As Head of Project Leader Unit, Nicolas is in charge of the pharmaceutical development and subsequent production of vaccines - for use in clinical trials - directly funded by the European Vaccine Initiative (EVI), and European projects funded from other sources coordinated by EVI. Nicolas was engaged as a consultant in 2009.
Nicolas’ early career took him to the Al Ain University, United Arab Emirates as a researcher for a short period before becoming a research engineer for Solvay and l’Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). His work led to a world patent for the former. 1997/1998 saw him as Management Trainee at SmithKline Beecham Biologicals (now GSK Biologicals) in Belgium where he gained knowledge in cell culture processes, Good Manufacturing Practices and vaccinology. Short periods with other companies in Belgium augmented his experience with urban and industrial wastewater treatment processes, fermentation processes, shift production planning and integrated Supply Chain, after which he worked for Henogen, Belgium from 2000 - 2006, where, as Head of Process Development, Business Development Director and Site Director, he further enhanced his skills and knowledge. In 2006, Nicolas established a management and consulting company Zythum S.P.R.L., offering services to biotech and pharmaceutical companies in process development, cGMP manufacturing, CMOs management, project management, business development and general management.
In 1994 and 1999, Nicolas obtained a Masters in Chemical Engineering, and a Masters in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology respectively from ULB.