Management

Benoit Bouche Ph.D. AMP

President and CEO
NEOMED-LABS

Benoit spent over 30 years on growing healthcare businesses and, solving fast growth-related issues as an entrepreneur, advisor and deal maker, or independent board member.

He has an unrivaled experience in pharmaceutical outsourcing. He created and led an advisory firm, a central lab, and a clinical project monitoring unit, the three business units of what became the leading clinical stage CRO in Continental Europe in the late nineties with over 400 people, mainly located in France, Italy, and Germany. He is a board member at Mapi Group, then a late phase CRO with few tens of people and today the world leader in late phase patient-centered research with 800 people and revenues north of €100m. He also is a managing partner at Trans Hit Bio, the reference human biological samples procurement for biomarker development purposes CRO.

Benoit has a dual scientific (PharmD Pharmacy 1984; PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences/Biotechnology 1986) and business (Advanced Management Program Harvard Business School 2002) education. His professional background enabled him to get to know in details all aspects of a healthcare venture stage company and to favor understanding and collaboration between scientists and business persons.

In the investment banking field, he has been the head of Puilaetco (since acquired by KBC) research team between 1998 and 2002, instrumental in the emergence of a fund investing in innovative healthcare companies and of what became the reference M&A healthcare team in Europe (Bryan Garnier). He sourced and led the execution of over 40 M&A transactions and financing rounds for biotechnology and medical device companies, or CROs. He is an advisor to IMAP, a 400 M&A professionals network with a presence in over 40 countries, ranked since years in the worldwide top 5 Thomson Financials league tables in the small and mid-markets.

Mounia Azzi Ph.D​.

​Vice President, Corporate Development and Communications

Mounia leads NEOMED-LABS’ corporate strategies and development. Prior to joining NEOMED-LABS, she was Director, Scientific Affairs at the NEOMED Institute, responsible for the identification and evaluation of new opportunities to complement NEOMED’s prospecting activities.

Before joining the NEOMED initiative, she was Director of Programs at CQDM, where she was responsible for the evaluation and management of research projects and funding programs. Previously, she was Investment Manager at MSBi Valorization, where she covered all aspects of the valorization and investment process, including identification, evaluation, due diligence, negotiation, and fundraising for opportunities in the life sciences sector. She was also actively involved in business development activities with potential industry partners. She started her career as leader of the cellular biology group at Bellus Health (formerly Neurochem Inc.), where she was involved in the development of therapeutics targeting Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

Mounia holds a PhD degree in Neuroscience from Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris.

Luc Gagnon Ph.D​.

VP Laboratory Operations & Technologies

Over 15 years of expertise in several biotechnology, CRO, and pharmaceutical companies. Extensive experience in immunology assay development to support vaccines and biologics clinical trials.

Vahé Kalusyan CPA-CMA, MBA

VP Administration & Finances

Vahé has 25 years of experience in finance and accounting with the last 15 years in the Pharma/Vaccine industry, mainly as North American Finance Head for GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines (GSK).

He also worked in the technology industry for private & public companies, for startup & global structures in the manufacturing and servicing industries. During his career, Vahé was involved in M&A, integrations, IPO, global transactions, but also in operating responsibilities by leading finance teams. in 2015, he was involved in the creation of NEOMED-LABS by leading the project from the GSK side. He joined NEOMED-LABS as a CFO in August 2017 where he manages the finance functions and supports the strategic growth of the company. Vahé is a CPA-CMA and holds an MBA from HEC Montreal.

Oren Sebag B.Sc., RN, MBA

Vice President, Business Development

After obtaining his Bachelor Degree in Nursing from University of Montreal, Oren entered the CRO world where he progressed quickly to become a well-established Business Development professional catering to some of the biggest clients in the industry.

He championed many strategic initiatives for his passed employers which included partnerships, acquisitions and even a unique build of a Phase 1 clinic in Miami that allowed him to put his MBA Innovation Leadership to great use.  Oren has close to 20 years of knowledge in CRO Business Development field and has recently joined  NEOMED-LABS as Vice President of Business Development after leading a sales team for one of the largest CROs in the USA.

Oren’s passion for leadership has also lead him to get into municipal politics where he recently won a seat as city councilor in the 3rd largest city on the Island of Montreal.