Corporate Governance & Management team

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Board of Directors

Board Directors - KiOmed - Francois Blondel
Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors | Founder

François Blondel

Mr. Blondel is Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of KiOmed Pharma.
He has acquired a broad experience in the management and the development of innovation driven companies. Having graduated in both Law and Economics, nowadays he combines executive functions (as CEO...

Mr. Blondel is Founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of KiOmed Pharma.
He has acquired a broad experience in the management and the development of innovation driven companies. Having graduated in both Law and Economics, nowadays he combines executive functions (as CEO of KitoZyme) with non-executive board memberships, either as Chairman of the Board or as an independant Board member. The companies in which he is, or has been, active range from SMEs, spin-offs and research centers, such as DELPHI GENETICS, OncoDNA, NANOCYL, CERTECH, KAZIDOMI, OVIZIO Imaging Systems, etc. which are active in the technology, medical, healthcare or digital sectors, to major listed companies, such as COMPAGNIE du BOIS SAUVAGE, RECTICEL or CASTERMAN/EVADIX.
Mr. Blondel started his career in the chemical sector and undertook assignments both in the United States and in Europe, for the French group TOTAL. In 1999, he joined International Brachytherapy (IBt), a medical device start-up that focused on cancer treatment. He served as CEO, leading IBt from its R&D stage to a successful and well-diversified international group that became a European leader in its market segment and a NYSE-Euronext stock listed company.

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Houtai Choumane
Managing Director

Dr. Houtaï Choumane

Dr. Choumane has been CEO and Managing Director of KiOmed Pharma since its inception in 2014.

He has acquired nearly 20 years’ experience in product development, executive management and business development of innovative biotech companies.
Dr. Choumane acquired...

Dr. Choumane has been CEO and Managing Director of KiOmed Pharma since its inception in 2014.

He has acquired nearly 20 years’ experience in product development, executive management and business development of innovative biotech companies.
Dr. Choumane acquired experience in osteoarthritis markets as former CEO of Artialis S.A (BE) (2012-2014), a first-mover biotech company that specialized in the development and the clinical applications of biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of musculoskeletal disorders. As CEO, he drove and accelerated (2002-2010) value creation at Genewave (acquired by mobidiag http://mobidiag.com) a Paris-based development-stage diagnostics company that develops innovative molecular solutions to advance the diagnosis of infectious diseases and antibiotic resistances.
He has a highly diverse background that combines a technical element (he holds a PhD in Sciences) and business administration (he received an Executive MBA from HEC-Paris), as well as a Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Babson College (MA, USA).

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Board Directors - KiOmed - Benoit Fellin
Director

Benoit Fellin

Benoît Fellin is an investment manager at Noshaq and director of WHITE fund. He is also a non-executive member of several biotech spin-offs and SMEs in the healthcare and industrial business sectors.

In 2003, he graduated in Business Administration at the University of Liège...

Benoît Fellin is an investment manager at Noshaq and director of WHITE fund. He is also a non-executive member of several biotech spin-offs and SMEs in the healthcare and industrial business sectors.

In 2003, he graduated in Business Administration at the University of Liège and started his career supporting entrepreneurs with the creation and development of early-stage projects. He decided to offer operational services to 2-3 customers (inter-CFO, strategic, and operational consulting).

In 2019, Benoît and one of his colleagues created WHITE FUND, a new private early stage investment fund based in Belgium, which is entirely dedicated to the medical device sector.

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Board Directors - KiOmed - Gery Lebfevre
Director

Géry Lefebvre

Mr. Lefebvre is Director of KiOmed Pharma.

He is Investment Manager at SRIW SA. He has several non-executive memberships in biotech spin-off and SME active in the life science and industrial business.

In 1995, Géry Lefebvre graduated in Business Administration from...

Mr. Lefebvre is Director of KiOmed Pharma.

He is Investment Manager at SRIW SA. He has several non-executive memberships in biotech spin-off and SME active in the life science and industrial business.

