Interviews

Read our exclusive interviews with our jury members to find out about their views on innovation and on this year’s competition.

Antony Lebeau

Antony Lebeau

Program Officer
National Research Agency (ANR)


Q – What are your expectations for this year’s Innovation prize candidates?
A. Lebeau – I am looking projects which are truly innovative when compared to what is being offered on the market. The project should also have strong scientific rationale and a realistic business plan, especially in terms of financial requirements.

Q – In your opinion, what are the current trends in innovation in the healthcare sector?
A. Lebeau – An increasing number of submitted projects fall into the field of personalized and digital medicine.

Q – What have you taken from your experience as a jury member? What do you appreciate most about being a jury member?
A. Lebeau – This experience has allowed me to discover many extremely interesting and varied projects.

Q – How would you define a truly innovative project?
A. Lebeau – A project whose scientific reasoning and business plan provide the clear vision of a new biotechnological approach.

Q – What do you think is the most important criterion for winning the Innovation prize?
A. Lebeau – When assessing the various projects, I try to think about how our prize could help the candidates further develop their enterprise.

Q – What advice would you give to this year’s candidates?
A. Lebeau – Be enthusiastic, be competitive and believe in your project.

Rok Ocvirk

Rok Ocvirk

Licensing Project Director
Servier Monde


Q – How would you define a truly innovative project?
R. Ocvirk – New treatment approaches to satisfy unmet medical need is at the heart of innovation. A clear roadmap to developing the project and making it available to patients or customers is also essential.

Q – What do you think is the most important criterion for winning the Innovation prize?
R. Ocvirk – Benefit to individuals’ or public health and quality of life.

Q – What advice would you give the Innovation prize candidates?
R. Ocvirk – Clearly describe the benefit that the project will bring, and how this will be achieved.

Q – What have you taken from your experience as a jury member? What do you appreciate most about being a jury member?
R. Ocvirk – Reviewing these innovative projects is inspiring. It allows us to see the potential ground-breaking approaches to treating diseases and improving people’s lives. It is particularly rewarding to be able to help improve visibility of the most promising innovations, and contributing to their future success.

Pierre-Marie Girod-Roux

Pierre-Marie Girod-Roux

CEO
Sinnovial SAS


Q – How would you define a truly innovative project?
P.M. Girod-Roux – A truly innovative project is a cutting-edge technology with a novel application.

Q – In your opinion, what are the current trends in innovation in the healthcare sector?
P.M. Girod-Roux – The current trends are personalized medicine and the overall improvement of patient care.