Niels Vande Casteele


Dr. Niels Vande Casteele oversees and directs all business and scientific aspects at AcelaBio. He sets the organization’s vision and mission, develops and executes strategic and operational plans and oversees employees, ensuring engagement and compliance. Niels leads and protects the organization’s culture, values, diversity, and reputation.


Dr. Vande Casteele is trained as a Clinical Pharmacologist and holds a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Master in Drug Design and Development from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He performed research in the field of Molecular Biology at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland and in the field of Immunology at Sanquin, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Niels obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, focused on Personalized Medicine to treat patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Prior to starting AcelaBio, Niels was with Alimentiv Inc. for seven years where he established the Precision Medicine group and oversaw the implementation of Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine in over 25 clinical trials in all phases of drug development. He remains a Senior Scientific Advisor to Alimentiv and continues to lead the global Alimentiv Translational Research Consortium.

Besides his work in the Life Sciences industry, Niels holds an academic position as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, United States, where he conducts academic research, mentors students, and teaches a course on Biologics and Biosimilars Drug Development. His main research efforts focus on the application of Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine to ascertain efficient drug development.

Major achievements

Dr. Vande Casteele has published over 120 peer reviewed research articles and book chapters, has given over 40 invited lectures globally, and has received awards for his research contributions from distinguished professional organizations such as the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization (ECCO), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF) and United European Gastroenterology (UEG) association.


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