Pieter van Boheemen
Webit Speaker, Co-Founder of Amplino
Despite being a molecular virologist by education, at first Pieter decided to turn biotechnology into his hobby instead of his profession after graduation. But it wasn’t for long until he sold his e-commerce business and left his job in cyber security behind. Recently he is transformed a room in a 15th-century building right in the center of Amsterdam into a biohack space. In this Open Wetlab the Dutch Do-It-Yourself Bio group he founded meets up regularly to tinker with hardware, software and living organisms referred to as “wetware”.
Although many believe biotech companies cannot start up at the kitchen table, Pieter co-founded Amplino doing just that. The company develops an award winning mobile diagnostic device meeting the needs in global health, currently focusing on malaria testing. It combines superior disease sensitivity and the power of connectivity to the field.