Holding more than 25 years of experience in the life sciences sector, Mr. Béraud has particularly acquired a solid expertise in business development. With a background in sales and marketing within multinationals in the field of clinical diagnostic, his career path has led him to assume responsibility for business development for an SME in the domain of biotechnology, in addition to working as a consultant within the industry as well as a technology transfer organization. Mr. Béraud has also worked on managing the policies and strategic development of an industrial association in the life sciences sector before joining Montréal InVivo’s team. Highly socially engaged with schools and the health community, he currently chairs on the board of a community organization working towards the social and economic reintegration of individuals in situations of homelessness in Montreal (Le Sac à Dos).
A co-founder of Caprion, Martin has for over 15 years led Caprion’s technology development, laboratory operations and commercial strategy focused on specialized laboratory research services in the fields of proteomics, immune monitoring and personalized medicine. Profitable and rapidly growing based on its research contracts and strategic partnerships with over 75 global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, Caprion is also developing its own proprietary diagnostics tests for cancer, diabetes and infectious diseases. Since 2007, Martin has concluded 3 company acquisitions and has successively managed Caprion under the ownership of 3 leading healthcare private equity firms, including the recent sale of Caprion to GHO Capital in July 2017. Prior to Caprion, Martin began his professional career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He then initiated his career as a biotech entrepreneur at Advanced Bioconcept, initially as Vice-President of Sales & Marketing and then as General Manager following the company's acquisition by NEN Life Sciences (now part of Perkin-Elmer). Martin is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Caprion, Softbox Systems, Mispro Biotech Services, Prevtec Microbia, Montreal InVivo, the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute and of the Centre for Commercialization of Cancer Immunotherapy. He is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Amorchem venture fund. Martin earned his bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Moncton prior to completing an M.A. in Economics and Politics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Very active in the Québec scientific environment, Dr. Jacques Gagné has been Chairman of the Boeard of CQIB, the incubator in life sciences. He has also been President of Prix Galien Canada and President of the Scientific Committee of La Fête champêtre of the Armand-Frappier Foundation. He has had a long and fruitful career. He has been Administrator and Vice president of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec, President of the Associstion of the Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada as well as President of the Association of Deans of Pharmacy of Canada. He was Director general and founder of the Institute forv Research in Industrial Pharmacy. He served as a consultant for the Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux du Québec. He has been a founding member and Secretary of Pharma Vision Québec. He also was the founding Executive Director of the Frosst Healthcare Foundation and Chairman of the board of Pharmagène and URRMA. He was a Director of Warnex Inc.. He holds a B.Sc. (Pharmacy), an M.Sc and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Université de Montréal. He was granted a Fellowship from the Medical Research of Canada for a post-doctoral training at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of California San Francisco. He has been Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal. He his an active member of several professional and scientific organizations. He actively participated in the organization of national as well as international meetings. He acts as a consultant to public and private societies, especially in the areas of biotechnologu and pharmacy.
Pierre Falardeau joined Verlyx Pharma in January 2010, as President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Falardeau has broad experience in drug development acquired over several years in the field of oncology. He is the founder of Consultation Pharm-Asset Inc., a consultation services in decision-support committed to delivering evidence-based business guidance to support global success in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry, including financing strategy, portfolio optimization and product development. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Falardeau was President and Chief Executive Officer of Ecopia Biosciences Inc., until the merger of Ecopia with Caprion Pharmaceutical to form Thallion Pharmaceuticals, of which Dr. Falardeau became the Chief Operating Officer until 2009. From 1998 to 2002, he held increasingly responsible positions at Æterna-Zentaris, first as Director, Scientific Affairs, then as Vice-President, Scientific Affairs, with a focus in oncology. From 1987 to 1991, Dr. Falardeau did his post-doctoral training at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Falardeau obtained his PhD in pharmacology and physiology in 1987 at Laval University, in Quebec City. Dr. Falardeau is a member of the board of directors of several companies and organizations in the life sciences sector.
Dr. Marie-Josée Hébert is Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Montréal, researcher at the CHUM research centre and nephrologist–transplant physician at CHUM. She holds the Shire Chair in Renal Transplantation and Regeneration at the Université de Montréal. Dr Hébert is the co-director of the Canadian National Transplant Research Program (CNTRP). Dr. Hébert has been appointed Vice-rector – Research, Discovery, Creation and Innovation at Université de Montréal in November 2015. As such, she assumes the coordination of all UdeM research activities at the local, national and international levels. Her mandate also includes creation activities which involves many faculties at UdeM.
Cédric Bisson has extensive experience across Canada, USA and Europe creating, building and advising businesses in biopharmaceuticals, healthcare and the innovation sector in general. He is passionate about growing Canada as a premier environment for innovation, and during his career has structured and executed over $3 B in transactions in funds and companies. Mr. Bisson is currently partner at Teralys Capital where he focuses on healthcare and life sciences investments, as well as growth opportunities. Teralys Capital is Canada’s largest private innovation-focused investor, financing funds and companies in IT, life sciences, and clean or industrial innovations, from early stage start-ups to expansion, growth and technology buy-outs. He was previously managing partner for life sciences at iNovia Capital in Montreal, Calgary and the USA, a private venture capital firm aimed at entrepreneurship and company building. Prior to this, he spent many years internationally at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he was a leader in the biopharma, healthcare and innovation practices in New York City, Paris, Montreal, and Toronto.