The TenWise team has over 25 years of experience in performing research for the food, pharma and personal care industry.

Wynand Alkema PhD did a post-doc in microbial bioinformatics Karolinksa Institute (Sweden) after his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RuG). He continued his career in the Netherlands, as head of bioinformatics for drug discovery at Organon and later at Merck. In 2011 he started working at NIZO and held several roles including Group Leader Fermentation and Expertise Leaders Bio-Informatics. He set up the GENOBOX consortium in 2013. Next to this he holds a position as Professor of Data Science at Hanze University of Applied Sciences for 2 days in the week. An overviews of his publications can be found on here on Google Scholar.

Wynand started TenWise in 2014, is co-owner and Chief Scientific Officer.

Contact Wynand at or call: +31 6 14727938.


Nils Hijlkema MSc has a background Industrial Engineering and Management and started his career in grants consultancy at Ernst & Young in supporting companies in its innovations. In 2009 he started working for NIZO in which he created new collaborations with start-ups and multinationals in the personal care, probiotics and pharma sectors. His experience is in advising on set-ups for and funding (Eurostars, H2020, Interreg) of in vitro screenings, clinical trials and upscaled productions of bacterial strains and compounds.

Nils is co-owner and chief commercial officer.

Contact Nils at or call: +31611718915.