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Meet our innovative Oncomfort team

Our story

Our story

Oncomfort was born from the personal experience of Diane Jooris, one of the company’s co-founders. As a carer for her sister who was battling breast cancer, she saw the impact of pain and anxiety on her sister’s quality of life. Diane felt that her hypnotherapy expertise at MD Anderson Cancer Center combined with new technology, Virtual Reality, could provide a solution. Digital Sedation™ was born. Diane decided to devote her career to making Digital Sedation™ accessible to as many patients as possible, relieving their pain and anxiety by using efficient and evidence-based non-pharmacological solutions.

Meet our innovative Oncomfort team

  • Mario Huyghe
    Mario Huyghe
    Chief Executive Officer

    I am passionate about introducing and upscaling innovation, and about business transformation in the healthcare market. I have built up my broad scope on healthcare in various leadership positions in both small healthcare companies and international healthcare groups.

    My focus has evolved from technology in anaesthesia and acute care to transformation based on clinical data and digital health.

  • Diane Jooris
    Diane Jooris
    Chief Scientific Officer

    I created Oncomfort to make this non-pharmacological option available to patients by using Virtual Reality technology. I am a mental health expert with a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and have trained extensively in several therapeutic approaches.

    I worked in a major cancer centre (MD Anderson, Houston, Texas), where I provided clinical hypnosis to patients undergoing surgeries and procedures.

  • Gerald de Patoul
    Gerald de Patoul
    Chief Financial Officer

    Seeing the results for the patients, I immediately jumped on board. I have over 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and project finance, and business development in large corporations.

    My extensive financing expertise is enhanced by a business engineering degree from the University of Louvain in Belgium and a Master’s in Finance and Tax from University UFSIA, Antwerp, Belgium.

  • Julien Tesse
    Julien Tesse
    Product Manager

    I am passionate about applying new technologies for societal benefits and strive to develop the best possible products for the benefit of patients and healthcare professionals. I have built experience in digital marketing and digital business intelligence while working as an eBusiness consultant.

    I hold a Master’s degree in business engineering from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) with a specialisation in entrepreneurship (CPME).

  • Rein Callewier
    Rein Callewier
    Business Development Manager

    I am very interested in the development and potential of new technologies in healthcare. I have more than 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical and medical sales as a key account manager.

    I joined Oncomfort as a Business Development Manager in Clinical Virtual Reality in Flanders.

  • Ann Defrancq
    Ann Defrancq
    Partner Business Development Manager

    I am very excited to be part of Oncomfort’s digital health project. I am a passionate professional entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in general management, sales, marketing and business development in the medical device industry.

    I have a Master’s degree in business engineering from the Solvay Business School.

  • Clémence Toussaint
    Clémence Toussaint
    Analysis and Development Engineer

    I am passionate about connecting engineering and healthcare domains. Making clinical data meaningful and valuable is also really exciting for me. My incentive is to challenge those skills to develop innovative products that benefit patients and healthcare professionals.

    As a recent graduate, I hold a Masters’ degrees in biomedical engineering and epidemiology.

  • Véronique Cesbron
    Véronique Cesbron
    Application engineer France

    I had the chance to try the Sedakit™ as a nurse working in the vascular access unit at the Centre Léon Bérard. Convinced of the benefits for the patient, I am in charge of accompanying French hospitals in the implementation of this new digital therapy.

  • Nick Mobertz
    Nick Mobertz
    Sales manager Netherlands for partner Aexus

    I entered Aexus as a Sales Support and I am a proud member of our Business Development team now. I like working for highly innovative healthcare companies and make a difference by helping them to accelerate sales and grow their business.

  • Laurence de Crombrugghe
    Laurence de Crombrugghe
    Administrative assistant

    Thanks to my experience and dynamism, I embark on new projects enthusiastically and always want to be of service to others. I have more than 20 years of experience as an assistant in various sectors and hold a Bachelor’s degree in communication.

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Oncomfort board members

  • Tanja Dowe
    Tanja Dowe
    Debiopharm, Chairwoman

    I am the CEO of Debiopharm Innovation Fund, the digital health investment arm of Debiopharm. Passionate about helping patients through digital innovation and solving the issues of pharmaceutical development through data and AI, I am constantly looking to connect with ambitious entrepreneurs that do not settle for status quo. My background as an entrepreneur and international transaction & strategy consultant gives me the depth to support start-up CEOs and boards in navigating the product development, team building and commercial growth paths. Through my 20+ year career, I have worked with more than 80 medical & healthcare companies globally. With an educational background including a Master of Sciences in Applied Microbiology and Biochemistry from the Aalto University, Helsinki, I have brought my scientific expertise and business acumen to my experiences as a board member and chairwoman of multiple start-up portfolio companies with a track record of successful exits.