In 1995, Géry Lefebvre graduated in Business Administration from HEC-ULg and started immediately his career in Credit Management with Atradius and HSBC. In 2002, he obtained a post-graduate degree in Taxation from HEC-ULg. After that he moved to Albemarle Europe where he was responsible for Treasury Management and Working Capital Optimization. Between 2009 and 2014, he was the CFO of Belgian Advanced Technology Systems SA (Homeland Security).

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Board Directors - KiOmed - Marc Nollet
Director

Marc Nolet

Mr. Nolet is Director of KiOmed Pharma.

Marc Nolet de Brauwere obtained his Master’s degree as a Mining Civil Engineer from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in 1982, then specialized as a Civil Engineer in Industrial Management at the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven (KUL)...

Mr. Nolet is Director of KiOmed Pharma.

Marc Nolet de Brauwere obtained his Master’s degree as a Mining Civil Engineer from the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in 1982, then specialized as a Civil Engineer in Industrial Management at the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in 1983. He started his career in 1984, as Manager of the Engineering department at Petrofina (Kentucky Prince Coal Corporation). In 1978, he also took charge of the development of a downstream activity (gold mining) at Chemetech Corporation. He served for these two companies until 1989, then moved on to McKinsey & Company, as an Associate.

In 1992, Marc created Dat International SA with an ex-colleague of McKinsey, and set up a distribution network specialized in supply parts from the EEC to local companies in East Africa. Finally, in 1997, he became CEO of Physiol SA. Besides, he was nominated Director at ETEX group in 2003, where he served as chairman of the Audit committee from 2006 to 2013. He became Chairman of the Nominations and Remunerations Committee in 2013. In addition, he became Director of Mecatech (2011), Biotech Coaching (2011), MyMicroInvest (2013) and EndoTools Therapeutics (2013). Since 2011 he also is a member of Ashoka Support Network since 2011.

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Board Directors - KiOmed - Pierre Rigaud
Director

Pierre Rigaux

Currently, President and founder of MYOCENE a biomedical device company for muscle performance monitoring, and board member of several MedTech and Biotech companies; previously, founder and CEO of CEFALY Technology, a medical device company that developed external cranial neurostimulators for...

Currently, President and founder of MYOCENE a biomedical device company for muscle performance monitoring, and board member of several MedTech and Biotech companies; previously, founder and CEO of CEFALY Technology, a medical device company that developed external cranial neurostimulators for treatment of neurological diseases.
MD and PhD graduated in electronic with an extensive experience in the medical device industry for 25 years, Dr. Pierre Rigaux has acquired a large expertise for the successful management of all the steps from innovation and conception to the access to market for new medical treatments.
He worked in different countries (Switzerland, USA, France, Belgium) where he applied his experience in the fields of neurology, neurophysiology and muscular physiology. He has an extensive successful experience in the device/drug development process whose most recent examples are for the treatment of migraine and for muscle readiness measurement.

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Management Team

Houtai Choumane
CEO | Managing Director

Houtaï Choumane

Dr. Choumane has been CEO and Managing Director of KiOmed Pharma since its inception in 2014.

He has acquired nearly 20 years’ experience in product development, executive management and business development of innovative biotech companies.
Dr. Choumane acquired...

Dr. Choumane has been CEO and Managing Director of KiOmed Pharma since its inception in 2014.

He has acquired nearly 20 years’ experience in product development, executive management and business development of innovative biotech companies.
Dr. Choumane acquired experience in osteoarthritis markets as former CEO of Artialis S.A (BE) (2012-2014), a first-mover biotech company that specialized in the development and the clinical applications of biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of musculoskeletal disorders. As CEO, he drove and accelerated (2002-2010) value creation at Genewave (acquired by mobidiag http://mobidiag.com) a Paris-based development-stage diagnostics company that develops innovative molecular solutions to advance the diagnosis of infectious diseases and antibiotic resistances.
He has a highly diverse background that combines a technical element (he holds a PhD in Sciences) and business administration (he received an Executive MBA from HEC-Paris), as well as a Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Babson College (MA, USA).

