Consultants

Guillaume Ferré

CEO

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With a 17 years’ experience in industrial property management and strategy, Guillaume took part in hundreds of IP strategy missions and negotiated more than 50 license agreements. After a first experience in research, Guillaume worked for 6 years at FIST (Paris), a technology transfer Company, first as a Business Manager then as an Analyst in the companies’ creation department where he accompanied the swarming of 6 companies (Neurokin, ART, RosaTech, Euroclide, Nanobiogene, Intra-cellular Therapies, Inc.). In 2002, Guillaume was recruited by the CEA to create and develop a licensing activity in the field of health care technologies and dealt with several cases of infringement.

Education
MSc in biochemistry and biophysic (UCBL, Lyon)
Advanced Master’s in Innovation Management
(Agro-ParisTech et Reims Management School)

Practice areas
Health, Environment, Food industry, New energy using biomass and Biotechnology.

Network
Guillaume is a member of LES France (Licensing Executive Society). He is a trainer at the Curie Network, IEEPI, ENS in Lyon and the ESC Grenoble and Toulouse.

Patrick Pierre

Associate Director

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Patrick Pierre co-founded and is CEO of Questel Consulting, created in May 2009 from a take over of CEA Valorisation’s consulting in strategy and management of IP. In 2013, Avenium merged into Questel, an international leader in software solutions and services for patent analysis. Patrick’s team works on analytical tools and methodologies that enable industrial partners to anticipate the evolution of IP and build IP roadmaps in alignment with their business objectives. Patrick also participates as an IP expert in numerous national and international projects.

Having worked in many international groups as Prospective Director and VP Business Development, Patrick Pierre developed from 1995 the specialization in technology transfer, focussing on the development of licensing activities of private European research institutes.

In 2002 Patrick joined CEA Valorisation (TTO subsidiary of CEA: One of the top 100 global innovators with 1,668 unique inventions filed between 2010 and 2012) as Licensing Director. With the CEA, Patrick created new revenue growth by initiating stick and carrot licensing programs. His team also trained the research laboratories and scientists about how to build their patent portfolio strategies.

Patrick and his team also act as facilitator and commercialization partner for the intellectual property rights industry (more than 100 licensing programmes to date). His experience includes working with large industrial groups, governmental research bodies, start-ups and SMEs.

Today, Patrick’s ambition is to expand the worldwide market and adoption of complete IP solutions including tools, services, resources and improved executive competencies.

Education
MBA in Industrial Marketing, IAE-IEC Grenoble

Practice areas
Industrial groups, governmental research bodies, start-ups and SMEs.

Network
Patrick is recognized since 2009 by the journal IAM (Intellectual Asset Management) as one of the 300 “IP strategist leaders” worldwide. He is on the Board of Directors of LES France in charge of education programs, involved in the LESI Valuation committee and member of numerous additional IP organisations. Patrick is also a trainer at the IEEPI and regular speaker in conferences.

Benoit Chevalier

Senior Consultant

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Benoit has 8 years’ experience in innovation transfer and IP strategy. He worked as a patent expert analyst at CEA Valorisation, and managed to successfully launch hundreds of licensing and sales opportunities. He is specialized in IP portfolio audit and the development of added value from patents.

Education
Master’s degree in Advanced Technics (ISTASE, Saint Etienne, FR)
Advanced Master’s in Technology Innovation Management (ESC, Toulouse, FR)

Practice areas
Smart metering, 3D semiconductor, Ocean energies, RFID/NFC, MRAM, M2M networks, Internet of Things, Generation IV nuclear reactor, MEMs/NEMs, Heat pump, Gyrometer, IPTV, haptic systems, supraconductor cables, Telecommunication protocols, Wind turbine, Electronics embedded systems, Smart car, Fuel cell, Big Data

Network
Benoit is also a member of LES France (Licensing Executive Society)

Gladys Corrons-Bouis

Senior Consultant

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Gladys has 12 years of experience in drug development and enhancement of patents. She worked for 3 years at the OPI regulatory affairs, managing a portfolio of neurology/psychiatry and oncology products.

In this context, she developed an expertise in various areas of regulatory affairs, development and registration of new drugs in Europe (Scientific meetings in Europe (EMA & national agencies) to post-marketing aspects ( variations clinical and pharmaceutical negotiating rebates and prices for France ).

Gladys is a co-founder of Avenium where she is in charge of the Health center. She has managed more than fifty active IP strategy.

Education
– Docteur en Pharmacie (Faculté de pharmacie, Montpellier)
– Diplômée d’un 3ème cycle de réglementation et économie des produits de santé (Paris V-Lille II).

