Professor Dr. Cornelis (Kees) Kluft
Prof. Dr. Kluft is the founder and CEO of GBS Leiden, and a renowned expert in haemostasis and human biomarkers. He was projectleader of projects of several large pharmaceutical companies, as well as different academic research organizations and charitable foundations supporting patient groups.
He started his career in haemostasis (fibrinolysis) at TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek) in 1972. Continuing as TNO’s Haemostasis specialist and division head of vascular medicine and connective tissue research and was one of the founders of TNO Pharma. He is chairman of the supervisory board of ECAT, external quality assessment organisation. He previously held positions as Professor in Thrombosis Research (University of Southern Denmark) and in Cardiovascular Biology (Catholic University, Italy).
After 33 years he left TNO, started GBS and continued working with the CHDR (Centre for Human Drug Research) as a biomarker specialist. Presently, he is also visiting professor at the University of Southern Denmark in Esbjerg University, in a joint programme on biocompatibility and contact activation.
Tel: +31 (0)6 53 62 22 21
Dr. Dimitar Tasev, MD
Dimitar Tasev is the Scientific officer at GBS specialized in functional cellular assays in the field of immunity, inflammation, neurodegeneration, stem cell and vascular cell biology.
He was educated and worked as an MD in Macedonia until 2009 when he moved to the Netherlands to pursue an MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences. During the two one-year research specializations in Advanced Immunology and Cardiovascular Research, he investigated the immunological aspects of multiple sclerosis and the role of endothelial progenitor cells in angiogenesis. Prior to his current position, he investigated the biological response of endothelial progenitor cells to hypoxia and inflammation in 3D matrices during angiogenesis as a PhD student at ICaR-VU, VUmc, Amsterdam. In the course of his stay in academia, he obtained broad knowledge of molecular biology techniques, cell culture, tissue engineering and assay development.
Tel: +31 (0)71 751 71 74