Management Team

Thomas Kuhn, PharmD, MBA

Thomas Kuhn, PharmD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

Thomas Kuhn began his career with Merck KGaA in 2000 where he held various positions in clinical development, mainly in the therapeutic area of Type 2 diabetes and was responsible, in particular, for forging partnerships with Japanese pharmaceutical companies. Between 2004 and 2007, he directed Merck’s global R&D projects with two products in Phase 2 clinical trials and all the life cycle management projects primarily for Glucophage®, the current reference in diabetes treatment. Following Merck’s acquisition of Serono in 2007, Thomas Kuhn was part of the team which refined Merck Serono’s strategy for divesting from the diabetes therapeutic area. Thomas Kuhn initiated and concluded the project for the transfer of Merck Serono’s assets under development in Diabetes to a new legal entity called Poxel. Since this transfer, Thomas Kuhn has been Poxel’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kuhn holds a pharmacy degree from the University of Lyon I (France) and an MBA from Ashridge Business School (UK) of Medicine. 

Sylvie Bertrand

Sylvie Bertrand

Vice President, Human Resources

Sylvie joined Poxel in 2021. She has 20 years of Human Resources experience in various industries and services. After a few years as a mathematics teacher, Sylvie quickly turned to the HR profession by joining USG People as a recruitment agency manager for 9 years. She then joined Sabert Corporation Europe as HR Director for 7 years, where she defined and implemented the European Human Resources strategy in a context of rapid growth. Prior to joining the Company, Sylvie was HR Director at Thermo Fisher (previously Novasep) and spent almost 4 years leading the Human Resources function of the European biopharma activities for the Group. Sylvie brings strong expertise in supporting growing companies and implementing HR strategies, processes, and forward-looking management to support their development.

Sylvie holds a Master's degree in mathematics.

Sébastien Bolze, PharmD, PhD

Sébastien Bolze, PharmD, PhD

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder

Sébastien Bolze has broad experience in drug development from discovery screening to first-in-man clinical trials. Dr. Bolze was global head of the preclinical candidate selection unit at Solvay Pharmaceuticals, a multidisciplinary unit providing support to research projects from optimization of validated hits to delivery of candidates for preclinical development. From 2003 to 2006, he was executive head of the ADME department at Fournier Pharma. He acquired strong organizational and managerial experience in research projects within a multidisciplinary and global environment. Dr. Bolze has also co-authored numerous research publications and posters.

Dr. Bolze is a Pharmacist and holds a PhD in Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism from the University of Lyon I (France).

Sophie Bozec, PhD

Sophie Bozec, PhD

Senior Vice President, R&D Pharmacology and Scientific Communication, Co-Founder

Sophie Bozec joined Merck KGaA in 1998 where she managed a drug discovery team in a pharmacology department. Dr. Bozec has acquired a strong experience for managing research projects from target identification to preclinical development candidates. She has developed her knowledge in models (in vivo and in vitro) used in research programs for identifying preclinical development candidates in the diabetes field. She acquired a solid expertise in metabolic diseases particularly in the diabetes field. This experience in pharmacology led Dr. Bozec to support a clinical development compound for all preclinical pharmacology aspects.

Dr. Bozec holds a PhD in Nutrition, Metabolism and Obesity from the Paris VII University.

Quentin Durand

Quentin Durand

Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Head of CSR

Quentin Durand joined Poxel in 2019. Prior to joining the Company, he was a lawyer at Dechert LLP since 2015 in Paris, where he focused his practice on corporate and securities matters with an emphasis on capital markets, including public company reporting and governance. While at Dechert Quentin worked closely with Poxel. He was also involved in various M&A and equity capital market transactions both domestic and cross border across a wide range of industry sectors, including healthcare, technology and financial services. Prior to working at Dechert LLP, Quentin served as a legal officer within the corporate finance division of the Autorité des marchés financiers where he was involved in numerous transactions and regulatory work. He also acted as a prosecutor before the Autorité des marchés financiers enforcement committee. Quentin began his career working as a law clerk in several law firms, including Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Orrick.

Quentin holds a master’s degree in Management from ESCP Europe in France, and in Business Law from University Paris Sud in France. He became a lawyer in 2010.

Pascale Fouqueray, MD, PhD

Pascale Fouqueray, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President, Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs, Co-Founder

Pascale Fouqueray joined Merck KGaA in 2000 from Paris VII University, where she was Assistant Professor of physiology. At Merck KGaA, Dr. Fouqueray's activities were centered on metabolism, with a particular focus on diabetes and obesity but also including lipids and uric acid metabolism. Dr. Fouqueray was responsible for the clinical development of compounds for the treatment of diabetes and gout disease, working on strategies to define and reach proof-of- concept and investigate mechanisms of action.

Dr. Fouqueray graduated from medical school at the University of Angers (France) and then specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Paris V. She holds a PhD from the University of Paris XI.

Elizabeth Woo, MBA

Elizabeth Woo, MBA

Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Public Relations and Corporate Communications

Elizabeth Woo joined Poxel in 2021 with over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Her experience in strategic investor and corporate communications spans the full life cycle of drug development and commercialization. She has served in a senior leadership role at Flex Pharma, a neuromuscular-focused company, as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, taking the company public in 2015. Earlier in her career at Biogen, she held a series of progressively responsible management and executive roles over a 12-year period and served as Vice President, Investor Relations. In addition to her corporate roles, she has advised, through her investor relations consulting practice, privately held and publicly traded biotech companies, including Ironwood and Cubist.

Ms. Woo obtained an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and holds bachelors degrees in biochemistry and history from the University of California, Berkeley.