Our Team

Philippe Germanaud

Chairman

Philippe Germanaud holds a PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Tours. He has worked mainly for the Sanofi Group, in 8 production units and 3 different countries, with functions  in production, quality control, quality assurance, project management and industrial site management. He then joined the Group’s quality department to manage industrial quality, then global quality, as Chief Quality Officer. He was for many years the pharmacist in charge of the Sanofi Winthrop Industrie company, and has been a full member of the National Academy of Pharmacy since 2019. Since September of 2022 he is president of MABDESIGN.

Philippe Germanaud


Nicolas GROUX

Nicolas Groux

Chief Executive  Officer

Nicolas obtained a Master 2 degree in Biotechnology and biochemistry engineering from the Claude Bernard University Lyon 1. He then completed is formation with a specialized MBA in Innovation and Technology Management at the EMLyon Business School. Nicolas has being carrying the MabDesign project since its origin. He has been the Chief Operating Officer of MabDesign until 2021. He is now its CEO.


Elsa Kress

Head of Business Development

Elsa obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology and Cancerology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2007. She then followed an international academic path at the Centre Médico Universitaire in Geneva, and the Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie in Lyon. After working for the space industry, she joined Antineo early 2017, a preclinical services company, as BD Director and Study Director. At MabDesign, Elsa is Head of Business Development.

Elsa Kress


Richard Pontremoli

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Richard Pontremoli

Market Study Manager

Richard obtained a Pharmacist Doctor degree from Aix-Marseille University. He then completed his formation with a specialized MBA in Innovation and Technology Management at the EMLyon Business School in Lyon. Richard is market studies Manager at MabDesign.


Geoffrey Richard

Market Study Manager

Geoffrey obtained a PhD in cellular and molecular biology at the Cancer Research Center of Lyon in 2015. He decided to complete his initial background by a formation in marketing and strategy at the Graduate School of Biology – Biochemistry – Biotechnology in Lyon. Before joining the MabDesign team, he worked for Genzyme (a Sanofi company) in the elaboration of a technological business plan.

Geoffrey Richard

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MArgot Muller

Margot Muller

Innovation Project Manager

Margot obtained a PhD in cellular and molecular biology at the Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging of Nice in 2019. She decided to complete her initial background by a formation in marketing and strategy at the Graduate School of Biology – Biochemistry – Biotechnology in Lyon. After an entrepreneurial experience in biotechnology, she worked as a consultant in Life Science. She joins the MabDesign team as Innovation Project Manager.


Gavin Vuddamalay

Branch Manager (CVL) and Head of BI & IP

Gavin obtained his PhD in Immunology and Infectious Diseases from the Center for Physiopathology of Toulouse-Purpan (CPTP). Afterwards, he was the manager of the preclinical laboratory for a global CRO before joining the School of Health Sciences at the University of Technology-Mauritius as a lecturer. In parallel to his academic activities, he has also served as consultant for the local regulatory bodies for tertiary education and research. Gavin is Branch Manager (CVL) and Head of Business Intelligence and IP at MabDesign.

Gavin Vuddamalay

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Violette Denis

Violette Denis

Innovation Project Manager

Violette obtained her engineering degree in Biological Engineering and Biotechnology at Polytech Marseille, France. She then performed a double degree with KEDGE BS to obtain a Master Programme Grande Ecole. She joins the MabDesign team as Innovation Project Manager.


Karine SOTIRAKIS

Head of Innovation Funding

Karine obtained her PhD in Immunology at the school of Medicine of the Kremlin Bicêtre in 2008. Subsequently, she followed an academic research  in immuno-dermatology at the Edouard Herriot Hospital, before joining an American multinational pharmaceutical company as an intellectual property and technology watch officer for Europe. In 2012, Karine joined Lyon Ingénierie Projets, a private subsidiary of the Université Claude Bernard and the Hospices civils de Lyon in charge of fund raising for the benefit of the university, as an international R&D legal and partnership officer. At MabDesign, Karine is the Head of Innovation Funding.

Karine Sotirakis


Thomas Vinos Poyo

Thomas Vinos-Poyo

Head of Training

Thomas obtained a Master Degree in Biotechnologies and Recombinant Proteins from Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3. He worked on research projects in private companies as Nestlé, HM-Clause or Metabolic Explorer, and in academic structures as the Biosciences and Biotechnology Institute of Grenoble (BIG). During his career he was involved in the management of training courses of Université Grenoble Alpes.


Nadine Baroukh

Pedagogical Engineering Manager

Nadine is a Doctor in Life Sciences from the University of Paris XI – Orsay. She is specialized in Biochemistry and in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She worked at the Pasteur Institute (Paris), at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA), at INSERM (Nice and Tours) and CNRS (Tours) focusing on understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for metabolic disorders in human diseases. Subsequently, she acquired methodological and regulatory knowledge to conduct clinical research projects before joining the University of Tours, as a Teacher-Researcher. Nadine is in charge of Pedagogical Engineering in the MabDesign team.

Nadine Baroukh


Ana Antunes

Ana Antunes

Head of International Relations & Scientific Events

Ana obtained her PhD in Microbiology from the Lisbon University. She has an international career having worked both in research institutions like Institut Pasteur à Paris, or Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica (ITQB, Portugal) as well as pharmaceutical companies as Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics (Siena, Italy). Through her career, she has been involved in the organization of scientific events such as workshops and dedicated conferences. Ana is Head of International Relations & Scientific Events at MabDesign.


Laure Delhon

Events Manager & Communication

Laure obtained a PhD in Genetics at Imagine Institute of Necker hospital in Paris. During her PhD years, she was also implicated on the organization and communication of scientific events by being member of Young researchers of Imagine Institute association. Following her two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle of Lyon, she joins MabDesign as Events Manager & Communication.

Laure Delhon


Meryem GARTOTE

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Meryem GARTOTE

Communication Manager

Meryem obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Communication at the Sup de Com School in Lyon with a specialization in events. During her 3 years of training she developed her skills in this area. Today she completes her training with a Master’s degree in Event Communication. She has joined the MabDesign team as an internship Communication Manager.


Chun LUY

Administrative and Accounting Manager

Chun obtained a BTS in Business Administration at the CIEFA IGS in Lyon while working in an association dealing with student and social residences where she developed her accounting and administrative skills during 6 years. She continued for 9 years in the construction industry to perfect her versatility and autonomy in the management of a family-owned SME. Today, Chun uses her experience as an Administrative and Accounting Manager at MabDesign.

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