Dr François Thomas is a medical oncologist, former assistant professor at the Gustave Roussy Institute, and holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Thomas is in charge of the Inserm Transfer Initiative (ITI) Funds at Sofimac, where he is a venture partner. His multi-disciplinary experience has led him to positions of VP clinical development of Ipsen, general manager of the consultancy Bioserve Ltd, VP licensing and medical Affairs of Genset, and president of Cynthéris. He has also been a venture partner at Atlas Venture and head of Healthcare banking at Bryan Garnier. Dr Thomas has dedicated the last 20 years to the creation and development of biotech companies and is or has been a director of more than 20 of them.
CSO and founder
Gabriel Sirat is an inventor, a physicist and an engineer; he is a recognized world expert in crystal optics and instrumentation. He transforms theoretical concepts into practical systems, going from the blackboard to functional devices. During his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he was the inventor of the first single pixel camera (1983). As a postdoc in Caltech, he invented Conoscopic Holography (1985), which evolved later on to become a major engineering technique, present in dental scanners or in metal inspection, as well as in many metrology fields. In 1989, he was appointed Professor at the prestigious Telecom Paris. He left Academia in 1992, in order to gain the freedom to invent and to be an entrepreneur. He co-founded Optimet, an optical metrology company and served there as CTO until 1996. He then went on to found several start-ups and was active in telecommunications, lithography, metrology and spectroscopy. Gabriel founded BioAxial in 2010 with a vision to conduct it towards excellence and leadership in super-resolution microscopy. He is the author of many scientific papers, and of more than 30 patents and patent applications, many of them being translated into practical devices and start-ups.
Daniela’s passion lies in finding new and innovative ways of using technology combined with agile development methodologies, solving challenges faced by the life science industry.From her 11 years of commercial product development experience, she spent 7 with PerkinElmer’s R & D where she worked on imaging and bio-informatics products, leading a large team of engineers. Her expertise focuses on software engineering, agile coaching, project and distributed team management. Daniela received her MEng degree in Electronic and Software Engineering from the University of Leicester.
Prior to joining BioAxial, Jean Pierre spent 20 years with Sanofi in various key financial responsibilities : Control, Internal Audit, and CFO, working either at Corporate Finance, in Paris, as well as in several Operations around the world : Lithuania, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and in the Middle East (Egypt, Iraq), cumulating an overseas experience of more than 15 years. Prior to Sanofi, Jean-Pierre worked in finance and Control in various large organisations such as Credit Agricole bank, IBM and construction company Sorelec. Jean Pierre graduated in Finance and Accounting from the University of Toulouse and Paris.