About us – People and Leadership

What we do at Plasma Industries is critical to millions of patients, who rely on products we carefully manufacture, release and transport. We strive to attract and retain the best people for every job we have, from operator to director level.

  • Manufacturing
  • Logistics and Warehousing
  • Product Development
  • Engineering
  • Maintenance
  • Quality Assurance
  • Product Release
  • Information Technology
  • Customer Relations
  • Procurement
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Management

Our leaders act as coaches who translate our vision of Drive through the departments and teams to individual level. This dedicated team is made up of enthusiastic, focused and experienced professionals who can look back on successful careers in pharmaceutical and other industries.

Meet our leadership team

Peter Janssen – CEO

Peter joined Plasma Industries in February 2017. After performing research at the University of Leuven, he became project manager for world-leading industrial gases company Air Products, where he helped to start up semiconductor fabs for customers like Intel, Motorola and Philips.

At Pfizer, Peter established and implemented site master plans for production sites adressing growth, performance and quality improvements. He also turned around local and international aseptic filling, packaging and supply chain operations. Later at Zoetis, the spin-off of Pfizer’s animal health operations, he succesfully led the setup of the global intercompany supply chain and logistics operations and distribution.

Peter is the Belgium Affiliate President of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and serves on the board of several non-for-profit and for-profit organizations.

He holds a MSc in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leuven, a Master in Management and Finance, a Lean Green Belt as well as several Business Degrees.

Raf De Paepe – Director Operations

Raf oversees all manufacturing operations as well as maintenance activities at Plasma Industries. He is also responsible for EHS-related items company-wide.

Raf joined the company in 2003 and built an in-depth knowledge of the fractionation processes, growing through different operational roles : Quality Engineer; Assistant Manager Production; Manager Production; and currently, Director Operations. Maximizing output for a variety of customers (European-US) with a multitude of plasma sources and combining this with increasing quality standards (up to FDA-approval for US-clients), has been his major challenge over the past 15 years.

Previously Raf worked as a supervisor in a sterile compounding and filling department (Schering-Plough, now MSD).

Raf holds an MSc in Industrial Pharmaceutical Services from the University of Ghent.

Dieter Hauwaerts – Director Quality & Regulatory

Dieter is responsible for all Quality and Regulatory activities at Plasma Industries. He has a long-standing track record in biotech and big pharma companies.

Before joining Plasma, Dieter worked as VP Operations at Celyad, where he was responsible for all process development, manufacturing, quality control and supply chain activities in EU and US.

He also acted as Director Manufacturing for TiGenix, as part of the team obtaining first approval of an Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product in Europe. Earlier, he oversaw the construction of a state-of-the-art commercial cell therapy facility and held various positions in the quality and supply chain organizations of Janssen Pharmaceutica (Belgium). As a graduate, he conducted research on microbial genetics at the University of Leuven.

Dieter holds an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Leuven.

Steven Crooymans – Supply Chain Manager

Steven acts as Supply Chain Manager at Plasma Industries since June 2017. Before joining Plasma Industries, Steven served Zoetis as Intercompany Supply & Logistics leader, managing intercompany product logistics flows worldwide. Before Zoetis, he served Pfizer for 14 years in different roles within the supply chain management field.

Steven holds a Bachelor in Business Management from the University College of UCLL Leuven and a Specialization in Integrated Logistics Management from the Odisee University College.

Caroline Maquestiaux – Manager Human Resources

Caroline joined Plasma Industries as Manager Human Resources in March 2018.

After her graduation in 2007, Caroline worked as Consultant for Cross International, an HR services agency with offices in Belgium and Poland. In 2011 she joined Niscayah, where she started up the HR department from scratch. After the acquisition by Stanley Black & Decker, she worked on the integration and was part of the European Talent Management Team with a focus on Benelux and GALP. After a 6-month assignment with Carrefour, she joined Fike in 2014 to build the HR department for the European HQ and Sales Offices throughout Europe, and to support the change to a global matrix structure.

Caroline holds a Bachelor in Human Resources from the University College of UCCL Leuven.

Erik Binst – Customer Relationship Manager

Erik has more than 25 years of experience within the company, starting his professional career at Plasma Industries in 1992. Later, he was asked to develop Supply Chain within the organization. Compliancy, traceability and Track & Trace were the main drivers.

In 2000, he was the lead for the implementation of an ERP system in the company. When we started our CMO activities in 2003, Erik had a key role in this business transition.

Since 2018, Plasma Industries relies 100% on CDMO activities. As manager of the CRM department, Erik is the liaison between Plasma Industries and our customers.

Erik holds a bachelor degree in Sales and Marketing from the Odisee University College.

Alain Rigaux – Finance Manager

Alain joined the company in 2000 as accountant. Later as Finance Assistant Manager, he implemented the internal reporting and the monthly closing systems. From 2003, he was also responsible for the financial monitoring of the construction of the new plant. In the function of Accounting Manager, he oversaw the accounting department and established a customer costing model.

Alain is Finance Manager at Plasma Industries since 2015, in which role he is responsible for financial reports and audits, the direct investment activities. He is also heavily involved in developing strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of the organization.

Alain holds a Bachelor in Tax and Accountancy Management from the University College of Namur-Liège-Luxembourg.

Servaas Maesen – Senior Lead Business Development

Servaas joined Plasma Industries in June 2018 and serves as Senior Lead Business Development, in which role he is responsible for stimulating profitable revenue growth through new client generation and stimulating new client development processes.

Previously, Servaas held functions in Belgium and China as Business Development Manager for various chemical and industrial manufacturing companies. In these positions he developed and managed sales and distribution networks covering East Asia.

Servaas holds an MA in Languages and a Master in Business Economics from the University of Antwerp and ULB Brussels.