Benoit Deprez

Founder and scientific advisor

Benoit studied Industrial Pharmacy Lille from 1985 to 1991 and received his PhD in combinatorial chemistry. With Andre Tartar he created the automated parallel synthesis laboratory at the Institut Pasteur de Lille, becoming later the department of drug discovery of Cerep (30 employees). To finance its development, Cerep goes public in 1998, having signed a major collaboration agreement with Sanofi. In late 1999, Benoit and part of his team join the young company Devgen to launch drug discovery activities. Benoit Deprez has managed several multi-annual collaborations with pharmaceutical companies and biotechs. In 2006, he founded a drug discovery lab at INSERM. The laboratory has run into several collaborations with industries and licensed several patents. Benoit was a member of the Strategic Committee of Inserm-transfer for 5 years. He is a member of the National Academy of Pharmacy and advisor to several venture funds. He is author of 80 international publications and 12 patent families. In March 2014, he obtained an MBA from EDHEC.