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Chairman of the Board

Raj Parekh, MA, DPhil

Rajesh Parekh, MA, DPhil has served as the Chairman of our board of directors since 2004. Dr. Parekh is a General Partner at Advent Life Sciences LLP, which he joined in 2005. During an academic career at Oxford University, he co-founded Oxford GlycoSciences PLC, where he served as Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Executive Officer from 1988 until its sale to Celltech Group PLC (now UCB SA) in 2003. He has founded or served on the boards of several life sciences companies in the United States and Europe including Celldex Therapeutics, Inc.; Avila Therapeutics, Inc.; EUSA Pharma (Europe) Limited; Thiakis Limited; and Amsterdam Molecular Therapeutics (AMT) Holding N.V. (now uniQure). Dr. Parekh currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Advent Venture Partners; Advent Life Sciences LLP; Aleta Inc.; Arrakis, Inc.; Artax Inc.; Capella BioSciences Ltd.; Cellnovo Limited; EnCipher Limited; Levicept Limited; Macrolide Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; PE Limited; and Project Paradise Limited. He is also a member of the supervisory board of the Novartis Venture Fund. During the past five years, he served as a member of the board of directors of Aura Inc., Biocartis NV, 4-Antibody AG, Itara Limited, NeRRe Therapeutics Limited, F2G Limited, LuxFold S.A., CoCo Therapeutics Limited. He received his MA in Biochemistry and DPhil in Molecular Medicine from the University of Oxford, where he was a Senior Research Fellow and Professor.

Executive Director

Onno van de Stolpe, CEO of Galapagos

Onno van de Stolpe founded our company in 1999 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors from 1999 to the present. From 1998 to 1999, he was the Managing Director of Genomics at IntroGene B.V. (later Crucell N.V., which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. in 2011). Prior to joining IntroGene in 1998, he was Managing Director of Molecular Probes Europe B.V. He established this European headquarters after joining Molecular Probes, Inc. in the United States. Previously, he worked for The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency in California, where he was responsible for recruiting biotechnology and medical device companies to locate in The Netherlands. Mr. Van de Stolpe started his career as Manager of Business Development at MOGEN International N.V. in Leiden. He received an MSc degree from Wageningen University. Mr. Van de Stolpe currently also serves as a member of the supervisory board of the Stichting Institute for Human Organ and Disease Model Technologies and has previously served as a member of the board of directors of DCPrime B.V.

Non-Executive Directors

Werner Cautreels, Ph.D. 

Werner Cautreels, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009. Dr. Cautreels is the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of Selecta Biosciences, Inc. Previously, Dr. Cautreels joined Solvay Pharmaceuticals SA in 1998 where he was Global Head of R&D and later Global Chief Executive Officer from 2005 onwards, until it was acquired by Abbott Laboratories Inc. in February 2010. Prior to joining Solvay he was employed by Sanofi S.A., Sterling Winthrop, Inc. and Nycomed Amersham PLC in a variety of R&D management positions in Europe and in the United States from 1979 to 1998. Dr. Cautreels was a director of Innogenetics NV and ArQule, Inc. from 1999 until 2006. He was the President of the Belgian-Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce for Russia and Belarus until June 2010. He graduated from the University of Antwerp, with a Doctorate in Chemistry, specializing in mass spectrometry. He received his management and financial education from the Harvard Business School. In the past, Dr. Cautreels has served as a member of the board of directors of Seres Health, Inc.

Howard Rowe, J.D. - Independent Director

Howard Rowe, J.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 2010. Mr. Rowe is Managing Director at Hayfin Capital Management LLP. Prior to joining Hayfin Capital Management, Mr. Rowe was a Managing Director with The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. where he had multiple healthcare responsibilities over his 12 years at the firm. His most recent roles at Goldman Sachs were as part of the European Special Situations and Principal Strategies teams where he established and led the private healthcare investing effort. During that time he served on the boards of EUSA Pharma (Europe) Limited, Healthcare Brands International Limited, SmallBone Innovations, Inc., MedAvante, Inc. and Ikonisys, Inc. Prior to his investing activities, Mr. Rowe was a senior member of the European Healthcare Investment Banking team, where he advised numerous corporate clients on M&A and corporate finance activities. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was a corporate lawyer with the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Mr. Rowe received his Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of Southern California and his JD from Harvard Law School. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Managers of Paradigm Spine LLC.

