Meet our cowboys: a very experienced group of 20 badass scientists, with distinctive knowledge in yeast and fungal metabolic engineering, purification & characterization of proteins and process development.

Team Fermentation

Old Scent Franck Fudalej

Our head of fermentation has got the sharpest nose, and can detect whether the yeast fermentation process in the bioreactor is successful just by smelling the broth. He is known for exhausting his enemies by taking them on a neverending trek.

Matthias 'Volume Up' Spriet

Our researcher of fermentation has an affinity for loud music. Fortunately, he says, that don’t scare the micro-organisms one bit. In the cowboy world, Matthias is known as a keen-eyed sharpshooter.

Good Old Lab Support

Our Lab Support is in charge of requisitions, which keeps the glassware shiny and the stirrups ready for our cowboys to climb into the saddle. A true hero, say the cowboys and the home front.

Lisa ‘don’t stop me now’ Van Renterghem

Lisa is known for her never-ending curiosity to learn new things. In the milk lab, she is known for her fermentation development techniques. Outside the lab she’s feared by friend and foe alike for her courageous firefighter’s assisting skills.

Team Downstream

Kathleen 'the sticky Belgian' Piens

If our Head of Downstream Processing were to be cast away on an island, she’d be lost beyond all hope. But give her a team and Kathleen’s blazing in the saddle! Her loyalty has earned her the nickname ‘The Sticky Belgian’.

Mad Ranger Eline Meert

In the milk lab, our research associate Eline is famed for her analytical prowess. Outside the lab she’s feared by friend and foe alike for her faithful canine companion, Rowan. You can run, but you can’t hide from these two.

Old Surehand Jens Goethals

As a research associate, Jens investigates how the product behaves and responds. He amazes the townsfolk by deftly tossing pellets of aluminum into a cup across sheer distances, without ever a miss.

Niels 'Friendly Face' Daelman

As one of our research associates, Niels busies himself with evaluating the qualities of the product. He’s infamous for his ability to neatly stack his garbage, always filling his bin to the brim.

Old Candyman Thomas Herman

This here sweet tooth is known for his elephant’s memory, which stores every misspoken word or phrase by his coworkers. Furthermore, he steps as silently as a bobcat in snow, and often prowls through the lab unheard.

Old Precise Anaïs Bekaert

This particular research associate knows all there is to know about separating components, but will go down in prairie history for her ability to accurately estimate mass down to the weight of an Arizona cricket.

Arantxa 'Sssssst' Ajuria

Our research associate is known for her incredible feat of making a four-level pile of glassware, like a castle made of glass. She is as sneaky as a midwestern ninja, being able to step soundlessly and appear seemingly out of thin air.

Team Molecular Biology

Steven Sing-A-Long Geysens

Our Head of Molecular Biology devotes his time to developing new Microbial strains. His friends know him as a passionate singer, who simply needs to delve into the Country genre a bit more before he’ll draw crowds at the state fair.

Guillaume L’Imperturbable Lerondel

Our French (!) scientist is a tough cookie to crumble: he was able to watch the first six episodes of Star Wars in a row, with only one trip to the toilet and one food break. Some say he even survived twelve years of working with Belgians!

Herman 'Eagle Eye' Blockx

This scientist is a true magician with yeast, but is above all famous for his pinpoint powers of observation. Rumor has it that he can properly estimate the optical density of a yeast culture to 0.1 O.D. with the naked eye.

Old Steady Hand Stijn Morsa

A hand as precise and steady as Stijn’s is seldom encountered. He effortlessly delves down to the deepest secrets of DNA. He also possesses the strange talent to always shake the exact amount of eppendorf tubes from the bag that is needed.

Robin ‘Yeast-Whisperer‘ Vanluchene

Known for his ability to rapidly recall dates and faces, this young cowboy (or padawan in a certain coworker’s jargon) is also adept at tweaking the genome of our beloved microbial strains, mostly using the principle: if it’s stupid but it works, it ain’t stupid.“

General Staff

Jaap 'Eyes On The Horizon' Korteweg

Once a famed shooter, the founder/CEO now shoots for the stars. Nobody truly knows what thoughts, ideas and mysteries hide behind his smouldering eyes. Gaze towards the horizon, senses flown..?

Niko 'Stands Tall' Koffeman

Niko, founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Those Vegan Cowboys, uses images and words to work his brand of magic. He mostly works in the cool of the shade, where he burns brighter than the prairie sun on a summer’s high noon. A grand figure behind the scenes.

Sheriff Will van den Tweel

Will leads the lab in an unprecedented fashion. There’s whispers around the lab that he even breaks through walls to achieve his goals. He can also open a bottle of wine with nothing but a syringe, something that makes him loved amongst many cowboys.

Two Face Belinda Hunziker

As Cowboy Multitask Office Manager, Belinda is the backbone that lets the lab run like a well-oiled machine. She might seem villainous in the early mornings, but after a refreshing splash in the campside creek this heroine of the rolling fields greets the sun with a wink and a smile.

Bank Manager Luc Van den Hauwe

Our financial controller guards the safe with his life. Not a dollar, eagle or gold brick leaves the building without his say-so. Rumor has it that he starts every day by securing the stacks of cash, and that he falls asleep at night counting silver coins instead of sheep...

Team Creative

Robert ‘The Texan Translator’ Miksch

This native Texan knows a thing or two about cowboys and a lot about languages. As our translator/text editor, Robert is infamous for putting together tales in a lickety split.

'Calamity Copy' Lil

Brought up on Belgian comics, Ennio Morricone and bad news about livestock farming, creative copywriter Lilianne Laan craves cow-less cheese as hard as the Iron Lady herself. Rallying cries: honesty is a good strategy, never spit on solid alliteration, and if it's not funny, it's no fun.

Ruben ‘The Iron Ink-slinger’ Jager

This velvet-tongued vagabond roamed many a wild land in his days, and many await him still. With a voice like honey poured over thunder and lightning-quick wit, his words resound over prairie and paper alike.

Maria ‘colorful cowgirl’ Tiqwah

Our graphic designer is trotting around on both the digital trails and paper prairies. With her silver brush, she gives color to the logo and images of Those Vegan Cowboys. She loves drawing golden cheese nuggets and fast horses. Word has it that she is herding 4 cats on her range in the east.

Eva 'Social Eye' Koffeman

Eva spreads the word and message of Those Vegan Cowboys over the vast and untamed lands of the digital prairie, and to this end is following a study in smoke signals. Both friend and foe hold her in regard as well as fear for being a magnificent cook who will never let you put your spoon down.