François-Xavier Desforges – CEO
François-Xavier is a seasoned executive with a large experience in the bio-photonics field. He started his career at Photonetics SA of which he managed the US Subsidiary until 2001. Back to France, he was named Development Director of the iXCore holding in which he participated to the growth of the iXMarine group of companies (500 employees, 100 m€ turnover). In 2008, he was appointed President of Genewave which he successfully merged with Mobidiag in 2013. After leaving Genewave in 2014, he held various positions until he joined Prestodiag as President in May 2016.
A former student of ENS Cachan, FX holds a Master degree in Optics and Signal Processing from Paris Sud University (1985) and a PhD in Electronics from the University of Limoges in 1989.
Félix Piat – Co-founder & CTO
Félix brings his experience in project management within the industrial microbiology sector. After working at Merck-Millipore as an application engineer for pharmaceutical microbiology testing, he joined the leading food and pharmaceutical products testing firm Eurofins where he implemented a new logistics solution to optimise sample collection. He also has experience as an entrepreneur setting up an e-commerce charity website (www.maddof.com).
Félix holds a MSc in Life Sciences and Health from the leading Grande Ecole AgroParisTech (formerly INA-PG, 2009). He is the author of six publications and one patent application.