Board of Directors

World-class experts

Dr Charles WOLER, Chairman

Curriculum: Medical Doctor, he holds a Master's degree and PhD in clinical pharmacology, and an MBA.

Career: He has over 35 years experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medtech industry in Europe and the United States. Board member of several biotech companies in France and Europe, including Vice Chairman of Genfit, Charles Woler brings to DEINOVE his broad expertise in strategic and operational management, business development and financing of pharmaceutical innovation.

Charles Woler was formerly Chairman and CEO of Roche France, President and CEO of Cadus Pharmaceutical in the United States (1995-1998), Chairman of Smithkline Beecham Europe and General Manager of Bouchara Group, before heading the company Neuro3d. Subsequently, he headed Endotis Pharma and then the Biomnis Group, acquired in 2015 by Eurofins Scientific. 

Mandates & representations: Vice Chairman of France Biotech from 2004 to 2007. Member of the Inserm-Transfert Initiative Investment Committee from 2005 to 2010, which he was the Chairman of the advisory committee until 2012. 


Anne ABRIAT-HEMMENDINGER, Independent Director

Founder & CEO of The Smell & Taste Lab

Curriculum: Master's degree in Organic Chemistry from ESCOM (École Supérieure de Chimie Organique et Minérale).

Career: 30 years of experience in product development for the beauty industry, for brands with an international outlook. She is highly competent in the development of ingredients for the cosmetic, food, nutrition and wellness industries. She has worked for various prestigious brands, notably within the L'Oréal and Coty Groups where she has led numerous innovation projects. In 2012, she founded The Smell & Taste Lab, a consulting company specialized in innovation and marketing for cosmetics, nutrition and well-being.

Mandates & Representations: Member of the Swiss Women Directors' Circle and APIA Switzerland (Associate Independent Professional Directors).


Hervé BRAILLY, PhD, Independent Director

Chairman of the Supervisory board of Innate Pharma

Curriculum: Graduated from of the Ecole des Mines de Paris (1983) and Doctor of Immunology, with a specialization in immuno-pharmacology.

Career: He has co-founded and managed for 17 years Innate Pharma, one of the world's leading specialists in immuno-oncology, and one of the success stories and first market capitalizations of French biotech, and is today Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Previously, he was a researcher at Immunotech SA, a biotechnology start-up acquired in 1995 by Beckman-Coulter (1986-1994), and was in charge of marketing, business development and R&D at the same company (1994-1998). Beginning in 1998, Mr. Brailly was the director of a business unit of the company with 65 employees (R&D, marketing, manufacturing), with annual sales of 30 million U.S. dollars. He was the force behind the growth of the business activities in China for the same company between 1994 and 1998.

Mandates & representations: Chairman of the Supervisory board of Innate Pharma. Member of the executive committee and treasurer of EurobioMed. Member of the development council of Marseille Provence Métropole. Member of the Strategy and Prospects committee of Aix Marseille University. Member of the investment committee of SATT Sud-Est. Chairman of Kervrant Biotech SAS.


Dr Vincent JARLIER, Independent Director

Director of the Department of Bacteriology and Hygiene of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital (Paris) 

Curriculum: Doctor of medicine, he holds a post-doc in microbiology and immunology.

Career: Heads the Department of Bacteriology and Hygiene of the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital (Paris) since 1996. He is an internationally recognized expert on hospital-acquired infections (HAI) and the fight against resistant and multi-resistant bacteria. His expertise will be invaluable for DEINOVE in the development of its research strategy for innovative antibiotics to fight against resistant bacteria. Since 1994, Vincent Jarlier heads the French National reference centre for mycobacteria and resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs, and since 2000, the survey of multi-resistant bacteria in French hospitals. 

Publications: Author and co-author of hundreds of publications.

Mandates & représentations: He founded in 1997 the National observatory for antimicrobial resistance (ONERBA) (coordinating 15 networks dedicated to antibiotic resistance survey) of which he coordinated the Scientific Committee (1997-2004) before becoming President (2006-2010). He was a member of the steering committee of the European Study Group for Antibiotic Resistance Survey (ESGARS) of ESCMID from 1999 to 2008, and is the French representative in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Survey System (EARS-Net), which he is a member of the steering committee and was the Chairman from 2011 to 2015.


