About us

Trusted for our single-cell expertise

Single Cell Discoveries is your go-to discovery partner for customized single-cell sequencing and analysis.

Meet the Team  Consortia

The leading single-cell
sequencing CRO

We are focused on providing cutting-edge single-cell sequencing services to biopharmaceutical companies, health systems, and academic research centers globally. Located in our brand-new laboratory in Utrecht, the Netherlands, our team of PhD scientists is dedicated to developing customized solutions for your unique scientific questions, all while ensuring rapid turnaround times and high quality.

History

Ever a sole focus on single-cell science

What is now an industry-leading single-cell laboratory was once nothing more than a bold idea.

Single Cell Discoveries co-founder Mauro Muraro, PhD, started working on some of the earliest single-cell technologies in the Van Oudenaarden lab at the Hubrecht Institute. Back then, single cells were moved by mouth pipette. The procedure was so laborious and the empty pipette boxes so numerous that Mauro committed himself to develop a higher-throughput, standardized protocol. Recruiting several robots, Mauro was able to replace manual mouth pipetting with mechanized liquid handling and accomplish in an afternoon what used to take a year. This protocol was published in 2016 as SORT-seq.

From then on, The Hubrecht Institute established the Single Cell Core Facility, one of the first of its kind in the world. Co-founder Judith Vivié was recruited to run the facility, and demand
exploded. In 2018, after one of many long weeks serving clients through the core facility, Mauro and Judith decided they could best meet the growing demand for single-cell sequencing services through an independent company. Five years later, quality service, intelligent automation, bleeding-edge technology, and hard work are still central to Single Cell Discoveries' expanding operations. Each member of the growing team is committed to advancing single-cell sequencing and empowering clients with impactful single-cell discoveries with the ultimate goal of improving the human condition.

Single-cell sequencing service provider
Single cell sequencing Illumina NovaSeq scientist places samples in the new NovaSeq X machine
Timeline

2016

Mauro Muraro publishes SORT-seq, a robotized plate-based single-cell sequencing platform. The Single Cell Sequencing Facility is established at the Hubrecht Institute.

2018

Mauro Muraro and Judith Vivié decide to start Single Cell Discoveries to meet the growing single- cell sequencing demand.

2020

The company expands to 10 employees and offers single-cell sequencing services all over the world.

2021

Single Cell Discoveries becomes a Certified Service Provider for 10x Genomics and joins the PERSIST-seq consortium.

2023

Single Cell Discoveries has grown to a leading CRO in the field, with 40 employees and 1200 m2 newly-built office and lab space.

Mission

To accelerate groundbreaking research by developing and offering cutting-edge single-cell technologies as a service.

Vision

To help improve the human condition by bringing the power of single-cell analyses and discoveries to the clinic.

Founders

Mauro Muraro

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO

Mauro Muraro, PhD, leads scientific and technical initiatives and is closely involved with client relationships, excelling in bespoke project design and complex data analysis. Before co-founding Single Cell Discoveries, Mauro developed the SORT-seq platform in the Van Oudenaarden Lab at the Hubrecht Institute, where he earned his PhD. Mauro is eager to continue innovating new methods in the single-cell field to accelerate biological discovery for clients and realize the potential of single-cell insights in clinical settings.

Judith Vivié

CO-FOUNDER AND COO

Judith Vivié runs laboratory and quality assurance operations. Before co-founding Single Cell Discoveries and after completing her masters, Judith led the single-cell sequencing core facility at the Hubrecht Institute, one of the first facilities in the world to make single-cell innovations accessible to academic and biopharmaceutical clients. There, she earned the nickname "mother of robots" for her unparalleled ability to integrate smart automation into single-cell workflows. Judith is dedicated to continuing to standardize and perfect single-cell workflows to bring the highest quality data to clients.

