The Team

Meet the people behind Scipio! This close-knit international team stemming from prestigious universities and research labs is united behind the intellectual and technical challenge of bringing ScRNA-seq to every benchtop.

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Prof Stuart Edelstein
Prof Stuart Edelstein
President - Chief Scientific Officer
Stuart is a world-renowned biophysicist. A foreign associate of the French Academy of Science, his academic curriculum includes professorships at Cornell University (NY, USA), University of Geneva (Switzerland), ENS (Paris, France) and the Collège de France. Stuart also has start-up experience as co-founder of a publicly listed biotech company.
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Pierre Walrafen
Pierre Walrafen
Chief Executive Officer
An Ecole Polytechnique alumnus and qualified European Patent Attorney, Pierre's experience in biotech covers all stages of product development and includes, in addition to 10+ years of R&D, positions as alliance manager for a strategic industrial partnership in DNA-based diagnostics and as consultant for biotechnology clients in an IP firm.
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Luc Walrafen
Luc Walrafen
Chief Financial Officer
After graduating from ESSEC Business School, Luc worked, in France and Germany, for financial institutions and investment funds and then specialized in administering and advising start-ups at all stages of development in their structuration, business planning, fundraising and reporting.
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Pierre Chaumat
Pierre Chaumat
VP Chief Manufacturing Officer
With more than 30 years in various Life Sciences and In Vitro Diagnostic companies and 2 entrepreneurial experiences, Pierre has developed a solid competence in leading Research & Development and Industrialization of innovative products for Medical Research and In Vitro Diagnostic in strong regulatory classes.
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Sahar Sabetnia
Sahar Sabetnia
Chief Business Development Officer
An Alumnus of Trinity College Dublin and University of Glasgow, Sahar joined Scipio in 2021 with over 19 years of experience in Life Sciences, twelve years of which have been dedicated to leading commercialization of novel innovations, building collaborative partnerships between industry and not for profit organizations, leading the formation of startups and driving their successful growth.
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Barbara André
Barbara André
Director of Bioinformatics
Barbara has 10+ years of experience in software R&D for biomedical applications. With an engineering background in computer science and applied mathematics, she received her PhD in medical image computing from Mines Paris Tech. She contributed to innovative prototypes and led the development of sustainable software products for the industry, especially in the domain of genetic analysis.
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Jun Komatsu
Jun Komatsu
Director of Innovation
Jun has 10+ years of experience in biotech R&D and is an expert in structural and functional analysis of DNA molecules for genetic testing and biomedical research. With a background in general engineering and industrial chemistry, he received his PhD on the subject of micromanipulation of biological molecules in an electrostatics laboratory of the Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan).
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Gwenaëlle Pasquero
Gwenaëlle Pasquero
Director of Marketing/Sales
Gwenaëlle has 16 years of experience in the Life Science industry. After graduating as a Life Scientist, she spent 5 years in development in the pharmaceutical industry, then worked as an operational sales manager. In 2009, she joined ABF to set up the tailor-made enzymes marketing strategy and operations. She also developed key accounts internationally, leading innovative projects from conception to launch.
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Abdoulaye Diallo
Abdoulaye Diallo
Sales Administrator
With previous professional experience as a sales admin. supervisor at Raysearch Laboratories (cancer care treatment), Abdoulaye joined Scipio in nov2021 after graduating from Nanterre University with a Master in Sales and Marketing. Over the past 7 years, he gained and consolidated a broad set of skills from management, sales, event organization to project supervision. Today at Scipio, his diverse skillset enables him to contribute in the best way possible to the company growth by handling not only sales admin tasks but also all the other missions he is involved with.
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Anaïs Vayaboury
Anaïs Vayaboury
Assistant Scientist
Anaïs is preparing a Biomedical Research degree at the School of Applied Biology of Paris (ESTBA). Currently intern at Scipio bioscience as assistant scientist, Anaïs contributes actively to our project by using both her theoretical and practical skills, as she discovers the start-up ecosystem.
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Antoine Graindorge
Antoine Graindorge
Senior R&D Project leader
Antoine has 16+ years of experience in RNA biology, investigating the role of RNA molecules in the regulation of gene expression. He obtained his PhD in Rennes where he studied the control of embryonic mRNAs expression. He pursued post-doctoral work focusing on post-transcriptional mRNA regulations at the CRG in Barcelona, and then on the roles and mechanisms of action of long noncoding RNAs at the Institut Curie, Paris.
