Sven Andreasson – Independent Director
Sven Andréasson has served as a member of our board of directors since 2013 and has served as representative of Galenos SPRL, the legal entity that holds this board seat, since 2014. He also served as a member of our supervisory board from 2009 to May 2013. Mr. Andréasson has served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development for Novavax, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, since June 2014. From 2012 to 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Isconova AB, a leading international vaccine adjuvant company acquired by Novavax in 2013, currently operating as Novavax AB. Prior to his role at Novavax AB, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Beta-Cell N.V. from 2008 to 2012 and as Chief Executive Officer of Active Biotech AB from 1999 to 2008. Mr. Andréasson spent a number of years in roles at Pharmacia Corporation (merged with Pfizer Inc.), including President of Pharmacia SA, France, President of KabiPharmacia International and President of Pharmacia Arzneimittel GmbH. Mr. Andréasson received his B.S. in Business Administration and Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden).
Philippe Archinard – Independent Director
Philippe Archinard, Ph.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 2013. Dr. Archinard is Deputy CEO, Innovation and Scientific Partnerships of the Institut Mérieux. He was General Manager, Chief Executive Officer and director of Transgene from 2004 to 2020, after spending 15 years in various senior positions with bioMérieux, including directing its U.S. subsidiary. Prior to joining Transgene, he served as chief executive officer of Innogenetics N.V., from 2000 to December 2004. Dr. Archinard is a chemical engineer, holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Lyon (France), and completed Harvard Business School’s Program of Management PMD.
Gil Beyen – Chief Executive Officer & Director
Gil Beyen is Chief Executive Officer of ERYTECH Pharma since May 2013 and President of ERYTECH Pharma Inc. since 2016. He served as ERYTECH’s Chairman of the Board from August 2012 until June 2019. Between 2000 and 2013, Mr. Beyen was Chief Executive Officer and Director of TiGenix (Euronext: TIG), a company he co-founded. He previously served as the head of the Life Sciences division of Arthur D. Little, an international management consulting firm, in Brussels. Mr. Beyen holds a MSc in Bioengineering from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Martine George – Independent Director
Martine Ortin George, M.D. has served as a member of our board of directors since 2014. She currently serves as principal and senior executive consultant-life sciences for Global Development Inc. Dr. George held the position of Vice President in charge of Global Medical Affairs for Oncology at Pfizer from 2010 to 2015. Previously, Dr. George held the positions of Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at GPC Biotech and Senior Vice President, Head of the Oncology Department at Johnson & Johnson. She is a qualified gynecologist and oncologist, trained in France and in Montreal. Dr. George began her career as Chief of Service at the Institut Gustave Roussy (France), was a visiting professor at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and then held positions of increasing responsibility at Lederle Laboratories (a predecessor company to Pfizer Inc.), Sandoz (now a division of Novartis AG) and Rhône-Poulenc Rorer (today part of Sanofi).
Didier Hoch – Independent Director
Didier Hoch is a director of a listed company, OSE Immunotherapeutics, and was previously a director of DBV Technologies and Genticel. From 2011 to 2013, he was Chairman of Pevion Biotech, and from 2013 to 2018, of the Biovision Forum and of the startup gas pedal “Big Booster”. Didier Hoch was from 2000 to 2010, President of Sanofi-Pasteur- MSD, a joint venture company dedicated to vaccines between Sanofi & Merck. Didier Hoch also held various managerial positions at Rhône Poulenc Rorer, then Aventis (“VP Middle East – Africa”). He is a former President of the vaccine manufacturers association “Vaccine Europe” and Chairman of the Biotechnology Committee of LEEM.
Jean-Paul Kress – Chairman of the Board of Directors
Jean-Paul Kress is the Chief Executive Officer of Morphosys. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Syntimmune from January 2018 until its acquisition by Alexion Pharmaceuticals in November 2018. Prior to joining Syntimmune, Jean-Paul Kress served as Executive Vice President, President of International and Head of Global Therapeutic Operations at Biogen Inc. Previously, Jean-Paul Kress served as Senior Vice President, Head of North America at Sanofi Genzyme. From July 2011 to September 2015, Jean-Paul Kress served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sanofi Pasteur MSD, a leading European vaccine company. Prior to this, Jean-Paul Kress worked at Gilead, Abbvie and Eli Lilly in senior commercial and business development roles in the United States and in Europe. He was a member of Sarepta Therapeutics’ Board of Directors from 2015 until 2017. Jean-Paul Kress holds an M.D. degree from Faculté Necker-Enfants Malades in Paris, and graduate and post-graduate degrees in pharmacology and immunology from École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Jean-Paul Kress, was appointed Chairman of our board of directors on June 21, 2019.
Leïla Nicolas – Permanent representative of GO CAPITAL
Leïla Nicolas started her career in 2004 as a product manager at Bayer Schering Pharma in the field of multiple sclerosis and oncology. She then joined the start-up world as Strategic Marketing Manager for Polyplus-transfection, where she signed licensing agreements and acquired a strong sensitivity of intellectual property. Leïla Nicolas subsequently participated in the creation of an environmental health company before joining GO Capital in late 2013. Since then, Leïla has made over 15 investments in healthcare sector (biotech and medtech), serving on the boards of several companies in the field, and is now a partner at the management company.
Hilde Windels – Independent Director
Hilde Windels has served as a member of our board of directors since 2014 and has served as the representative of Hilde Windels BV, the legal entity that holds this seat, since 2017. She has over 20 years of experience in corporate finance, capital markets and strategic initiatives. She currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Antelope Dx BV and Director of MDx Health NV and Celyad SA. Prior to Antelope Dx BV, she was executive chairman of the board of directors and co-Chief Executive Officer of Mycartis NV, a private immune diagnostics company in Belgium and a spin-out of Biocartis Group NV. Ms. Windels initially joined Biocartis in August 2011 as its Chief Financial Officer, a position she held until September 2015 when she was appointed co-Chief Executive Officer, a position she held until early 2017, when she became interim Chief Executive Officer of Biocartis until September 2017. From early 2009 to mid-2011, she worked as an independent chief financial officer for several private biotechnology companies. Ms. Windels served as Chief Financial Officer of Devgen from 1999 to 2008 and as a member of its board of directors from 2001 to 2008. Ms. Windels holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Leuven (Belgium).