STRATEGIO - Management Programme for Biomedical Managers and Entrepreneurs

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STRATEGIO - Management Programme for Biomedical Managers and Entrepreneurs

STRATEGIO is forged from the joint reflection of BioWin, the health competitiveness cluster of Wallonia, BIOPARK and the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management School.

The programme explores the most important strategic skills required to face challenges in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries:

  • Understanding the “ecosystem” of life sciences research 
  • Discovering strategies used at different stages of Healthcare 
  • Developing of innovation management
  • Mastering the basics of finance and accounting 
  • Enhancing personal and group leadership


The programme is taught in English by leading academics and experts from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Louvain School of Management and HEC Management School, University of Liège. It features regular interventions by key industrial top-managers in the areas of biotech and pharmaceuticals.

STRATEGIO combines:

  • Comprehensive insights on the main dimensions of management: corporate strategy, sales & marketing, innovation management, leadership and human resources management.
  • The use of participant-centered methods: case studies, discussions, business games animated by top academics.
  • Individual learning and peer group collaboration.
  • The discovery of best practices from practitioners: Each session includes a contribution from at least one academic and one practitioner.
  • Inspiring workshops with captains of industry.  
  • Integrative project work: Participants are required to complete a practical group assignment monitored by an assigned coach and presented before a jury.


Past sponsors include:


STRATEGIO aims to provide professionals with the opportunity to:

  • Understand the Sector
  • Develop strategic management skills needed for biotech and pharma industries
  • Think like a Strategist
  • Innovate and execute
  • Understand Yourself and lead Teams
  • Apply the learning to a real Case Project

STRATEGIO is open to: 

  • Science and business professionals within the biotech or pharmaceutical industries who wish to enhance their business skills and improve their ability to work across functions
  • Scientists making a transition into management position 
  • Beneficiaries of spin-off grants
  • Professionals from functional, medical, chemical or engineering backgrounds, promoted into bio-business roles

Participation by executives of all functions from the same company is encouraged as it adds value to the overall programme experience.




MODULE 1 (Off-site) 

DAY 1:  Friday 13 September 2013 - Understanding the Healthcare Business Ecosystems and its Challenges       

FACULTY:  Constantin BLOME

  • Overview of competitive landscape of healthcare industry
  • How to master actual and future challenges & how to address them
  • Strategic planning of positioning

DAY 2:  Saturday 14 SEPTEMBER - Personal Leadership   

GUEST INTERVENTION:  Alain LAMPROYE, Chief Executive Officer, Novasep Belgium

  • Increase understanding of how people can be influenced, and how leadership styles can be used to develop strategies for increasing productivity
  • Develop basic skills that will help match own leadership styles to the needs of others
  • Understand how effective leaders match their own style to the behaviour of the team members



DAY 3:  Friday 20 SEPTEMBER - Introduction to Strategy 

GUEST INTERVENTION:  Eric HALIOUA, Chief Executive Officer, Promethera Biosciences

  • The value of having a strategic vision and its key elements 
  • The internal and external factors driving the definition of a strategy 
  • The key aspects of the operationalisation of a strategic vision 

DAY 4:  Saturday 21 September - Sales & Marketing for Strategists  

GUEST INTERVENTION:  Guy HELIN, Chief Business Operator, Delphi Genetics

  • How to evaluate and understand your markets and potential customers 
  • How to evaluate your competitiveness 
  • How to make crucial strategic decisions such as market targeting and product positioning 



DAY 5:  Friday 4 October - Innovation Management  

GUEST INTERVENTION:  Sylvie PONCHAUT, Scientific Director, BioWin

  • What innovation means (and does not mean) for a business and why it matters 
  • The various types of innovation and where to find them; why R&D is not enough
  • The characteristics of innovative organisations 

DAY 6:  Saturday 5 October - Supply Chain, Sourcing and Production for Strategists  

FACULTY:  Constantin BLOME and Per AGRELL
GUEST INTERVENTION:  Patrick STRAGIER, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, MaSTherCell

  • How to face current challenges in supply chain, sourcing & production 
  • Use state-of-the-art methods for the healthcare industry 
  • Using the opportunities of international markets 



