our team

Together, we all work tirelessly towards a common goal: making hearing a priority. Our combined experience and expertise in otology and neurosciences, coupled with our extensive background in auditory research and in the pharmaceutical industry, allow us to help this cause. The team is comprised of doctors, engineers, and pharmacists, each bringing a unique perspective to the table. Our dynamism and multiculturality fosters continuous improvement and adaptation to meet our customers’ evolving needs. We invite you to learn more about the different parts of Cilcare that together make a whole.


Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Celia has over 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She worked as the global head of clinical trial logistics and supply chains in Sanofi R&D, was a permanent member of clinical strategic committees, and the Director of projects dealing with major chronic diseases associated with aging, where she developed her interest and expertise in hearing disorders. She trained at ESSEC and London Business Schools, in addition to holding several masters degrees in project management, industrial strategy and health environment.


Oncology, Neurology and Psychiatry, as well as leading projects in T2 Diabetes and Age-Related Hearing Loss.


Singing and dancing, Rock and Jazz music

Favourite artist?

Nina Simone


Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Celia has over 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. She worked as the global head of clinical trial logistics and supply chains in Sanofi R&D, was a permanent member of clinical strategic committees, and the Director of projects dealing with major chronic diseases associated with aging, where she developed her interest and expertise in hearing disorders. She trained at ESSEC and London Business Schools, in addition to holding several masters degrees in project management, industrial strategy and health environment.


Oncology, Neurology and Psychiatry, as well as leading projects in T2 Diabetes and Age-Related Hearing Loss.


Singing and dancing, Rock and Jazz music

Favourite artist?

Nina Simone

Marie-Pierre PASDELOU, PharmD

Founder, Chief Compliance Officer

Marie-Pierre has over 24 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, mainly as a drug developer. She worked in antithrombotics before moving towards aging, where she developed her interest and expertise in hearing disorders. She led an International Regulatory Department at Sanofi, where she oversaw the preparation of files for worldwide submission and the review of preclinical dossiers. She is also an expert in public health, integrated solutions and mobile health.


Pharm.D from Paris V, with degrees in Pharmacokinetics and Geron-technology


Sailing, the sea, and reading

Which historical character inspires you?

Simone Weil

Sylvie PUCHEU, Ph.D

Founder, Director of Preclinical Innovation

Dr. Pucheu has more than 23 years’ experience in academic research and the pharmaceutical industry. Before co-founding Cilcare, she led an in-vivo pharmacology group working on tinnitus and hearing loss, alongside a number of the most highly-regarded academic experts in hearing disorders. She also led scientific teams at Sanofi, in the fields of cardiology, oncology, aging and hearing, as well as being deeply involved in their Ethics Committee. She is the author of several publications and of a patent.


Ph.D in Cardiovascular Pharmacology (University of Grenoble), post-doc in Boston for Eukarion


Sports (sailing and skiing), travelling

What is your favourite destination?

The USA (especially California and Boston)


Director of Quality

Philippe brings over 20 years of experience in Quality Management and in-vivo pharmacology. In close interaction within all Cilcare team projects members as well as with external stakeholders, he ensures that Cilcare remains at the forefront of timely and compliant R&D services of the highest quality (ISO9001), based on a continuous improvement. He previously studied and developed animal models at Sanofi for 13 years, in the fields of cardiology, oncology and hearing loss. Philippe is member of the Quality Engineers of France organization.


Engineering degree in Life Sciences and Pharmacology



How do you keep fit?

I go swimming on a regular basis.

Aurore MARIE

Director of Cilcare USA and Head of Operational Excellence

Aurore embarked on her journey with Cilcare in 2015. Since then, she has taken on roles with increasing breadth, authority, and leadership responsibilities, culminating in her appointment as Director, Cilcare US and Head of Operational Excellence. Aurore’s expertise lies in project management, combined with her specialization in preclinical development within the field of hearing. Her experience in neuroscience has served as the foundation for the development of her expertise in electrophysiological measurements, brain surgery, and intracochlear drug delivery. Currently, she manages Cilcare’s US laboratory operations and ensures the consistency and efficiency of Cilcare’s processes across multiple locations. Additionally, she plays a key role in building Cilcare’s digital auditory signatures strategy.


