Executive Team

OnnovdStolpe_GLPG.jpg Onno van de Stolpe - Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Van de Stolpe founded Galapagos in 1999 while he was Managing Director Genomics at Introgene (now Crucell). Prior to joining Introgene in 1998, he was Managing Director of Molecular Probes Europe. He established this European headquarters after joining Molecular Probes in the US. Previously, he worked for the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency in California, where he was responsible for recruiting biotech and medical device companies to locate in the Netherlands. Mr. Van de Stolpe started his career as Manager Business Development at MOGEN in Leiden. He received a MSc degree from the Agricultural University in Wageningen.



Piet Wigerinck, PhD - Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Piet Wigerinck joined Galapagos in April 2008 from Tibotec (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) where he was VP Drug Discovery, Early Development and CM&C, and a member of the Management Board. He started his professional career as a medicinal chemist at Janssen Research Foundation in 1992. He then joined Tibotec in 1998, where, under his leadership, TMC114 (PrezistaTM) was selected and moved forward into clinical trials. Dr. Wigerinck also played a key role in Tibotec’s expansion into novel diseases such as Hepatitis C and advanced several compounds into Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials. He brings over 15 years of research and development experience from both big pharma and biotech to Galapagos. Piet Wigerinck holds a PhD from the K.U. Leuven and is inventor on more than 25 patent applications.



Bart FiliusMBA - CFO

Bart Filius joined Galapagos as CFO in December 2014. Prior to that, Bart worked over 13 years at Sanofi, where he was CFO Sanofi Europe the last three years and was instrumental in transforming the Sanofi European organization to be well-positioned beyond the patent cliff.  Earlier at Sanofi, Bart was CFO and Country Manager of Sanofi in the Netherlands. Before that, he was Vice President for Mergers & Acquisitions, during which time Bart led and completed the divestiture of various franchises.  Prior to joining Sanofi, Bart was a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little.  Bart is a Dutch national and has an MBA degree from INSEAD and a bachelor’s degree in business from Nyenrode University.


Andre Hoekema, PhD - Senior Vice President Corporate Development
Dr. Hoekema joined Galapagos in March 2005 from Invitrogen Corporation, where he was Managing Director of Corporate Development Europe. He brings 20 years of biotech experience from positions at Molecular Probes Europe (Managing Director), Crucell (Director of Business Development), DSM Life Sciences and MOGEN (Research and Project Management) and Genentech, Inc (R&D). Dr. Hoekema has a PhD degree from Leiden University and is the inventor of over 20 series of patent applications, resulting in 15 patents issued in the US.



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