The French-American Biotechnology Springboard (FABS) team was developed in collaboration with the French-American Chamber of Commerce of New England (FACCNE) with the aim to guide French Bio-Entrepreneurs in the highly-specific scientific, business, and cultural environment of New England.

The team is comprised of experienced, French and American volunteers with relevant backgrounds and skills who have and/or have held positions in Massachusetts-based biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.



Laure Berliner Marketing Strategic, Market Research
Gigi Shafai Medical Affairs, Health Economics, Business Strategy, and Digital Therapeutics



What We Do

  • New England’s first stop support to accelerate the understanding of the life sciences landscape and institutions relevant to a company’s growth
  • Connect companies to relevant stakeholders in academia, industry and business and provide a personalized introduction based on company-specific needs
  • Raise key business questions related to France/US markets
  • Provide knowledge on cross cultural differences
  • Provide advice on strategic prioritization efforts
  • Improve pitch strategy to various audiences
  • Organize annual meetings on innovation key trends in health care




Michael Hanson - Entrepreneurial ecosystem and technology business incubators

Sandrine Hulot, Ph.D - Scientist, Strategic Alliances and International Partnerships

Cecile Pastel Levy, MD. - Medical Affairs & Communication

Valerie Philippon, Ph.D (CO-FOUNDER) - Medical Affairs and Communications

Jim Shanahan (CO-FOUNDER) - Start-ups fund raising, Organization, Resourcing, Value proposition development and Messaging, Sales

Jean-Noël Pellegrin - Valuation and Finance Support to M&A and Business Development

Alexandre Blanchot, Pharm.D - Innovation – France

Alain Eudaric - Market insights – Strategic Planning / Operational Execution – Process Improvement

Lucie Rochard, Ph.D - External Engagement Program Lead

Jonathan Cottet, Ph.D - Scientist, Academics


Romain Marmot - Digital Health, Strategy, Fundraising, Business Development, Operations

Jean Jacques Yarmoff, Ph.D - Innovation & International Strategy

Jonathan F.X. O’Brien - Corporate law

Monique Yoakim-Turk, Ph.D - Program and Alliance Management

Samuel Gosselin, MBA - Alliance Management

Shahin Gharakhanian, MD. - Clinical Drug Development & Medical Affairsv

Simo Arredouani, PhD. - Immuno-Oncology

Adeline Simenon, Esq. - Business Immigration

Michael S. Varadian, JD, MBA - Healthcare, Integrated Care, National Health Payment Reform

Aude Ouensanga - Market Access, Commercial Due Diligence, Corporate Strategy, and M&A

Elsa Levy-Passer, LL.M. in Taxation and American Law - U.S. Commercial Contracts Counsel – Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Jerome Windsor, Pharm.D, MBA - Business Strategy, Med Device, & Artificial Intelligence

Alexia Sibony, PT, PSM. - Clinician, Digital Health & Business Innovation Strategy



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