Bone Therapeutics is committed to implementing the highest processes and standards of corporate governance, while ensuring that its business model is relevant, efficient and cost effective to the Company and its investors.
The Board of Directors is made up of the Chairman, nine non-executive Directors (six of which are independent) and one executive Director.
Jean Stéphenne is a highly-experienced life sciences executive, who has served in senior leadership roles at a large number of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, most recently as Chairman of TiGenix. Together with the Board of TiGenix, he oversaw the clinical development and positive European CHMP opinion of its most advanced allogeneic cell therapy product for the treatment of complex perianal fistulas in Crohn’s disease.
Jean Stéphenne was also previously a Member of the Corporate Executive Team of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Chief Executive of GSK Biologicals (now GSK Vaccines). During his 40-year tenure, he grew a company of 50 people into a fully integrated worldwide leader in vaccine development, with 12,000 employees.
Jean Stéphenne currently serves on the Board of various life sciences companies including TiGenix, Vaxxilon, OncoDNA, CureVac and Bepharbel. Previous board positions include Besix Group, BNP Paribas Fortis, GBL and IBA. For his contribution to the Belgian economy and global public health, he has received diverse business recognitions and was honoured with various titles by the Belgian and British governments.
Michel Helbig de Balzac has a long-standing experience in venture capital as the Founder and Managing Partner of BAMS Angels Fund I SCA (founded in 2005) and Nausicaa Ventures SCA (2009), both investing in early stage and early growth new technology companies and located in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). He has particular knowledge in the fields of biotech, medical devices and energy, and represents the funds at the board of several investee companies such as Spacebel, Ovizio, and Bio-Sourcing. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bone Therapeutics since June 2013. Previously, he was an acknowledged angel investor and entrepreneur with several high-growth companies. Complementary to venture capital, he has been very active in the development and financing of large-scale renewable energy development projects such as the North Sea offshore wind farm Northwester 2 consortium, comprised of Colruyt, TTR Energy (TPF Group), Incontrol, and his own company Wagram Invest, which was granted a 224 MW area concession in 2013. From 2002 to 2013 he was influential in helping to launch a range of wind farm projects in the Walloon Region. From 2009 to 2014, he was the Chairman of Edora, the Belgian Federation for Renewable Energy, of which he is currently Director, and more recently a board member of the Belgian Offshore Platform association. Michel Helbig started his professional career in 1985 with McKinsey, where he was active in the steel and paper industries and the insurance and hospital sectors before taking on the responsibility of Administrative Director and General Secretary of their Brussels Office. He then joined Dewaay Bank in 1994 where he led the development of various private banking and corporate finance projects. Michel Helbig has a broad academic background from UCL (Belgium) in philosophy, political sciences (with a focus on international relations), economic sciences, and European studies, and a MSc degree in Urban and Regional Planning (access to final work).
Damian Marron is an experienced life sciences executive with a successful track record of value creation through public and venture capital financing, portfolio planning and turnaround, M&A, licensing agreements and research and marketing collaborations. He has particular competencies in cell therapy, immuno-oncology and orphan diseases. Damian served most recently as Chief Executive Officer of Agalimmune and has also served as Chief Executive Officer of TxCell, a France-based specialist in personalised T-cell immunotherapies, where he led the Company’s IPO on Euronext Paris. As Chief Executive Officer of Trophos, France, he helped raise EUR 34 million in financing and positioned the company for a subsequent acquisition by Roche for EUR 700 million. Damian Marron also served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, for NiCox, where he supported the CEO in financing rounds raising over EUR 175 million.
Dirk Dembski has held a variety of roles in biotechnology, orthopaedics and medical companies and has built and driven global sales and marketing operations and served in business development positions. He is currently CEO of SpineWelding AG and previously served as Managing Director of bricon Group, the German business unit of Naton Medical Group, one of China’s largest Medtech companies, where he completed several acquisitions and drives the international business. He also worked as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Olympus Biotech for EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America, where he successfully marketed a portfolio of bone growth factors, cell technologies and innovative biomaterials. Dirk Dembski has also worked as director of sales and marketing for Small Bone Innovations, a bone medical technology company which was acquired by Stryker.
Roland Baron is professor at the Harvard Medical School, Endocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Head of the Division of Bone and Mineral Research and Chair of Oral Medicine at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine since January 2008. He received his DDS and PhD degrees from the Medical School at the University of Paris, France. From 1977 to 2007, Roland Baron was a professor in the departments of Medicine, Orthopaedics and Cell Biology at Yale University School of Medicine. From 1994 to 2002, he held the position of Vice President and Head of the Bone Diseases Group at Hoechst Marion Roussel and then Aventis. In 2002, he founded ProSkelia, a small pharmaceutical company devoted to the discovery and development of new drugs for bone and hormonal diseases. He has held the positions of President and Chief Scientific Officer of ProSkelia and then ProStrakan, until April 2006. He is the founder and past Editor-in-Chief of BONE, the Official Journal of the International Bone and Mineral Society until 2006. Roland Baron has published over 330 scientific papers in the field of bone biology and bone diseases.
