Protecting now from what comes next

The outbreak of COVID-19 caught the world off guard and severely constrained people's ability to live their lives to the fullest. Responses have been very broad (such as social distancing) or targeting specific strains (such as vaccines). And while crucial and developed at unprecedented speed, all responses are reactive.

What the world needs is a proactive approach. Nature harbors millions of unknown viruses and with virus mutations in humans, new infections are a given. However, we don’t know which one will strike next. The current reactive approach does not prepare us for these future threats.

It’s time for a new approach

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our new Approach

Leyden Labs’ proactive approach protects against a broad range of viruses

To protect from what comes next, we need to act proactively and be ready for a broad range of viruses. At Leyden Labs, we enable this by developing our platform and products with three innovative concepts:

Targeting the commonalities of viruses

The millions of unknown viruses harbored in nature can be grouped in a few dozen of viral families. By targeting the commonalities of these families, we can develop protection against entire virus families at once, including the unknown variants. Our focus is on respiratory viruses like influenza and coronaviruses, which are most likely to cause pandemics because they are transmitted through the air.

Attacking viruses where they attack us

Through our platform, we are developing nasal sprays that provide immediate protection because they attack viruses where they attack us – in our nasal passages – keeping people safe from catching infections and preventing people from spreading them to others.

Providing people the freedom to protect themselves

We are working toward accessible, self-administrable products, so people can take control and live their lives to the fullest by protecting themselves against catching infections and preventing transmission to others.

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our team

We challenge limits

The city of Leiden (The Netherlands) inspired our name. For centuries, Leiden is known for unconventional thinking, the freedom to express this openly and scientific breakthroughs such as the first publications of Galileo’s famous Discorsi.

Our team of energetic, experienced and curious people is ready to go beyond to accomplish our mission. We strive for a fantastic life for all people. We aim for the highest, think unconventionally and focus relentlessly on delivering the impossible. In our team trust, integrity and inclusiveness are a given.

Our team

Meet our team and discover how they live their lives to the fullest.

Koenraad Wiedhaup Founder and CEO at Leyden Labs

Koenraad Wiedhaup

Founder and CEO

Jaap Goudsmit Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Leyden Labs

Jaap Goudsmit

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Ronald Brus Founder and Chief Business Officer at Leyden labs

Ronald Brus

Founder and Chief Business Officer

Anne van Loon Strategy & BD at Leyden Labs

Anne van Loon

Strategy & BD

Wouter Koudstaal Discovery at Leyden Labs

Wouter Koudstaal

Discovery

Bertjan Ziere Pre-clinical Leyden Labs

Bertjan Ziere

Pre-clinical

Danielle Kool Business Strategy at Leyden Labs

Danielle Kool

Business Strategy

Dennis de Vlaam Head of Operations at Leyden Labs

Dennis de Vlaam 

Associate Director Partnerships and Procurement

Tom Razoux Schultz Analytics lead at Leyden labs

Tom Razoux Schultz

Analytics lead

Peter Tjeerdsma CMC Expert at Leyden Labs

Peter Tjeerdsma

CMC Expert

Albert Jan van Soelen General Counsel at Leyden Labs

Albert Jan van Soelen

General Counsel

Fons Uytdehaag Development project manager at Leyden Labs

Fons Uytdehaag

Development project manager

Peter Rottier Scientific advisor at Leyden labs

Peter Rottier

Scientific advisor

Vivian Bouwer Office Manager at Leyden Labs

Vivian Bouwer

Office Manager

Fariël Kadirbaks Executive Assistant Leyden Labs

Fariël Kadirbaks

Executive Assistant

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Esther Crena Uiterwijk

Recruiter

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Marieke van der Lans

Operations Director

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Marianne van der Steen

Pandemic Preparedness Partnerships

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Dara McCann

Director of People

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Anita van den Biggelaar

Strategic R&D Lead

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Jaco Klap

Principal Statistician

Our Supervisory Board

Dinko Valerio Founder and Executive Chair

Dinko Valerio

Founder and Executive Chair

John Martin - In memoriam Former CEO Gilead Sciences Leyden Labs

John Martin - In memoriam

Former CEO Gilead Sciences

Onno van de Stolpe CEO Galapagos

Onno van de Stolpe

CEO Galapagos

James Shannon Former CMO GSK and Global Head of Development at Novartis

James Shannon

Former CMO GSK and Global Head of Development at Novartis

Richard Whitley Professor in Pediatrics and Microbiology, Medicine and Neurosurgery at University of Alabama at Leyden Labs

Richard Whitley

Professor in Pediatrics and Microbiology, Medicine and Neurosurgery at University of Alabama

David Schenkein General Partner GV

David Schenkein

General Partner GV

Stephen Knight President and Managing Partner F-Prime Capital at Leyden labs

Stephen Knight

President and Managing
Partner 
F-Prime Capital

Our investors

We are working together with GV (formerly Google Ventures), F-Prime Capital and Casdin Capital and private investors such as Brook Byers. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are interested in partnering with us.

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Become part of our journey

At Leyden Labs, we want to free humanity from the burden of respiratory viruses to let people live life to the fullest. We are moving fast and growing quickly. Are you interested in contributing?

Partners

We work closely together with academics, commercial researchers and other commercial parties to further develop our business.

Institutions and Governments

We aim to prepare society for future pandemics and are keen to help governments and institutions do so.

Investors

We are open to discussions with interested investors.

People

We are growing quickly and always looking for the best people to work with.

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