A Supervisory Board with committed & recognized senior executives
Claudia Daugan - Investment director at Galia Gestion
Graduate of ESC Reims (RMS) and holder of DESCF, Claudia DAUGAN began her career in 1997 at KPMG Audit in Paris where she carries out statutory auditing and consulting assignments for a banking clientele. In 2000, she joined Calyon's Equity Capital Market team, which is responsible for structuring and executing the issuance of securities of major groups (listed equities and convertible bonds). From 2004 to 2009, after joining the Bordeaux region, she continued her career at Crédit Lyonnais as Deputy of Corporate Finance. She accompanies SME managers and buyers of companies in their "equity financing". Since 2009, Claudia DAUGAN has strengthened the team of investors of GALIA Gestion as Senior Business Manager and then Director of Investments. She currently follows a portfolio of a dozen companies in diversified business sectors (ICT, Services, Medical).
Franck Lescure – General partner Bioseeds IV Auriga Partners
Franck Lescure is in charge of Life Sciences investments at AURIGA Partners. He manages the Fund AURIGA IV Bioseeds specialized in Infectiology and Microbiology and is directly involved in commitments of AURIGA Partners Funds in Amoéba (Euronext: AMEBA), Cytoo, EnobraQ, Erytech Pharma (Euronext: ERYP), Fab’entech, Flashcell, Pherecydes, Median Technologies (Alternext: ALMDT), Nosopharm and Pylote. Before Auriga Partners, Franck has been part as a scientist of the five initial years of Genset, one of the first French biotech startups, he has spent several years in the Air Liquide group and has been in charge of several investments as member of the Venture Capital team of Crédit Lyonnais Private Equity which became Omnes Capital. Franck is an alumnus of the EcoleNormaleSupérieure and the Institut Pasteur. He holds a PhD in Microbiology and Virology and a MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs
Grégoire Cayatte - Partner and Co-Founder of TechLife Capital
Grégoire Cayatte is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of TechLife Capital. He has 18 years of operational and technological experience with Devoteam, a tech services listed company where he was CFO and a member of the Executive Committee. He led more than 50 acquisitions in 20 countries and actively contributed to the creation of 7 platforms, notably in the cybersecurity, migration to the cloud, and digital transformation. Aside from Flash Therapeutics, he is currently a Supervisory Board member of XPath Groupe (cancer diagnosis services), MyData-Trust (GDPR services for clinical trials), Quinten (data science expert of AI-based solutions for pharma and healthcare services), and Maxxing (loyalty management Saas). Grégoire started his career in Investment Banking at Lazard and BNP Paribas. He is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and from Institut d’Etudes Politiques.
Isabelle De Baillenx - Founder of FADiese
Isabelle de Baillenx created FADiese in 2001, then FADiese 2 in 2007 and FADiese 3 in 2014.
She was a pioneer of this innovative model of funding, which consists in bringing together a team of venture-capital experts and seasoned entrepreneurs eager to share their knowledge and experience with the coming generations of entrepreneurs.
She graduated from HEC business school and has acquired a significant experience in venture-capital, teaching, acquisition/divestiture consulting, judicial expertise and Secretary General in SMBs.
Isabelle also created the AFIC Entrepreneurs’ fund club
Jacques Rossignol- Partner and Co-Founder of TechLife Capital
Jacques Rossignol is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of TechLife Capital. He has been a private equity growth investor for more than 20 years, has covered the healthcare industry since 2004 and the technology industry since 1998. Aside from Flash Therapeutics, he is currently the President of the Supervisory Board of XPath Groupe (cancer diagnosis services), and of Mitem Pharma (pharmaceutical laboratory for drugs of major therapeutic interest), a member of the Supervisory Board of Quinten (data science expert of AI-based solutions for pharma and healthcare services) and used to be a Member of the Supervisory Board of Synerlab (a pharmaceutical CDMO). Before TechLife Capital, he was head of France at Alpha Private Equity, Managing Partner at 21 Invest and Director at Ekkio. He started his career in Investment Banking at BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs (Paris, London). He is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique and holds an MBA degree from the Harvard Business School.
Luc Aguilar - Scientific Senior Advisor
Luc AGUILAR gathers 20 years of experience in the biotech, pharmaceutical and the cosmetic Industry. He joined L’Oreal seven years ago to build the biotechnology Department in Advance Research. He is now leading Advanced Research activities from Scientific Knowledge to Clinical Performance for skin and hair categories. From 2005 to 2011, he was at Pierre Fabre’s Group, a mid-size pharmaceutical company, as Vice-President Scientific Affairs. During this period, he set up and led an innovation structure dedicated to clinical proof of concept studies. Prior to that, he managed operations in Biotech and start-up companies in genomics for corporate clients from 1995 to 2001. He earned a MS in Biotechnology from I.N.S.A.Toulouse, France and a PhD experience at Pierre et Marie Curie University.
Michel Baijot - Board Director and Chairman biotechs and big pharmas
Michel Baijot, Ph.D., has served as board director since 2022. Dr Michel Baijot is board director of Sinovac. Chairman of the White Fund and OncoRadiomics.
He has spent more than 25 years in various executive positions with bioMerieux as Corporate Director Molecular Diagnostics, with Innogenetics as VP of Business Development, with GSK Vaccines as VP of strategy, licensing and M&A, with Janssen Crucell Vaccines as Chief Business Officer, with Serum Institute of India as Executive Director Europe.
He has been Chairman of the Belgian Biotech Association for 5 years.
