- Philippe Durieux
- Pascale Sinaï
- Laurent van den Hove
- André Vandemeulebroecke
- Mélanie Lecomte
- Alexandra Safiannikoff
- Michèle Hody
- Filip Goossens
- Yannick Vancoppenolle
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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Pascale joined Sopartec/VIVES in 2018 as CFO.Prior to Sopartec, she was external auditor specialized in the financial industry (Big4), Financial Controller at Banksys, Pricing Manager and Head of Internal Audit at SWIFT. She also provided project management and consulting services to international Fintech’s and SME’s.
Pascale holds a master degree in business administration from ICHEC, an ABEX certification and a GDPR Certification
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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Gauthier holds a master degree in bioengineering from the UCL and a second degree in business management from the EAE in Barcelona. He started his career in the IT sector before joining a fast growing industrial biotech SME, where he held the positions of R&D Manager and then CTO.
Gauthier joined SOPARTEC in September 2012, as Senior Business Development Manager and Investment Manager for the VIVES fund.
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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.
, Investment Manager
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Filip holds a master degree in pharmaceutical sciences and a Ph .D. in clinical biochemistry. He also received a degree in business administration (IPO, Antwerp), clinical biology (type A) and a CEIPI certificate in EU patent law. He started his career as a researcher in cardiovascular disorders. Later on he moved to different management positions with increasing responsibility in patents, business development, investor relations and global public affairs. Filip has experience in working with small entrepreneurial teams as well as global corporations.
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Yannick Vancoppenolle started his career in 2001 as sales and technical engineer for a fertilizer company (BMS Micro-Nutrients) producing new generation of fertilizer. He pursued his career in the gas industry (Air Liquide) during two years. In 2007, Yannick joined the young company Ecophos in Louvain-la-neuve which just finished its R&D program and that wanted to start its commercial and industrial development. During 10 years, Yannick was busy with different national and international jobs positions like: Sales Manager, Project Manager, Vice-CEO of a Bulgarian subsidiary and recently Business Development Manager for the international industrial projects (Capex: 50-300 M€).
Yannick has joined the Sopartec as Senior Business and Investment Manager in september 2017.
Yannick holds a master in bio-engineering from UCL, and then followed a DESS in intercultural management at the ICHEC.