The Team


Dr. Leon Mur, CEO and founder

Dr. Leon Mur, CEO & Founder Leon is an entrepeneur with a solid background in the plant breeding industry, the horticultural industry and the life sciences at large. One of his recent achievements is the strategic R&D joint venture which several ornamental breeding companies formed under his guidance (2016-2018). From 2011-2018 Leon was managing director of the Center of Expertise for Plant Compounds, and from 2007-2011, he acted as project manager for Leiden Bio Science Park. His company Iventus (2006-present) is well known for initiating high profile conferences in the life sciences. Leon started his career in the industry as manager biotechnology research at vegetable seed company Enza Zaden (1997-2005). Leon holds a PhD in plant molecular biology from the VU Amsterdam (‘Free University Amsterdam’), where he also worked as post doc. His research focused on regulatory genes involved in flower development. .

Miranda de Regt, Co-founder, corporate communications & affairs

Miranda de Regt
Miranda has been an independent entrepreneur since 1994. In 2006 she co-founded Iventus, the agency specialised in initiating life science conferences, together with Leon Mur. Before that, she owned and successfully managed a secretarial office support company for ten years, until she sold it in 2004. Miranda is a true all-rounder, who has considerable experience in various industries and an extensive national network. Moreover, she has the ability to connect with people with widely varying backgrounds. 

Richard Feron, Chief Scientific Officer

Richard has been active in the field of Molecular Biology since 1993. From the Radboud University he went to Keygene and after that he moved to vegetable breeding company Nunhems. The last 7,5 years he was active as teamleader technology development of ENZA zaden R&D.

Lisette van Brakel, Research Assistant

Lisette van Brakel
Lisette started her bachelor Biotechnology at Inholland University of Applied Sciences in 2014, during this bachelor her interest was already focused on plant biology. In 2020, Lisette graduated from the master Biological Sciences with a specialization in Green Life Sciences, from the University of Amsterdam. After several internships in the agricultural sector, she started her career at Spadix.

Saskia Mulder, Research Assistant

Saskia Mulder
Saskia started in 2015 with the bachelor Biology at the University of Amsterdam, where she developed her interests for the molecular plant biology. Subsequently, she started in 2018 with the master Biological Sciences at the University of Amsterdam with the track Green Life Sciences. After her final internship at Enza Zaden in 2020 she started at Spadix.