FFBiotech's steering committee


Honorary President of the French Federation of Biotechnologies

Pierre Monsan (72) is Professor Emeritus at the National Institute for Applied Sciences (INSA) of the University of Toulouse, France. He was elected member of the French University Institute (IUF) in 2003 and re-elected in 2008.

He is CEO-CSO of Cell-Easy, a start-up company based in Toulouse and dedicated to the large scale production of affordable and high quality mesenchymal stem cells for clinical trials.

He is Founding Director of the pre-industrial demonstrator “Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB)”, which was granted M€ 20 within the frame of the French National Program “Investissement d’avenir” in March 2011 (www.toulouse-white-biotechnology.com).

He has been active for 44 years in the field of enzyme catalysis (enzyme production, purification, immobilization and application, screening, structural characterization and molecular design). He authored more than 240 scientific publications, 3 books and 65 patents. His H-factor is 51.

He was involved in the founding of several start-up companies: BioEurope (1984), BioTrade (1996), Genibio (1998) and in the move of LibraGen (now Givaudan Active Beauty) from Lyon to Toulouse (2004).

He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of several companies, founding member of the French Academy of Technology, member of the French National Academy of Agriculture, member of several Scientific Societies and member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He is founder and Honorary Chairman of the French Federation of Biotechnology (FFBiotech), member of the Executive Board of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB). 

Jean-Luc SIMON

President of the French Federation of Biotechnologies

After being Vice President of FF Biotech (French Federation of Biotechnology), since its creation, Jean-Luc Simon was appointed President in November 2020. Laureate of the University of Lorraine, from 1975 to 1980, Jean-Luc Simon obtained a Master degree in Chemistry, Chemical engineering and in Microbial Biochemistry. He is ENSAIA Engineer, Doctor and HDR in Biotechnology and FoodScience. Jean-Luc Simon has spent his 35-year career in R§D in the industry. First, as a researcher and then head of research in Organic Processes at Rhône-Poulenc (Sanofi), then as Director of Rhodia (Solvay, DuPont)’s R§D in Bioingredients. Then he took over the general direction of the research for Lesaffre and then for Ingredia. He has extensive experience, at the world level, in the production of amino acids, organic acids, vitamins, antibiotics, flavors, enzymes, polysaccharides, yeasts and proteins and dairy peptides. He has led a hundred international collaborations. He has been a member of the Executive Committees of Lesaffre and Ingredia.

In parallel, Jean-Luc Simon has held many academic positions. He has been teaching, for 30 years, as a temporary professor in the best French schools and universities in the fields of biotechnology, food and innovation. He has been a jury member or reporter for many theses and French or European congresses. He participated in the assembly of several research structures (Labcom, Labmix, IHU, foundations, …). He has been a member of the Scientific or Strategic Committees of ADEME (French Environment and Energy Agency), ANIA (French Food Industries Association), Food for Life, INRA-Carnot Qualiment and Vice-President of NSL (Nutrition Health Longevity) cluster. He was editor-in-chief of the Biotechnology section of the journal Techniques de l’Ingénieur.

Currently, Jean-Luc Simon is member of the European Federation of Biotechnology Board, administrator of Adebiotech, after having VP of it), President of the Process and Food Processes Group of the SFGP (French Chemical Engineering Association) and a member of the ANR (French Research Agency) Food Projects Evaluation Committee.


Treasurer of the French Federation of Biotechnologies

  • Professor Industrial Food Engineering and Bioprocesses IUT A University of Lille
  • Director Charles Viollette Institute, Lille University, France.


Secretary of the French Federation of Biotechnologies

President of Society for Biochromatography and NanoSeparation (SBCN) since 2004 and secretary of FF Biotech (French Federation of Biotechnology), since its creation. 

Xavier Santarelli is Professor in Bioseparation at the Department of Biotechnology Engineering. ENSTBB/Bordeaux INP/Bordeaux University, France after 10 years as associate Professor in the same institute. Before he spent several years as Downstream processing Engineer in Biotech Company.  

After his Biophysics PhD, he spent two years as Post DOC position at Paris XIII University in collaboration with IBF Company, about new chromatographic media. 

Researcher unique identifier: ORCID 0000-0003-1530-4632.

URL for web site: http://www.cbmn.u-bordeaux.fr/150-structure-et-activite-des-macromolecules-biologiques-.html

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Xavier Santarelli organized as President of SBCN the different SBCN International Symposium

Purification & Characterization (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2018, 2021 (Bordeaux, Lille, Montpellier, Lyon, Bordeaux, Virtual) France.

Creator and organizer of the International Bioseparation Contest for Young Scientists in Protein Purification VIJI Awards (2007, 2010, 2012, 2018, 2021). 

Creator and leader of the Multi-Partner Chair ‘Bioprocess Engineering’ University Bordeaux Foundation (2014-2017). 

Since several years, he is a Bioseparation and Biotechnology expert for several organization (OSEO, AERES, ANR, expertise for the evaluation of the proposal to establish a Doctoral College for Biopharmaceutical Technology at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria). He is Expert PEDR for Franche-Comté University, France. Bioseparation Expert for «Public funding agency in the Czech Republic, CZ). Downstream Processing Expert for Brinkhof, Lawyer Amsterdam, NL). Expert to adjuge thesis in France and India (7 thesis: 2 at JADAVPUR University, Calcutta, INDIA, 4 at VIT University, Vellore, INDIA, 1 at IIT Delhi, INDIA).