Chris Buyse has over 30 years’ experience in international finance and financial management. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp and an MBA from the Vlerick School of Management in Ghent. From August 2006 to June 2014, he was CFO and Director at ThromboGenics NV, a biotechnology company listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels. Before joining ThromboGenics, he was CFO of CropDesign, where he coordinated the acquisition by BASF in July 2006. Prior to joining CropDesign, he served as finance manager of WorldCom/MCI Belux, and CFO and CEO ad interim of Keyware Technologies. Before, he held positions in finance at Spector Photo Group, Lyonnaise des Eaux (Suez) and Unilever. He is currently managing partner of Fund+ NV and holds a Director position in several private and public companies.
Paul Magrez is a medical doctor and computer scientist with more than 30 years of experience in diagnostics (personalized medicine), clinical biology, biotechnology (vaccines), and pharmaceutical industries. His experience mainly resides in the development of business plans, the search for private and public funding and the business & commercial development. After 15 years in large pharmaceutical companies (UCB, SB, GlaxoWellcome, GSK), in different executive positions, he became CEO of several companies in the field of biotechnology (Innogenetics), in-vitro diagnostics (Biomedical Diagnostics in Paris) and clinical biology (Pasteur CERBA). In 2011, Paul Magrez founded his own consulting firm in support of SMEs and start-ups, Paul Magrez BVBA. In 2015, together with three other partners, he founded a life sciences investment fund: FUND+.
Thierry François holds a Master’s degree of Science in Engineering and Management from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB), as well as Guberna certificates. He is also a CFA charterholder and a Certified Financial Analyst (EFFAS). With more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance, sell-side equity research and private equity, he is a true expert in corporate governance and asset management. He started his career in 1993 as a university trainee at the BNP Paribas Fortis Bank (Générale de Banque at the time), and worked his way up to Corporate Research Officer (1994-1997). He then moved on to Vermeulen-Raemdonck (part of ING Bank), where he served as a senior financial analyst. In 2000, he returned to Fortis Bank, to take the position as Director Equity Research (2000-2004) and later as Head of Investment Analysts (2004-2011). Since, he operates as an independent investment professional for companies such as Econopolis, Korys, First Retail International 2 and Re-Vive Brownfield Fund II. He is the founder and owner of Magenta Tree.
Jean-Paul Prieels holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. He started his industrial career at Petrofina in 1983 as Biotechnology Manager and joined GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals in 1987. His responsibilities gradually expanded to lead the vaccine preclinical R&D development activities as Senior Vice President of Research & Development at GlaxoSmithKline Biological in Rixensart, Belgium, until 2011. His career spans from basic research to applied research and product development. He was instrumental in the development of several commercially available vaccines, such as Rotarix, Cervarix and Synflorix. Today he is Director at Vaximm AG, Abivax SA, Promethera Biosciences, Pluriomics, Themis, Leukocare, Nouscom, Ogeda, Q-Biologicals SA, DNAlytics and PDC*Line Pharma. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Singapore Bioprocessing Technology Institute, CureVac and MolMed SPA and member of the European Vaccine Initiative Board of Stakeholders.
Wim Goemaere is an experienced senior financial executive with over 30 years international business experience, the majority of which he spent within the biotechnology field. After graduating in applied economics from KU Leuven (Belgium) in 1987, Wim Goemaere began his career at BP where he held various finance roles with increasing responsibility until leaving the Company in 1995, to join the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) as CFO. He played a key role in the Institute's development from start-up to one of the world's leading research bodies in life sciences. In 2008, Wim Goemaere moved to Devgen, a Belgium-based multinational agro-biotech company listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels, where he held the position of CFO for five years. He was instrumental in ensuring endorsement of Devgen in the financial markets and in the take-over of Devgen by Syngenta for €403 million. Furthermore, he played an important role into the company's business expansion in Asia. Wim Goemaere was appointed CFO of Bone Therapeutics in 2013 and played a key role in the process of bringing the company to the stock market in 2015. In 2017, he re-joined VIB where he now holds the position of Chief Operating Officer.
Thomas Lienard has over 15 years of national and international sales and marketing experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining Bone Therapeutics, Thomas Lienard worked at Lundbeck, where he acted as Managing Director for Belgium and Luxemburg and was vital to the launch of several products. He led a team of up to 80 employees, generating over EUR 50 million in sales. Before his position at Lundbeck, he worked at Eli Lilly and Company, where he held various positions in sales and marketing in Europe and the US, including Sales Director Belgium in 2010. Thomas Lienard started his career in 1999 as consultant at McKinsey & Company. He graduated from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management as Master in Business Engineering in 1999 and obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School in Boston in 2004. Thomas Lienard joined Bone Therapeutics in 2015 as Chief Business Officer in charge of activities regarding business development and strategic planning and was appointed CEO in October 2016.