Meet The Team

What started in 2000 as a small company in developing and realizing products for others is now a leading company in pharmacy automation with a large team to support our customers. Our business began with a challenging mission to automate the checking of repacked medicine in pouch rolls. The result was the world’s first machine for pouch verification, the Medicine Detection Machine (MDM). This placed Global Factories on the world map. The MDM is now sold in over 30 countries and is the market leader in the field of medicine verification.


Richard van den Brink, Founder & CEO

As a true entrepreneur with a passion for inventing and creating new products, Richard van den Brink started Global Factories in 2000. Global Factories has developed and created successful products for many different markets, such as golf equipment, product displays and medicine storage. In 2014, Richard decided to focus on pharmacy automation. After the success of the MDM, he developed a machine for the automated checking and packing of blister cards. In 2015, the VandenBrink Blister Packing Machine was introduced as the first machine which could check and pack blister cards.

In addition to being the CEO of Global Factories, Richard is also the owner and founder of RPharma (2010), a company that provides pharmacy-related services for machinery and pouch repacking. Richard has also been a Board Member of ID-NL U.A. since 2011. ID-NL provides a platform where innovative companies, entrepreneurs, independent professionals and knowledge organizations have the opportunity to join forces.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of Global Factories consists of two external advisers, Diederik de Stoppelaar and Michiel Roos. Both have an extensive amount of knowledge and experience in business development and management. The Advisory Board meets regularly to advise the CEO and to guide the members of the management team.

Diederik de Stoppelaar advises in subjects related to strategic marketing and commercial issues. He has worked in the lighting industry with major players such as Philips Lighting, Zumtobel/Thorn, Lutron and GE Lighting, where he held senior management roles. From 2014 to 2017 he was the Secretary General of LightingEurope, the industry association that represents the lighting industry at the European Union in Brussels. In 2014 Diederik joined Global Factories as a member of the Advisory Board. He currently works at Amphilo Consultancy BV where he is the Managing Director.

Michiel Roos advises in financial matters. He previously worked at Siemens from 1984 to 2017, where he worked for various departments. He was Controller at the Healthcare Sector from 2002 to 2012 and from 2013 to 2017 he was Controller at the Energy Sector, including Oil&Gas. Michiel joined the Advisory Board of Global Factories in 2014. Currently he is Director and Owner of JMR Consulting.

Management Team

Global Factories’ Management Team consists of team leaders from various departments. The Management Team is responsible for the creation and implementation of the company strategy and the day-to-day management. In line with the overall strategy, they make (sub)strategies for the various departments. Members of the Management Team represent the following departments: Commercial, Marketing and Communication, Product Management, Purchase/logistics, Service, Software development and Hardware development.