Master in Project Management and Innovation in Biotechnology with Honors (University of Montpellier)


Running and traveling

Favourite spot to run?

Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA


Director, Sales & Subcontracts

Dr. Malmström brings over two decades of profound expertise in both academic and industrial research to her role. Renowned for her adept management of research and development projects, she possesses extensive technical proficiency in both in-vitro and in-vivo methodologies, particularly in the realms of otology and CNS. At Cilcare, she holds a key position overseeing strategic alliances, with a special emphasis on fostering collaborations with leading CROs and partners. Hailing from Sweden, Dr. Malmström maintains regular interactions with international experts in the field. Notably, she has played a crucial role in strengthening Cilcare’s global footprint through strategic partnerships, including notable alliances with institutions in Korea. Her contributions extend beyond her leadership role, as she is also an accomplished author with several scientific publications to her credit


Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of Lund, Sweden), M.A. (University of Texas, Austin), Post-doc in the field of ion transport (INRA, Montpellier)


Outdoor activities and nature

What causes are you passionate about?

Living in harmony with nature and reducing our carbon footprint.

Véronique BAUDOUX

R&D Senior Project Manager & Training Manager

Véronique’s expertise lies in the most advanced electrophysiological and electroacoustic measurement techniques. Before joining Cilcare, she worked in Professor Paul Avan’s laboratory, who is known world-wide for his measurements of Evoked Potentials. Véronique focuses on the development and management of behavioral models for the tinnitus platform, and excels in surgical techniques, notably for the round window local administration.


Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (University of Clermont Ferrand)



Best movies seen recently

Lion, by Garth Davis; Wild, by Jean-Marc Vallée

Gaëlle NAERT, Ph.D

Chief Scientific & Operations Officer

Gaëlle spent 13 years in France and Canada developing animals models to investigate the therapeutic avenues of major Central Nervous System disorders, such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease, neuro-inflammation processes which relate to otic and hearing diseases. Aside from developing drugs for CNS disorders, she has a wide range of project management and business development competencies, and is the author of many scientific communications and publications, as well as receiving many scholarships and awards.


Ph.D in Cellular and Molecular Endocrinology (University of Montpellier), Post-doc in Neuroimmunology (CRCHUL, Québec) and Kinases (University of Montpellier) in Alzheimer’s disease



How do you relax?

By spending time with family and friends.


Associate Director Planning & Resources Management, Senior R&D Manager

Elodie has been an invaluable member of the Cilcare team for the past 7 years, bringing a decade of expertise in preclinical research in neurotology. Elodie excels in logistics, planning, and the execution of preclinical studies, including pharmacokinetics study management. She is responsible for the meticulous planning and logistics of all studies performed in Cilcare’s Montpellier labs. Specialized in inner ear surgery, general surgery, and local tolerance assays, Elodie also demonstrates strong competencies in report writing and data analysis. Her dedication and dynamism have significantly contributed to maintaining Cilcare’s external innovation platform at the forefront of auditory R&D.


BTS in Bioanalysis and Quality Control (Ecole de Saliège, Toulouse), and a Licence in Analytical and Experimental Biology (IUT de Montpellier II)


African dance (Mandingue)

How does this interest help you?

It fills me with positive energy and a sense of wellbeing.


Administration & Human Resources Manager

Mark has a broad set of skills which he uses to help Cilcare in its new growth phase. Having lived in Europe and South America, he is fluent in English, French, and Spanish, with proficiency in Italian and Portuguese. Before joining Cilcare, he held a number of different positions in varied domains such as education, gardening, and tourism. These experiences, combined with his strong capability to communicate and adapt, allow him to bring different techniques and perspectives to the table, helping in areas including communication and administration.