DAY 7:  Friday 18 October - Basics of Finance  

GUEST INTERVENTION:  Denis DUBRU, Vice President Worldwide Finance Operations, GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines

  • How to analyze and to understand the financial health of a company 
  • Learn to understand Balance sheet, P&L statement 
  • Understanding the impact of growth on finance: working capital and cash-flow statement

DAY 8: Saturday 19 October - IPR Management  

GUEST INTERVENTION:  Philippe GABANT, Head of Business Development, Delphi Genetics SA

  • Which are the IPR tools and when to use them 
  • Understanding how patent systems affect patent



DAY 9:  Friday 15 November - Business Planning

GUEST INTERVENTION:  Alain PARTHOENS, Managing Director, Vesalius Biocapital Partners

  • Why business planning is important 
  • How to draft a business plan 
  • The limitations of business planning

DAY 10:  Saturday 16 November - Capital Budgeting and Investment 

GUEST INTERVENTION:  François LESAGE, Chief Strategy and Finance Officer, MastherCell

  • Discover the basics of cost accounting 
  • Costing a product/service: Cost calculation methods and the Pharmaco Economics (Cost effectiveness/ Cost Utility) 
  • Assessing the relevance of an investment project (NPV) 



DAY 11:  Friday 29 November - Group Leadership & HR Management                                            

GUEST INTERVENTION:  Fabrice ENDERLIN, Executive Vice President Global, Human Resources & Communication, UCB

  • Deepen understanding and ownership of the supervisory skills required to build and lead a team in an effective manner 
  • Increase communication and relationship-building capability 
  • Explore and implement productive behaviours to address employee needs while facilitating change 

DAY 12:  Saturday 30 November - Reporting: From Strategy to KPI  

GUEST INTERVENTION:  Dominique DEMOLLE, Chief Executive Officer, Aepodia s.a.

  • Define KPI and Strategy Map 
  • Visualize your KPI and Align people to the strategy 




Per AGRELL                                                                                                       

Professor in Operations Management, Louvain School of Management (UCL)

Per Agrell’s main fields of teaching and research are operations management, efficiency analysis, and network regulation. He is also Director for the Center for Supply Chain Management, Research Associate of CORE and Head of Operations and Information Management Department of the Louvain School of Management. 

His teaching experience covers appointments in Sweden and Denmark, and visiting positions in Austria (IIASA) and USA. He teaches undergraduate, graduate and doctoral classes in operations management and production economics at the Louvain School of Management and in executive programmes in Belgium, France, Lithuania and Russia.

He earned two Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, and Linköping University, Sweden. He also holds a PhD and post-doctoral habilitation in Production Economics from Linköping University, Sweden.

Constantin BLOME

GSK Biologicals Chair Professor in Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Louvain School of Management (UCL)

The focus of Constantin Blome’s in research is in sourcing and supply management. His main topics are risk management in supply chains, mainly focusing on the supply side and emerging markets, as well as performance measurement in procurement. Economy of Public Procurement is another important field of interest. 

Past positions held by Dr. Blome include Assistant Professor in Sourcing in Emerging Markets at the EBS Business School, Wiesbaden, Germany; Senior Consultant for the Supply Management Group, Switzerland; and Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India. Furthermore, he teaches strategic sourcing and procurement at several international universities and in numerous executive education programs (e.g. BASF, Siemens, DHL, Nestlé, Deutsche Bank). 

He holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Management from the Technical University Berlin, Germany. 


Teaching, consulting and coaching in the areas of strategy, communication, change management, motivation and KPIs

Sophie is academic faculty at the Antwerp Management School and also teaches for IFBD and Solvay Brussels School. She was a manager and core faculty at the Vlerick Business School for more than 9 years. She currently works for Delaware Performance Management (previously B&M Consulting).

Sophie holds a Master in Applied Economics and a Master in Advanced Change Methodologies.


Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Strategic Marketing, TiasNimbas Business School

Geert Desmet has worked for over 20 years as a manager in marketing and services marketing for organisations and companies such as Procter&Gamble, Heineken International, Synovate and the Brenninkmeijer group of companies. During this period, he worked in diverse areas such as business strategy, consulting, strategic marketing, business & competitive intelligence, copy development & communication, market research & consumer insights and knowledge management in a broad range of markets (The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan, PRC, Hong Kong and Singapore).

