About Landcent

Improving Health to Address Poverty

Malaria is a disease caused by poverty and results in poverty. Its impact is especially ferocious on the poorest, making it a human rights issue.

Poverty-related Diseases (PRDs) 

The expanding category of poverty-related diseases.

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 60% of all people in extreme poverty, more than any other region in the world. Poverty is not merely the absence of money, but the lack of sanitation, unsafe drinking water, poor nutrition, weak health systems and other social determinants of health.

PRDs is a large category of diseases including the 'Big 3' - Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV and NTDs (Neglected Tropical Diseases) and increasingly, NCDs (Non-communicable Diseases) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.

Malaria

In 2021, nearly half of the world's population was at risk of malaria. That year, there were 247 million cases of malaria worldwide, up from 245 million in 2020. The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 619,000 in 2021.

Tuberculosis

1.6 million people died from tuberculosis in 2021. TB is the second most prevalent infectious killer in the world after COVID-19 (above HIV/AIDS). There were 10.6 million cases of TB worldwide in 2021.

HIV

In 2021, 38.4 million people worldwide were living with HIV. In the WHO African Region, nearly 1 in 25 adults (3.4%) live with HIV, accounting for more than two-thirds of all HIV-positive people globally.

Highlights

The Origin Story

In 2011, while on a business trip, Arun found himself at the funeral of a 4-year-old girl. She succumbed to malaria – a simple mosquito bite led to this enormous tragedy. It was a life-changing moment. The magnitude of malaria's impact inspired Arun to quit his job and together with business partner Huali (Danny) Lin founded Landcent.

2011

Company Incorporated

Founded by Huali (Danny) Lin and Arun Prabhu

2012

Commenced discussions with WHO

2013

Phase 1 product assessment with Shanghai University of Engineering Science

2014

First qualified products and patents. Partnership with Donghua University

2015

Acquired China National Hi-tech Enterprise certificate

2016

Landcent opens lab in Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry

2017

WHO GCDPP membership

2018

Landcent Europe B.V. incorporated

2019

Successfully completed semi-field trials

2020

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant I

2021

Global finalist of UNDP-A2030

2022

ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) approval for Bednet sale in Europe

2023

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant II

Our Strategy

A two-track approach

Our Strategy

Landcent's unique
two-track strategy

Near-term - Track 1
Improvements to proven malaria prevention technologies by margins so significant, it disrupts the status quo.

Long-term - Track 2
Identifying and developing novel, sustainable active ingredients to combat insecticidal resistance and preserve biodiversity.

"Landcent’s efforts play a crucial role in the ongoing battle against malaria, given the plateauing of progress in the light of increasing insecticide resistance. The development and scaling of our advanced vector control products will simultaneously expand the scope of malaria interventions programmes while optimizing their costs."

Arun Prabhu Stanley

Co-founder, Landcent

A diverse team

Scientists & Entrepreneurs

Arun Prabhu
CEO, Landcent Europe

As the CEO of Landcent Europe, Arun spearheads the company's numerous engagements with the WHO and is the point of contact for health ministries in several countries as Landcent contributes to their fight against diseases of poverty. A seasoned entrepreneur, Arun has led Landcent through its first 10 years of R&D, fundraising and partner development.

Arun has a background in technical textiles and supply chain management and has worked in the US, China, India and Europe.

Huali (Danny) Lin
CEO, Landcent China

Danny has traveled extensively in Africa, witnessing first-hand the challenges of various diseases of poverty. This spurred him to start Landcent to contribute to better health management and sustainable medicine to the continent.

Danny has an EMBA degree from the Shanghai Jiaotong University and is a graduate of International Business. Previously, Danny was part of the core team in Shenzhen Huijie Co. Ltd., a publicly listed company.

Dr. Ole Skovmand
Technical Head

Dr. Ole is referred to as the father of treated bednets and was instrumental in inventing the long-lasting insecticide-treated bednets that are used worldwide for preventing vector-borne diseases. He has published several theoretical and practical articles related to vector control and is a member of the Society for Vector Ecology, the American Chemical Society and the Entomological Society of America.

Dr. Ole oversees product development and field trials for Landcent.

Hans Bol
Director

Mr. Hans Bol has been a Director at Landcent from the very early days of its establishment in Europe. Mr. Bol is a shareholder and executive partner at Social Schools BV, a company specialising in communication platforms for schools to enhance parental involvement and reduce administrative burdens.

