Rapidly growing Novadip Biologicals now counts a staff of around 30 dedicated professionals, covering Administration and Finance, Quality Control, Manufacturing Operations, R&D, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs & Intellectual Property and Clinical.
Novadip’s management team is composed of professionals in cell-therapy and regenerative medecine. Each shares the same passion for excellence in medecine and finding solutions that answer unmet medical needs.
Jean-François PolletChief Executive Officer and co-founder
Jean-François has a wealth of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, in fields such as regulatory affairs and GxP requirements, licensing and strategic marketing, process development and clinical development, industrialisation and lean manufacturing of new biotech products for human healthcare. He started his career in 1995 as Director of the pharmacogenetic department at Regipharm. In 1997, he joined the Laboratory of Applied Genetics (SGA- University of Brussels) as Head of a R&D programme on cystic fibrosis. In 1999, he was involved in the creation of Henogen, a spinoff of the University of Brussels (ULB) and a fast growing biopharmaceutical CMO active in the development, manufacturing and clinical validation of new drugs. At Henogen, he has held successively the positions of Chief RA/QA Officer, COO and CEO. During his career at Henogen, he also served on the Board of Eurobiotec, ImmuneHealth and Novasep Process. In 2012, he left Henogen to pursue management, consulting and strategic coaching services for several biotech and pharmaceutical companies. In 2013, he co-founded Novadip biosciences with the strong support of Sopartec and University of Louvain (UCL).
Denis DufraneChief Scientific Officer and co-founder
Denis has a strong expertise in the fields of tissue and cell banking, development of advanced cell therapies for regenerative medicine and preclinical to clinical technology transfer respecting cell transplantation regulations. He completed his medical degree in 2000 and a doctorate in biomedical sciences (orientation: cell therapy) in 2006 at the University catholique de Louvain. In 2001, he started his career in the field of cell therapy (Prof. JP Squifflet, St. Luc University Hospital), becoming head of the Endocrine Cell Therapy Unit – St. Luc University Hospital after only a few years. In 2009, he was appointed head of the Musculoskeletal Tissue bank (St. Luc University Hospital) and was put in charge of the Tissue/Cells Therapy Centre (St. Luc University Hospital) in 2012. In 2014, he became a member of the Belgium Superior Health Council. Denis has published more than 46 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, presented at 40 lectures, and has more than 120 communications with more than 1300 citations. He is a reviewer and member of the editorial boards of scientific and medical peer-reviewed journals. He has also received numerous awards. In 2013, he co-founded Novadip biosciences and joined the company as Chief Scientific Officer in 2015.
Beatrice De VosChief Medical Officer
Beatrice is a specialist in pharmaceutical medicine actively involved in developing novel therapies such as ATMP (advanced therapy medicinal products) based on stem cell technology, small molecules in immuno-oncology and vector vaccines for infectious diseases. After obtaining her medical degree, Beatrice was awarded a Doctor in Medical Sciences degree in 1984. For the past 25 years, she has worked in leading positions in the clinical research and medical affairs departments of major international pharmaceutical companies, including Wyeth-Ayerst R&D, GSK Biologicals and Sanofi Pasteur. She is the author or co-author of multiple publications in international peer-reviewed journals and books, a lecturer at several congresses, an advisor to several national and international companies and NGOs, and a member of data safety monitoring boards and scientific advisory boards. Today, she is managing director of her own consultancy firm (Bejamad). In 2016, Beatrice joined Novadip biosciences as Clinical Medical Officer.”
Virginie CartageHead of Finance and Administration
Virginie holds a Master in Business Administration from UCL and a Master in Accounting and Audit from KUL, complemented by a Management degree for the Pharmaceutical sector. Virginie started her career with Deloitte in 2003, where she acquired a deep knowledge of finance and accounting across various industries. In 2006, she joined the pharmaceutical sector, including AstraZeneca and AbbVie, in different positions within both Belgium affiliates and European headquarters. Her major contribution was to develop the finance department as a close partner of the R&D, regulatory, market access and commercial teams. In 2015, Virginie joined Novadip Biosciences as Head of Finance and Administration.
Roland Gordon-BeresfordChief RA/IP Officer
Roland joined Novadip since its inception. He started his career in 1997 in clinical affairs with Bristol-Myers Squibb Int. Corp. where he received a president award for his contribution. He then joined the regulatory affairs Europe dept. to focus on marketing approval of novel pharmaceuticals. As of 2002, he specialized in blood-derived products and biologicals notably with Navigant Biotechnologies Inc. where he served as head of regulatory and governmental affairs. In 2008, he joined Cardio3 Biosciences (now Celyad) and was instrumental in making this start-up stem cell company a first-in class player in the discovery and development regenerative and protective therapies. Roland holds a Master of Science in Biological Sciences and a Doctorate in Biophysics from the Free University of Brussels and is co-inventor of several patent families.
Nicolas TheysChief Operating Officer
Nicolas joined Novadip Biosciences in November 2015. He is in charge of Novadip’s Pharmaceutical Operations including Manufacturing, Quality Control and Quality Assurance departments. For the past 15 years, Nicolas specialized in stem cell technology and gained significant expertise in biochemistry and mechanisms of cellular differentiation. He holds a PhD in Life Sciences from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium and did postdoctoral studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Glasgow and UCL. From 2003 to 2010, he worked on the cellular and molecular mechanisms leading to a predisposition to develop diabetes and was involved in experimental medicine research programs. In 2011, Nicolas joined Quality Assistance, a CRO acting for international biopharmaceutical companies, where he was the head of a centralised analytical support dedicated to Cell-Based Medicinal Products. Through the management of numerous projects from the discovery phase to and including the development and validation of release testing assays, Nicolas has gained experience in biopharmaceutical development strategies applied to regenerative medicine. Since 2008, Nicolas is invited lecturer in several high schools and colleges.
Board of Directors:
- Chairman: Eric Paul Pâques, Independent;
- Director: Jean-François Pollet, Founder and CEO;
- Director: Denis Dufrane, Founder and CSO;
- Director: Jean-Pierre Bizet, representing New Science Ventures;
- Director: Cédric Sacré, representing Integrale and Epimede;
- Director: Philippe Degive, representing SRIW;
- Director: Philippe Durieux, representing Sopartec, VIVES II and Start Up;
- Director: Philippe Monteyne, representing Fund + and SFPI;
- Director: Gil Beyen, Independent;
- Observer: Somu Subramaniam, representing New Science Ventures.
- Prof. Gunnar Andersson (MD, PhD) (Rush Univ. Medical Center of Chicago) Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Orthopedic Surgery; Professor in Spinal Deformities; Adjunct Professor, College of Engineering, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago; Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois; Partner, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago, Illinois
- Prof. Pierre-Louis Docquier (MD, PhD) (UCL, cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc). Chef de Clinique Associé in orthopaedics and Professor at UCL
- Prof. Catherine Verfaillie (MD) (KUL) Director of stem cell institute, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven.
- Prof. Rui Reis (PhD, DSc, Hon. Causa MD) (University of Minho) He is the Vice-Rector for Research of the University of Minho, Braga& Guimarães, Portugal. He is also the Director of the 3B’s Research Group – Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics at the U. Minho in Portugal and the Director of the PT Government Associate Laboratory ICVS/3B´s, jointly run with the UM Medical School
- Prof. Christian Raftopoulos, (MD, PhD) (UCL, cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc) Chairmanship of the neurosurgical department, Professeur Ordinaire of Neurosurgery
- Prof. Johan Vanlauw (MD, PhD) Professor Vrije Universiteit Brussel and head of orthopaedics AZ VUB.