AgroSavfe Corporate

Management team

Luc Maertens CEO

Luc Maertens has nearly 20 years of experience in strategy development and implementation in the Agro-industry. He has managed operations, resources and competences from research phase, over development and regulatory approval, to market entry.

Prior to joining AgroSavfe in 2017, he was Head of Syngenta’s Ghent Innovation Centre, and leading the RNA-based Biocontrol R&D Platform in Syngenta. Before that, he held a number of Science, Regulatory Affairs and operational positions in Crop Protection, Seeds and Biotechnology at Devgen NV, for Europe, Africa and Asia, and was part of the Devgen management.

He started his career in the laboratory of the VIB Department for Medical Protein Research of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ghent.

Marnix Peferoen CTO

Marnix Peferoen started his professional career with Plant Genetic Systems in 1987 and managed research programs on different traits for applications in corn, cotton and rice.

After the acquisition of Plant Genetic Systems in 1996 he was responsible for various research programs at a global level within AgrEvo, Aventis CropScience and Bayer CropScience.

Late 2005, he left Bayer CropScience and joined CropDesign to initiate the commercial development of the CropDesign trait portfolio in rice. After the acquisition of CropDesign by BASF Plant Science he was appointed as global project manager for rice.

By end 2011, he left CropDesign/BASF Plant Science and worked with VIB to establish AgroSavfe. AgroSavfe was established in 2013 with Marnix as CEO and since end March 2017, he has assumed the CTO function.

Inge Van Daele Development Manager

Inge Van Daele started her professional career at ILVO-Plant and obtained her PhD degree in Applied Biological Sciences in 2005.

After a postdoc at the Department of Plant Systems Biology on a project in collaboration with ILVO-plant, she started working in 2010 on the AgroSavfe project at The University of Brussels and VIB. She focused on the development and testing of Agrobody based formulations to improve retention and targeted delivery. She managed the in-house plant assays and outsourced trials.

In 2013 she joined the established company and now acts as Development Manager.

Dominique Vercammen IP Manager

Dominique Vercammen obtained his PhD degree in Biotechnology in 1998 at the former Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Prof. Dr. Walter Fiers at Gent University, now known as the Center for Inflammation Research of Gent University and VIB.

In 2001 he joined the Department of Plant Systems Biology, led by Prof. Dr. Dirk Inzé, as a post-doc fellow, studying plant cell death.

He made a shift in his career when he joined Bayer BioScience in Gent as Junior Patent Professional in 2008.

In 2009, he started as Patent Counsel at Innogenetics in Gent.

After the acquisition of Innogenetics by Fujirebio, he left the company in 2012 to start as Senior Patent Agent at Devgen in Gent, now Syngenta’s Gent Innovation Centre.

Dominique is a European Patent Attorney since 2014. He joined AgroSavfe in October 2015 as IP Manager.

Board of Directors

Lieven De Smedt

Chairman, independent, representing InnoTune BVBA

Luc Basstanie

representing Agri Investment Fund, CVBA


Denis Lucquin

representing Sofinnova Partners

Luc Maertens

CEO and Managing Director

Koen Quaghebeur

representing K&E, BVBA

Patrick Van Beneden

representing Gimv, NV