Advisory board

Michel Pinget

MD, PhD

Michel Pinget is a key opinion leader recognized in the field of diabetes. Thanks to his recognized scientific and clinical experience in diabetes, he brings a new perspective on the development of innovative physiological treatments.

  • Now, professor emeritus at the University of Strasbourg and president of the CeeD, he was university professor (1984-2016), head of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolic diseases at the university hospital of Strasbourg (1996-2013) and head of diabetes, endocrinology and nutrition at the hospital center of Mulhouse (2013-2016)
  • As the founder of the CeeD in 1991, he supervised the development of the MailPan® bioartificial pancreas from the beginning
  • He was one of the pioneers of the implantation of implantable insulin pumps in France (1989)
  • International scientific and medical recognition in the domain of diabetes treatment: President of AIDPIT (Artificial Insulin Delivery Pancreas and Islet Transplantation) in 2006-2007, a member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)

Laurent Bocahut

Engineer

Laurent Bocahut specializes in the financing and strategy of start-ups working on innovative materials for different applications. His expertise in this field as well as in the field of Medtechs is a major strategic asset for Defymed.

  • An engineer who graduated from the École Polytechnique with a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois (USA)
  • He began his career in the AREVA group where he held several managerial positions (2004-2008) before joining the Fond Lorrain des Matériaux as an investment manager
  • Since 2015, he has been a manager at the Emertec investment fund, which specializes in the early stage financing of technologies in innovative materials, and in the European Materials Fund in particular, with a funding envelope of € 21 million
  • Laurent has coordinated more than a dozen investment deals with innovative start-ups and SMEs in the east of France, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland

Jean-François Rax

Investment manager

As a specialist in technology transfer, investment and strategic consulting, Jean-François Rax brings his enthusiasm and expertise in strategy to Defymed, which are essential requirements for its development.

  • Graduate engineer from INSA Lyon
  • Director of investment at Capital Grand Est since 2014, specially dedicated to the Cap Innov’Est seed fund
  • Former partner with the Inserm Transfer Initiative, a seed fund specializing in early-stage investments in life sciences and human health
  • Member of the strategic board of many start-ups in biotechnology

Pascal Neuville

PhD

Pascal Neuville brings 20 years of scientific and entrepreneurial experience to Defymed’s strategic consultancy activities. His expertise in the development of innovative start-ups in the field of biotechnology as well as in the pharmaceutical field, is a major asset for Defymed.

  • He holds a doctorate in molecular biology from the University of Strasbourg and subsequently served as assistant professor at the University of Geneva
  • Previously, he was a project manager at Transgene SA and CSO then CEO of Faust Pharmaceuticals SA
  • Founder and CEO of Domain Therapeutics since 2008, Pascal was also president of Alsace Biovalley between 2010 and 2014
  • Member of the investment committee of SATT CONECTUS and the advisory board of Axilum Robotics

Alexandre Moreau

PharmD

Alexandre has a scientific and business background. His experience includes leading complex strategic projects and R&D programs, creating launch momentum for several global blockbusters and growing multifunctional teams. Most recently, Alex was vice president, Life Cycle Leader, Global Product Strategy in the areas of cardiovascular metabolism and oncology at Roche/Genentech. Prior to this, Alex was vice president, Head of the Global Diabetes and Heparins Franchises at Sanofi. Previously he has held a number of leadership roles at Novartis, Novo and Bayer. Alex is currently CEO of MAVALON therapeutics Ltd and KYMO therapeutics Ltd, innovative asset centric biopharmaceutical companies both incorporated in Cambridge (UK).

  • He graduated from the General Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD.
  • He holds an MBA from the Sorbonne Graduate Business School
  • He holds a PharmD from the Rene Descartes University of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences in Paris.