Education, tourism, gardening and languages.


Languages and travelling

Favourite holiday destination

Edinburgh, Scotland


Marketing & Communication Director

Marie serves as a strategic architect for the company’s brand elevation and market presence. With over 7 years dedicated to Cilcare, she has been instrumental in shaping its trajectory and driving impactful change. Her role encompasses a spectrum of responsibilities, including crafting compelling collateral, and spearheading digital initiatives to maximize Cilcare’s impact in the marketplace. Marie’s commitment to excellence, honed over more than 15 years of experience, has positioned Cilcare at the forefront of auditory sciences innovation, showcasing its dynamism and commitment to pushing the boundaries in the field of inner ear disorders.


Biochemical engineer, with a degree in Innovation Marketing (Toulouse Business School)

Passion in life


Guilty pleasure


Camille DEJEAN, Ph.D

R&D Project Manager

Camille specializes in experimental and regenerative medicine. Before joining Cilcare, she was part of a research project in Canada investigating the crucial role of free radicals and oxidative stress on cerebral functions throughout the aging process and in some neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. At Cilcare, Camille is involved in our DETEC-T research project, which aims to develop the understanding and interpretation of physiological measures in rodent models of tinnitus, notably employing the gap-inhibited acoustic startle (GPIAS).


Master’s in Health and Biology at the University of Montpellier


Travelling, tennis, volleyball, music.

Your most unforgettable experience?

Winter in Canada, -40°C!

Carolanne COYAT, Ph.D

Program Leader, Histology & ex vivo

Carolanne’s expertise lies in auditory neuropathy. Over the past five years, she has been working on the evaluation of molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for sensorineural and age-related hearing loss. At Cilcare, Dr. Coyat brings her expertise to the pharmacokinetics platform, along with her knowledge of the latest advances in histology, including ribbon synapses countingelectrophysiological techniques, and biological sampling.


Ph.D in Neuroscience (Institute of Neuroscience, Montpellier INM), Master’s in Toxicology at the University of Paul Sabatier Toulouse and UBO Brest


Beach volleyball, snorkelling

What do you dream of doing?

Diving with whales and sharks

Marion SOUCHAL, Ph.D

Program Leader, in vivo & surgery

Marion’s expertise lies in highly advanced cochlear histology and electrophysiological measurement techniques. Before joining Cilcare, she was working on the evaluation of molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for drug-induced and age-related hearing loss. Dr. Souchal has strong technical competence in histology, including immunohistochemistry, ribbon synapse counting, and biological sampling.


Ph.D in Neuroscience (Laboratory of Neurosensory Biophysics, Clermont Auvergne University), Master’s degree in Genetics and Physiology at the Clermont Auvergne University


Horse riding, sports, traveling

Where was your best holiday?

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Laboratory Technical Manager

With more than 10 years’ supervisory experience in pharmacology laboratories, Charles has industry and academic specific knowledge to effectively drive Cilcare’s research & production operations. Charles is responsible for the laboratory’s safety, including equipment and software monitoring and implementation, and he oversees day-to-day operations, ensuring they are all in line with regulatory requirements. He also participates in the setup of new preclinical models, experimental methods, and protocols, and provides excellent support in data management.


Master’s degree in drug preclinical expertise, pharmacology (Bourgogne Pharmacy University)


Hiking and skiing

What is your dream ski trip?

To ski the 2000m descent of the Tabuchet glacier in the alps


Associate Director, Sales, Funding, & New Partnerships

Lise is driven by a passion for uncovering synergies within the field and cultivating robust relationships. With a background in Neuroscience and a keen set of business skills, she adeptly navigates the intricate challenges of drug development for hearing indications. As a multi-lingual speaker, she brings a global perspective to her work, allowing her to connect with diverse stakeholders. Her unique combination of scientific knowledge and business acumen positions her to not only comprehend the complexities of the industry but also to forge innovative solutions that bring advancements to patients.


