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Wednesday 9 January 2019, by Aïda Amine

  • DUBOIS Jean-Luc

    Scientific Advisor, Catalysis and Processes



    Jean-Luc DUBOIS is Scientific Director at Arkema, where he is involved in Corporate R&D linked with Catalysis, Processes, Renewables and Recycling.
    He has been working on several oxidation catalysts and started several research projects including dehydration of glycerol to acrolein/acrylic acid, oxidative coupling of alcohols, oxidative cleavage of fatty acids, cross metathesis to monomers for polyamide, hydroformylation for monomers, reactive castor seed crushing to methyl-ester and detoxified seed meal.
    He is the author of more than 100 publications and 150 patent applications.

  • Philippe Michel

    Senior Research Associate Sustainable Transformations Manager



    Studies: Biochemistry and organic chemistry
    - Ph. D., 1984: New sugar derivatives in the field of antibacterial
    - Joined L’OREAL R&I in 1984
    - Green and Sustainable Chemistry Manager
    Main fields of expertise:
    - Eco-design of green ingredients based on chemistry and
    biocatalysis of monosaccharides, polysaccharides and lipids:
    mainly, amphiphilic derivatives, surfactants and lipids
    (sphingolipids and ceramides) with launches on the market
    - Development of new green processes using renewable raw
    materials from plant
    - Implementation of green indicators
    - > 120 patents
    - > 20 articles and posters

  • Rupp-Dahlem Christophe

    Head of Global Public Affairs


  • LUCQUIN Denis

    Managing Partner



    Denis Lucquin is a Managing Partner and Chairman of Sofinnova Partners. In life sciences, he specializes in industrial biotechnology investments. He joined Sofinnova in 1991. Denis began his career in academic research. For five years, he was in charge of the technology transfer department at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France’s agricultural research institute. In 1989, he joined the venture capital industry as director of investments at Innolion (Crédit Lyonnais). He carried out many investments in Europe such as Nicox, Oxford Glycosciences, Oxford Molecular, PPL Therapeutics, Conjuchem, Exonhit, IDM, Innate Pharma, and Ablynx (all of which successfully went public) as well as Novexel (sold to Astrazeneca), Crop Design, Cerenis, and Noxxon. He recently invested in BioAmber and Green Biologics, developers of bio-sourced molecules for the chemical industry, and in Avantium, a renewable chemicals company developing biobased plastic bottles for food and beverage. He acts or has acted as a board member for all these companies. Denis is also a founder of the France Biotech Association. He is a graduate in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole du Génie Rural des Eaux et Forêts. He has a degree in Innovation Management from the Université de Paris-Dauphine.

  • Yvon le Henaff



  • RENAC Sonia

    Vice President


  • QUENEAU Yves

    Research Director

    CNRS, ICBMS, Université de Lyon


    Yves Queneau is senior researcher at CNRS, the French National Center for Scientific Research, specialized in carbohydrate chemistry and bio-based chemistry, working at the Institute for Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry and Biochemistry (ICBMS), University of Lyon. His background includes a PhD (University of Paris-Sud Orsay) on aqueous media for organic synthesis and post-doctoral studies (MSKCC, New York, USA) in the field of total synthesis. He successively worked at ICMMO in Orsay, then led the CNRS-Béghin-Say joint academic-industrial research team dedicated to sucrose valorization before joining ICBMS in 2003. He has authored more than 160 papers, chapters and patents. He is an editor for the SPR book series Carbohydrate Chemistry of RSC. He teaches carbohydrate chemistry at the University of Savoie Mont Blanc, at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China) and at the University of Hull (UK) where he is Honorary Professor. He is currently a member of the scientific committee of the Axelera cluster and chairs the EcoChem China network (University of Lyon - Auvergne Rhône Alpes region) and the biennial France-China Green Chemistry meetings FC2GChem.

  • OZAKI Yukihito

    General Manager


  • SCHEFFLER François

    Senior Vice President


  • SERVAES Kelly

    Project manager Bioaromatics



    Kelly Servaes (F), PhD, obtained her Master in Science – Chemistry in 2002 and her PhD in 2007 at the University of Leuven (Belgium). Since 2007, she has been working at VITO, where she has been responsible for many years for the development and application of analytical strategies and techniques for the tracking of organic pollutants present in water, soil and food. Since 2012, she is active in the Business Unit Separation and Conversion Technology (SCT) with focus on the valorization of biomass through identification, extraction and purification of added-value components. In 2014 she joined the bio-aromatic strategic platform at VITO, focusing on the different steps of the wood/lignin-to-aromatics value chain (depolymerization, separation/fractionation and application development) and therefore well placed to play a role in connecting the different parts, which is highly needed to move forward and bring biobased aromatics to a larger scale.
    Kelly is project manager of different research projects at the national/European level. Among others she is coordinator of the EFRO project LignoValue Pilot aiming at the design and construction of a pilot line in Flanders for the depolymerization of wood/lignin into innovative biobased aromatics. She is actively involved in BIORIZON collaboration, in which VITO, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN.TNO) are looking how they can convert lignin and sugars into bioaromatics.

  • DERIAN Paul-Joël

    Vice President - Innovation & Sustainable development


  • GREGORI Giulia

    Head of Strategic Planning and Corporate Communication


  • BLACHE Jeremie




    Jeremie is the current CEO of PILI which he cofounded in 2015 with 3 scientists encountered in La Paillasse, a collaborative labspace for biotechnology. PILI is a biotech company that aims to replace polluting petrochemical color production by biobased alternatives using synthetic biology and green chemistry. Jeremie graduated from Toulouse Business School in corporate finance and has a previous professional experience in investment banking, on primary equity market. He has also several experience in non-profits organisation dedicated to cultural activites, especially in the field of live music like the jazz collective Zoot.


    Co-founder & CEO



    Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, biology section. After completing a thesis in North America , it is towards R & D activities in the field of bioprocess and created in 1997 the first company in the field of industrial biology, Biométhodes. He left Biométhodes in 2008, then founded Global Bioenergies.