Royal Dutch Navy
Stef Stienstra is Strategic and creative development manager in biomedical science, who works internationally for several medical and biotech companies as scientific advisory board member. He is also an active reserve-officer of the Royal Dutch Navy in his rank as Commander (OF4) and Lector at the Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Peace & Security studies. For the Dutch Armed Forces he is CBRNe specialist with focus on biological and chemical threats. He is also manager of the group of medical- and environmental functional specialist within the 1 CMI Command (Civil Military Interaction) of the Dutch Armed Forces. In his civilian position he is at this moment developing with MT-Derm in Berlin (Germany) a novel intradermal vaccination technology as well as a new therapy for cutaneous leishmaniasis for which he has won a Canadian ‘Grand Challenge’ grant. With IQ Therapeutics in Groningen (The Netherlands) he develops therapeutic antibodies against anthrax and orthopox viruses and with Hemacon in Düsseldorf (Germany) he develops an innovative blood separation unit. For Infection Control in Eemnes (The Netherlands) he develops a bio-disinfection system for bioterrorism consequence management and works on freelance basis for several consulting companies. He has finished both his studies in Medicine and in Biochemistry in The Netherlands with a doctorate and has extensive practical experience in cell biology, immuno-haematology, biodefense and transfusion medicine.