Anne-Laure Morel

Anne-Laure Morel, PhD
Founder & President

She graduated from a PhD degree and worked in valorization of research in tax consulting firm in Paris, then in business incubator in La Réunion (French department overseas). She holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Pierre & Marie Curie University (Paris VI) and a Master’s Degree in Structural Biochemistry from the University of Bordeaux II. She completed her career with an executive Master from ESCP Europe.

During her previous experience in French Tax Research (CIR, JEI, CII) and in marketing f innovation in French consulting firms Ayming (ex Alma Consulting Group) and D & Consultants, she was in charge of Research Tax Credit of SMEs and major accounts, and the realization of market studies, study of diversification of activity on behalf of scientific project leaders and SME in biotech.

Virginie Simon

Virginie Simon, PhD
Co-President

She trained as an engineer in biotechnology at the Technological University of Compiègne (UTC), France. In parallel, she completed a BA in philosophy from the University of Nanterre, France. She then received her doctorate in nanotechnology for cancer therapy from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC), Paris. She has over 3 years of professional experience in a nanomedicine start-up, which confirmed her desire to become an entrepreneur.

In 2010, Virginie Simon founded MyScienceWork. As CEO during 10 years, Virginie Simon has developed her company in France, Luxembourg and Silicon Valley. MyScienceWork is the global scientific platform including a database of 90M of research publications and 12M patents. Since 2020 Virginie Simon has joined Torskal as the Co-President and brings her expertise to develop the company on an international scale.

Christophe Dugue

Christophe Dugue, PhD
General Director – Administrative & Legal Affairs

He is responsible for regulatory affairs and holds a PhD in biology. He is also graduated from CEIPI for patents and holds a master’s degree in business law. In a previous experience, he was the co-founder president of a biotech company. One of his missions at CYROI was the creation of the business incubator CBTECH and the development and implementation of a quality procedure to streamline its operation, resulting in obtaining the certification AFNOR NF X 50770.

Participating in the company’s scientific orientations, he is responsible for the valuation of Torskal’s intangible asset and negotiates the research contracts with the various partners.

Sabrina Pesnel

Sabrina Pesnal, PhD
Scientific Manager of Preclinical Biology & Medical Imaging

She holds a PhD in biology from Orleans University and a Master’s degree in medical imaging from the University of Caen. Within TORSKAL, she is in charge of developing experimental protocols for in vitro and in vivo evaluation of the anti-tumor properties of nanotheranostics.

Her expertise covers animal experimentation, preclinical imaging (X-ray scanner, scintigraphy, PET, optical imaging) and assessment of anticancer molecules.

Rachid Chawech

Rachid Chawech, PhD
Senior Researcher – Phytochemist

He holds a doctorate in chemistry specializing in the chemistry of natural substances and a master’s degree in organic chemistry delivered from the University of Sfax-Tunisia. His research focused on the phytochemical and biological study of medicinal plants. He did a post-doctorate for one year at the organic chemistry laboratory of the University of Sfax. Currently, he holds the position of phytochemist researcher at Torskal since October 2019

His expertise covers chromatographic methods (HPLC, UPLC, CPC, semi-preparative and preparative HPLC, LC-MS, GC-MS, TLC-MS) and the characterization of plant biomolecules using several spectroscopic techniques namely NMR 1D and 2D, IR, UV and HR-MS. He is the co-author of several publications

Clement Bonamy

Clément Bonamy, PhD
Research Scientist – Biology

He is a biologist graduated with a PhD performed at Institut Pasteur of Paris in collaboration with Sanofi. Also graduated with a chemist engineer degree, he joined the team in 2019 in order to study the gold nanoparticles internalization process. His expertise also include microbiology, and molecular biology.

Marwa Ben Haddada

Maroua Ben Haddada, PhD
Materials Chemist

She is graduated in industrial chemical engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology at Tunis (INSAT). She received the PhD degree in materials physics and chemistry from University Pierre and Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) in 2016. Her PhD work concerned the synthesis, surface functionalization and characterization of gold nanoparticles and their applications in biosensors. After post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Chemistry, Structures, and Properties of Biomaterials and Therapeutic Agents (CSPBAT) of University Sorbonne Nord in collaboration with TORSKAL, she joined the team in 2018. She is involved in the nanoparticles synthesis and physico-chemical analysis by the combination of surface characterization techniques such as (FTIR/Raman spectroscopy, XRD, DLS, MET) to investigate and optimize their properties. She is co-author of 16 publications and gave several oral and poster presentations in international conferences.

Prajwal Chandra

Prajwal Chandra, MSc
Digital Marketing & Communication Intern

He is an MSc in International Business student from IÉSEG School of Management having 5 years of work experience in the Digital Marketing domain, and has worked in India for 3 different organizations including DXC Technology. During his career, he also worked on his startup CarTellers, a service provider for novice car buyers and an auto news publishing website. He did his graduation in Bachelor of Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India.

Being a digital marketing enthusiast, he joined Torskal in September 2020 to bring his expertise in order to create more global presence for the organization.

Khaled Khettal

Khaled Khettal, MSc
Business Development Intern

He is finishing his studies in pharmacy industry at faculté de pharmacie of Marseille. At the same Time, he received training in business school (IAE) in “Strategic Innovation & Digital Marketing” and “Ethics in Business and Leadership Decision Making”.

He also worked in a pediatric intensive care unit and pharmacies where he deliver the medical treatments of patients.