The 2019 jury includes experts and executives from sponsor companies and representatives of last year's winner companies:
Stéphane PELUSO, Global Head of Oncology External Innovation, IPSEN — Over 18 years’ experience in the biotech / pharma industry. Spent most of his career in Oncology R&D, holding positions of increasing responsibilities in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery at Millennium Pharmaceuticals then Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Leading Ipsen’s efforts toward identifying and evaluating licensing / partnering opportunities.
Olivier I. SAFIR, CEO, Pact and Partners LLC - Life Sciences Executive recruitments — Goal is lead the global shift towards full parity, diversity and inclusion whilst offering the best Life Sciences executive recruitments in the industry. Currently the President of the Life Sciences commission for the France-Israel Chamber of commerce and an advisor to several prestigious CEOs and Boards in the Biotech industry.
Suchit JAIN, VP Strategy & Business Development, Dassault Systèmes — Strategist and an engineer with a passion to help entrepreneurs turn ideas into products. Vice President of Strategy at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks leading the expansion of SOLIDWORKS design software into the hardware startups, makerspaces and Fab Labs. Evaluating emerging technologies, including IOT, 3D Printing, and AI to integrate within design software to help customers design better product, faster.
Stéphane KOWALCZUK, Head of Finance for Global Medical Affairs, Sanofi Genzyme — Finance Director with 15 years of experience in big pharma, biotechnology, manufacturing and auditing acquired in the US, in the Netherlands and in France. Expertise in cost control, budget optimisation and decision support solutions design and implementation.
Benoît CHANDELIER, Finance Director, EssilorLuxottica — Working for Essilor International since 18 years with some past positions in France corporate functions and Thailand, currently overseeing plants and facilities in US, Mexico and Brazil.
Brian LANDRY, Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr — Draws on a broad base of intellectual property experience to help clients identify, protect, and enforce their intellectual property. Has significant experience in the medical devices field as well as consumer products, building materials, and devices and software having research, diagnostic, and therapeutic applications.
Vincent NICOD, Vice President Finance, VEOLIA North America — Fifteen years of experience in the corporate finance field and held several financial positions within Veolia. Key areas of expertise include financial planning & analysis, controlling and financial reporting. Supports organic growth and M&A projects by contributing to commercial proposals, preparing business plans and financial models, and participating to project review committees.
Stephane DIETRICH, former CEO and co-founder, Neolane Inc (now Adobe Campaign) (2013 FAB Award Winner)— Serial entrepreneur and investor with 25 years of experience in SaaS enterprise software and strong operational track record of growing and scaling start-ups all the way to successful exits. Sold his last brainchild Neolane to Adobe for $600M. Stayed at Adobe until early 2018 and grew his business to $240M in revenue. Now brings his skill set and experience to high growth SaaS companies as an advisor, independent director and investor. Holds an MSc from Ecole Centrale Paris and MBA from College des Ingenieurs.
Xavier SAINT-ANDRE is responsible for Natixis Investment Managers consolidated financial reporting, planning, forecasting and analysis matters. He joined Natixis Investment Managers in Paris in 2005 as Finance Analyst before to move to Boston in 2009 to become the VP, Assistant Group Business Controller, and then Senior Vice President and Group Business Controller, accumulating 13 years of industry experience. Mr. Saint-André graduated from the University of Evry where he received a BA in Finance and accounting, he holds a Master degree in International Business from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge UK, and a MBA in Corporate Finance from INSEEC Business School Paris. Mr. Saint-André is a member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute (CFA) and the CFA Society Boston.
Nicolas de ROSEN, CEO North America, Iadvize (FAB Award winner 2018— Lifelong experience in the technology industry. Prior to iAdvize, he launched and developed two businesses in real-estate and online retail. One of them, Sinteo, became a major player in this industry. Also has experience as a venture capital investor.An energy and telecommunications engineer by training. Holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Nader YAGHOUBI, M.D., Ph. D., Co-founder & CEO, PathMaker Neurosystems (2018 FAB Award Winner) — Started Pathmaker, a clinical-stage bioelectronic medicine developing breakthrough non-invasive systems for the treatment of chronic neuromotor conditions. Over 20 years of experience in the creation, operations and financing of life science companies. Previously established Symbiotix Biotherapies, a pioneering venture-backed microbiome company developing novel molecular therapeutics based on the human microbiome. Extensively involved in mentoring young companies.