This is who we are

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO
Judith Vivié
CO-FOUNDER AND COO
Anke McCartney, PhD, Vice Presdient of Commcercial Operations
VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS

Dylan Mooijman
HEAD OF R&D
Lotte Koopman
HEAD OF LABORATORY OPERATIONS
Andrei Prodan
HEAD OF DATA
Sabine Tanis, senior R&D scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
TEAM LEAD METHOD DEVELOPMENT

Fredrik Salmen, data scientist and R&D consultant at Single Cell Discoveries.
R&D CONSULTANT
Oriol Llora Batlle, PERSIST-seq scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
TEAM LEAD EXTERNAL R&D ALLIANCES

Nataša Josipovic, 10x Genomics Scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
TEAM LEAD OF 10X GENOMICS

Anneleen Bobeldijk, Team Lead Plate-Based Services
TEAM LEAD CEL-SEQ SERVICES

Lotte Koopman, Head of Laboratory Operations at Single Cell Discoveries
TEAM LEAD NGS

May Ho
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Tim Muntslag
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Marina Costagliola di Polidoro
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE

Virginia Palomares
SCIENTIFIC PROJECT MANAGER
Darina Sikrova, R&D Scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
R&D SCIENTIST
Amalia Riga, R&D scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
AUTOMATION SCIENTIST
Doreth Fransen, automation scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
AUTOMATION SCIENTIST

Stefani Giacopazzi, support scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR

Daniel Armendariz, 10x Genomics Scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
10X GENOMICS SCIENTIST

Lovindy Lebalado, Lab Technician at Single Cell Discoveries
LAB TECHNICIAN

Anneleen Bobeldijk, Team Lead Plate-Based Services
LAB TECHNICIAN

Manon Messchendorp, Lab Technician at Single Cell Discoveries
LAB TECHNICIAN

Nathalie Groen, Data Scientist, Single Cell Discoveries
TEAM LEAD DATA CONSULTING

Jan-Willem Wijnands, Data Manager, Single Cell Discoveries
DATA MANAGER
Jessie van Buggenum, Senior Data Scientist, Single Cell Discoveries
SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST

Empar Baltasar Perez, Junior Data Scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
JUNIOR DATA SCIENTIST
Pablo Gómez Sacristán, Junior Data Scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
JUNIOR BIOINFORMATICIAN
Sofia Drobysheva, Junior Data Scientist at Single Cell Discoveries
JUNIOR DATA SCIENTIST
Hannah Oevermans
TEAM LEAD MARKETING
Niels Tjoonk
SCIENTIFIC CONTENT MARKETER
Kelly Klaassen
ONLINE MARKETER

André Nascimento
PROJECT MANAGER
Chalene Ehlers
HR MANAGER
Victor Swartz
IT INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER

Advisory board

Prof. Alexander van Oudenaarden

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Prof. Alexander van Oudenaarden is the director of the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research, a Professor of Quantitative Biology of Gene Regulation at the University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht University, and a Spinoza Price recipient. He is a leading researcher in stem cell biology and a pioneer of single-cell technologies. The Van Oudenaarden lab is innovating new methods in single cell multi-omics and maintains a collaborative relationship with Single Cell Discoveries.

Prof. John Groten

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Prof. John Groten is the managing director of PamGene and visiting professor at Wageningen University & Research. He is an experienced business leader with over 30 years of management experience in life science research companies. He sees his role as "a change manager to enhance quality, creativity, and business insights into organizations."

Menzo Havenga, PhD

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Menzo Havenga, PhD, is founder, president and CEO of Batavia Biosciences and Batavia Biopharma. He previously worked as the Managing Director of Biosciences Business at TNO and Vice President of Research and Development at Crucell, as well as holding a PhD in molecular virology from Leiden University.

COLLABORATIONS AND CONSORTIA

Partnerships play a dual role in our operations. In alignment with our vision, we work on projects that help adapt single-cell applications to diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Meanwhile, we access resources and experience that fuel our own evolution.

Careers

Enjoy working
alongside top talent to achieve a shared goal?

Passionate about advancing biological understanding through the power of single-cell? Apply today to join the team.