I'm Dilek Saglam, I am from Turkey and I speak Turkish, English, Dutch and German.
Being completely a big city person (from Istanbul), I was locked up in small town Wageningen, for 9 years due to my studies.
I work for the company since August 2019.
If I need to answer this question in one sentence, my primary task is leading production and formulation team. Being a start-up, of course we do manage lots of tasks related to R&D, Quality and Production as a whole team.
The technology we use is novel and the product itself as well. Consequently, we have only a limited amount of existing knowledge and the regulations are still in the grey zone. Therefore, even activities which usually are standard practises for many companies, are challenges in our business. In my opinion, ‘uncertainty’ is our biggest challenge.
After many years of academic and professional work experience, I have the feeling that I am at the right place to transfer my gained skills. Additional to feeling of satisfaction with my role, I like the open and warm environment our team has created, the feeling of freedom, and working with people having completely different educational and cultural backgrounds.
I personally experienced a significant effect of our product on my well-being, more specifically sleeping disorder and period pain. Therefore, I find the idea of improving the life of other people very exciting.
I cannot name just one specific achievement but hearing from our director that ‘I bring Becanex forward’ was a real big moment for me.
Of course lots of embarrassing moments at work, such as almost falling asleep at work due to too much of tasting activity of our product..
After work, you canperhaps find me either cooking, playing with my cat Leyla, or practising piano in these days…if I am really tired, I will be laying on our couch and watching a movie with my boyfriend. In the no-corona days, I would spend as well much time outside with friends.
In general, I would be very satisfied if we can manage to build up the necessary knowledge in this field, which I see essential. Our more specific goal for the near future is to implement new technologies in our facility for tuning the composition of our formulations. We combine our scientific knowledge and practical needs, to deliver a premium quality product to our customers.