical research and programming. As a researcher in the hospital she observed the impact of technology on the improvement of care and well-being of the patient. Since then, she has been passionate about improving healthcare in this way.

Within Pacmed, as a front-end engineer, Sophie programs the part of the decision-support software that is visible to the intensivists, providing them with an overview of the information needed to make the right decision right at the bedside.

Before joining Pacmed, Sophie worked as a software consultant on an eHealth application aimed at measuring heart rate and blood pressure. In this role she was in constant contact with doctors, designers and developers. It was the interaction with developers that sparked her interest, which led her to take a course in full-stack web development at Ironhack.

Sophie graduated with a master's degree in Biomedical Sciences in combination with a master's degree in Science, Business & Policy from the University of Groningen.

Brian Tielrooij

Implementation Manager

As implementation manager Brian’s main responsibility is to guide hospitals in implementing Pacmed’s IC software into clinical practice throughout all phases of the implementation process.

Brian has a passion for healthcare – specifically in combination with innovation and digitalization – striving to keep healthcare affordable, sustainable and of the highest quality. Prior to working at Pacmed Brian has gained valuable experience in managing complex software implementations in the hospital setting as consultant of the Electronic Medical Record at Chipsoft. He’ll use his knowledge and experience to increasingly let patients, doctors and hospitals (healthcare systems) benefit from the application of machine learning in clinical practice.

Brian has a background in the health sciences and completed a Master’s Programme in Management and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Life Sciences (MPA) at the VU University Amsterdam.

Emma Ozinga

Office Manager

Emma Ozinga has years of experience in service-oriented sectors. She combines strong skills in management and planning with a creative, joyful and helpful character. As office manager at Pacmed, she uses all these competencies to create a sparkling working environment and supports our team and company on HR, Finance and Operations on all levels.

Emma started at an event bureau of, mainly, diplomatic and corporate events. Here, she grew from hostess to manager. After this she worked as salon manager at Rob Peetoom, an illustrious hair salon, with several locations around the world. Emma is a real go-getter and an essential part of our team, organising the company and office and giving support to the whole team.

Emma has a bachelor Interior Design from the Akademie Vogue, and diplomas in Photography and Senior Management.

Petra Cseh

Quality Manager

As a Quality Manager, Petra is involved in managing Pacmed’s Quality Management System, ensures that it is in place and up-to-date and she also continuously seeks opportunities for improvement. She makes sure that everything is documented and is working according to the applicable regulations.

Petra has worked both in smaller and bigger companies before joining Pacmed, also in healthcare and related sectors, and she has several years of experience in quality management.

Petra completed her university studies in Hungary, where she obtained her Master’s degree in Engineering Management - Quality Management in the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Abigaël Tjokro

Legal Counsel

Abigaël Tjokro likes to analyze legal issues where fields of law overlap. As a legal counsel at Pacmed, Abigaël will combine her knowledge of contract law and privacy law to ensure that our way of working is compliant with the law.

Before Abigaël joined Pacmed, she did a number of internships at various legal offices and departments, including at the privacy department of law firm Van Doorne in Amsterdam, where she also worked as a legal assistant

Abigaël obtained a Master's degree in law, specializing in private law as well as internet-, IP and IT law.

Suzanne Vosslamber

Senior UX Researcher

As senior UX researcher, Suzanne always thinks from the perspective of the user, and asks questions continuously to ensure the best possible experience for the user is created. At Pacmed Suzanne represents the voice of the user by carrying out research during the whole product design process. This research varies from discovering the needs of users, usability testing of Pacmed Critical to uncovering possibilities where it can be improved.

Suzanne started her career as Psychology teacher at the University of Twente where she taught students in setting up and carrying out (UX) research. After this, she worked as senior UX researcher at ABN AMRO. In this role she carried out lots and different types of research: from explorative to validating research and from qualitative to quantitative research. Next to that, she matured and evolved the UX research within ABN AMRO.

Suzanne studied HBO Applied Psychology and finished her master Human Factors and Engineering Psychology at the University of Twente.

Luuk Zweegers

Finance Manager

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It’s great to be part of a passionate team of people who have the drive to improve healthcare. I love the inspiring and social culture within Pacmed, which allows you to flourish in your work but also brings happiness and fun to the workplace.

SophieFront-end Engineer

I really enjoy working at Pacmed for our shared mission to turn healthcare into a learning system by making better/smarter use of data for healthcare professionals and patients alike. Contributing to this in our ambitious, smart and fun team makes it a pleasure to go to work every day!

BrianImplementation Manager

The very first thing that attracted me about Pacmed was the solidity of its mission: the desire to use data to improve patient care, support clinicians’ work and contain healthcare costs. I remember thinking “Yes, I want to work towards that”.

GiovanniResearch Lead

The first thing I love about Pacmed is our mission: we're in it to improve healthcare with AI. While doing that I especially like that we're pioneering and innovating with AI in healthcare. Our mission brings so many interesting challenges for a data scientist: dealing with the huge amount of parameters registered continuously for a patient at the hospital, deciding how to go about model interpretability, uncertainty, causal inference, monitoring, dealing with missing values, etc. Tackling these challenges in the right way is essential for responsibly implementing AI in healthcare.

DaanLead Data Scientist

I love working at Pacmed because I am surrounded by amazing and very knowledgeable colleagues, with whom together we are working on the same ultimate goal; to have a positive impact on society and make healthcare better. The company also puts a huge emphasis on the people aspect; we have fun as a team, we have flexibility in our way of working and we have the opportunity to learn and grow professionally.

PetraQuality Manager