  • Delphine Cardi
    Delphine Cardi
    Crédit Mutuel Innovation, Director

    I am investment director at Crédit Mutuel Innovation, venture capital subsidiary of Crédit Mutuel Equity, member of Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale (France). For more than 15 years, our objective is to provide long-term equity support by investing our own capital into innovative companies running in dynamic fields with strong growth potential in order to foster their development. After a first experience in the pharmaceutical industry at Boehringer Ingelheim, I have joined since 2009 the field of innovation support, firstly at CNRS Innovation and then at SATT Lutech. I thereby acquired a strong experience in the identification, the positioning, the protection, the development, the financing, the marketing and the transfer of innovative projects. I hold a MSc degree in biotechnology (ENSTBB) and a PhD degree in biochemistry (Paris-Saclay University, CEA Saclay).

  • Mario Huyghe
    Mario Huyghe
    Oncomfort, Director

    I am passionate about introducing and upscaling innovation, and about business transformation in the healthcare market. I have built up my broad scope on healthcare in various leadership positions in both small healthcare companies and international healthcare groups.

    My focus has evolved from technology in anaesthesia and acute care to transformation based on clinical data and digital health.

  • Diane Joris
    Diane Joris
    Oncomfort, Director

    I created Oncomfort to make this non-pharmacological option available to patients by using Virtual Reality technology. I am a mental health expert with a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and have trained extensively in several therapeutic approaches.

    I worked in a major cancer centre (MD Anderson, Houston, Texas), where I provided clinical hypnosis to patients undergoing surgeries and procedures.

  • Jérôme Majoie
    Jérôme Majoie
    Fondation Majoie, Director

    I am the General Manager of the Foundation Fournier-Majoie, a venture philanthropic foundation dedicated to recognising and supporting innovative and entrepreneurial researchers or teams. I have 14 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry at Lipha-Merck, Pfizer and Fournier Group in Sales Marketing, Business Development and Licensing departments. I have lived and worked in the USA, the UK, Sweden, Japan as General Manager.

    Since 2005, I'm coaching start-up companies in the biotech industry. I hold a MBA from Hartford University (CT, USA).

  • Vincent Lepreux
    Vincent Lepreux
    Debiopharm, Observer

    I am the Associate Director at Debiopharm Innovation Fund, investing in start-up companies in Digital Health area. I have over 15 years of experience in finance, mainly in mergers & acquisitions, analysing, evaluating, and helping companies in their development plans. I hold a master’s degree in finance from Paris Dauphine University.

  • Tanguy Besson
    Tanguy Besson
    Crédit Mutuel Innovation, Observer

    I am Associate at Crédit Mutuel Innovation, venture capital subsidiary of Crédit Mutuel Equity, member of Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale (France). For more than 15 years, our objective is to provide long-term equity support by investing our own capital into innovative companies running in dynamic fields with strong growth potential in order to foster their development. I hold a MSc degree at Imperial College London and a BSc at University College London in Biotechnology. In parallel, I gained experience in an biotech asset management fund at Financière Arbevel and in Nanobiotix R&D division.

  • Colin Loyens
    Colin Loyens
    S.R.I.W., Observer

    After 10 years of experience in Research & Development, quality control and site management, I founded Kiss Ecology, an ecological and societal transition by targeted monetary creation. In the last 3 years, I am also investment manager at S.R.I.W. (Société Régionale d’Investissement de Wallonie) investing in projects with added value for the society.

  • Jacques Wenin
    Jacques Wenin
    WSL, Observer

    During 25+ years in the industry, primarily with Alcatel, ST-Microelectronic and ST-Ericsson, I’m currently Managing Director at PIR2-Management. Along my career, I build up strong experience in structuring, managing, executing and delivering wide scope innovative projects, involving multi-disciplinary teams and multiple sites and cultures. I also have strong experience in starting, (re)structuring, expanding, managing Business Unit in growing and innovative segments.

Awards & recognition

Oncomfort’s innovation has been recognised through a dozen medical, scientific and business awards.
We thank our partnering healthcare professionals and providers across the globe who believed in our vision and decided to become pioneers in the use of Digital Sedation™. Great patient care is not possible without the support of great medical teams.

Co-creating with our partners

Co-creation is one of Oncomfort’s core values. Thanks to this integrated approach, we are able to bring our revolutionising digital therapy to patients and healthcare professionals to change the management of pain and anxiety forever.

We thank our exquisite and talented partners for their contribution in co-creation, research and innovation to our solution as well as market support.

Our partners