Dried Blood Spot Laboratory

About DBSL

The entrepreneur Jac van der Heijden was employed as a team leader in the Pharmacy & Toxicology laboratory of the Academic Hospital of Maastricht, the Netherlands and together with Wim Buurman he initiated DBSL BV; the company was founded in September 2012. The founding of DBSL was co-initiated by a government grant project “Peaks in the Delta”, focusing on the development of viable dried blood spot analytical procedures.

DBSL is located on the science park Brightlands (Chemelot Campus), Geleen, the Netherland in the Van Iterson-building, a multi-tenant structure with a focus on life sciences companies. It has its own laboratory and office facilities. DBSL has a formal partnership with DSM Resolve for the development of new analytical methods and a partnership with BasicPharma / Interdos regarding regulatory support in clinical trials and development. The proximity of the University of Maastricht and relevant mid and higher level analytical laboratory education institutions makes Geleen an excellent location. By growth in sales, technology and reputation DBSL can claim a leading position in the field of analysis by DBS.

The management of the company consists of two entrepreneurial individuals with relevant and complementary skills and experiences. Both persons focus on a different number of key tasks and responsibilities. DBSL is a privately owned company.

Wim Buurman
Professional experience: From 1977 onwards worked at Maastricht University, Emeritus Professor, former head of the Laboratory of the Department of General Surgery; from 1994 to 2009 managing director of a privately owned company Hycult BioTechnology (Uden, the Netherlands). Motivated by a drive to build a great company based on the fascinating technological and commercial potential of the DBS technology for drugs, vitamins and food additives.
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Wim Buurman

Jac van der Heijden
Professional experience: From 1982 to 2011 employed by the Laboratory of Clinical Pharmacy and Toxicology, University Hospital Maastricht, with some 26 years in management roles in the laboratory. Also responsible for the implementation of new analytical methods and techniques focusing on the possibilities to carry out quantitative analysis out of a drop of dried blood. Motivated by the belief that DBS has a great value for the patient and will shift the laboratory blood sampling paradigm.
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Jac van der Heijden