Macrobian Biotech

Driven by expertise and fueled by passion.

Macrobian Biotech was founded in May 2017 by Dr. Lars van der Heide and Prof. dr. Marten Smidt. With decades of collective experience in molecular neuroscience, the founders recognized the urgent need for innovative and effective treatments for Parkinson’s disease, a chronic disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Their passion for advancing the field and improving patients’ quality of life inspired the creation of Macrobian Biotech. The company is currently housed at the Amsterdam Science Park, the heart of academic excellence in the Netherlands.

Meet our founders, Marten Smidt and Lars van der Heide.

Our Mission

Transforming Parkinson's treatment through targeted innovation.

Our mission at Macrobian Biotech is to improve the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s disease through innovative and targeted therapies. We are dedicated to advancing scientific understanding and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible through rigorous preclinical research. Using our expertise in molecular neuroscience, we strive to develop sustainable and effective treatment solutions, providing hope to patients and their families.

Our Vision

Envisioning a future free from the burdens of Parkinson's disease.

Our vision is a world where Parkinson’s disease is no longer a devastating diagnosis. We see a future where individuals can live their lives to the fullest, free from the burden of motor symptoms and the limitations they bring. At Macrobian Biotech, we are committed to working towards this goal through the development of an innovative and targeted approach and a dedication to scientific excellence.

The Name

Why "Macrobian" Biotech?

Macrobians are a legendary race of long-lived people mentioned in ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology. According to the stories, they were a group of people who lived in a far-off land and were blessed with exceptional longevity, with some accounts suggesting that they lived to be over 100 years old or even to the age of 200.


The term “Macrobians” comes from the Greek words “makros,” meaning “long,” and “bios,” meaning “life.” In some accounts, they were said to live in a land that was perpetually shrouded in mist and located at the western edge of the known world. They were also sometimes depicted as being tall and physically impressive.


The legend of the Macrobians is often associated with the idea of the “Fountain of Youth,” a mythical spring or pool of water that was believed to have the power to restore youth and vitality to those who drank from it. Some accounts suggested that the Macrobians knew the secret of the Fountain of Youth and used it to extend their already long lives even further.


Our company, Macrobian Biotech, takes inspiration from the Macrobians and their association with long life and vitality. We strive to develop innovative and targeted therapies to improve the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s disease, using our expertise in molecular neuroscience to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

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Macrobian Biotech // Towards Novel Treatments for Parkinson's Disease