This Young CEO is Making Biotech Popular in France

28/01/2016 - 2 minutes

Biotech is often a touchy subject for conversation, which is not always understood by the general public, and even less appreciated…

Xavier Duportet, the 28-year-old French founder of Eligo Bioscience (read Our interview here) was this week on the hugely popular French TV-show Le Petit Journal to talk about Biotech. This program is the most popular such medium for the younger French audience, reaching over 2 million people per day (!).

Duportet started by how he got his passion for science thanks to studying ants in his garden. He then explained the problem of antibiotics and why a solution should be found quickly.

They then moved on to his startup Eligo Bioscience, which still needs at least 2 more years before starting human clinical trials. Nonetheless, they have some exciting new collaborations in the Human Microbiome field.

He tried to explain the challenges of building a Biotech start-up, why he needs to raise money and what could be the outcome.

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Xavier Duportet with French animator Yann Barthes (Credit: Xavier Duportet / Facebook)

He finished on a funny point when he described his passion for ants and where he had to guess the Scientific name of 5 different ants, the guest Insects on the show. And he gave the correct name for 4 out of 5 – not bad!

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It’s great to see such an enthusiast spreading his passion and ‘contaminating’ the next generation of Biotech leaders in France and abroad.

And by the way, Xavier will be a speaker at our event Labiotech Refresh on May 24th in Berlin. If you want to meet him, you know what you have to do: get your ticket 😉

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