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    Bram De Muer
      
     

    Dr. Bram De Muer, Chief Executive Officer

    Bram cofounded ICsense in 2004 as a spin-off of the University of Leuven. He has been CEO since 2004 and helped grow the company from 4 to over 40 people in 8 years, while being profitable every year. Bram is an experienced entrepreneur in micro-electronics with a strong interest in managing design teams, delivering high-quality projects, and building good customer relations.
    Bram holds an MSc. degree in microelectronics and a Ph.D. from the University of Leuven. He started his career as a research and postdoctoral assistant in the ESAT-MICAS laboratories with Prof. M. Steyaert. He received the European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC) 2001 Best Paper Award.

    Wim Claes  

    Dr. Wim Claes, Chief Business Development Officer

    Wim cofounded ICsense in 2004 as a spin-off of the University of Leuven. He is a dedicated business development professional, focusing on efficient subcontractor and supply chain management and bringing high-quality ASICs to volume production. Wim manages the ICsense sales team and has realized a revenue CAGR of over 45% in 7 years.  
    Wim holds an MSc. degree in microelectronics and a Ph.D. from the University of Leuven. Before joining ICsense, he was a research assistant in the ESAT-MICAS laboratories with Prof. W. Sansen and Prof. R. Puers.

    Yves Geerts  

    Dr. Yves Geerts, Chief Operating Officer

    Yves cofounded ICsense in 2004 as a spin-off of the University of Leuven. He has more than 15 years of experience with high-performance IC design and project management. Yves has developed the ICsense proprietary design environment, which improves the analog design efficiency through a structured design approach. At ICsense, Yves manages the engineering department.  
    Yves holds an MSc. degree in microelectronics and a Ph.D. from the University of Leuven. Before joining ICsense, Yves was a senior design engineer at Alcatel MicroElectronics and STMicroelectronics. During this period he designed next-generation analog front-ends for xDSL applications. Yves started his career as a research assistant at the ESAT-MICAS laboratories with Prof. Sansen and Prof. Steyaert. His Ph.D. and technological interests are in the area of high-speed analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog data converters, more specifically multi-bit sigma-delta conversion. He wrote several conference and journal papers for a.o. ISSCC and JSSC.

    Tim Piessens  

    Dr. Tim Piessens, Chief Technical Officer

    Tim cofounded ICsense in 2004 as a spin-off of the University of Leuven. He has been an analog and high-voltage IC design expert for more than 15 years with a strong background in non-linear system design, digital-to-analog converters, power amplification and high-voltage design.  At ICsense, Tim is the inventor of many novel architectures and circuit topologies for state-of-the-art analog and mixed-signal ICs designed at ICsense.
    Tim holds an MSc. degree in microelectronics and a Ph.D. from the University of Leuven. Before joining ICsense, he was a research assistant at the ESAT-MICAS laboratories with Prof. Sansen and Prof. Steyaert. Tim wrote multiple conference and journal papers, among which several ISSCC and JSSC publications. He developed a new type of power amplifier/line driver, called SOPA (Self-Oscillating Power Amplifier), for xDSL applications and holds several patents in this area.

    Board

    Johan Van den Bossche, Chairman of the board

    Johan Van den Bossche is a professional serial entrepreneur. Het has founded several high-tech companies, in which he holds management and advisory positions. His interests are in high-tech spin-off creation, management and economy.
    Johan received his MSc. in electrotechnical engineering from the University of Leuven in 1986. He started his career as a research assistant at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Leuven and as a researcher at the National Institute for Standards and Technology in Washington, USA. In 1990, he founded Krypton Electronic Engineering NV, a measurement equipment manufacturer, where he was CEO until 2005. He successfully sold the company to the Leuven-based metrology multi-national Metris, recently acquired by Nikon. Johan has been involved in catalyzing the creation of spin-offs based on the knowledge present in Belgian Universities. In 2006, he co-founded SO Kwadraat, a non-profit organization for supporting high-tech entrepreneurs and spin-offs funded by the Flemish Minister of Economy, where he still is part-time manager. Meanwhile, he started several high-tech spin-offs such as Leuven Air Bearings NV, where he holds the COO position, and Vesalius Medical Technologies.
    Johan received the AISEC prize “The Golden Idea” with an RF catheter for his bundle Ablation, a life saving new technique.

     

    Maurice Mergeay, Management and strategic advisor

    Maurice Mergeay is a serial entrepreneur who has founded several high-tech companies. Currently he holds management and advisory positions in different companies. His interests are primarily spin-off creation, business strategy and business development.
    He received his MSc. in electro-mechanical engineering from the KULeuven in 1974. Following his degree, he has been a research assistant at the Mechanical Engineering Departement. In 1979, he founded LMS, Leuven Measurement & Systems, one of the first spin-offs of the KULeuven and was CEO until 1991. In 1992, he founded UTI-Maco Belgium, another spin-off of the KULeuven. From 1994 till 2000, he was a vice-president of MTS, a company with headquarters in Minneapolis, USA, and listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. After several other positions he was co-founder in 2006 of SO Kwadraat, a non-profit organization for supporting high-tech entrepreneurs and spin-offs funded by the Flemish Minister of Economy.  Since 2007 he is actively involved as advisor, coach and teacher in the INNOTEK project “Companies creating Companies”, a European project, helping the creation of spin-offs based on ideas originating from companies.
    He is also strongly involved with VlaJO, a project funded by the Flemish Minister of Economy, stimulating entrepreneurship in schools.

     

    Prof. Dr. Michiel Steyaert, Technical and strategic advisor

    Michiel S.J. Steyaert is an internationally recognized authority in the field of advanced analog and RF CMOS IC design and IEEE fellow. He is a Full Professor at the University of Leuven where he is doing research in high-performance and high-frequency analog integrated circuits for telecommunication systems and analog signal processing.
    Michiel received the MSc. degree in electrical-mechanical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electronics from the University of Leuven in 1983 and 1987, respectively. From 1983 to 1986 he obtained an IWNOL fellowship (Belgian National Foundation for Industrial Research), which allowed him to work as a research assistant at the ESAT laboratories. In 1987, as  IWONL project researcher at ESAT, he was responsible for several industrial projects in the field of analog micropower circuits. In 1988 he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1989, Michiel was appointed by the Belgian National Fund of Scientific Research as Research Associate, in 1992 as a Senior Research Associate, and in 1996 as a Research Director at ESAT. Between 1989 and 1996 he was also part-time Associate Professor. Michiel is now a Full Professor at the University of Leuven and the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department.
    Michiel Steyaert received the 1990 and 2001 European Solid-State Circuits Conference Best Paper Award. He received the 1991 and the 2000 NFWO Alcatel-Bell-Telephone award for innovative work in integrated circuits for telecommunications. Last, he received the 1995 and 1997 IEEE-ISSCC Evening Session Award, the 1999 IEEE Circuit and Systems Society Guillemin-Cauer Award and is currently an IEEE-Fellow.