Master’s degree in Integrative Biology and Physiology, specialized in Neuroscience (Sorbonne Sciences University & ICM), Master’s degree in Innovation Management, specialized in Entrepreneurship & Innovative Projects in Health (Sorbonne Sciences University)


Learning, teaching, music, languages

What does motivate you to wake up early in the morning?

The thirst for knowledge and a good breakfast.

Mathieu SCHUE, Ph.D

Chief Clinical Operations Officer & Translational sciences

Mathieu has over 15 years of experience in life science research. Prior to joining Cilcare, he managed R&D operations in a biotech company specialized in the development of therapeutic proteins to treat cystic fibrosis and chronic pancreatitis. He successfully brought drug candidates from preclinical to clinical phases and handled the preparation of regulatory documents to support Phase 2 CTA. Mathieu leads projects to define innovative development plan strategies of drug candidates specifically for ear disorders as well as identifying reference compounds in the various indications of hearing for CILcare’s clients.


Chemical Engineer (ENSCM Montpellier), PhD in Molecular Microbiology (University of Birmingham), Post-Doc at CEA and CNRS


Tennis, traveling, cooking

Your best travel experience?


Sebastien DIOT

Program Leader, USA

Sébastien is specialized in electrophysiology and microsurgery. Before joining Cilcare, he worked on the mechanism of action of a new anti-cancer compound, and he also characterized biosensors to sense cancer activities. This background allowed him to get experienced in early R&D project follow up. At Cilcare, Sebastien is involved on histology, in-vivo experimentation, and improvement of GLP standard operation.


Master’s degree in Drug Discovery and Structural Biology (Pharmaceutical University of Montpellier)


Climbing, traveling and nature

Which trip did you like the most?

Açores Island


Medical Writer & Assistant Program Manager

Laetitia is responsible for quality control and medical writing, leveraging from her varied experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. Her keen understanding of drug development processes and applicable regulatory guidelines allows her to ensure the timely execution of R&D programs and compliance with clients’ requirements. Laetitia also coordinates the interactions between regulatory, data management, planning, and service providers.


Engineer in Industrial Biology and Research (EBI Cergy)


Traveling, drawing, and swimming

Your most unforgettable experience?

Living in Ireland for a year


Chief Financial Officer & Chief Digital Officer

With 20 years of experience in finance and business transformation in the life science industry, Jérôme brings an outstanding record of leadership in capital raising including IPO, investor relations, strategic planning and organization scale-up. Besides finance, he is also responsible of driving CILcare’s digital transformation and business outcomes by governing global data strategy and its execution. Jérôme previously held several executive positions at Sanofi such as Chief Financial Officer of Sanofi Poland and Director of R&D Finance of the Asia-Pacific region but also as CFO in a scale up Medtech.


Biology bachelor, Master’s degree in Business & Management (NEOMA Business School), Certificate of Board Secretary (French Institute of Administrators)


Trek, reading (biography esp), sports & music

Your favorite sports player?

Antoine Dupont

Frédérique DEFOSSE

R&D Project Manager Assistant

Before joining CILcare, Frédérique was a Surgical Unit Nurse for 17 years, which gave her extensive experience and skills to work with patients and in a fast-paced environment. Frédérique is highly involved in CILcare’s human clinical trials and is responsible of the good conduct of the battery of auditory and electrophysiology tests. Highly organized and detail-oriented, she is valuable team member to assist CILcare’s Senior Project Managers throughout the studies.


State-qualified nurse (IDE), State-qualified Surgical Unit Nurse (IBODE)


Travelling, nature, scuba diving

What do you dream of doing?