Dr Michel Baijot is a chemical engineer and holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from University of Louvain (Belgium).
Brigitte Mignotte-Darmon - Finance, CAO & HR
With more than 20 years' experience in the development of HR policies for international groups, Brigitte joined Vectalys in 2008. She has gained extensive knowledge from working in different R&D environments including a large American technology company and a leading CRO. Brigitte manages the administrative organization at Flash Therapeutics directing and overseeing policy related to staff and ancillary services. She ensures the development and progress of the company’s organization and has set up a genuine HR policy to support company growth and to prepare Flash Therapeutics for the developments of tomorrow.
Christine Duthoit Ph.D - Project leader Cell Engineering and Immunology
Christine obtained her PhD in 2000 and then worked for eight years in the United States and France, where she successfully led various projects examining immune responses in different animal models for autoimmune diseases. She gained experience in in vivo experimentation, animal care, biochemistry and cell biology after spending several years in academic research before becoming the head of the Animal Models department at Vectalys in 2008. Her knowledge is now a key element for the development and testing of new animal models for Vectalys’ customers.
Clément Ducros - Production Manager
and industrial development
After obtaining his engineering degree in mechanical engineering (specialization in biomechanics/biomaterials) at the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), Clément joined the pharmaceutical industry at SANOFI in the industrial department where he piloted the installation of syringe filling lines in sterile environments. After this experience, he joined the company CARMAT which designs and develops a human artificial heart where he stayed for 13 years. First as a process development manager, he worked mainly on all aspects related to clean room manufacturing, contamination control and sterilization processes. Then, he became production manager before taking over the project management for the design and deployment of the new prosthesis manufacturing site. Finally, during his last 3 years, as Industrial Development Manager, he worked on the optimization of the manufacturing processes in order to increase the production rate.
Clément joined Flash Therapeutics in 2021 as Industrial Development and Production Manager in order to support the company in its industrial ramp-up to meet the growing demands of our customers.
Raphaël Sevrain – QC and Analytical Development
After an MSc degree in Virology, Vectorology and Gene Therapy from the University of Toulouse, France, Raphaël joined Vectalys in 2007 as an engineer of the Cell Models team in order to generate and characterize cellular models with lentiviral vectors. From 2012 to 2018 he was in charge of Cells Models project management from the scheduling of customer project to its delivery. Strong of his 11 years of experience in lentiviral vectors use, cell line engineering and characterization with a wide range of methods he is now in charge of Analytical Development since the end of 2018 in order to develop new methods and from end of 2021 he’s also in charge of Quality Control at FlashTherapeutics.
Régis Gayon - Project leader Cell Engineering and Vectorology
After an MSc degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Montpellier, France, Régis began his career in an academic laboratory (INSERM, Paris) where he initiated a transcriptomics project to help understand Type I diabetes. Régis then spent 5 years as an R&D associate scientist at Endocube (Toulouse, France) where he was involved in a cellular genomics project, acquiring expertise in the purification and culture of primary cells in the field of vascular biology. Régis joined Vectalys in 2005 as head of the Cell Models team. Since September 2012, he is also in charge of production development, purification and concentration of viral vectors, bringing his expertise in cellular biology to ensure performance and reliability of viral vectors produced at Vectalys. As head of the Vectors and Cell Models Teams, and strong of his experience of over 12 years in cellular and molecular biology, he oversees the viral vector production process and its enhancements, as well as manages the generation of new cellular models, from design to delivery, for use in the fields of bioproduction, gene target validation and drug discovery.
Sandy Darrigan - Contracts & Intellectual Property
After an initial qualification in cell biology and biotechnologies, Sandy specialized in intellectual property with a master’s degree of Intellectual Property and New technologies (Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse-France) and a master’s degree Patents and Trademarks of the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI, Strasbourg-France). After a first experience in a biotech company, Sandy joined Vectalys in 2012 to developp its patents portfolio. With these double skills, she is now in charge of Flash Therapeutics intellectual property strategy, including patents and in/out licences management. Her functions include the management of contractual aspects with Flash Therapeutics’ customers and partners.
Sophie Rimbaud - COO Partnerships and clinical programs management
With a training in biology, in management at HEC business school, and marketing & strategy in pharmaceutical environment at ESCP Paris business school. Sophie has joined Flash Therapeutics after over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry .She gained strong skills at BMS and Astra Zeneca sales department, and at LFB Group Sales & Marketing department, specialized in biological medicinal products in rare disease. Then at LFB/Cellforcure she created the Innovative Therapy department and coordinated cell and gene therapy projects from development to clinical trial, including regulatory environment, pricing and market access.
Stéphane Carrasco - Industrial Development
After earning a master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Toulouse (INSA, France), Stéphane acquired bioprocess development expertise mainly in the Pharmaceutical Industry. He began his career in virological & bacteriological process development for animal vaccines at Merial Ltd., involved in various projects such as virus-inactivated, DNA plasmid or recombinant protein process development and alternative vaccine inactivation. Then, he joined Virbac laboratories for improvement of animal viral vaccine production processes and exploring innovative bioprocess & bioanalytical solutions, and moved to Merck Biodevelopment where he was involved in Quality By Design (QbD) studies for a phase II product. He joined Flash Therapeutics in a position of Industrial Development Manager so as to lead viral vectors process development & scaling-up team, with the objective of implementing the GMP lentiviral vector platform at Meary platform and on Flash Therapeutics own GMP facility at Toulouse, as well as to explore innovative bioproduction solutions for further manufacturing scaling-up.