“Hazera has an R&D environment that stimulates and enables innovative tool creation for breeding. Being part of this is what gives me a daily boost to create, with my team, the innovations that will make a difference”.+
After 14 years of plant molecular research at Wageningen and Amsterdam Universities, Wessel started in 2009 in Hazera as a molecular geneticist for Crucifers and later also for Alliums. After seeing breeding-technology (BT) grow over a period of 7 years he was given the opportunity in 2016 to lead the group of BT Allium and Crucifers specialists. As he was and still is involved in many projects, sometimes with 20 team members or more, he can easily relate to the problems facing these projects. So, with these projects he brings his expertise, acts as a soundboard and helps solve issues together. “Creating interactions, both within the team as with experts in LVS (Limagrain Vegetables Seeds), and thereby improving our common output towards innovative R&D, really gives me energy”. Dynamism is the core value that suits him best, as he thrives in the dynamic R&D environment that is created together within Hazera. The complexity of research is what makes it interesting. The diversity of expertise and characters between people in a global company creates a dynamic environment. Aligning opinions between a diverse group of knowledgeable experts however, is the biggest challenge. He really enjoys providing the energy to stimulate innovative ideas and interactions. Hazera is a company with many dedicated, talented people who are given the opportunity to make a difference. Hazera has the professional environment with the flexibility to adapt and this is what is needed in research.