Entrepreneurship, Lessons Learned, and Bioindustry Perspectives
An Interview with Roger-Marc Nicoud
Roger-Marc Nicoud received his PhD from the University of Lorraine in process simulation for the nuclear industry. He joined Separex in 1987, first as a technical director and then as a managing director until 1995. Between 1993 and 1995, he also worked as professor and headed a research laboratory involved in thermodynamics at the University of Lorraine.
Nicoud founded Novasep in 1995 with the objective of developing comprehensive solutions for producing biologic and synthetic molecules. Novasep became a leading life-sciences company with a recognized portfolio of innovative technologies. He worked as CEO of Novasep until October 2012 and as chairman of the company’s supervisory board until February 2014. Nicoud just completed a book titled Chromatographic Processes: Modeling, Simulation, and Design (to be published in early 2015), in which he shares his historical passion for science and process simulation.
In November 2014, Nicoud started Ypso-Facto, a service provider helping life-sciences companies improve their production processes. I spoke with him about his perspectives on innovation in the industry, lessons learned in the industry, and projections for the future of the bioprocessing industry.