After holding several positions in the Sandoz Group – now Novartis – Christian Lajoux joined Sanofi in 1993. He was successively Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the French subsidiary, President Europe and President of all Sanofi activities in France.
He served three terms as President of the LEEM (the French trade association) between 2006 and 2012. He was President of the FEFIS (French Federation of Health Industries), and as such member of the Executive Committee of the MEDEF (the French Business Confederation), where he led the Health Committee, among others.
In 2016 and 2017, he chaired COPANEF (the Joint Committee for Employment and Training). He then became, as part of the rotation with the CFDT Trade Union, the Vice-President.
Christian Lajoux is currently President of the IFIS Healthcare Industries Training Institute. He became President of Medicen Paris Region on April 17, 2015.
He has been Chairman of the think tank Comité Carnot since 2014.
Christian Lajoux has written several books on the technological transformation of healthcare companies.
Administration and Finance
Alain Khemili holds a Master’s degree in Physics and a DESS in Optical Optics from the University of Paris VII. He also holds an MBA in business management from IAE de Paris. He began his career in industry, where he worked in several operational positions, before joining the Comité Richelieu, a national association of innovative SMEs. In 2000, he moved to the AFNOR Group as Development Manager, before joining the consular network in 2008, with responsibility for a portfolio of activities including support for industry, support for innovation projects and support for economic intelligence initiatives. He joined Medicen in 2019 as Secretary General.
Sully Lebarbier has been an Executive Assistant for more than 20 years, of which 16 years in the healthcare sector. She has been providing support to Medicen management and to the extended team for almost 3 years. She is also available to our members to answer their requests.
Administrative Assistant in Apprenticeship
Head of the Healthcare Innovation
Agathe Arlotti is an AgroParisTech engineer, specialised in human nutrition. She began her career in in the food industry, working for major players and researching carbohydrate metabolism and satiety, before moving to product development. With a keen interest in strengthening public-private partnerships, she then joined the Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition (IHU-ICAN) as Programme Manager for programmes on obesity, intestinal microbiome and care pathways. Agathe then moved to Montreal, curious to discover a new healthcare ecosystem, where she became responsible for technology transfers and partnerships at the Montreal University Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM). Back in Paris, she joined Medicen mid-2019.
Health Innovation Project Manager / Medical Imaging & AI
Julie Baussand holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Paris VI. She devoted the first part of her career to medical research, first in INSERM laboratories in Paris, then at the Medical Research Council in London. She then joined Dassault Systèmes working with the public-private consortium BioIntelligence aimed at developing modelling and simulation applications for the discovery and development of new therapeutic molecules. After supporting pharmaceutical companies in their digital transformation and serving as a mentor within the incubator 3DExperience Lab, she joined Medicen in January 2020 to oversee Imaging.
Health Innovation Project Manager / Biotherapies & Molecules
Julien Ettersperger holds a PhD in immuno-oncology, which he completed in Dr. Nadine Cerf-Bensussan’s team at the Imagine Institute in Paris. He then undertook an MS in bio-entrepreneurship with the École Polytechnique and business school HEC Paris. One of the projects he worked on was the creation of the Smart Immune company, of which he then became Business Development Manager, before joining Medicen in March 2019.
Health Innovation Project Manager / Techno-therapies
Benjamin Boutot is an Arts et Métiers Engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Project Management from the University of Melbourne. He is passionate about medical devices. After a first experience in the development of innovative catheters, he became an entrepreneur working on a limb prostheses digital manufacturing project. Benjamin then consolidated his skills in R&D, industrialisation, regulatory and clinical affairs within the consulting company Efor Healthcare, where he acted as R&D Project Manager for Carmat during one of his assignments. He joined Medicen in October 2019, as Innovation Project Manager for Techno-therapies.
