In 2009 the Office for Campus Strategy & Growth was established by Tom Heyman (CEO Janssen Pharmaceutica) to implement the new campus strategy for Janssen Pharmaceutica. With this strategy, the aim is to improve the operation of the campus by focusing on the activities and expertise that create added value for the entire company. The mission is to create, develop and deliver ground-breaking therapeutic solutions through open innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tom Aelbrecht joined the Janssen Campus Office in July 2010 as Director Venture & Incubation Center (VIC).  He established the VIC in order to implement aspects of the mission statement pertaining to how therapeutic solutions can be nurtured and grown into viable, high value business options for Janssen Pharmaceutica and the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. The last 2 years Tom has been working on the Open Life Sciences Campus, i.e. preparing the Janssen Campus in Beerse to host start-up companies and research organizations in a JLabs infrastructure.

Tom Aelbrecht joined Johnson & Johnson in 1999. At that time he started at Janssen Pharmaceutica in the Operations IT department. After 3 years he joined the global Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D organization to research new IT technologies that could be applied in different departments of R&D. In September 2005 Tom joined Johnson & Johnson Network & Computer Services to establish a European Johnson & Johnson RFID CoE. In November 2007 Tom joined Janssen-Cilag EMEA as Associate Director Healthcare Technologies & Business Support. In this role he supported the commercial organization in making the shift from a product oriented company to a consumer/patient centric organization considering the changing healthcare environment and evolving technology capabilities.

Prior to joining J&J, Tom started his career at Alcatel Telecom where he was part of a software engineering team developing the ADSL broadband system.

Tom Aelbrecht received his MSc (with Honors) in Computer Science from Antwerp University in Belgium.  He received the Executive Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship degree from the Vlerick Business School in 2009. Tom has 1 granted patent and 2 patent approvals pending and received a Special Citation Award from the FDA for his work in the standardization of the Structure Product Label.

Additional Functions:

  • Member of the Board of Innotek
  • Member of the Board of UBCA
  • Coach at the Vlerick Business School  Executive Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Director Venture & Incubation Center, Office for Campus Strategy & Growth

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About Us

EARTO & EIRMA Annual Conference 2015 - the First Joint Conference Edition on the theme “Infrastructures and Resources Sharing between Industry & RTOs in Europe”.

About the event

A 2-day Conference
April 28-29, 2015

Conference venue:
Alvisse Parc Hotel****
120, Route d'Echternach
L-1453 Luxembourg


For general information about the conference, please contact us at:

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