Board of Directors


Frédéric Cren

Frédéric Cren has served as our Chief Executive Officer since co-founding Inventiva in 2011, and as the chairman of our board of directors since May 2016. Previously, he served as the General Manager, Research of Abbott Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company, from 2010 until 2012. Prior to Abbott, Mr. Cren held a number of roles at Solvay Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company, and at Laboratoires Fournier SA, a pharmaceutical company, prior to its acquisition by Solvay in 2005. Positions at Laboratories Fournier included: Vice-President Strategic Marketing and Vice-President U.S. Operations, as well as serving as a member of the Executive Committee. Positions at Solvay included: Head of Business Strategy and Portfolio and Senior Vice-President of the Research Division, as well as serving as a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Cren began his career with Boston Consulting Group, where he worked from 1993 to 2002. He received a master’s degree in Business Administration from INSEAD, a master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Paris IX Dauphiné University.

Pierre Broqua

has served as our Chief Scientific Officer since co-founding Inventiva in 2011, and as our Deputy Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since May 2016. Previously, Dr. Broqua served as the Head of Research for Abbott Laboratories from 2010 to 2012 and as the Head of Neuroscience for Solvay Pharmaceuticals from 2007 to 2010. Prior to Solvay, Dr. Broqua was the Director of Research Project for Laboratoires Fournier SA from 2002 to 2005. He has a Doctor of philosophy in pharmacology from the University of Paris Descartes and a master’s degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris.

Chris Buyse

has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2017. Chris Buyse is currently the managing partner of Fund+, which is a life sciences investment fund that he co-founded in 2015. Previously, Mr. Buyse was Chief Financial Officer at ThromboGenics NV, a public biotechnology company, from 2006 to 2014. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of CropDesign N.V, a Belgian biotechnology company. Before this, he was the Finance Director of WorldCom/MCI Belgium-Luxembourg, a telecommunications company. He also was the Chief Financial Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer of Keyware Technologies N.V., an IT company, and held several financial positions at Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux and Unilever. He is currently serving as an independent director of Celyad SA, a public biotechnology company, as well as Bioxodes SA, a biotechnology company. Mr. Buyse holds a master’s degree in Applied Economic Sciences from the University of Antwerp and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Vlerick School of Management in Ghent.

Lucy Lu

has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2018. She has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Avenue Therapeutics, Inc., a public biotechnology company, since its inception in 2015. Previously, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fortress Biotech, Inc. from 2012 to 2017. Before working in the biotechnology industry, Dr. Lu worked in healthcare-related equity research and investment banking, including as Senior Biotechnology Analyst at Citigroup Inc. from 2007 to 2012. She currently serves as a board member of Veru Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company. Dr. Lu holds a Doctor of medicine from the New York University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. She also received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennesee’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Heinz Maeusli

has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2019. Since November 2019, Mr. Maeusli has served on the board of directors of Progenics Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company, where he is the Chairman of the audit committee. Prior to joining our board, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA), a pharmaceutical group specializing in the field of nuclear medicine, from 2003 to July 2018, where he was involved with the sale of AAA to Novartis, a global healthcare company, in January 2018. Mr. Maeusli has an MBA from Columbia University in New York and a degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen.

Nawal Ouzren

has served as a member of our board of directors since May 2019. Since 2017, Ms. Ouzren has served as the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors from Sensorion, a biopharmaceutical company. Prior to Sensorion, she served as the head of the Global Genetic Diseases Franchise at Shire plc, a biopharmaceutical company, from June 2016 to April 2017. Before Shire, Ms. Ouzren held various positions at Baxalta from 2014 to June 2016 when Baxalta was acquired by Shire. Ms. Ouzren holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin in Germany and a master’s degree of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France.

Annick Schwebig

has served as a member of our board of directors since February 2017. In 2000, she founded Actelion Pharmaceuticals France SAS, a pharmaceuticals company specializing in developing drugs for orphan diseases, and was its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2015. Ms. Schwebig has held senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry, including Vice President Medical Affairs France and Vice President Research and Development Europe at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a global biopharmaceutical company, from 1983 to 2000. Ms. Schwebig has been a member of the board of directors of Cellectis SA, a biotechnology company, since 2011. Ms. Schwebig is a graduate of the Paris Faculty of Medicine.