MANAGEMENT

Ilias STEFAS PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ilias holds a PhD in Biochemistry. Immediately after his graduation in 1994 from the Montpellier University, he was recruited in the Montpellier Blood Transfusion Center to produce anti-erythrocyte monoclonal antibodies. He soon headed the Plasmatic Drug Department. He invented and patented a purification method for human plasmatic albumin and also discovered the role of the ApoH protein as an infectious agent ligand.

In 1993, he decides to pursue his work on the ApoH protein for the IRD, a French Research Agency. During this period, he files another 3 patents covering ApoH’s properties in the diagnostic and therapeutic fields.

In 2000, he creates ApoH-Technologies, where he naturally directs the R&D department in addition to his responsibilities as CEO.

Francisco VEAS PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Francisco received a Comparative Pathology Doctorate in 1986 at the Montpellier University. After several experiences in parasitology, he focuses his research on emerging viral diseases including HIV and Dengue. He is charged with creating multiple technologic platforms for sequencing, proteomics, biosafety level laboratories for containment of dangerous agents (BSL2 and BSL3), etc. Francisco brings his expertise in viral Immuno-Physiopathology to ApoH-Technologies, which he co-founded with Ilias. 

He is currently Research Director at the Montpellier IRD Health Department. He heads the Comparative Molecular Immuno-Physiopathology Lab in Montpellier and he is also Deputy Director of the research unit UMR-MD3, located in Marseille. He develops, coordinates and directs many research programs, notably:

- virus discovery in Amazonas (IDDEAA project in 2013)

- unique Ebola diagnostics leading to early treatment (IF-EBOLA consortium in 2014).

He is regularly call on as an expert evaluator of Excellence Research Programs in Infectious Diseases by the NIH (USA), WHO, the French National Research Agency (ANR), the IRD Commission of Biology (CSS2); the French Business-Supporting Agency OSEO, etc.

His scientific activities and publications and patents are dedicated to pathogen-host interactions, including innate immunity, viral physiopathology, vaccines and diagnostics. 

Sylvia TIGRETT-GONZALEZ PhD

Research Engineer

Sylvia is hired in 2003 by Biocytex in Marseille to work on flow cytometry detection of platelet activation. She is also charged with creating and implementing the Molecular Biology platform. She then develops the plasmid controls of their first IVD kit. She is transferred in 2004 to Agro-bio (Orleans), another company of the Stago Group, one of the leaders in the haemostasis and thrombosis field. There, she carries out mass spectrometry-based services and develops in parallel a range of magnetic-bead based products.

Sylvia joins ApoH-Technologies’ team in 2009. She currently supervises all projects involving viruses and is responsible for the company quality assurance.

She obtains her PhD in Virology and Proteomics in 2016 at the Montpellier University.

Estelle LUCARZ-BRUNEL

Research Engineer

In 2007, Estelle is hired by ApoH-Technologies shortly after graduating from the Montpellier University, with a Biotechnology Engineer Master’s degree. In parallel to her professional activities, she successfully passes the Technology Research Diploma in 2009 by presenting her work on «Developing ApoH supports for bacteria capture».

She currently is in charge of the production department and supervises all bacteriology projects at ApoH-Technologies.