CEO, Cerenis Therapeutics
Dr. Jean-Louis Dasseux is the founder of Cerenis and one of the world’s leading experts in lipid metabolism, lipid-protein interaction, and cardiovascular disease. He has more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Dasseux has generated more than 60 patents related to HDL, RLT, and the treatment of cardiovascular disease. He is the inventor of a high-capacity reverse lipid transport peptide HDL mimetic (ETC-642) and a series of small molecule compounds that raise HDL levels (ETC-1001 and ETC-1002). He held the positions of Senior Vice-President of Business Development and Technologies and Vice-President of Chemistry and Technologies at Esperion Therapeutics, which developed the first generation of HDL mimetics (pro-apoA-I, apoA-IMilano, and apoA-I peptide) until its acquisition by Pfizer for USD 1.3 billion. Before joining Esperion, he was Director of Research for French pharmaceutical company Fournier, where he established and managed its research center in Heidelberg, Germany. Jean-Louis Dasseux holds an M.B.A. from the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan, in the United States. He obtained his Master’s in biochemistry at the University of Bordeaux II and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Bordeaux I. He has held postdoctoral positions at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Laval in Quebec, the Department of Physics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany.