Executive Committee


Emmanuel PETIOT, CEO

Education: EDHEC Business School, École Centrale Paris

Career: Emmanuel PETIOT joined Air Liquide where he held various marketing and sales functions (1996-2000). He then joined Dow Chemical (2000-2004) before joining Novozymes, Danish industrial biotechnology company and world leader in enzymes and microorganisms. In nine years (2004-2012) he had several executive positions in marketing, sales and development of industrial partnerships in Europe, the USA and Asia. He was CEO of the French subsidiary of Novozymes that provided operational support group for all of Europe. Before joining DEINOVE, he was Commercial Director of Novozymes North America Inc., the main global market for enzymes.

Jean-Paul LEONETTI, Vice President, Director of Research & Development

Education: University Of Nice - Sophia Antipolis, PhD in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Montpellier II, Visiting professor University of California - San Diego. Research Director, CNRS.

Career: Jean-Paul LEONETTI began his career at the CNRS Institute of Molecular Genetics of Montpellier. He addressed fundamental aspects of bacteriology during a stay at UCSD (San Diego) then joined the CPBS (Centre of Pathogens and Biotechnology for Health, Faculty of Pharmacy, Montpellier), to continue this theme. Responsible of a research team within the CPBS, he contributed to the development of the DEINOVE project since its inception and naturally became Director of R & D when the company was created.

Publications & Patent: 20 patents and author of 50 articles in international journals.

Awards & Recognitions: CNRS bronze medal, prizes ADER and Innovation for his involvement in the promotion of public research.

Jean-Paul LEONETTI He has been involved in the DEINOVE project since its inception.

Dominique LE BELLER


Education: Biological Engineer with a Doctorate in Microbiology, Bioconversions and Enzymology (Université de Technologie de Compiègne).

Career: Dominique LE BELLER spent his all career in the Pharma industry (HOESCHST-MARION-ROUSSEL, AVENTIS) researching on ati-infective agents and notably contributed to the development of 3 antibiotics: Ketek®, NXL 201 and NXL 104. With the Institut Pasteur, he also played an active role in the creation and implementation of the "Infectology" subject at the Pole MEDICEN, and launched the first "chemical library" project. In 2004, Dominique LE BELLER co-founded Novexel and directed projects, operations and human resources at this start-up specialized in the development of anti-infective agents until it was bought by Astra Zeneca for nearly $500 million in 2010.

Marie Bézenger

Marie BEZENGER, Director of Operations

Education: Food sciences graduate (Polytech Montpellier) and holds a PhD in Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology (University of Montpellier).

Career:Marie Bézenger spent over 20 years within the Chr. Hansen group, one of the world's leading producers of natural ingredients – natural colors, enzymes, probiotics, etc. - for food and health. She has held successively the positions of Head of the Dairy Cultures Department, Innovation Director of Dairy France in the Cultures & Enzymes Division, and also Major Accounts Technical Director. Before joining DEINOVE, she was Director of Operations at Fermentalg.

Julien Coste DEINOVE

Julien COSTE, Director of Finance & Administration

Education: ESC Grenoble business school, Paris-Dauphine University.

Career: Director of Finance and Administration of Neuro3d, a biotechnology start-up based in Mulhouse. More recently, he held the same responsibilities for the French part of Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG), a division of Publicis. He has extensive experience in management, having worked both for young innovative companies and global corporations and listed companies.


Coralie MARTIN, Manager Communications and Investor Relations

Education: Engineer inBiochemistry INSA Toulouse, Master in Business IAE Lyon

Career: Coralie MARTIN undertook several missions as research engineer at the University UQAM (Canada) and Sanofi-Aventis (Toulouse). She then specialized in communication and marketing of pharmaceutical products, with several missions for Laboratoires Pierre Fabre and more recently for bioMérieux Chile. She has strong skills in biochemistry and international experience.