Additionally, as the owner of InfoEdge, he oversees the management of various properties and provides marketing and services engineering services, spanning the real estate and construction sectors. Mr. Bol’s multifaceted approach reflects his commitment to impactful ventures across diverse industries.

Dr. Peter Atadja
Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Peter Atadja is the Chief Scientific Officer at Landcent and full Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) Ghana. He has about 25 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, including being part of founding the leadership team of Novartis' 3rd largest global R&D centre located in Shanghai, China, where he led the discovery and clinical translation of several first and best-in-class drug candidates. In addition, he was a member of the WHO/TDR/ANDI Scientific and Technology committee to develop capacity for diagnostics and drugs in Africa.

More recently, Dr. Atadja was co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of K-36 Therapeutics, a clinical phase biopharmaceutical company in Cambridge, MA, USA.

Suzanne Meuwissen
Chief Financial Officer

Suzanne brings over two decades of finance expertise, particularly in Dutch startups, scale-ups, and corporates. Her experience includes a broad range of financial roles showcasing her versatile skill set in finance and control. Suzanne is a multifaceted manager with a deep focus on finance and business operations, adept at managing customer-centric products and services with an effective blend of offline and online strategies. She is also passionate about evolving finance teams from traditional back-office functions to dynamic business partners, employing a people-focused and collaborative approach.

At Landcent, her leadership will inspire innovation and move our financial strategies forward, driving positive and sustainable change.

Thomas John
Chief Strategy Officer

TJ has over 18 years of experience in corporate and social impact sectors. His expertise includes business strategy, communications and the scaling of impact. He co-founded one of the leading brand consulting firms in Bangalore, working with brands such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, ThoughtWorks and SAP. TJ is an advisor to the UN General Assembly Science Summit.

At Landcent, TJ oversees corporate strategy and the development of organisational capacity to deliver next-generation products & solutions to accelerate SDGs.

K. Sasikanth
Financial Controller

Sasikanth has more than 30 years of experience in multiple facets of finance. Prior to joining Landcent, he served as Vice President of Finance and Accounts at SP Mani and Mohan Dairy India Pvt. Ltd., eventually being promoted to COO at the same company.

Sasikanth is responsible for managing cash flow, the accounting team and internal controls. He also oversees Landcent's India operations.

Dr. Svetlana Randle
Director of Discovery & Innovation

Dr. Svetlana Randle is a seasoned senior researcher with extensive R&D expertise, particularly in Vector control. Formerly associated with the Innovative Vector Control Consortium, a prominent Partnership Development Program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she also served as a consultant to the WHO pre-qualification team, offering technical insights for product reviews. With over 10 years at Unilever, she held roles as a scientist and later as Team Leader.

Dr. Randle earned her PhD and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Manchester.

Erik Coumou
Vice President Life Science Partnerships

Erik has over 20 years of experience in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. He served in various leadership roles within JNJ and served as Head of Global Feasibility and Head of Vendor management for Vaccine Immunological assays. His expertise includes clinical research, contract management, diagnostics, and partnership management.

At Landcent, Erik is responsible to develop and implement the partnership strategy, including identifying and engaging with Contract Research Organizations, the World Health Organization (WHO), NGOs and Research Institutes.

Justin Hays
Vice President, Commercial

Justin has over 10 years of experience in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Prior to joining Landcent, he served as a commercial leader in Horizon Therapeutics’ rare disease and international businesses. His expertise includes commercial leadership, strategy & implementation, diagnostics, and product launch.

At Landcent, Justin is responsible for devising comprehensive strategies for business growth, commercialization, brand establishment, product launch, and local manufacturing and distribution.

Kuda Mupfudze
Head of R&D | Vector Control

Growing up, Kuda witnessed first-hand the impact of a less than optimal healthcare system in sub-Saharan Africa and was determined to be part of the solution. Now at Landcent, he is the Head of R&D, Vector Control, managing the vector control portfolio and ensuring product regulatory compliance.

Christina Bojan
Disease Strategist

With a background in medicine and a semester dedicated to community medicine, Christina is uniquely qualified to provide a wide range of expertise regarding diseases, communities, eradication programs, and the development of solutions. Landcent benefits from her knowledge in medicine for the development of strategies in identifying the next potential disease areas of focus.

