Dirk Kersten Joins Forbion as General Partner

NAARDEN, Netherlands–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Forbion, one of the leading European life science venture capital firms,
today announces that Dirk Kersten will join as a General Partner on
October 1st, 2018.

Dirk is currently responsible for the life sciences investment
activities at Inkef Capital as a member of its Leadership Team and
Investment Committee.

Dirk brings a wealth of transaction experience to Forbion, as well as a
deep sector knowledge and network from over 16 years of life sciences
industry experience. As Managing Director at Inkef Capital, Dirk was
closely involved in expanding Inkef’s assets under management to EUR
500M and building a team of over 15 investment professionals and
seasoned industry advisors.

Prior to Inkef Capital, Dirk was a Partner at Gilde Healthcare Partners
where he led a series of successful investments in biopharmaceutical and
medtech companies across Europe and in the US. At Gilde, Dirk was
responsible for pioneering their US investment activities and managed
their Boston office for several years. Dirk holds a Master’s of Science
in Physics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

“We are very pleased that Dirk will be joining our team. His
professional experience and contacts will be invaluable in helping us
continue to invest in the most promising European life sciences
companies and building new biotech companies, like Dezima Pharma, Staten
Biotech and NorthSea Therapeutics”, commented Sander Slootweg,
Managing Partner at Forbion

Dirk Kersten added: “I am very pleased to join one of the leading
life sciences venture capital firms in Europe with clear ambitions to be
a truly global player. From my experience, Forbion is one of few firms
in Europe that operates on a level playing field with the leading US
venture capital firms. Besides investing in, and building exciting new
biotech companies, I look forward to working with the rest of the
Forbion team to develop new areas of strategic focus for the future.”

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Notes to Editors

About Forbion
Forbion is a dedicated life sciences venture
capital firm with offices in The Netherlands and Germany. Forbion
invests in life sciences companies that are active in the
(bio)pharmaceutical, as well as the medical device space. Forbion’s
investment team has built an impressive performance track record since
the late nineties with successful investments in over 50 companies.
Forbion manages well over EUR 800 million across nine funds. Its
investors include the EIF, through its European Recovery Programme
(ERP), LfA and Dutch Venture Initiative (DVI) facilities and the KFW
through the ERP – Venture Capital Fondsfinanzierung facility. Forbion
operates a joint venture with BGV, the manager of seed and early stage
funds focused on Benelux and Germany. www.forbion.com


Sander Slootweg
Managing Partner
P: +31
35699 3015
E: sander.slootweg@forbion.com

Instinctif Partners (on behalf of Forbion)
Toyne Sewell / Ashley Tapp
P: +44 (0) 20 7457 2020
E: forbion@instinctif.com