Through this mini-series of articles, we want to present you our whole team and skills of each.
I am in charge of Op2Lysis translational studies and regulatory affairs. Chemist with a Master 2 in pharmaceutical and biomedical engineering, I pursued my education with a PhD and I graduated from Université catholique de Louvain (Brussels, Belgium) in April 2018. During my PhD, I worked on the development of an innovative mucolytic agent for Cystic Fibrosis. I was fully in charge of conception and execution of pre-clinical studies as well as of data interpretation. During my training, I also benefited from a US research experience. I worked in pharmaceutical development in a biotech company based in Cambridge, MA.
I was very pleased to join Op2Lysis. The project is in all respects consistent with my education and my wish to be part of an innovative project responding to a major medical need. Moreover, the company values are in line with my vision of the professional environment in which I want to evolve.
The strength of Op2Lysis is based on the multidisciplinary skills of each fellow. Our wide knowledge of hemorrhagic stroke, of our product as well as of innovative solutions for precise medical needs are the foundation of our project.
I am in charge of the pre-clinical development of our product as well as of the regulatory activities related to its future registration.
My professional experiences helped me develop skills in project management and in pre-clinical studies. The diversity of fields I have dealt with allows me to quickly integrate and become invested in the aspects of the project entrusted to me.
Op2Lysis was at Biofit 2018 on December 4-5, in Lille. Op2Lysis was invited to present the company’s project at the start-up slams session. This was also the opportunity to meet and discuss with many patners, investors and preclinical or clinical research organisations. Technical and financial aspect of our development project could be shared.
Biofit is an international business convention organized every year in France and specifically dedicated to technology transfer, academic-industry collaborations and early stage innovations in the life sciences. The goal is to increase the flow of patent trades and to foster the emergence of innovative products, processes and services in the field of life sciences.
Biofit helps the biotechnology community to share newscientific knowledge, to promote innovation and to detect and seize new marketopportunities, by connecting many international players in the field of humanand animal health.
A partnership agreement has been signed by Op2Lysis with Inserm research unit U1237 and University of Caen. This academic laboratory is focused on stroke research, from research on pathophysiological mechanisms to the identification of innovative therapeutic options.
This partnership is the logical next step, as it follows research activities leaded in this research unit over more than 10 years by Jérôme Parcq, cofounder of Op2Lysis. The resulting share of human and technological assets will help moving forward O2L-001 development towards clinical stage, and will allow initiation of new research programs.
This cooperation established by Op2Lysis and Inserm and University of Caen will favor success in our fight against the severe consequences of hemorrhagic strokes
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Op2Lysis has obtained a M€ 0.5 grant, following the « Innov Avenir Entreprises » call for projects, which was lauched by the Government and by the Normandy Region as the third round of the Programme d’investissements d’avenir (PIA). This grant will fund almost 50% of the budget to set up a pilot for production and purification of O2L-001, including development of a stable cell line to express O2L-001, which is a key step in the development plan of our drug candidate to treat hemorrhagic stroke patients. This award reflects the increasing support from the Government (through the DIRRECTE), the Normandy Region and bpifrance (which appraised our application) to progress towards the preclinical regulatory development phase and submit a Clinical Trial Application Form in Europe and an IND in the US in the next two years.
The application of Op2Lysis was granted on last October. This membership will allow us to benefit from the network of France Biotech and will give us the opportunity to contribute as well.
Thierry Sempere, who was recently appointed as new President of WICAP Op2Lysis, the holding that represents all WiSEEDers who invested in Op2Lysis within the crowdfunding campaign for the first round of fundraising, will join the Strategic Committee of Op2Lysis for its next meeting, in replacement of Alexis Nogues. The professional background of Thierry in the pharmaceutical industry, which includes a sound international operational experience, will bring a strong contribution to the Strategic Committee, in complementarity with other members.
We welcome Thierry in this new assignment, and we thank Alexis for his contribution to our project.
The 6 members of the Strategic Committe of Op2Lysis are now the following persons : Patrick Cassagne, Christophe Gaudin, Philippe Monteyne, Jean-Claude Muller, Jérôme Parcq et Thierry Sempere.
Efficient Innovation was selected to perform a qualitative market research, which will help us to enhance our understanding of market expectation about our product and to reinforce the most critical characteristics of our target product profile.
This work will be funded in part by the competitive cluster Medicen Paris Region in a three-way contract, with a joint participation of Conseil Régional d’Ile de France and European Union Feder funds.
Marie-Julie Guichard joined us on last 29 October 2018. She will be in charge of translational and regulatory studies.
Marie-Julie is a PhD from the University of Louvain in Belgium where she worked on the preclinical development of a drug treatment for cystic fibrosis patients. During her training period, she also benefited from a US research experience in a biotech company in Cambridge, MA.
Op2Lysis has been selected to join Neighborhood, a life science innovation center developed by Voisin Consulting Life Sciences that supports health tech startups in providing strategic and development regulatory coaching to favor growth. Marie-Julie will be working at Neighborhood office space and will benefit from a regulatory mentoring adapted to her new responsibilities
Last October 29th was also the World Stroke Day, which is a very good sign. We wish Marie-Julie every success in her new assignment, which is a key role for Op2Lysis preclinical development progress.