Pierre Monsan (68) is Professor Emeritus at the National Institute for Applied Sciences (INSA) of the University of Toulouse, and Professor at Mines ParisTech (Department of Biotechnology). He was elected member of the French University Institute (IUF) in 2003 and re-elected in 2008.
He is Founding Director of the pre-industrial demonstrator “Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB)”, which was granted M€ 20 within the frame of the French National Program “Investissement d’avenir” in March 2011 (www.toulouse-white-biotechnology.com).
He has been active for 44 years in the field of enzyme catalysis (enzyme production, purification, immobilization and application, screening, structural characterization and molecular design). He authored more than 238 scientific publications, 3 books and 65 patents. His H-factor is 41.
He was involved in the founding of several start-up companies: BioEurope (1984), BioTrade (1996), Genibio (1998) and in the move of LibraGen from Lyon to Toulouse (2004).
He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of several companies, founding member of the French Academy of Technology, member of several Scientific Societies and member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He is Chairman of the French Federation of Biotechnology (FFBiotech), member of the Executive Board of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB).