Café des Entrepreneurs With Jean-Pierre Sommadossi

February 14, 2017


Café des Entrepreneurs #14 Jean-Pierre Sommadossi

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

@ Mc Dermott, Will & Emery 28 State st, Boston, MA 02109

* French-speaking event *

Join us at Mc Dermott Will & Emery to hear from the experience of a successful French entrepreneur about how to make it in the US

... and for networking! 



Guest, Dr. Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, CEO of Atea Pharmaceuticals, will present in English.

To get to know Dr. Sommadossi, click here:


20 startups selected by Big Booster will attend as well as representatives of the City of Lyon, France


About Jean-Pierre Sommadossi, Ph.D


Dr. Sommadossi is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atea Pharmaceuticals. Jean-Pierre has over 30 years of scientific, operational, strategic and management experience in the biotech industry. Previously Jean-Pierre was the Principal Founder of Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: IDIX) and a Co-Founder of Pharmasset, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRUS). Both of these companies were acquired; Idenix by Merck for $3.85 billion in 2014 and Pharmasset by Gilead for $11 billion in 2012. Jean-Pierre held a number of key executive positions at Idenix, including Chairman of the Board of Directors, Executive President and Chief Scientific Officer from 1998 to 2000, and then as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2010. He is a member of the Harvard Medical School Therapeutics Advisory Council and the Harvard Medical School Discovery Council, Chairman of the Board, Panchrest, Inc., Chairman of the Board, Kezar Life Sciences, Inc., Vice-Chairman, Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals, a Member of the Board of The BioExec Institute and a Senior Advisor to PureTech Ventures, as well.


Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Jean-Pierre was on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine since March 1985. He served as a Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacology from June 1992 to November 2000. He has authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications and holds more than 50 US patents related to the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Jean-Pierre holds a Pharm. D. and Ph. D. in Pharmacology from the University of Marseilles, France and was a post doctoral Fogarty fellow at the National Cancer Institute and the Medical College of Virginia, and is a recipient of a Faculty Award from The American Cancer Society.

The Café des Entrepreneurs is an event organized every two months in Boston where several guests, an entrepreneur and one or several elevator pitches, are interviewed by a moderator and answer the questions of the audience. It also an opportunity to network and exchange for francophile and francophone entrepreneurs, investors and professionals based in New-England.

Created in 2013 by a team of French business partners based in Boston (ConsulateFACCNECCEFFrench Tech Hub), the Café des Entrepreneurs aims at sharing one’s experience, stimulating new career prospects and promoting closer ties between the business actors of the New-England ecosystem.

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