Management Team

Management Team

PathoQuest’s management team has significant experience and expertise with in vitro diagnostics and the development, validation and commercialization of metagenomic solutions for the identification of pathogens.

Jean-Francois Brepson – President and CEO

Jean-Francois Brepson – President and CEO

Jean-François Brepson has over 20 years of leadership experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry. Prior to joining PathoQuest, Mr. Brepson was a Senior Vice-President at IPSEN where he was responsible for leading the global GI-Oncology & Endocrinology Franchise. Mr. Brepson has an Engineering Degree in Data Management System and a Master’s degree in Foreign Trade. He has also earned “The Leadership & Innovation Certificate” for HEC in Paris and “The Blue Ocean Strategy Certificate” from INSEAD in Fontainebleau-France. →

Colette Côté, Ph.D. – CPO & US General Manager

Colette Côté, Ph.D. – CPO & General Manager

Dr. Côté has nearly 20 years of experience in industry with a focus on applying & expanding the use of NGS in the biosafety testing field. She recently was Head of NGS R&D Testing Services at MilliporeSigma, a well-known stakeholder of the biosafety testing and viral vector manufacturing industry. She started her career as a Senior Scientist at Intronn Inc, and then moved to Innovative Biosensors Inc where she developed and engineered biosensors for rapid biodefense and clinical pathogen detection. Colette received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry from the Brown University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Genetics and Biochemistry Branch at the NIH. She contributed to various papers, publications, and patents throughout her career. →

Laurent Lafferrère, Ph.D. – Chief Operating Officer

Laurent Lafferrère, Ph.D. – Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Lafferrère has over 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, in CMC divisions, including 10 years in executive management. Prior to joining PathoQuest, he was in charge of the SEQENS Lab R&D Center. Prior to the above, he held the Managing Director position at COVANCE, a CRO. Dr. Lafferrère held several positions in the pharmaceutical industries like SANOFI and SERVIER’s. Dr. Lafferrère holds a PhD. in Chemical Engineering and Physico-chemistry from the University of Marseille. He completed his post-doctoral training at RHODIA with LAGEP in Lyon, where a part of his works has been patented. More recently, he obtained an Executive MBA degree at HEC Paris with a major in Differentiation and Innovation through services. →

Eric Cazergue, MBA – Chief Financial Officer

Eric Cazergue, MBA – Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining us, Mr. Cazergue was Finance & Operations Director at Corin France with responsibilities for coordinating the support functions in a post-acquisition and business recovery environment. Before, he was VP of Finance for EMEA APAC at Resmed, a medical device company. Previous to the above, he was CFO at Sanofi Aventis Turkey where he supported the company’s strong business growth and organizational development. He also was also a key contributor to the local merger process of Rhone Poulenc/HMR and between Sanofi/Aventis. Eric Cazergue holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Emlyon Business School (EM Lyon) in Lyon, France, and a Master’s in Finance and Accounting from the University of Lyon →

Christine Dangles – Chief Human Resources and Facility Officer

Christine Dangles – Chief Human Resources and Facility Officer

Ms. Christine Dangles joined PathoQuest in 2017. Her professional experiences include responsibilities for executive level management, employee training and development, organizational development, and employee relations. She has worked across a diverse range of industries, including the pharmaceutical and food industry. Ms. Dangles has significant international insight and diversity understanding based on 15 years abroad, Russia, the United States, and South America. Ms. Dangles has a degree in Human Resources & Transformation Business Administration and Management and is a certified professional coach from the Haute Ecole de Coaching Paris-France. →

Pascale Beurdeley, Ph.D. – Chief Scientific Officer

Pascale Beurdeley, Ph.D. – Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Pascale Beurdeley has 18 years’ experience in the biotechnology industry. Prior to joining PathoQuest, Dr. Beurdeley was the Executive Director R&D, Genomics at DiaxonHit (formerly ExonHit Therapeutics) where she contributed to the development and the promotion of the company’s proprietary platform for the analysis of gene expression and alternative splicing. Dr. Beurdeley is graduated from the University Louis Pasteur Strasbourg-France and holds a Ph. D in Molecular & Cell Biology. She completed her post-doctoral fellow at Magainin Pharmaceuticals Inc- USA. →

Stéphane Cruveiller, Ph.D. – Chief Technology Information Officer

Stéphane Cruveiller, Ph.D. – Chief Technology Information Officer

Dr. Stéphane Cruveiller has more than 20 years of experience in bioinformatics applied to genomics and is (co-)author of nearly 80 publications. Prior to joining PathoQuest, Dr. Cruveiller was head of a team at the Bioinformatics Analysis Laboratory for Genomics and Metabolism of the Institut de biologie François Jacob (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives). Dr. Cruveiller is a graduate of the University of Paris VII and holds a PhD in genome analysis and molecular modeling. He completed his post-doctoral training at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples, Italy, where he contributed to important discoveries concerning the evolution of the vertebrate genome. →

Violaine Mélen, Pharm D., Chief Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs Officer, Qualified person

Violaine Mélen, Pharm D., Chief Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs Officer, Qualified person

Dr. Mélen has over 15 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs, Risk Management, Quality Assurance and Clinical Affairs within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Most recently, Dr. Mélen was responsible for implementing risk management at Bio-Rad Laboratories, to ensure compliance with regulations and standards for in-vitro diagnostic devices. Ms. Mélen has a Pharmacy degree from Paris Descartes University with Analytical Chemistry specialty and has also received Master’s Degrees in Quality Assurance Management for IV-DM and Biotechnology from the University of Angers France. →

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