Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer, co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Frédéric Cren is an experienced executive in the pharmaceutical industry and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since co-founding Inventiva in 2011, and as Chairman of our Board of Directors since May 2016.
Mr. Cren has held several key positions in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently he served as General Manager of Research for Abbott Laboratories from 2010 to 2012. Prior to joining Abbott, Mr. Cren held several positions at Solvay Pharmaceuticals and at Laboratoires Fournier SA before its acquisition by Solvay in 2005. Through his various roles as Vice-President of strategic marketing, Vice-President of US operations and member of the executive committee of Laboratoires Fournier from 2001 to 2005, Mr. Cren demonstrated his strong expertise in the areas of research, development, marketing, strategy and business operations. During his time at Fournier, Mr. Cren was responsible for the fenofibrate franchise as well as the successful development and launch of TriCor® 145. Following the acquisition of Fournier by Solvay in 2005, Mr. Cren became Head of strategy and portfolio management, Senior Vice-President of research and member of the executive committee. Before joining the pharmaceutical industry, Mr. Cren worked for 8 years at the Boston Consulting Group as a consultant and manager in the group’s health division.
Frédéric Cren holds an MBA from INSEAD, an MA from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from Paris IX Dauphine University.
Chief Scientific Officer, deputy CEO and co-founder
Pierre Broqua brings to Inventiva more than 30 years of experience in drug discovery and innovative research. Prior to co-founding Inventiva in 2011, Dr. Broqua successfully led numerous research programs leading to the discovery of highly innovative pre-clinical and clinical compounds for Ferring Pharmaceuticals from 1997 to 2002, Laboratoires Fournier from 2002 until 2005, Solvay Pharmaceuticals from 2007 to 2010 as the Head of the neurosciences department for, and finally, for Abbott as the Director of research for the R&D site in Dijon. Dr. Broqua’s accomplishments include the co-discovery of Degarelix, a GnRH antagonist (currently commercially available under the brand name Firmagon®) while leading the Pharmacology Department at Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and the co-discovery of lanifibranor.
Dr. Broqua holds a Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology from the University of Paris Descartes and a Masters in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris.
Chris Buyse has over 30 years of expertise in international finance and financial management, and has been a member of our Board of Directors since February 2017. He was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Belgian company CropDesign, where he coordinated the acquisition of BASF, and CFO of ThromboGenics, a biotechnology company listed on Euronext Brussels. He was previously CFO of Worldcom/MCI Belgium-Luxembourg and CFO, then Interim Chief Executive Officer of Keyware Technologies N.V. He has also held various positions within Spector Photo Group, Lyonnaise des Eaux (Suez) and Unilever. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of several listed and private companies, in particular Celyad Oncology SA, EYE-D Pharma SA and Hyloris Pharmaceuticals SA.
He is also Managing Partner of the Belgian company Fund+ NV which he co-founded in 2015. Fund+ is an investment company investing in innovative biotech companies based in Europe and have currently more than EUR 200 M. under management.
Chris Buyse holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp, and a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the Vlerick School of Management in Ghent.
Dr. Lu has over 20 years of extensive experience in the biotechnology and healthcare industries as an investment banker, financial analyst and executive of listed biopharmaceutical companies in the United States. She brings additional skills to Inventiva’s board in the areas of finance and clinical development as well as American market experience.
In addition to her functions at Inventiva, Dr. Lu has served as 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. Dr. Lu worked as Senior Biotechnology Analyst for Citigroup Inc. from 2007 until 2012.
Dr. Lu holds a MD from New York University School of Medicine and a MBA from Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. She also received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Heinz Maeusli has been a member of our Board of Directors since 2019. Before joining our Board of Directors, Mr. Maeusli was Chief Financial Officer of Advanced Accelerator Applications (AAA) from 2003 to 2018, where he was instrumental in making this company a leader in the sector of nuclear medicine. In this capacity, he led AAA’s IPO on the Nasdaq in November 2015 and was involved in the sale of AAA to Novartis in January 2018. Throughout his career, he has developed an expertise in operational, organizational, financial and cultural aspects relating to the growth and integration of international companies.
Heinz Maeusli holds an MBA from Columbia University, New York, USA and a MA in Business from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
Annick Schwebig has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2017. Mrs. Schwebig was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Actelion Pharmaceuticals France from 2000 to 2015, a laboratory specializing in the development of drugs for orphan diseases. She has held senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry as Vice-President of Medical Affairs France and Vice-President of Research and Development Europe at Bristol-Myers Squibb from 1983 to 2000.
Mrs. Schwebig has been a member of the Board of Directors of Cellectis since 2011. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris.
Martine Zimmermann has been the Senior Vice President and Head of global regulatory affairs of Alexion Pharma International since June 2016. During her 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, she has acquired extensive expertise in regulatory affairs in both small and large pharmaceutical groups, holding senior roles in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Martine Zimmermann has worked across all phases of drug development within several therapeutic areas, interacting with relevant regulatory authorities in key markets, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA).
She is also an active member of several life-sciences trade associations and has been a member of the Board of Directors of U.S.-based Caelum Biosciences since 2019.