Speakers at Pre conference course I. Moving on without leaving a trace - decommissioning in practice (1 day)

Pre conference course I. Moving on without leaving a trace - decommissioning in practice (1 day)

About the speakers

  1. Kirsten Tjørnehøj

    Kirsten Tjørnehøj

    Academic Education and Degrees

    • DVM
    • PhD in Veterinary Virology, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark

    Present Professional Position

    Senior Scientist, Veterinary Biosafety Officer, Statens Seruminstitut

    Special Remarks

    • Worked with biosafety and biosecurity for exotic veterinary pathogens since 2007
    • Biorisk user group and advisor for Danish veterinary high-containment facility projects 2010-2022
    • Biorisk advisor for the decommissioning project for the Danish veterinary high-containment facility at Lindholm Island 2016-2021
    • Chair for EuFMDs Special Committee for BioRisk Management (2018-present)
    • Coregroup member of International Veterinary Biosafety Workgroup (IVBW) (2009-present), and member of EBSA and NBN
    • National Expert for FVO inspections of European FMD facilities (2011-2012)
  2. Patrick Rüdelsheim

    Patrick Rüdelsheim

    Academic Education and Degrees

    • PhD in biology/botany at the University of Antwerp, Belgium

    Present Professional Position

    General Manager, Partner at PERSEUS BV

    PERSEUS offers efficient solutions for biorisk management and regulatory compliance.

    Biorisk management covers all aspects of biological safety and security such as risk assessment, containment requirements, training, audit, transport, waste handling and emergency preparedness. PERSEUS experts can act as external biosafety officers to your organisation.

    PERSEUS integrates technical background with an in depth knowledge of the European regulatory requirements for biological material, including genetically modified organisms. We assist clients in complying with complex regulatory requirements on contained use, workers protection, pathogens, import and export, emergency planning, deliberate releases such as field trials and clinical trials and commercial applications.

    Special Remarks

    • First-hand experience in obtaining approvals for and performing activities with genetically modified organisms in EU and internationally
    • Involved in public biosafety research collaborations and in corporate product defence
    • Recognized risk assessment and management expert
    • Active member of key biosafety associations and working groups (EBSA, ISBR, BBP)
    • Fully independent service provider since 2003


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