Meet Our Leadership Team
Jean-Francois Brepson - President and CEO
Pascale Beurdeley, Ph.D. - Chief Scientific Officer
Patrick Court - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Court held a number of CFO and COO positions in both operational and strategic roles. Most recently, from 2016 to 2019 he was CFO for Eveon, a medical device company, and Company Secretary for Arbiom, a green tech company. From 2012 to 2016 Mr. Court served as CFO and COO for Safe Orthopedics, a company which commercializes sterile implants and single-use instruments for spine surgery. During his tenure at Safe Orthopedics he also oversaw the management of the company’s U.S. subsidiary and supported two fundraising efforts. Prior to this Mr. Court was CFO for IntegraGen, a genomic services and molecular diagnostics company, joining the company in 2001 shortly after its inception. At IntegraGen he managed all financial, legal, governance, intellectual property and human resources aspects of the company, later also becoming responsible for managing the company’s operations (production, information systems). While at IntegraGen he was also responsible for the creation and management of the Company’s U.S. and German subsidiaries. Between 2001 to 2009 he supervised six fundraising efforts and also support the company’s IPO in 2010. Mr. Court’s roles and responsibilities have necessitated working with diverse groups of technicians, engineers and scientists. Previously, Mr. Court worked for fifteen years in the financial market sector, asset management and corporate insolvency and turnaround. Mr. Court is a graduate of the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (ISG) Business School and the ESCP-EAP European School of Management.
Stéphane Cruveiller, Ph.D. - Chief Technology Information Officer
Christine Dangles - Chief Human Resources and Facility Officer
Ms. Christine Dangles joined PathoQuest in 2017. Her professional experiences prior to joining the company includes 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, and also has experience with logistics, commercial and real estate activities. As a facilitator and business motivator, Ms. Dangles is a “people oriented” individual who strives to assist other to discovery their capabilities. Her human relations skills include assisting with the resolution of issues and conflicts, in part by being an empathetic listener and a sounding board. Ms. Dangles has significant international insight and understanding of diversity based on spending 15 years abroad including time in Russia (Russian language fluency), the United States, and South America. For the past 5 years she has also worked as a part of a team of educators helping adults and children with learning disabilities. Ms. Dangles has a degree in Business Administration and Management and is a certified professional coach from the Haute Ecole de Coaching (Paris).
Laurent Lafferrère, Ph.D. - Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining PathoQuest, Dr. Lafferrère was in charge of the SEQENS Lab R&D Center at SEQENS. He led the restarting from scratch in 2017 of the R&D center delivering services for Pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and chemical advanced specialties markets. He created an Ecosystem with CROs and innovation biotechnologies in order to deliver integrated services for creating more value to pharma clients.
Prior to the above, Dr. Lafferrère held Managing Director position at COVANCE, a CRO, where he changed a former R&D cost center (Sanofi) to a profit center (Covance) He led the development of business lines such as CMC and Preclinical studies in compliance with regulatory requirements, respectively GMP and GLP.
Dr. Lafferrère held several positions in the pharmaceutical industries such as SANOFI and SERVIER in CMC divisions.
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.
Violaine Mélen, PharmD, Chief Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Officer
Violaine Mélen has over 12 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs, Risk Management, Quality Assurance and Clinical Affairs within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Most recently, Ms. Mélen was responsible for implementing risk management at Bio-Rad Laboratories, with a specific focus on infectious disease, to ensure compliance with regulations and standards for in-vitro diagnostic devices. As a part of her responsibilities, she developed an “overall risk management system approach” for Bio-Rad in-vitro diagnostic devices focusing on the interface between reagents, software, and hardware. Subsequent to the above, Ms. Mélen assumed additional responsibilities for vigilance-related activities at Bio-Rad, working closely with various health authorities. Prior to the above, Ms. Mélen worked for Air Liquide Healthcare where she was a Regulatory Affairs Specialist with responsibilities for the registration of medicinal gases in Europe and a Medico Marketing Specialist in Spain where she led post-marketing clinical studies for pain management. Previous to the above, Ms. Mélen was a Quality Control Manager at PANPHARMA where she managed the Control Laboratory for microbiological and analytical chemistry activities to ensure compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs). 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.