Dr André Choulika, PhD
Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO
André Choulika, Ph.D., is one of the founders of Cellectis and served as Chief Executive Officer since the company's inception in 1999. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors since 2011 and President of Calyxt since August 2010. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Choulika worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Molecular Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he was one of the inventors of nuclease-based genome editing technologies and a pioneer in the analysis and use of meganucleases to modify complex genomes. After receiving his Ph.D. in molecular virology from the University of Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), he completed a research fellowship in the Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics. His management training is from the HEC (Challenge +).
Dr Julia Berretta, PhD
VP Business Development and Strategic Planning
Julia Berretta, Ph.D., joined Cellectis in 2010 in the scientific alliance and business development department. She has served as VP Business Development and Strategic Planning since 2014. Prior to joining Cellectis, she worked as a researcher at the CNRS in Gif-sur-Yvette. Julia Berretta received her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Université Paris XI, and holds a specialized Master’s Degree in innovation management from Neoma Business School.
Dr Philippe Duchateau, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Philippe Duchateau, Ph.D., joined Cellectis in 2001 to pioneer the field of gene editing and has served as Chief Scientific Officer since 2012. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1993 in biochemistry and molecular biology at the Institut Pasteur (Lille, France), he completed a research fellowship from 1993 to 2001 at the University of California, San Francisco, within the Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Duchateau has led Cellectis’ Research department since 2004.
Chief Financial Officer
Eric Dutang, Certified Public Accountant in France, joined Cellectis as Deputy Chief Financial Officer in May 2015. Eric began his career as financial auditor with KPMG, first in Paris for five years and then in New York for two years. He worked for publicly-traded companies in France and the U.S. including Vivendi, Veolia Environnement, and Cablevision. He then became a member of the transactions and advisory teams in Paris for seven years where he carried out acquisitions/disposals for both publicly-traded companies and private equity funds. After serving at KPMG, he worked on international business developments for French publicly-traded groups, including Air Liquide and Thales. Eric holds a Master of Finance and Executive MBA from HEC Paris (France)/Babson Massachusetts (USA).
Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer
Stephan Reynier, MSc, joined Cellectis in April 2011. He serves as Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer after holding the position of Head of Programs at Ectycell, a former subsidiary of Cellectis, from April 2011 to 2014 with the mission of managing and coordinating internal and external collaborative programs. As Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer, Mr. Reynier is in charge of ensuring a speedy and successful development of the UCART product family by establishing close interactions with regulatory agencies such as EMA and FDA, while securing compliance to applicable regulations, regulatory guidelines and quality assurance standards. Mr Reynier has extensive experience, from his previous positions as Senior Director at Voisin Consulting Life Sciences and European Associate Director Medical Affairs at Gilead Sciences, in the design and implementation of regulatory strategies for the development of drugs and biologics, with a strong focus on cell and gene therapy.
Mr Reynier graduated as Agro-Engineer in France and received a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada.
Dr Mathieu Simon, MD
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer & Interim Chief Medical Officer
Mathieu Simon, MD, has served as Executive Vice-President since 2012, and as Chief Operating Officer since 2013. Dr. Mathieu Simon joined Cellectis Board of Directors in 2013. Prior to Cellectis, Dr. Simon was Senior Vice President Head of Global Pharmaceutical Operations at Pierre Fabre S.A. From 1994 to 2010, Dr. Simon has served at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in both senior corporate and regional roles (Head of International Marketing and Medical Affairs and managing Director of several Wyeth Affiliates). Dr. Simon today is an advisor at the European Commission D.G. Research and Innovation. In addition to his Cellectis role, Dr. Simon is also Senior Strategic Advisor at Messier Maris Partners, an international investment-banking boutique located in New York, London and Paris and investment partner of Scientifica Capital located in Milan and Zurich. Dr Simon is also an independent director at Vaximm, a swiss german immuno-oncology company.