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Anu Kumar
Anu Kumar
Lab Manager
Anu leads the internal logistics which allows Scipio’s R&D department to operate at full capacity. Holding a Bachelors in Neuroscience from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (USA), she worked and trained as a Lab Manager and Research Technician at the Institut du Cerveau (Paris) before joining Scipio in early 2022. Her previous experience in cellular and molecular biology allows her to effectively work at the intersection of management and research.
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Azadeh Saffarian
Azadeh Saffarian
R&D Bioinformatics Project leader
Azadeh holds a PhD in Computer Science and Bioalgorithmics applied to RNA secondary structures prediction from the University Lille1 INRIA. She pursued 7 years of postdoctoral research at Inserm and Pasteur Institute in Paris. She developed her expertise in "omics" and the development of algorithms for HLA genes.
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Celian Opigez
Celian Opigez
Technical Assistant in IT
Célian is training to become a web / mobile developer and is looking to develop his skills and learn as much as possible. Very interested in computer science in general and more particularly in programming, he aims to be a full-stack and versatile developer in order to succeed in his professional life.
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Damien Ulveling
Damien Ulveling
Bioinformatics Project Leader
Damien holds a PhD in bioinformatics from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers de Paris. He graduated with a master's degree in cellular and molecular biology and works at the interface between bioinformatics and biologists. His experience includes working with research teams, as well as within the ICM's iCONICS platform on data analysis from NGS sequencing and genotyping.
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Dilyana Dimitrova
Dilyana Dimitrova
R&D Project Leader
Dilyana has joined Scipio in 2021 as a Poject Leader in R&D.
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Elodie Baldivia
Elodie Baldivia
Research Engineer
After a Bachelor's degree in Cell Biology and Physiology (BCP) in Reims, Elodie joined the Molecular Oncohematology Laboratory at the Necker Enfants-Malades Institute (INEM Paris 15) for the development of the droplet digital PCR. She then joined the genomic sequencing platform of the Epigenetics and Environment Laboratory (LEE) of the CEA in Evry, France, where she participated in the automation of many protocols. She joined the Scipio R&D team in March 2021.
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Florence Bonetto
Florence Bonetto
Senior Digital Marketing Manager
Florence has over 15 years of experience in marketing including 10 years in the biotechnology industry. She has a strong experience in Digital marketing, Marketing and she also has Graphic design skills. Florence has a Master's degree in Marketing and a Graphic design degree as well. She lived in Cambridge, UK for a total of 12 years and moved back to France recently.
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Frédéric Guerin
Frédéric Guerin
Research Engineer
Frederic has over 10 years of experience in biology research laboratories in both private and academic environments. After receiving his Master's degree in Proteomics (Lille, France), he worked for an oncology drug discovery start up. He then joined a fundamental research CNRS team and worked on genome plasticity in ciliates for five years. He also worked for a DNA-based diagnostics company, and then in an immunology genetic disease INSERM research team.
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Hélène Eckert
Hélène Eckert
R&D Project leader
Hélène has over 10 years of experience in molecular biology. After receiving her M.S. in Plant Genetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA), she worked on plant genetic engineering at Iowa State University (USA) and Bayer Crop Science (Lyon, France). She then joined the Curie Institute in Paris, where she spent 6 years studying long noncoding RNAs in vertebrate development.
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Léa Cathaly
Léa Cathaly
Assistant scientist
Léa is preparing a Professional degree in Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, and Health, with specialization in Biotechnologies, at the Higher Technical School of the Laboratory in Paris (ETSL). She joined Scipio bioscience as work-study assistant scientist and participates to the development of our kit.
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Mariam Guirguis
Mariam Guirguis
Technical Assistant In Marketing and Communication
Mariam is preparing an engineering degree at Sup’Biotech and will graduate in 2023. As part of an apprenticeship she joined the Scipio team at the end of 2020. Her polyvalent training enables her to work as an assistant in marketing and communication.
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Mathieu Guinin
Mathieu Guinin
Full-stack Developer
Mathieu has 8 years of experience in software development. He worked on a wide range of applications from websites to physical signal analysis and dedicated hardwares. Aside form his bachelor’s degree in Math and Computer Science at University Paris Descartes, he dabbled with physics and electronic in ENSEEIHT Toulouse and completed intensive applied programing courses with school 42 in Paris.
