Franck Grimaud elected president of Atlanpole Biotherapies cluster

5 April 2018

On 20 February 2018, Franck Grimaud, managing director of Valneva since 1999, was elected chairman of the Atlanpole Biotherapies western France biocluster for a three-year term.

He replaced Murielle Cazaubiel, the managing director of Biofortis Mérieux NutriSciences who had been chair since 2012.

Valneva is a fully integrated vaccine manufacturer specialized in the development, production, and marketing of innovative vaccines. Its mission is to protect people from infectious diseases through preventive medicine. Groupe Grimaud is the largest stakeholder in Valneva, which started out as an academic spin-off. Based in Saint Herblain, its R&D centre was a pioneer in the production of biomolecules.

“As president of the cluster, I would like to do my part to continue strengthening it, in areas like venture capital, the interface between the life sciences and artificial intelligence, and preventive medicine.”



Franck Grimaud, 52, holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and served for four years as a management and organizational consultant assisting in the implementation of ISO 9000 procedures. In 1995, he joined Groupe Grimaud, the world’s second largest company specialized in the genetic selection of animals, and was tasked with developing the firm’s subsidiaries in China, Malaysia, and Thailand. Franck also played a role in the launch of Groupe Grimaud’s veterinary vaccine laboratory. In 1999, he co-founded Vivalis, becoming its chairman and CEO. Following his company’s merger, Franck is now CEO of Valneva.

The following Atlanpole Biotherapies board members were elected on 20 February 2018:

Chairman: Franck Grimaud, Valneva

Executive VP: Jean-François Balducchi, Atlanpole

VP Immunotherapies: Maryvonne Hiance, OSE Immunotherapeutics

VP Regenerative Medicine: Franck Zal, Hemarina

VP Radiopharmaceuticals: Ferid Haddad, University of Nantes

VP External Relations: Olivier Boisteau, Clean Cells

VP Academic Relations: Thierry Guillaudeux, University of Rennes

Treasurer: Murielle Cazaubiel, Biofortis Mérieux NutriSciences

Secretary: Pascal Breton, VitamFero