Marie-Bleuenn Terrier joined Cellectis as Legal Counsel in 2008, and was appointed General Counsel in 2013. Prior to joining Cellectis, she worked as Legal Counsel for Pfizer from 2004 to 2006, and for Boehringer Ingelheim from 2006 to 2008. Marie-Bleuenn Terrier has served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Cellectis since 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Panthéon La Sorbonne University in Paris.
Dr David Sourdive, PhD
Executive Vice President Technical Operations
David Sourdive, Ph.D., is a co-founder of Cellectis and joined the Board of Directors in 2000. Dr. Sourdive holds the position of Executive Vice President, Technical Operations, with the mission to develop the Company’s industrial and technological basis as well as to deploy its operations in the pharmaceutical arena. Dr. Sourdive combines a strong scientific expertise with experience in managing industrial programs bringing innovative technologies to industrial fruition. He served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, from 2008 to 2016. In addition to his role at Cellectis, Dr. Sourdive has also served on the board of directors of the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences. David Sourdive graduated from École Polytechnique, received his Ph.D. in molecular virology at Institut Pasteur and completed a research fellowship in the Emory University Department of Microbiology and Immunology. His management training is from the HEC (Challenge +) and his decade-long experience in industrial program management was acquired at the French Department of Defense (DGA) prior to Cellectis’ inception.
Federico A. Tripodi
Chief Executive Officer of Calyxt, subsidiary of Cellectis
Federico A. Tripodi was appointed CEO of Calyxt in May 2016. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University’s Olin Business School, as well as an agronomic engineering degree from Buenos Aires University, and has gathered extensive experience in agricultural R&D and product development during his nearly two-decade career in the ag biotech and seeds industry. Prior to joining Calyxt, he worked as General Manager for Monsanto Company’s Sugarcane Division in Brazil for three years. He held other roles for Monsanto in Saint Louis, Mo., spanning Corporate Strategy (2011-2013), Omega-3 Program Lead (2009-2011), Oilseeds Global Quality Management Lead (2008-2009) and multiple other roles that involved managing multidisciplinary research teams in the technology organization between 2001 and 2008. During his tenure at Monsanto, Mr. Tripodi led or participated with early discovery and late commercialization phase product launches across the Americas, which included biotech consumer traits (improved composition soybean oils) and farmer traits (high yield, drought tolerance, insect protection and herbicide tolerance). Mr. Tripodi started his career in Argentina in 1998 in field research of biotechnology traits and chemistry formulations until he moved to Saint Louis in 2001. Mr. Tripodi also has experience as a director of a startup and serves on the board of directors for a not-for-profit.
Laurent Arthaud has served as a member of Cellectis’ Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Arthaud has been the Managing Director of Life Sciences and Ecotechnologies for Bpifrance Investissement (formerly CDC Enterprises, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts) since 2012. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Arthaud held the position of Deputy CEO at CDC Entreprises. Mr. Arthaud is a graduate of the École Polytechnique and the l’École Nationale de Statistique et d’Administration Économique.
* Independent Director according to Nasdaq rules
Pierre Bastid has served as a member of Cellectis’ Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Bastid has 25 years experience in turning around, developping and running technology businesses in Asia, Europe and the U.S. In particular, he initiated and completed the most successful European management buy out of the last 15 years: he bought the Power Conversion Division of French Engineering Alstom for $100M in 2005 and sold it to General Electric in 2011 for $3B.
In addition to Cellectis, Mr. Bastid is currently a large shareholder, serving on the Board of Pharnext (another very innovative biotech company), Hougou (his own investment company), ZAKA and GRID (his own Paris based and New-York based real estate companies), Shango (his own Private Equity company), EVOK (his own hotel group), Nepteam (a shipbuilding company). Mr. Bastid also advises a number of Investment and Private Equity firms. Pierre is a trustee of Juilliard School of Music and other non-profit organizations based in the U.S.
