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

    Trained as a biologist, Patrick Rüdelsheim started his career in a Dutch seed company. He then joined Plant Genetic Systems N.V., Ghent, Belgium. After being in charge of Product Development and Registration, he was appointed Director Regulatory Affairs and Member of the Board. 

    Following the acquisition of PGS, he became Global Head of Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs for the AgrEvo group and remained in this function during the subsequent creation of Aventis S.A. and the acquisition by Bayer. In this function, he ensured the scientific argumentation for Product Safety and Quality as well as the compliance with all regulatory acquirements related to genetic engineering.

    In 2003, he founded and became General Manager of Perseus BV, a service company focused on bio-safety and related regulatory requirements. Mid 2015, he was co-founder and served as Senior Regulatory Advisor for ABS-int, a multi-disciplinary initiative dedicated to Access and Benefit Sharing requirements for genetic resources. Since 2023, Perseus and ABS-int operate together as 3Bio, in which he acts as Director and Chief Regulatory Officer. In this capacity he offers his extensive and global experience in every aspect of biosafety and biotechnology regulation to a range of users and developers. He lectures on biosafety and regulations at the University of Ghent and the University of Antwerp.


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