Jobs in life sciences

CEO for a digital health startup

Ref. 148 - CDHS
Function: Ambitious CEO to put his/her shoulders under a promising new venture in digital health
Location: Ghent - working remotely possible

The company:


The still to be founded company with the project name RELF, intends to provide automated decision support tools for ongoing chest pain in patients with coronary artery disease. The Mini RELF device is a small autonomous electronic equipment intended for the capturing and uploading of  3-channel-ECG signals.  A low power wireless Bluetooth connection is used for the real time uploading to a host computer (laptop, tablet, smart phone).

The RELF project is designed and initiated by Prof. Dr. Peter Gheeraert at the Department of Cardiology, Ghent University, Belgium. The project has started officially in 2014 and is sponsored by an internal budget from the Industrial Research Fund (IOF). The project has been recently validated in a multi-center clinical trial (results published in The Lancet Digital Health). Currently the project is in the phase of searching for investors to build a RELF device with a medical device classification.


Job description:

  • Exploring, analyzing and evaluating investment routes
  • Contacting the relevant investment networks in Flanders and beyond
  • Perform strategic and relevant investment pitches/network
  • Explore the different routes for technology transfer by negotiating innovative license and/or contracting strategies with the university of Ghent 
  • Coordination of the product development 
  • Clinical trial coordination
  • Validation efforts
  • Exit strategy envisioning
  • Business development to medical device companies
  • Medical devices new regulation adherence with the right sense of urgency, understanding pitfalls proactively
  • Networking to healthcare professionals, policy makers, investors, patient groups, manufacturing sites

   First 3-6 months will mainly be spent on investment and company set up efforts (only part time effort). From then on company guidance and further business spread, allowing a smooth transition into corporate venturing in 2-3 years.

Requested competences and skills:

Required skills:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent, PhD is a nice to have.
  • Willing to put your shoulders under this promising new venture, knowing the risks of a startup and hence willing to work on a non-full time regime at the moment.
  • Willingness to be partly reimbursed through shares.
  • You are keen on new technology and heavily interested in point of care testing, digital health, bringing life saving devices closer to the patients.
  • Practical experience in company set up (having or willing to build a start-up mentality).
  • Leadership skills.
  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to close deals with global players.
  • Experience in medical devices industry is a must.
  • Strong network in medical devices.
  • Willingness to travel (up to max 20%) to selected key stake holders.
  • Fluent in English.

 Extra soft skills:

  • Knowledge of the cardiology market is a strong asset
  • You are self-motivated, flexible, quick learner, analytic thinker and problem solver.
  • You easily understand the force of potential collaborations with different stakeholders.
  • You have a strong drive for results and mile stone achievement.
  • Consultative interaction with key opinion leaders, potential stakeholders, manufacturing sites, notified bodies (MDR) and other stakeholders.
  • Strong presentation / communication skills.
  • Living up to high standards.