*Independent Director according to Nasdaq rules
Dr Rainer Boehm, MD
Rainer Boehm spent 29 years at Novartis, working locally, regionally and globally in various Senior Management roles, after building his career in Marketing & Sales and Medical Affairs. He led all emerging markets regions as well as the United States and Canada, either for Oncology or the Pharmaceuticals division. His most recent assignments were Chief Commercial and Medical Affairs Officer globally for Novartis Pharma, as well as ad interim CEO and Division Head Pharma. Rainer launched and oversaw the commercialization of many brands during his career, amongst them Femara, Zometa and Glivec, as well as Cosentyx and Entresto. His broad interests include leadership development, coaching and mentoring, access to medicines and new business models including solutions to leverage digital medicines and real world evidence. Rainer has a medical degree from the University of Ulm in Germany, and a Master of Business Administration from Schiller University in France.
Mr. Godard has served as a member of Cellectis’ Board of Directors since 2007. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse and began his agronomy career in 1967 in Africa as a researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour les Huiles et Oléagineux. He joined the French chemical group Rhône-Poulenc in 1975 where he got various management positions in France and abroad before becoming CEO of the agrochemical subsidiary in 1991. In 1999 he was directly involved in the merger of Rhône-Poulenc and Hoechst to create Aventis and was appointed CEO of the Aventis CropScience subsidiary with a significant involvement in seeds and ag biotechnology. He left Aventis in 2002 to create a consulting company specialized in agriculture and biotechnology.
Hervé Hoppenot joined Incyte Corporation in 2014 as President and Chief Executive Officer, and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2015. Incyte is one of the fastest growing biopharmaceutical companies in the U.S. Incyte’s team of more than 1,000 scientists, clinicians, and other team members operating in 15 countries, strives to discover and develop first-in-class and best-in-class medicines for cancer and other diseases. The Company is advancing a diverse portfolio of large and small molecules comprised of 18 development candidates against 14 different molecular targets and in 2016 Incyte reported revenue of more than $1 billion.
Prior to joining Incyte, Mr. Hoppenot was the President of Novartis Oncology, which included $11 billion in global sales, the largest oncology pipeline in the industry and 8000 employees in 50 countries. Prior to joining Novartis in 2003, Mr. Hoppenot started his career in 1983 with Rhone Poulenc, later known as Aventis, where he served in several senior roles of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Oncology and Head of the US Oncology business unit. He and his family are dual citizens of France and the United States, having moved to the U.S. in 1991.
Jean-Marie Messier has served as a member of our Board of Directors since May 2015. He is co-founder and head of Messier Maris & Associés, an international investment banking firm. Mr. Messier has served on the Board of Directors of Rentabiliweb Group since May 2011. After graduating from the French university, Ecole Polytechnique, Mr. Messier attended the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He became Managing Partner at Lazard Frères in 1988, a position he held for six years. Prior to this, he was responsible for the French Government’s Privatization plan. Mr. Messier served as President of Vivendi Universal from 1994 to 2002. During these years, he founded the mobile firm Cegetel and turned Vivendi into a conglomerate focused on two core activities: utilities and communications, selling off assets in other areas.
Dr Annick Schwebig, MD
Annick Schwebig, MD, has served as a member of Cellectis’ Board of Directors since 2011. In 2000, she founded the French subsidiary of Actelion, of which she is the General Manager. Actelion is a biopharmaceuticals company specializing in innovative treatments to serve unmet medical needs. A graduate of the University of Paris medical school, Dr. Schwebig worked as a senior manager at the biopharmaceuticals company Bristol-Myers Squibb for 17 years from 1983 to 2000.
Pr Catherine Bollard
Chief, Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Children’s Research Institute, Children's National Health System and The George Washington University, Washington DC
Professor Catherine Bollard, MBChB, MD, FRACP, FRCPA, is Chief, Division of Allergy and Immunology and Director of the Program for Cell Enhancements and Technologies for Immunotherapy at the Children’s Research Institute, Children’s National Health System and The George Washington University. A distinguished hematologist and immunotherapist, Dr. Bollard’s research interests focus on areas that include developing cell and gene therapies for patients with cancer and underlying immune deficiencies.