Family trip around the world without any roadmap


Acting as Chief Medical Officer

A Medical Doctor and clinician specialized in ENT disorders, Dr. Missoum brings over 25 years of experience as a Medical Affairs Senior Executive in leading pharmaceutical companies. At Cilcare, Dr. Missoum oversees all medical initiatives, including clinical development strategies and collaborations with healthcare professionals and regulatory authorities. With a background as an ENT surgeon, Dr. Missoum spent over a decade in hospital settings, performing surgical interventions and diagnostic practices before transitioning to the pharmaceutical industry. He has held prominent roles at companies such as Biogen, BMS, MSD China, and Astra Zeneca, most recently serving as Global Medical Affairs Executive Director at Biogen.


MD Specialist, University of Medicine, Algiers. HEC-CERAM Sophia Antipolis training


Ornithology, Gardening and DIY

What is your most memorable cultural experience?

My unforgettable immersion in China.


Senior Data Scientist

Engineer in data sciences and artificial intelligence, Hugo is working on building Cilcare’s data architecture, analyzing and interpreting preclinical and clinical data with a focus on auditory measures and hair cell counting. Collaborating with Cilcare’s cross-functional team, Hugo’s mission is to contribute to Cilcare’s digital auditory signatures, will serve as novel biomarkers for precision medicine, using state-of-the-art data computer programming approaches.


Engineering degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (Télécom Physique Strasbourg) & Master’s in Data Science and Complex Systems (University of Strasbourg)


Music, traveling, sailing, writing & running

Favourite place for holidays

Caribbean Sea


Data Scientist

Hugo, an expert in data architecture and analysis, is a vital part of Cilcare’s clinical study team. His primary objective is to enhance Cilcare’s analysis pipeline, fostering the creation of cutting-edge biomarkers and digital auditory signatures. Leveraging his extensive knowledge of machine learning and data analysis techniques acquired during his academic journey. His dedication and expertise drive the advancement of Cilcare’s clinical research initiatives.


Engineering degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (Telecom Physique Strasbourg), Master’s degree in Data Science (University of Strasbourg)


Scuba Diving, Sciences, Music, Reading

Favourite book

The Three Body Problem, a Sci-Fi trilogy by Liu Cixin


Junior Clinical Trial Manager

Laura is a dedicated professional with a passion for science and a strong commitment to improving healthcare. Having experience in fundamental research, Laura has specialized in clinical research at Cilcare. She is now a vital part of the team, initiating and coordinating clinical trials. Laura is highly organized, adaptable, and brings a positive energy to her work. She particularly enjoys the social aspect of her job, which involves conducting hearing tests on patients. Her work directly contributes to better healthcare outcomes.


Biological Engineering, Pharmacology and Biotechnologies (Polytech Nice Sophia)


Traveling, Mountain, Food, Sport

Comfort food

Ramen, but croziflette in winter!

Marianne AINCY, Ph.D

R&D Project Manager

Marianne’s expertise lies in electrophysiological measurements, in vivo and in vitro experimentation. Before joining Cilcare, she was working on the evaluation of molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms of drug candidates targeting neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. At Cilcare, Dr. Aincy has strong technical competences in cochlear histology, immunochemistry, and biological sampling.


Ph.D. in Neurosciences (Neurocentre Magendie, Bordeaux Neurocampus), Euro-Mediterranean Master's degree in Neurosciences and Biotechnology at University of Bordeaux.


Running, Yoga, and Swimming

Favourite places to visit

Bowen Island and Gambier Island, BC, Canada


Assistant Project Manager

Maia, an unequivocal expert in her field, brings a wealth of hands-on experience from her work-study programs and internships in molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, and management. Holding a Master’s degree in the Science of Life, she has seamlessly integrated into Cilcare, where she is an essential contributor to a range of experiments across diverse studies. Maia’s expertise is further underscored by her acquisition of an animal experimentation certificate during her professional degree.


Master’s degree in science of life


Sport, outdoor activities, reading and cooking

Dream holidays destination

New Zealand!