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Bpifrance Investissement, director

Through its dedicated investment fund (“Ecotechnologies”), Bpifrance Investissement (ex-CDC Entreprises) supports french non listed companies by financing their equity and quasi-equity. These  companies operate in 4 different sectors :

  • Renewable energies and green chemistry,
  • Sorting and recycling waste,
  • Smart grids &
  • New vehicles.

Bpifrance is including OSEO, CDC Entreprises, FSI et FSI Régions.

Philippe Lavielle, Chairman

An expert in the management of innovative companies primarily specializing in biotechnologies, Philippe Lavielle has lived and worked in San Francisco for more than 10 years. He also spent more than 20 years with Genencor, one of the leading architects in industrial enzymes acquired by DuPont, where he worked as Vice President and BU Manager before being named Executive Vice President in charge of Business Development.

Demeter Partners

Demeter Partners is an AMF-accredited independent asset management company based in Paris that was founded in July 2005 and is wholly-owned by its management team.

The firm focuses primarily on growth capital for companies that specialize in:

  • eco-industries (water, air and waste treatment, site remediation, etc.),
  • eco-energies (renewable energies, energy efficiency, etc.).

Emertec Gestion

Founded in Grenoble in 1999, Emertec is a venture capital firm with €120 million under management which focuses its investment strategy on the need to think of growth in terms of sustainable development and to respond to the increasing importance of and need for mobility.

Emertec’s core vocation is to create value by transforming groundbreaking technological innovations into a commercial and financial success.

Agnès Paillard, independent director

Agnès Paillard is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the French National Institute for Industrial Property (Inpi), President of the Aerospace Valley competitiveness cluster and Vice-President responsible for regional innovation policy for Airbus Group France. A graduate of ESPCI ParisTech, Agnès Paillard was Chief Executive of Serma Technologies from 1995 to 2002 before being appointed Deputy Director in charge of economic development, research and technology transfer for the Regional Council of Aquitaine until 2009.

Mrs Agnès Paillard has been co-opted as an independent director in 2014.

Alain Godard, director

Agronomist and researcher, Alain Godard spent the majority of his career working for Rhône-Poulenc / Aventis. A graduate of the ENSAT Graduate School of Life Sciences of Toulouse, he joined Rhône-Poulenc Agrochimie in 1975 after working in Benin as a researcher for the Institut de Recherche pour les Huiles et Oléagineux (Institute for Research on Oils and Oleaginous Plants). Having held several executive positions, he was named Chairman and CEO of the company in 1991. In 1997, he was appointed to the Executive Committee of Rhône-Poulenc, overseeing operations for the Group’s “Animal and Plant Health” division and its activities in Asia. In 1999, he played an active part in the merger between Rhône-Poulenc and Hoechst which led to the creation of Aventis where he served as Chairman of the Management Board of Aventis CropSciences and member of the Executive Committee before leaving the Group in 2001. Since then, Alain Godard has participated in the development of several “biotech” start-up companies as director or consultant.

Bpifrance Participations

Bpifrance Participations represented by Nicolas Herschtel.

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