Pr Hervé Dombret
Head of the Leukemia Unit at the Hôpital Saint Louis, Paris, and Director of Clinical Research in the Hematology, Immunology and Transplantation Unit, University of Paris Diderot, Paris, France
Professor Hervé Dombret, MD, is Head of the Leukemia Unit at the Hôpital Saint Louis, Paris, and Director of Clinical Research in the Hematology, Immunology and Transplantation Unit, University of Paris Diderot. He is also Director of the University Hematology Research Center in Hôpital Saint-Louis and has a PhD in Oncogenesis. His main fields of interest include clinical and translational research in acute myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes and chronic myeloid leukemia.
Pr John Gribben
Lead of the Centre for Hemato-Oncology, Barts Cancer Institute of London, UK
Professor Gribben holds the Gordon Hamilton Fairley Chair of Medical Oncology at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary, University of London, where his research group is currently focused on immunological approaches to the treatment of hematological cancers. He was a research fellow at University College London and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School. He joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 1992. He is a founding member of the CLL Research Consortium, was Associate Editor of Blood from 2008-2014 and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science. He will be President–Elect of The European Hematology Association (EHA) from 2017 to 2019.
Pr Ola Landgren
Chief of Myeloma Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Professor Ola Landgren, MD, is Chief of the Myeloma Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a board-certified hematologist-oncologist whose research focuses on the development of novel treatment strategies and advanced disease monitoring. He has a strong interest in the development of early-treatment clinical trials, targeting high-risk smoldering myeloma. He develops new strategies (including cell-based, molecular-based and imaging-based) and implements advanced MRD testing in clinical trials at MSK.
Dr Marcela Maus
Director of Cellular Immunotherapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Doctor Marcela V. Maus, MD, PhD, is Director of Cellular Immunotherapy at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is a board-certified hematologist-oncologist with extensive research experience in all aspects of pre-clinical and clinical design and use of cell therapies and gene-modified T-cells for cancer. Dr Maus completed undergraduate studies at MIT and her MD and PhD at Penn. As a graduate student, she worked with Dr. Carl June on the biology of human T cell activation. She completed residency training in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and completed fellowship training in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her research focuses on the pre-clinical development and clinical translation of engineered T cell therapies.
Pr Dietger Niederwieser
Professor of Medicine, Head of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Leipzig, Germany
Professor Dietger Niederwieser, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Head of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at University of Leipzig and University Hospital. His therapeutic areas of expertise include Clinical Immunology, Hematology and Oncology, and his research is focused on stem cell transplantation, cell therapies and gene therapies. He has extensive experience in health economics, outcomes research, clinical development of innovative drugs and clinical studies.
Pr Kanti Rai
Professor of Medicine and Molecular Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Hempstead, USA
Professor Rai, an internationally renowned leukemia researcher and hematologist, brings extensive knowledge and experience from his 50-year career spanning groundbreaking clinical leukemia research. He is the Joel Finkelstein Cancer Foundation Professor of Medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, where he is also Professor of Molecular Medicine. He is currently Chief of the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) Research and Treatment Program at Northwell Cancer Institute and an Investigator at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.
Pr Catherine Thieblemont
Professor of Hematology in the Paris VII- University, France and Head of the Hemato-Oncology Unit of St-Louis Hospital in Paris
Professor Thieblemont is Professor of Hematology in the Paris VII- University, France, and Head of the Hemato-Oncology Department in the Hospital Saint-Louis – Paris, France, where she develops specific therapeutic programs for refractory/relapsed lymphomas and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. She belongs to the administrative and scientific committees of the LYSA, the lymphoma study association, to the board of directors of the IELSG, the International extranodal lymphoma study association, and to the Fellowships and Grants Committee of The European Hematology Association (EHA).
Pr Koen van Besien
Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Program and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, NYC, USA
Professor van Besien serves as Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Program at Weill Cornell Medical Center and is an Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital. A graduate of the College ND de la Paix in Namur, Belgium, and University of Leuven, Belgium. Professor van Besien also holds a PhD from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. He completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at Indiana University and in Bruges, Belgium, and was a faculty member of the transplant program at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The Professor also directed the transplant program at the University of Illinois and the transplant and lymphoma programs at the University of Chicago. He is Editor-in-chief of Leukemia and Lymphoma.