The MaSTherCell Management Team combines close significant senior management and scientific experiences in pharmaceutical, biotechnology and cell therapy industries.
Chief Executive Officer
Hugues has over 15 years of experience as CEO and is a serial entrepreneur in the life sciences and biotechnology industries. Prior to Masthercell, Hugues was CEO and co-founder of Artelis, where he created strong value and assets, later selling the company to ATMI LS in a multi-million dollar deal. Hugues was also CEO of Kitozyme, the world's leading manufacturer of vegetable chitosan, where he successfully implemented the GMP compliant production facility. Through education and experience, Hugues has developed strong specialties in bio-ventures, fund raising and financial management.
He's also currently the CEO of Univercells, a biomanufacturing engineering company that aims to make biologics available and affordable for all by reinventing the way they are manufactured across the globe. In addition, Hugues is director for Orgenesis, a development stage cell therapy company on a mission to end diabetes, and director for Vivaldi BioSciences, which develops more effective flu vaccines.
Project Management Director
Gisèle Deblandre graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and holds a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology. Gisèle 's career spans 17 years in R&D in life sciences, with a strong expertise in cell biology and mechanisms of cell differentiation. After six years in developmental biology at the Salk Institute (San Diego, California), she managed the DevGen's drug discovery platform, before becoming Scientific Director for the Wallonia Life Sciences cluster, BioWin. As Director of Development with Cardio3 Biosciences (Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium), she managed the R&D department and led the development and validation of release testing assays of the company's lead product C-Cure, an autologous cell therapy for the treatment of chronic heart failure in phase II clinical trial. Gisèle is holding the post of Director of Project Management at MaSTherCell.
Chief Operating Officer
With over 15 years experience in the biopharmaceutical industry and three years in the food industry, Eric's main areas of expertise are people and field management. At GSK Belgium, he was a significant player in vaccines development, industrialisation, process transfer and manufacturing of cell culture processes, while at Baxter Switzerland he developed his cGMP expertise in a FDA approved facility, where he was in charge of large-scale recombinant FVIII manufacturing. Eric started his own consulting company in 2006 working with various SMEs where he applied his experience in facility building, team building and coaching, as well as organisational start-ups. He was in charge of Operations at ARTELIS-ATMI, focusing on the development of disposable bioreactors. Eric holds an engineering degree from the Université de Gembloux, Belgium (FSAGx) and joined MaSTherCell in September 2012.
Administration & HR Manager
Elodie took a Master in Biology at the University of Pisa, supplemented by an HR diploma obtained at ICHEC (Brussels Management School).
Subsequently, she worked as Office and Account Manager for an IT leasing company and for 5 years at Kelly Scientific Resources. As Manager of the Belgian Branch of Kelly Scientific, Elodie has developed extensive contacts across the scientific sector leading a team and recruiting scientists for pharmaceutical/biotech companies of all sizes.
Since 2012, she has joined the team of MaSTherCell as Human Resources Manager and contributed to its growing development. In addition, she is also leading the administrative responsibilities of the company.