Laurent Pharmaceuticals is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focusing on life-threatening inflammatory and fibrotic diseases that are inadequately addressed by current anti-inflammatory therapies.


Yves Rosconi, Chairman of the Board

Yves Rosconi has more than 25 years of global pharmaceutical experience. He began his career with Abbott Laboratories and went on to spend 21 years with Rhône-Poulenc Rorer in Canada and Australia with increasing responsibilities, ultimately becoming President and General Manager of Canadian operations. After leaving Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, he spent the next two years as Chief Operating Officer of Æterna Laboratories before joining Paris-based Aventis as Senior Vice President, responsible for Africa and the Middle East. Yves Rosconi served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Theratechnologies from 2004 to 2010. He remains active in the pharmaceutical industry and has served on multiple Boards of Directors including CardioMethabolics, Mistral Pharma, Celmed, and Milestone Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Rosconi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Montréal and a MBA from Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) in Montréal.

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Marc LeBel, Director

Marc LeBel brings his vast experience as co-founder of Anapharm, a Phase I CRO which grew from 8 employees to 1200 employees with revenues of more than 150M$. As President and then CEO of Anapharm, Marc expanded the company from Quebec City to Trois-Rivières, Montréal, Toronto and Barcelona. He also served as executive Vice-President of PharmaNet, from 2005 to 2007, following the acquisition of Anapharm. He was also interim CEO of Warnex Inc., 2012-2013 where he led the process that led to the sale of Warnex Bioanalytical to Biotrials. He was also an active member of the following boards of Directors: Université Laval, Acasti Inc, Asmacure and Nuchem Therapeutics. He is the author of 120 publications and more than 130 communications. Marc received the Excelsia 2006 from BioQuébec, the leadership prize from the Canadian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Prix des Grands Diplômés from Université Laval.

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Francois Mongrain, Director

François Mongrain has more than 20 years of financial experience centered on technology, growth-oriented businesses. During his 9 years in Entrepreneurial Services and Merger & Acquisition at Ernst & Young, he worked with several technology companies primarily active in the health care sector. Following his Ernst & Young years, he became a founding partner of BridgeCapital Inc., a private consulting firm offering strategic and financial expertise to biotechnology companies. Through his years at E&Y and BridgeCapital, Mr. Mongrain played instrumental roles in more than 12 start-ups and participated in several IPO and private placements for young emerging companies. Prior to Mimetogen, Mr. Mongrain co-founded Innodia, a biotech company focusing its R&D activity in developing novel drug for the treatment of diabetes and obesity. As Vice President Finance & CFO and then Chief Operating Officer, he successfully financed the Company’s research & development operations over a six-year period prior to orchestrating the sale of the company to a publicly-listed Canadian biotechnology company. Mr. Mongrain received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal and earned his Charted Accountant designation with Ernst & Young in 1993.

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Kevin Giese, Director

Kevin is an experienced entrepreneur and lawyer with over 30 years managing, directing, and advising public and private companies in biotech and other industries. His biotech experience includes: Founding President of BIOMS MEDICAL CORP, Chairman, President and CEO of MEDWELL CAPITAL CORP, Chairman of SPECTRAL MEDICAL INC., Director of Mimetogen Pharmaceuticals. Kevin’s experience also include: President of Mr. Lube U.S. (in partnership with Exxon), Director of GDI Inc., CFO and Director of NQL Drilling Tools Inc., Director of Run of River and Director of Canadream.

Radu Pislariu, President and CEO, Director

Radu Pislariu, M.D., is an experienced healthcare entrepreneur and investor, with extensive medical and drug development expertise. Previously an investment professional with iNovia Capital and MSBi Valorisation, Dr. Pislariu was involved in creating and structuring several biotech start-up companies, which collectively raised more than $200 million from private and public sources. The most recent involvements include Mimetogen Pharmaceuticals (Phase 3, ophthalmology) and Milestones Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: MIST; Phase 3, cardiovascular). Radu Pislariu is a medical doctor and also holds a graduate diploma in Drug Development from the University of Montreal and a graduate diploma in Management from Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Montreal.