Geert holds a Master Degree in organisational psychology and a Master in marketing. He is also a registered member of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals and of ESOMAR World Research. He has been a lecturer at TiasNimbas since 1997 and has since also taken on responsibility for the Company Specific Programmes division.


Professor in Innovation Management, Louvain School of Management (UCL)

Benoit Gailly’s research focuses on innovation-based strategies and innovation and entrepreneurship support systems.

He teaches innovation management and strategy at master and executive level in the Center for Research in Entrepreneurial Change and Innovative Strategies (CRECIS), Louvain School of Management. He is a former manager at McKinsey, Board member and advisor for several companies (both large firms and start-ups) and expert for the European Commission. He is the author of Developing Innovative Organizations (Palgrave 2010).

He holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Université catholique de Louvain, a postgraduate diploma in Science and Technology from Roskilde University, Denmark and an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Wilfried NIESSEN

Associate Professor, HEC Management School, University of Liège (HEC-ULg)

Wilfried Niessen’s areas of expertise are accountancy, business simulations, finance for non-financial managers, IT for management and the setting up of businesses. He is a consultant and trainer for businesses.He has been active in teaching and business management for twenty years. He set up several companies in the fields of information technology for management (ERP), advising and accountancy-taxation. He is also a chartered accountant and tax specialist. 

For many years he has combined solid practical experience and teaching through various publications and executive training in public companies and institutions (e.g. Fortis, Belgacom, La Poste). He chairs the examination boards of the Bachelor’s programme in economics and management sciences at HEC Management School, Liège, where he is also Associate Professor and leader of the management sciences programme and core competences in corporate finance.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance from the Liège University.

Ronald POPPE

Visiting Professor, TiasNimbas Business School

Ronald Poppe is professor at several universities such as the University of Brussels where he teaches Financial Engineering. During the course of his professional teaching career he has delivered numerous seminars for Alusuisse Lonza, Johnson Controls, General Electric, Coca-Cola, Novo Nordisk, Partek, ING Bank, DHL, GDF Suez, Recticel, Siemens and Barco. Ronald teaches in the US, South America (Argentina and Brasil) as well as Asia (China and Singapore, The United Arab Emirates).

Ronald started his professional career at Gulf Oil as Budget Manager. After 5 years he switched to ITT where he was responsible for large overseas investments. After ITT was taken over by Alcatel, he stayed on to serve Alcatel as Financial Engineering Manager for about seven years. Specifi cally, he supervised valuating enterprises for the purpose of takeover and sourcing fi nance to fund all these acquisitions. Ronald studied German Philology. In addition, he has obtained a Master’s degree in Finance and Accountancy. In Belgium he has been appointed accountant by The King.

Bernard STENIER 

Affiliate Faculty, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and management, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Bernard STENIER’s career combines 13 years of HR expertise and Board membership in international companies (Unilever and Winterthur), and 12 years as Human Development Consultant helping professionals to successfully go through transformation (Sunseed). In addition, he has 20 years of academic practice at Solvay Brussels School. He is the co-founder of International Coach Federation Belgian Chapter and co-wrote “Attitude Coach” (Kluwer Publ.).

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering from the Université libre de Bruxelles.


Associate Professor, HEC Management School, University of Liège (HEC-ULg)

Jean Tondeur’s expertise lies in the areas of service marketing, sales management and strategy.

He started his career in the sales and marketing sphere within the business-to-business environment and has since held various marketing and sales executive responsibilities in fast-moving consumer goods and in the services sector. He has been a partner-consultant in marketing and strategy in consulting companies and took part in designing and teaching of management programmes with national and international companies (e.g. Fortis Group, Belgacom, Mobistar, La Poste). 

He is a visiting professor at the Solvay Brussels School where he teaches in several executive education programmes. He is a founder of a number of executive programmes within HEC-ULg and has taught for many years at various management schools in Belgium, Vietnam and Bulgaria.

He holds a Master’s degree in Economics and a Post-graduate degree in general management (EMM/CEPAC) from the Université libre de Bruxelles.