EARTHA MADIBA DIN
Health Innovation Project Manager / Digital Health
Eartha Madiba Din holds a Master’s degree in Science and Technology with a specialisation in biotechnologies from the UPMC-Sorbonne University, as well as a Master’s degree in Marketing Management from the ESSEC business school. She previously worked for the French Trade Office Business France from Chicago and Boston to support French SMEs in their approach of the North American market, specifically in the medtech and e-health areas. She then joined the iPEPS incubator at the Brain and Spine Institute, as Head of the digital health programme at STATION F. She worked with startups in e-health and contributed to the launch of the Pfizer Healthcare Hub France. Passionate about innovation in healthcare, she joined Medicen in December 2019, as Innovation Project Manager and coordinator of the Digital Health area.
Health Innovation Project Manager
Innovation Project Manager
Key Accounts & Investors
ALEXANDRE DA COSTA
VP Key Accounts & Investors
After obtaining a degree in health engineering and a PhD in Biochemistry, Alexandre Da Costa cumulated nearly 20 years of experience in life sciences in various positions. He worked as a biologist in a private hospital, an in vitro diagnostic engineer for industry, an adult biochemistry trainer and as the Chief Scientific Officer of a biotech startup.
Business Development Manager Senior
After legal studies in European corporate law and several experiences in law firms and various companies, Aurélien Sève joined Medicen to lead the services offered to startups and SMEs. Together with all development actors (incubators, accelerators, French Tech, experts, investors, etc.), he has supported more than 150 companies in their fundraising process and worked to facilitate interactions between the different actors in healthcare innovation.
Network and Partnerships Manager
Adélaïde Larcher holds a Master’s degree in Marketing, Communications and Business Strategies, as well as a diploma in Health Innovation. She gained experience in various industries, working in marketing and business development positions. She joined Medicen in 2017 and has since then contributed to its promotion as well as business development. She is also in charge of the Alizé regional programme, designed to support the development of SMEs.
Business Development Manager
Jade Laurin comes from a biotechnology engineering background. Her specialisation through the Master in Healthcare Innovation from Kedge Business School led to her first experience as Site Manager for Marseille Innovation, the main French business accelerator in the South of France. She joined Medicen in May 2019 as Business Development Manager supporting the development of partner SMEs.
Research Study Coordinator
Kimberley Wong is currently studying for a double degree in Pharmacy and Business. She previously worked at BioSerenity in business development and then at SPRIM in Singapore in investment portfolio management and project management. She joined Medicen to coordinate a study on the impact factors influencing successes and difficulties of healthcare startups in France.
International & Europe
Project Manager Europe
Daniela Onofri holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Naples – Federico II and an MBA in International Project Management and Development from the Business School Sole 24 ORE in Rome, Italy. In 2017, she obtained a specialisation in European Studies and European Projects from the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France. She worked in the management of international cooperation projects for an NGO in Italy, before taking up the position of European Project Manager at Medicen in 2017, where she is in charge of European funding for the cluster and its ecosystem. Her main expertise is in project management and funding, with a special emphasis on the European region.
International Project Manager
Blandine Hirtz holds a Master’s degree in Health Economics (medico-economic evaluation and market access) from the University of Paris-Dauphine and has developed a solid experience in health products market access. After one year working for the French subsidiary of the pharmaceutical company UCB in market access and drug reimbursement, she joined the Head Office in Belgium, gaining strong international experience. She then continued her career with the market access consultancy Partners4Access in London, before joining Medicen.
ANNE-SOPHIE MARTINS CAMPINHAS
European Project Trainee
Communication & Marketing
Communications and Marketing Manager
Yvon Chagué holds a double degree from CELSA in Communication Management. He started his career in an agency of the Publicis group, for which he developed and implemented the content strategy. He then joined the Press and Digital Communication department of an international human rights NGO, where he developed several multi-channel awareness campaigns. With a keen interest in making complex topics more approachable, he joined Medicen in April 2019 to develop its reputation and strengthen the relationship with its members.