Samuel Esmeijer
Head of Business Development

With a background in product design, Samuel has worked in multiple capacities including technical designer, project manager, and sales.  Samuel is responsible for bringing Landcent's products to market by overseeing multiple aspects including supplier relationships, logistics, marketing, sales, and seamless internal and external operations.

Hengzhe Wang
Head of Legal & Compliance

Hengzhe is a seasoned corporate counsel with an LL.M. from Belgium and has extensive experience advising publicly traded global companies. Her expertise spans regulatory compliance, risk management, and corporate governance issues. At Landcent, Hengzhe is responsible for all legal and compliance matters.

Desmond deSilva
Procurement & Supply Chain

Desmond has close to 25 years of experience in managing sourcing & supply chain across complex projects from shipping to remote locations in Africa to managing complex supply chain projects for big-box retailers in USA. Desmond joined Landcent in 2012 and oversees the "sourcing for impact" initiative, vendor on-boarding process and is responsible for design /implement vendor approval/production & logistical cost saving processes.

Vincent Jin
Head of R&D | Pharma

Vincent holds dual master's degrees in Regulatory Affairs and Toxicology, as well as in Pharmaceutical Sciences (bioanalytical informatics). His experience includes WHO Prequalification of IVDs and medicines. At Landcent, Vincent oversees WHO prequalification listing of Codispaq, WHO prequalification listing of IVDs, and other relevant regulatory affairs and gives technical support for the BMGF active ingredient discovery project.

Martina B
Content Lead

Martina is a versatile writer and editor for multi-platform applications with over 8 years of experience. For Landcent, she produces engaging content for various aspects of the business, including social media channels, restructures and proofreads content, and manages the editorial calendar to ensure timely publication.

Rawaiz Bhatti
Admin & Implementation Manager

With a background in commerce, Rawaiz has previously worked in the Public Relations department of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries. In his current position, Rawaiz oversees and manages Landcent's day-to-day administrative efforts and processes.

Advisors

Panel of International Experts

Dr. Ebere Igboko

Dr. Ebere is a partner and advisor at Landcent and has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and pharmaceuticals. She has worked at GSK and then at Neimeth Plc (formerly Pfizer) as Managing Director/CEO. While in China, Ebere pioneered “The China Knowledge Center", an innovative healthcare system with comprehensive information on the Chinese pharmaceutical landscape, including disease epidemiology and drugs.

Dr.Mei Wang

Dr. Mei Wang is the founder and CEO of SU Biomedicine and Leiden University (LUECCM). Besides having over 160 publications in international double-refereed journals, she has collaborated with leading universities including Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, and Regensburg. She won the second international contribution award for traditional Chinese medicine science and technology progress in 2020.

Jan Willem de Lange

Jan Willem de Lange is a management executive based in the Netherlands. He spent several years with Exact Software, including as general manager leading its digital transformation journey to the cloud. He was also the VP of the Development of NetEconomy. His specializations include testing, certification, risk management, analytics, data Intelligence, circular economy, supply chain, etc.

Shawn der Kinderen

Shawn der Kinderen is a seasoned global corporate and M&A lawyer with a career spanning 25 years across the Netherlands, the UK, and South Africa. He was a partner at the international law firm, Freshfields, from 2006 to 2022. Since then Shawn has established a niche consultancy firm to guide clients through crucial strategic moments, including M&A transactions, fundraisings, private equity dealings, management incentivization, joint ventures, and restructurings, even extending beyond their domestic landscapes.

Bob Esmeijer

Over the past 30 years, Bob Esmeijer has worked in several leadership positions around the globe, most notably for Philips. Bob has been consulting for several companies, including non-profits, in recent years. He is also on the board of multiple organizations, which greatly benefit from his insights and vast experience. With his roots in the Netherlands, Bob has a passion for working with different cultures in complex environments.

Arnoud Aalbersberg

A serial entrepreneur and impact investor, is dedicated to achieving a malaria-free world. He established Care Plus®, a renowned travel and health brand featuring a range of highly efficient mosquito repellents, achieving a successful exit in 2022. Since then, Arnoud has invested in numerous social enterprises, start-ups, and scale-ups, contributing to their growth and development. Additionally, he serves as the co-founder and board member of the Dutch Malaria Foundation.He continues to be an entrepreneur at heart, currently managing 3 start-ups of his own.

Careers

Open Positions

Your passion and energy will be an asset to our team as you make meaningful and fulfilling contributions to accelerating the fight against diseases of poverty.

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