Practice areas
Pharmaceuticals (cancer, HIV, neglected diseases, neurology), Cosmetics, Medical devices for wound managing, Drug delivery systems, Veterinary devices, Monoclonal antibodies technologies, Immune repertoire profiling, Mirna and sirna technologies, Diagnostic devices, Additive delivery systems, Aptamers technologies, Drug purification systems…

Cyril Mavré

Associate Director / Senior Consultant

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Cyril has 10 years’ experience in licensing and IP strategy. Cyril has helped dozens of companies to define and deploy their IP strategy to improve their performance and profitability. Previously, Cyril had worked as Licensing officer at CEA Valorisation where he succeeded in dealing several multi-million licensing contracts. His skills in physics and biotechnology make him the link between the Life Sciences and Engineering Sciences teams within Questel Consulting. Cyril is also specialized in the financial evaluation of patents.

Education
Physics engineer degree (INPG – Grenoble)
Master in biotechnology innovation management (Grenoble Management School)

Practice areas
Photovoltaic, Wind energy, Solar thermal energy, Energy storage, Secondary batteries, Smart grids, Smart metering, Demand response, Heat pump, Solar sanitary water, Pulsed power, e-paper, Anti-noise material, Efficient stoves, Thermoplastics material, Wafer washing, Flip-chip, Silicon photonics, Adaptive optics, Confocal microscopy, Super resolution in microscopy, High field MRI, Medical imaging, Biochips, Lab-on-chip, Microfluidics, Chemical sensors, Retinal diagnosis, Blood coagulation analysis…

Network
Cyril is a member of LES France (Licensing Executive Society) and is a teacher at Grenoble Ecole de Management (Grenoble Management School)

Nathalie Mantrand

Senior Consultant

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Nathalie has 10 years’ experience. She worked for 5 years in R&D, in charge of research and development of new synthesis processes (Bayer & Sanofi) and in the development of a new imaging agent for personalized medicine (Guerbet). Nathalie joined Questel Consulting in 2009 where she developed a core business in the field of green/biorefinery chemistry and medical imaging with a score of more than 20 records to her credit.

Education
Master’s degree in chemistry (ECPM Strasbourg, FR)
PhD in organic chemistry (Bern University, CH)
Advanced Master’s in Technology and Innovation Management (Lyon Management School, FR)

Practice areas
Lubricant for the automotive industry, Microalgae, Wind turbine, Veterinary devices, 3D imaging, High field MRI, Silicone, Phosphate industry, polyurethane adhesive, green chemistry, encapsulation of fragrances, medical imaging (MRI, PET-scan..), nanotechnologies (nanomedicine), contrast agent for imaging, water recycling, Biofuels, Lignocellulosic deconstruction (enzymatic and chemical pathway), insects growth and production, air pollution control, Therapeutics for SNC, Carbon capture and storage, green cement, oleochemistry, DSP

Network
She is a member of LES France (Licensing Executive Society)

Jonathan Dominici

Consultant

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Jonathan acquired a one-year experience at CEA in technology watch and competitive intelligence in energy new technologies before joining Questel Consulting in 2013, where he has developed his skills in energy storage, smart grids, smart building & smart city.

Education
Master’s degree in material science & engineering (Institut national polytechnique de Grenoble, FR)

Practice areas
Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Energy, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, Smart Grid, Smart Building, Smart Home, Smart City, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Lithium Batteries, Battery Management Systems, Structural Health Monitoring of Materials, Carbon Nanotubes

Melvin Essone Mezeme

Consultant

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Melvin has 4 years of working experience, starting off with 3 years at the Lab-STICC UMR CNRS 6285 working on the development of nano-biosensors for telecommunication and biomedical applications. He has participated in two research projects at the Birck Nanotechnology Center (Purdue University) and at the Laboratotory of Biocybernetics (University of Ljubljana).
Melvin joined Questel Consulting in 2014 where he is working on topics in the field of both NITC and Physics-Biology.

Education
Specialized Master for Management of Technology Innovation (Toulouse Business School)
PhD in Materials Sciences (Université de Bretagne Occidentale).
MSc Optics-Laser, physics of materials and heterogeneous medium, with a specialization into sensors and instrumentation (Université de Bretagne Occidentale).

Practice areas
Sensors, Electronics, Biomedical devices, Telecommunication, materials science in semiconductor, neurological sensors and stimulators, laser, optics, numerical identity, biometric devices and applications.

Mathieu Fontaine

Consultant

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Mathieu holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnologies (cell and molecular techniques) from the Toulouse university (FR) and an Advanced Master in biotechnology/pharmaceutical innovation from the Grenoble Management School (FR). Mathieu worked 2 years abroad in a cancer research laboratory before his Advanced Master and got a deep understanding of biochemical, molecular and cellular technologies. Throughout his studies, he was trained at Questel Consulting for 1 year and joined the company in 2015, thereby strengthening the skills of the Health and Biomanufacturing team.

