Thomas Rutten started his own firm ‘Thomas Rutten Projects’ in 2008. His specialism is the combination of flowcytometry, data analysis and water monitoring in general. He cooperates with CytoBuoy in the Netherlands. This firm is the manufacturer of the CytoSense-CytoSub, the only flowcytometers in the world, which are able to analyse the small as well as large cells and combined with a fast camera to take images of particles. This firm is also distributor of EasyClus. The cooperation is focused on the improvement of their instruments, evaluation and innovation and to achieve the best products for customers.

Thomas Rutten has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Eindhoven (The Netherlands) specialized in Analytical Chemistry. He worked for the Ministery of Transport, Public Works and Water Management at the National Institute of Coastal and Marine Management (Rijkswaterstaat). He was a project leader in research and development at the marine laboratory. Furthermore Thomas Rutten was head of the marine laboratory in Middelburg. He took many classes in e.g. change management, auditing, quality assurance and personal development.

As project leader R&D, Thomas Rutten worked in the wide range of (marine) water quality. Examples of newly applied methods are in the field of water tracing, the usefullness of biological effect monitoring, the use of in situ or stand alone instruments, the monitoring data processing using specialised software such as Matlab®. Above all, the research on phytoplankton monitoring by flow cytometry.

As head of the laboratory, he was involved with the management of the production and research facilities of the Rijkswaterstaat laboratory during a reorganization. Thomas Rutten stimulates professionality in units, where people are working as colleagues, take their responsibilies and constantly improve themselves.

Anything else? TR Projects means that I am involved in other types of projects too, e.g. the writing and publishing of two children’s books or the development of websites for small companies.