Remko van Vught — The “I” in Mimetas
This interview is part of a series of conversations with the people working at Mimetas. “The I in Mimetas” focuses on the personal side of the scientists that drive our world.
Today we have a chat with Remko van Vught, Director of Business Development and passionate office-innovator at Mimetas.
What current or future project at Mimetas are you most excited about?
I think it’s a difficult question, but if I had to pick a single project, it would be CoSTREAM. In this project we investigate the link between having a stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. We develop an organ-on-a-chip model for the neurovascular unit to study the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease following stroke. Via partners, the consortium has access to samples from long term population studies, allowing us to generate metabolic profiles. In addition, metabolic profiles of our model will also be generated, thereby providing a great opportunity to validate the model and benchmark the clinical relevance of our results.
If you were a character in a novel, how would the author describe you?
I think the author would describe me as a passionate person, that’s always looking for answers. Even answers to the little things, such as how gas-flow stops when your gas-tank is full. I’m passionate both in science and my daily life.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Yes, music from the 90s. During guilty pleasure hour on the radio I always wonder why they don’t play that music the entire day. I would enjoy it, that’s for sure.
If you could send a message to yourself 10 years ago, what would you tell the younger you?
I don’t think I would want to send a message to the ‘me’ of 10 years ago. I would rather accept that I have a path in life that I have to go down. If I make mistakes, that’s not an issue. In the end, it’s all a journey.
If you were the CEO of the company name one thing you would make compulsory in the office and one thing you would ban in the office.
I think that Dutch offices can generally be very boring and not stimulating. I would like to make our offices like the Google offices, a place where employees can both relax and work. That combination results in happy and productive employees, which is desirable for everybody involved! So I would probably enforce that if I was CEO. I would definitely ban coffee, because I think that people rely too heavily on coffee to be productive during their day. Besides, it’s gross.
What do you like to do outside of working hours?
I like to play field hockey, but I also like rope-climbing and playing squash. Recently we’ve been getting some very nice plants together in our garden, such as peppers and sunflowers. That is a very relaxing hobby. Lastly, we’ve been exploring the playgrounds in our area with our kid.
What is your favorite quote/song/belief, anything that you live by?
I like the following quote of Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” I think we are free in the world, but everybody forms a lot of habits. Don’t get me wrong, habits can be good, but in moderation. Habits can limit the way people think, do and believe. Being a bit uninhibited, like children are, can help a lot.
Interviewed by Indi Joore