Education
Master’s degree (Université Paul Sabatier – Toulouse)
Advanced Master in biotechnology & pharmaceutical management (Grenoble Ecole de Management)

Areas of Expertise
Biotech production system (mammal cells, microalgae, bacteria, insects), Nutraceuticals, Enzymes, Polysaccharides, Cell culture, Biomarkers, Point of care / In vitro diagnostic, Anti-angiogenic therapy, Medical technologies (vaccines, radiotherapy, biomaterials)

Daniela Hoyos

Consultant

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Daniela is a trilingual professional that has been involved in innovation, R&D and design processes for different industries including Automotive which counts as one of her international experiences in Europe and Latin America. In her IP career she has been specializing in the use of statistical, qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze different variables and metrics on products markets, and patents.

Education
Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design Engineering
Universidad EAFIT, Medellín, Colombia
Academic Exchange
Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Compiègne, France

Areas of Expertise
Mechanical systems, automotive, banking and fin tech, consumer products, methodologies for product and service development, innovation, R&D, quality assurance and testing.

Languages
Spanish, English, French

Eugénie Mérigeault

Senior Consultant

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Eugenie has 10 years’ experience. She worked for the CNRS valuation subsidiary, FIST SA, in particular on the analysis of the CNRS patent positioning in various sectors including Li-ion batteries, carbon nanotubes, the LEDs and the graphene. She also set up a patent report activity that led to the global analysis (IP landscape) of the patents filled in the photovoltaics and Li-ion batteries fields. Eugenie joined Questel Consulting in 2014 for the development and marketing of “Patent Landscape Reports” in targeted areas.

Education
Master’s degree in Material science (Evry University, FR)
Master’s degree in Technology and Innovation Management (Paris Dauphine University, FR)
Master’s degree in IP Strategy and Innovation (IEEPI / Strasbourg University, FR)

Practice areas
Photovoltaics, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Lithium ion Batteries, High energy batteries, Carbon Nanotubes, Graphene, LED, semiconductor nanowires

Benjamin Morel

Consultant

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Benjamin was trained at Questel Consulting throughout his studies during 2 years before his recruitment in 2013 to strengthen the team specialized in Biomanufacturing, Biofuels and Health.

Education
MSc in Bioengineering – Molecular and cellular technologies applied to health (Toulouse university, FR)
Advanced Master’s in innovation in biotechnology (Grenoble Management School, FR)

Practice areas
Biotech production system (Microalgae, bacteria, insects), Nutraceuticals (Vitamins, DHA, EPA, pigments), Food/Feed/Petfood, green chemistry, Biofuels, Enzymes, Biolubricant, Polysaccharide, Cell culture, Biomarker, Point of care / In vitro diagnostic, Therapeutic vaccine, Anti-angiogenic therapy, Biphosphonates (treatment of bone diseases), Clean Coal Technologies

Mathis Theillet

Consultant

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Mathis has 5 years’ experience. He worked as a patent engineer in an IP consulting firm and carried out various analyses in the field of composite tanks, solar panels, APU or Free-flow tolling. Mathis joined Questel Consulting in 2014 to build on his skills in the ICT and engineering fields.

Education
Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and intellectual property (Graduate School of engineering of Rennes, FR)
MSc in Innovation Management (Grenoble university, FR)

Practice areas
Materials and Energies (Composite tank, Microfibrillated cellulose, Solar thermal panel), Mobilty and transport (Toll free flow), Aeronautic (Auxiliary power unit, small turbojet, MRO process, Onboard weather radar systems), TIC (Virtual slide, Space-division multiplexing)

Clément Leray

Consultant

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Clement first started in 2009 as a software engineer, within the advanced research division of STMicroelectronics. He acquired there a thorough knowledge of embedded software and systems on chips in general.
In 2013, he joined the Inria, a renowned French public research center dedicated to Computer Science, where he developed strong skills in Computer Vision and Machine Learning.
He finally joins Questel Consulting in 2015 where he carries out missions as a strategic analyst on software issues in particular, and all ICT-related topics in general.

Education
Engineer’s degree in Electronics/Computer science with a specialty in Signal Processing (Grenoble INP Phelma)
Master in Innovation & Technology Management (IAE/G2I- Grenoble).

Practice areas
Software : Embedded software, algorithms, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Parallel Programing
Technologies : Semiconductors, Numeric circuits, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing
Others: Web technologies, Cloud Computing