Katrine Bosley - Independent Director

Katrine Bosley has served as a member of our board of directors since 2013. Ms. Bosley is the President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Editas Medicine, Inc. since June 2014. Prior to joining Editas, she was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Broad Institute from 2013 to 2014. From 2009 to 2012, she was President, Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of Avila Therapeutics, Inc., which was acquired by Celgene Corporation in 2012. She served as President, Celgene Avilomics Research at Celgene in 2012. Prior to her time at Avila Therapeutics, she was Vice President, Strategic Operations at Adnexus, a Bristol-Myers Squibb R&D Company, and before that she was Vice President, Business Development at Adnexus Therapeutics, Inc. Ms. Bosley joined Adnexus Therapeutics from Biogen Idec, Inc. where she had roles in business development, commercial operations and portfolio strategy in the United States and Europe. Earlier, she was part of the healthcare team at the venture firm Highland Capital Partners, Inc. Ms. Bosley graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in Biology. She currently serves as chairman of the board of Genocea Biosciences, Inc. She also serves on the board of directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization and is a review committee member of the Wellcome Trust. In the past, Ms. Bosley has also served as a member of the board of directors of Coco Therapeutics Limited and Scholar Rock, LLC.

Christine Mummery, Ph.D. - Independent Director

Dr. Christine Mummery has served as a member of the board of directors since 30 September 2015. Dr. Mummery has served as a Professor of Developmental Biology and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) since 2008 and a Professor of Vascular Modelling at the Technical University of Twente in The Netherlands since September 2015. In 2007, she was a Radcliffe fellow at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital when human-induced pluripotent stem cells were being developed, and she was the first to derive these from patients in The Netherlands. In 2002, she became a Professor at the Utrecht University Medical Centre in The Netherlands. She was a postdoctoral fellow from 1981 to 1984 at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, where she later also served as a staff scientist and group leader until 2008. Dr. Mummery obtained her B.S. in Physics, Electronics, and Mathematics at the University of Nottingham and her Ph.D. in BioPhysics at London University in the United Kingdom. Her primary research focus is currently the development and use of stem cells in cardiovascular development and disease. She served on the Ethical Councils of the Dutch Ministry of Health, is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), editor-in-chief of the Cell Press journal Stem Cell Reports, former board member of the International Society for Stem Cell Research and past-president of the International Society of Differentiation. She was co-founder of Pluriomics BV. In addition, she is on the scientific advisory boards of the Hubrecht Institute and of the Fondation Leducq and chairs the executive board of the Institute for human Organ and Disease Model Technologies (hDMT), a non-profit R&D institute of which Galapagos is a founding partner. She is a review committee member of the European Research Council, the Wellcome Trust (ad hoc) and the Heineken Jury Prize (KNAW). In the past, Dr. Mummery has also served on the board of ZonMw (Dutch Medical Research Council).

Mary Kerr, Ph.D. - Independent Director

Dr. Mary Kerr has served as a member of our board of directors since 26 July 2016. Dr. Kerr, a UK national, is Chief Executive Officer and Director at NeRRe Therapeutics and Chief Executive Officer at KaNDy Therapeutics. Prior to her appointment at NeRRe, Dr. Kerr held a range of senior leadership roles at GSK over more than 20 years, most recently as Senior Vice President and Global Franchise leader for the Immuno-inflammation and Infectious Diseases franchise. Dr. Kerr was a founding member and on the Corporate Executive team of ViiV Healthcare where she led a turnaround in the performance of the HIV business in Europe. She has spent the majority of her career on the R&D commercial interface in global strategy and regional operational roles, predominantly in the specialty and orphan space. Dr. Kerr gained a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Bradford, did post-doctoral research at the Michigan Cancer Foundation in Detroit and has an MBA from the University of Kingston.