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Management team - Laurence Hermitte
Senior R&D Manager

Laurence Hermitte

Dr Laurence Hermitte, PhD & biochemist engineer, has more than 15 years of experience in polymers functionalization and development of medical devices in ophthalmology, rheumatology, aesthetic dermatology, and medical imaging. She developed from the proof of concept till the CE marking Anteis‘...

Dr Laurence Hermitte, PhD & biochemist engineer, has more than 15 years of experience in polymers functionalization and development of medical devices in ophthalmology, rheumatology, aesthetic dermatology, and medical imaging. She developed from the proof of concept till the CE marking Anteis‘ devices from 2003 till 2007, she participated to their launch worldwide. She also has a successful experience in quality assurance (ISO13485 & ISO14001 certifications) and in regulatory affairs with the registration of ultrasound imaging systems in various markets among which Europe, USA, China.

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Mathias Schliffers
CMO

Mathias Schifflers

Dr Mathias SCHIFFLERS, Chief Medical Officer is working for KiOmed Pharma since June 2020, trained as Medical Doctor from the Université Catholique de Louvain. During his career he specialised himself in Pharmaceutical Medicine and performed an Executive Master in Management from respectively...

Dr Mathias SCHIFFLERS, Chief Medical Officer is working for KiOmed Pharma since June 2020, trained as Medical Doctor from the Université Catholique de Louvain. During his career he specialised himself in Pharmaceutical Medicine and performed an Executive Master in Management from respectively the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management. He is a senior pharmaceutical executive with over 17 successful years in the industry, including management experience at national and international level. Dr Mathias Schifflers has a very strong track record experience in medical affairs; this including all stages of clinical research and development, in several therapeutic areas, including orphan drugs & medical devices. Dr Mathias Schifflers is also author and co-author of several publications; with a specific interest in health economics modelling and patient reported outcomes tools.

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Emilie Theatre
CCO

Emilie Théatre

Dr Emilie THEATRE, Chief Compliance Officer working for KiOmed Pharma since 2016 – PhD in Sciences and Master in Quality Assurance (University of Liege).
10+ years of experience in research in the field of molecular and cellular biology of inflammatory diseases. 4 years of experience in...

Dr Emilie THEATRE, Chief Compliance Officer working for KiOmed Pharma since 2016 – PhD in Sciences and Master in Quality Assurance (University of Liege).
10+ years of experience in research in the field of molecular and cellular biology of inflammatory diseases. 4 years of experience in Quality (QA and QC) and Regulatory Affairs in the field of medical devices at KiOmed Pharma.

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Philippe Vaesen
Production Manager

Philippe Vaesen

Production and Industrialization Manager for KiOmed Pharma since 2014. Philippe has more than 15 years of experience in process development, process industrialization and production of medical devices at both KiOmed Pharam and its parent company KitoZyme.

Agnès Contaro
HR Representative & Executive Assistant

Agnes Cantoro

HR-Representative at KiOmed Pharma since September 2014. Before joining KiOmed Pharma, Agnes was Personal Assistant/ HR-Representative of the EMEA Managing Director at Mölnlycke Healthcare. She has more than 10 years of experience in human resource functions in the pharmaceutical and biotech...

HR-Representative at KiOmed Pharma since September 2014. Before joining KiOmed Pharma, Agnes was Personal Assistant/ HR-Representative of the EMEA Managing Director at Mölnlycke Healthcare. She has more than 10 years of experience in human resource functions in the pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Agnes has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Assistant combined with a passage (training) at the Vlerick Management School.

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Raphael Ravet
Sales Manager

Raphaël Ravet

Raphaël RAVET, BS in International Business and Explort program from AWEX (Walloon Agency for Export). 13+ with a demonstrated history of international sales management positions in the Medtech industry. Former Sales Manager of CEFALY Technology an innovative medical device company that...

Raphaël RAVET, BS in International Business and Explort program from AWEX (Walloon Agency for Export). 13+ with a demonstrated history of international sales management positions in the Medtech industry. Former Sales Manager of CEFALY Technology an innovative medical device company that developed external cranial neurostimulators for treatment of neurological diseases, where he successfully implemented the international sales structure and participated to build the sales structure of the US subsidiary.

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