- Philippe Durieux
- Vivian Capart
- Laurent van den Hove
- André Vandemeulebroecke
- Frédéric Ooms
- Mélanie Lecomte
- Alexandra Safiannikoff
- Michèle Hody
The combination of these varied and complementary profiles, which ally scientific education with experience in the industrial world, makes it possible to ensure successful implementation of the technology transfer mission that has been entrusted to Sopartec.
Chief Executive Officer
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Philippe has been acting CEO of Sopartec SA and Vives Fund SA since 2006. Prior to Sopartec, he was Senior Investment Manager at Dexia Private Equity and Senior Credit Manager at WestLB. He holds a graduate degree in Economics from Louvain-la-Neuve, and a post-graduate degree in Finance from Hautes Etudes Commerciales Saint-Louis.
Chief Financial Officer
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Vivian joined Vives at its inception in 2003 as Chief Financial Officer. His current responsibilities include taking care of all the financial and administrative activities of the company. Vivian has over ten years experience of working for various SMEs where he mainly concentrated on financial management and commercial issues. As a result of his experience, he is in a position to assist project owners and managers of spin-offs in areas such as accounting, finance, cash management, insurance issues , taxation and administration.
Laurent van den Hove
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Laurent holds a law degree from UCL and a Masters in intellectual property rights from the Katholieke Universiteit van Brussel. Before joining Sopartec in 2008, he was Legal Advisor for a company active in cancer research (therapeutic). In addition to his legal training, Laurent followed biotechnology courses as a free student (ULB/UMH). Laurent is a specialist in corporate and intellectual property matters.
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André has an MS in Electrical Engineering from UCL. He was active in academic research at UCL before n joining a leading semiconductor company and holding successive postions as R&D engineer, Marketing engineer, Sales Director and Business Development Director.
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Frédéric holds a PhD in Sciences from the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix and a MBA with a specialisation in entrepreneurship from Solvay Business School. Prior to joining Vives, he held the position of Head of Medicinal Chemistry at Euroscreen, a Belgian biotech company. In 2008, he joigned Sopartec where he manages the protection and the commercialisation of the intellectual property of the Université catholique de Louvain.
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Mélanie holds a law degree and a Masters in intellectual property and competition law from the University of Liège. Following an internship at a renowned intellectual property legal office, she worked for several banks where she focused mainly on the administration of private and company accounts. Mélanie joined Sopartec in 2008 and is specialised in both intellectual property and competition law.
Executive & Marketing Assistant
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Alexandra holds the position of Executive & Marketing Assistant. As a result of her experience in consultancy, the medical sector, interior design and sales in both Belgium and abroad, Alexandra has gained impressive , organisational and creative skills which are key for the company.
, Intellectual Property Advisor
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Michèle holds a PhD in Chemistry, Cellular Biochemistry orientation, from UCL. During her Doctoral Research, she followed an introductory course on the issues related to patents in scientific research. She then worked as a freelance translator of patents. Since joining Sopartec at the beginning of 2006, Michèle has focused on patentability evaluation as well as strengths/weaknesses and freedom to analyse patents and patent applications in the life and medical sciences sectors.