Emmanuel PETIOT

Managing Director, Vegetable Oils at OLVEA, former CEO of DEINOVE

Curriculum : EDHEC Business School, École Centrale Paris

Career: joined Air Liquide where he held various marketing and sales functions (1996-2000). He then joined Dow Chemical (2000-2004) before joining Novozymes, Danish industrial biotechnology company and world leader in enzymes and microorganisms. In nine years (2004-2012) he had several executive positions in marketing, sales and development of industrial partnerships in Europe, the USA and Asia. He was CEO of the French subsidiary of Novozymes and then, Commercial Director of Novozymes North America Inc., the main global market for enzymes. Emmanuel PETIOT was Chief Executive Officer of DEINOVE from 2013 to 2019.


Christian PIERRET, company representative, Truffle Capital

Lawyer at the Paris Bar - Former Deputy Minister of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce and Crafts (1997 - 2002)

Curriculum: D.E.S. Economic Science (IEP Paris, 1970), ENA (1972).

Career: Dual career in politics and the private sector: General Reporter of the budget to the National Assembly (1981-1986), Chairman of the supervisory board of the Caisse des Dépôts (1988-1993), Vice-Chairman of the Group Accor (1993-1996). Deputy elected from the Vosges to the National Assembly from 1978 to 1993. Minister for Industry, SMEs, Commerce and Crafts 1997-2002, Christian PIERRET is the mayor of Saint Die des Vosges since 1989. Today, a lawyer at the Paris bar, Christian PIERRET is a specialist in the regulation of public companies, corporate law and business, public-private interfaces (especially in the field of environment) and European Law (concentration, competition, state aid). He is the originator of the "law PIERRET" in February 2002, which marked the opening of the French electricity and telecommunications markets to competition.

Publications: “Minister on the left - the magical and the real” - Ed Pré-aux-clerques, 2002. Numerous articles in economic, political and legal publications (Les Echos, La Tribune, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Financial Times...).

Awards & Distinctions:  Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Chevalier of Academic Palms. Chevalier of Arts and Letters.


Dr Yannick PLÉTAN, Independent Director

Clinical development specialist 

Curriculum: Doctor of medicine (Paris Descartes University), pulmonologist and immunologist. He holds a Master’s degree in clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics, a diploma from the Advanced Leadership program (Harvard Business School) and one in Corporate Finance (HEC).

Career: Entering into the pharmaceutical industry in 1984 after leading a respiratory medicine department in a hospital and collaborating on research initiatives at INSERM for several years, Yannick Plétan headed the "Allergies and Respiratory Diseases" department at the headquarters in Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, before being appointed Medical Director of one of the French subsidiaries of Hoechst Roussel, companies which have now merged into the Sanofi Group. He was successively Chief medical officer, global Head of development and R&D strategy of the Pierre Fabre Research Institute; Head of the Medical and Scientific Division within the French subsidiary of the Pfizer group; and Country medical director of Roche France, where he founded the Roche Foundation for personalized healthcare in partnership with the University of Strasbourg. 

Publications & Patents: Author or co-author of several international guidelines for the WHO (World Health Organization) and ICH (International Conference on Harmonization), and several publications on clinical trial methodology, Yannick Plétan also collaborates with several European and American universities as a Guest Lecturer.


Dr Philippe POULETTY

CEO of Truffle Capital, founder and shareholder of DEINOVE

Curriculum: Doctor of Medicine (University Paris VI), immunologist (staff of the Pasteur Institute), Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where in 1987 he published with his colleagues Larry Burg and John Boothroyd a technique for gene amplification now routinely used in laboratories all around the world.

Career: In 1989 founded SangStat, a company specializing in organ transplantation, acquired in 2002 by the American Genzyme for $600 million. Co-founder and CEO of Truffle Capital, a leading European venture capital company which now manages more than €520 million of investment in the sectors of information technology, life sciences and energy.

Patents: Philippe POULETTY is the author of 29 patents and member of the board of directors of 12 European biotechnology and medical device companies. He also founded three biotechnology companies in Europe and the United States.

Mandates & Representations: Honorary President and founder of France Biotech (French association of biotechnology). Former Vice-President of the European Association for the biotechnology industry EuropaBio.

Awards & Distinctions: 1999 laureate of the American Liver Foundation. Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.