Nicolaas was dedicated to improving the lives of others through innovative mosquito netting products to protect consumers against malaria and other vector-borne diseases. Over thirty years, Nicolaas turned what began as a hobby inspired by his travels through Asia - selling mosquito nets from his university dorm room - into one of the world's leading producers of mosquito nets. His companies have a long history of working in partnership with other organizations in the public and private sectors, such as USAID, NetMark and Bayer Environmental Science, to develop new innovations, including insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) in the 1980s and long-lasting ITNs (LLINs) in 2004.
Nicolaas's commitment to sustainable development is reflected in his efforts to operate SiamDutch and Tana Netting in a socially-responsible manner, both in terms of worker comfort and safety and environmental friendliness. Nicolaas and his team built Tana Netting's state-of-the-art LLIN factory with these principles in mind, which has resulted in a clean and comfortable working atmosphere.
Nicolaas passed away in the company of his loved ones and is survived by his wife and two children.