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Mbéssi Gakosso
Mbéssi Gakosso
Quality Manager
Mbéssi has previously led the quality management system for more than 10 years at Fluigent, a microfluidics company. A graduate with a master degree in quality management, he is bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience on ISO standards and European regulations for user safety (CEE).
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Nicolas Fernandez
Nicolas Fernandez
Senior R&D Project Leader
Nicolas has 10+ years of experience in soft matter physics and led the development of several DNA analysis consumables. Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Ponts alumnus, he received his PhD on suspension rheology from ETH Zürich (Switzerland).
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Olivier Caille
Olivier Caille
Senior Full-stack Developer
Olivier has an engineering degree from Supélec and 12 years of experience in web application development, both in start-ups and in large organizations. During these years, he worked in teams on high-volume web projects with complex technical constraints. He joined Scipio to support the development of Cytonaut.
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Raya Poncin
Raya Poncin
R&D Project leader
Raya received her Ph.D. from the University of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, where she carried out research on biopolymers for tissue engineering and cell therapy applications. She graduated previously from the Paris Institute of Bioengineering and obtained a Master's degree in polymer science from University Paris-Est Créteil.
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Sara Majello
Sara Majello
Research Engineer
Sara has 8 years of experience in molecular biology. She completed a MSc in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), specializing in RNA biology. She continued studying long non-coding RNAs at the Curie Institute in Paris. She then joined the Pasteur Institute (Paris), where she worked on the emergence of hematopoietic stem cells during embryonic development.
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Stanislas Lipin
Stanislas Lipin
R&D Bioinformatician
Stanislas completed an M.S. in medical physics at Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble followed by an M.S. bioinformatics at Paris-Saclay University. He started his career at Lumex Instruments in Russia as research engineer for 3 years. He joined Scipio bioscience in 2018 as a bioinformatics engineer and focuses on single-cell RNA sequencing data analysis.
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Ulysse Godet
Ulysse Godet
Research Engineer
Ulysse recently graduated as a biotech engineer from Sup’Biotech Paris. Interested in the development of analytical methods in molecular biology, he joined Scipio’s R&D team at the beginning of 2021.
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Vivian Schindler
Vivian Schindler
Office Manager
Vivian supervises our administrative projects and human resources, as well as accounting and general services. Polyglot and polyvalent, our team and partners benefit from her years of international experience. Skilled coordinator, she will respond to the inquiries of all our stakeholders.
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Vivien Moretto
Vivien Moretto
Lead Cloud Architect
A Telecom Engineer graduate, Vivien has 10 years of experience in IT industry. He started as a Java Developer and was promoted as an IT Architect. He is experienced in different contexts (Security, Banking, Energy ) and worked for an IDaas editor. Vivien joined Scipio in July 2021 to manage the infrastructure and set up DevOps practices.
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Wilko Duprez
Wilko Duprez
Head of Communications
With a scientific background including a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Queensland and two post-docs, Wilko turned to journalism graduating from Imperial College London in scientific communication and using his newfound skills as far away as Japan. After working as a scientific VR director in Denmark for many years, Wilko joined Scipio mid-2020 as its new Head of Communications.
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Xavier Bussell
Xavier Bussell
R&D Bioinformatician
Xavier recently completed a M.S. in bioinformatics at University of Rouen Normandy. He started his career with a two-year apprenticeship in bioinformatics at the Genoscope, before joining Scipio in 2020.
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Yann Zhong
Yann Zhong
Intern Bioinformatician
Yann graduated from Imperial College London in 2019 with a M.Eng in biomedical engineering. With a keen interest in the field of health tech, he decided to study for an M2 in bioinformatics at Sorbonne University a year later. With his adaptability and multicultural background being his greatest strengths, he is currently interning as a bioinformatician at Scipio Bioscience.
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Yannick Fourne
Yannick Fourne
R&D Bioinformatician
After graduating from a higher education degree in biotechnology, Yannick worked for 7 years for the company Genomic Vision. In parallel he studied to complete an engineering degree in bioinformatics, leading him to work on phosphorylation networks in the department of human genomics at Chicago University. He resumed his work at Genomic Vision afterwards, before joining Scipio in 2020.
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