Dean of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM, Université libre de Bruxelles), Solvay S.A. Chair of Innovation 

Bruno van Pottelsberghe’s research interests focus on the effectiveness of science and technology policies, patent policies, regulations and innovation.

He teaches courses on the economics and management of innovation and intellectual property. Other appointments include Chief Economist at the European Patent Office (EPO) and most recently, Advisor to the President and Rector of the Université libre de Bruxelles for technology transfer issues (since 2004) and Senior Research Fellow at Bruegel, a Brussels-based Think-Tank.

He holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Economics from Université libre de Bruxelles.


Deputy Dean Executive Education, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Bernheim Chair in Entrepreneurship

His research is mostly focused on the growth of entrepreneurial ventures along with extended interest in venture capital, entrepreneurial behaviors, corporate entrepreneurship, effectuation and socio-economical impact of entrepreneurship. At Solvay he teaches Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Planning to graduate students, post-graduate students, entrepreneurs, investors and consultants. 

Past appointments include the position of Finance Director at OpenHR, a Belgian IT venture company specializing in HR management software; Managing Director of EEBIC, a Business & Innovation Cente/ Incubator in Brussels, and Advisor to the Minister of Economy in the Brussels Region. He is also chairman of the Brussels Council for Research and Innovation Policy and an active Board member and strategic advisor in multiple growth-oriented entrepreneurial ventures.

Over the last 15 years he has coached 100+ new and growing firms, published a book on business planning, and has written multiple papers on growth management in entrepreneurial ventures. Olivier holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering and a PhD in Entrepreneurship, both from Université libre de Bruxelles.


Selection will be made on the basis of an application form to be downloaded on this website. All applications must be completed and submitted by e-mail to

Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential.

Please contact BioWin for further information on the admission requirements:

Rose-May Delrue, Programme Manager
+ 32 (0) 71 251 027


LAURENCE LESPAGNARD, Director, Head Diagnostics Project Leadership - Immunotherapeutics Business Unit - GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines

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"This is a very good programme that makes me much more comfortable in my current function while preparing for other challenges in the future. The sessions were well balanced between lectures and exercises with an outstanding quality of presenters. A great opportunity to meet people from biopharma industry and to reconnect and learn from the academic world. "

BIANCA MELZER, Associate Director Training, SOP and Process Improvement - Global Training, SOP and Process improvement (GTSP) - UCB BIOSCIENCES GmbH

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"The STRATEGIO programme provided good insight into different business areas and in the start-up environment. Discussing with guest speakers from the industry was a great opportunity to share information and experiences."

DAMIEN LAMBERT, International Projects Officer, BioWin

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"STRATEGIO is more than just a course with the best faculty members of our universities, it is an exceptional chance to bond and share experiences with great people from the industry as well as inspiring insights from Industry Leaders."

SANDRA HUYGEN, Chief Executive Officer, Allianses

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"I see the STRATEGIO as a unique opportunity to strengthen our management and business leadership capacities. Its focus on the top strategic skills as ways to face the challenges in Health technologies, perfectly fit with our executive ambition to foster excellence in innovation management and (open)-entrepreneurship."

SYLVIE ALEXANDRE, Industrialization Deputy Director, Novasep - Biopharma Business Unit

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"STRATEGIO introduced me to the broad spectrum of subjects from team management to strategy and finances. This new understanding has really helped me to become a more efficient player in my company"

DIDIER MALHERBE, Administrateur délégué UCB Belgium, Vice President Public Affairs UCB

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"The pharmaceutical industry has reached an inflection point. The need for training to meet future challenges is essential."

JEAN-PIERRE DELWART, Chief Executive Officer, Eurogentec

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"Business projects in the field of health and biotechnology have so many special characteristics that are not addressed by the traditional university curriculum. This is the void that STRATEGIO is about to fill."

JEAN STEPHENNE, GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, President of BioWin

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"An initiative like STRATEGIO, aimed at strengthening management and business leadership capacities, must be encouraged."


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"STRATEGIO is a striking example of the future of Executive Education."

FRANCE FANNES, General Director of BioWin

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"Everyone involved plays a role in making STRATEGIO a truly innovative project."