Elias Papatheodorou

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Elias Papatheodorou brings with him more than 20 years of experience with private and public biotechnology companies, as well as with The Coca-Cola Company and Philip Morris International. As Chief Business Officer of Covagen AG, he was instrumental in the closing of a CHF46 million Series B financing round and the subsequent acquisition of Covagen by Jannsen Pharmaceuticals, a J&J Company. Previously, Elias was Senior Vice President for Operations and Business Development at Medigene AG. Elias has also served for a number of years as the CEO of Novosom AG. During his tenure, the Smarticles technology entered clinical trials in the U.S.A., the company raised funds and closed licensing deals. Finally, he engineered the sale of Novosom's assets to Marina Biotech (MRNA). He received his undergraduate education at Ithaca College, NY, and his graduate education at Cornell University, NY.


Philippe Wiesel, MD

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Philippe joined Genkyotex in 2010 and is responsible for all clinical development activities.  Previously, Philippe founded Genexion, a clinical development company focused on developing early stage clinical assets with emerging biotech companies and European venture capital firms. Prior to founding Genexion, Philippe was Medical Director at Serono's Swiss and US offices, where he was involved with the global development of several biologics and small molecules. In particular, he led the late-stage clinical development of Raptiva, achieving the first marketing authorization in Europe for a biological therapy targeting psoriasis. Philippe also led the development of Onercept in psoriasis and managed clinical development programs for beta interferon, interleukin-18 binding protein, and atacicept. Prior to joining the biotech industry, he conducted basic research for over five years in the laboratories of Professor Edgar Haber at Harvard Medical School, and Professor Hans Brunner at the Division of Hypertension in Lausanne. Philippe holds a MD degree from the University of Lausanne.


Alexandre Grassin

Vice President Finance and Administration

Alexandre joined Genkyotex in April 2012. After management studies in the UK (Middlesex University) and in France (CESEM, Reims Management School) he started his career in 2001 in Paris as Financial Auditor with KPMG. He moved to Switzerland in 2004 first for Intrawest, a real estate company, and then oriented his career to the pharma/biotech industry with diverse experiences in Finance with Novartis from 2007-2010 and Alexion from 2010 to 2012.