Science to Business Committee

Jean-Michel Le Roux (France)

Deputy Head of Investments for the future and Competitiveness Department, ANR
Science to Business Committee Chair 

Computer Sciences, Artificial Intelligence


Jean-Michel Le Roux, PhD in physics of University Pierre et Marie Curie of Paris and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne has followed a MBA (MTE) program at the IMD Lausanne. After joining Matra Communication France as a researcher specialist in speech processing for phone applications, he contributed to the development of the automatic speech recognition software ViaVoice at the T.J. Watson Research Center at IBM USA.

Then, he directed the department of Bioinformatics within a Swiss start-up company specialized in predictive medicine and also took the responsibility of the Instrumentation department. He joined Supélec in 2006 as deputy director of research and industrial relationship to develop entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer. He co-founded and manage the Center of Student Entrepreneurship in 2010 called PEEPS (Pôle Entrepreneuriat Etudiant Paris Saclay).

In 2011, he has been elected chairman of the public incubator (IncubAlliance). Since 2012, he is the “institut Carnot” program officer for the French National Research Agency (ANR). He joined full time the French National Research Agency (ANR) as deputy head of investments for the future and competitiveness department in charge of competitiveness. He received multiple IBM Awards and particularly an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.

Martin Andler (France)

Vice-President of EuroScience, Professor at the Université de Versailles St Quentin

Mathematics, History of Mathematics


Martin Andler is Professor of Mathematics at the Université de Versailles St Quentin. Before that he was affiliated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Paris-Diderot and Ecole Normale Supérieure. He has had visiting positions at Rutgers University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Insitute for Advanced Study.  His fields of research are mathematics (representation theory of Lie groups) and history of science (mathematics in the XIXth and XXth century). Apart from his strictly academic involvement, he is interested in science communication, science policy and more generally science and society issues. He is very involved in promoting mathematics for young people, as president of the Animath association. He is the convenor of the working group on Higher Education and Research of the Terra Nova thinktank, and a Vice-President of EuroScience since 2013. He was a vice-chair of the ESOF 2016 Programme Committee.

Gilbert Casamatta (France)

Professor at the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, President of the Institut de Recherche Technologique Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Chemical Engineering


Originally Professor Gilbert Casamatta is a chemical engineer who has carried out and led applied research in the field and has been deeply involved in industrial innovation especially devoted to safer and cleaner processes and green engineering.

Former President of the INP Toulouse and of the Higher Education and Research Cluster « University of Toulouse » he has led a global action to promote scientific excellence.

Now President of the Institut de Recherche Technologique Antoine de Saint-Exupéry he is involved in innovation for aerospace and embedded systems.

Sharon Cosgrove (UK)

Executive Director of Strategy, Planning and Communications at the Science and Technology Facilities Council

Science Policy and Analysis, Strategy, Media


Dr Sharon Cosgrove is Executive Director of Strategy, Planning and Communications at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).  She worked in policy for the Department of the Environment and then held a number of government strategy positions before joining STFC in 2009 to lead on strategic business planning, communications, partnership and International relations.  Sharon has a key role in strengthening STFC’s relationship with Government and has responsibility for bringing together the core functions that are needed to help STFC shape, communicate and monitor its national and international agenda.

Maryline Fiaschi (Belgium)

Managing Director at the Science Business Publishing Ltd

Science Business, Media, EU Education


Maryline Fiaschi is Managing Director at Science|Business, a media and communications company specialised in EU innovation policy. She combines experiences in media and European affairs. After six years managing EU education programmes with the European Commission, she entered the media business in 2007 in Shanghai. She held business development positions at the Shanghai Daily and, back in Brussels, at EU affairs media company EurActiv before joining Science|Business in 2011. Today she is also an external evaluator for several EU education and R&I programmes. Maryline holds degrees from Université La Sorbonne, Università di Bologna and Université catholique de Louvain. 

Kumar Seema (USA)

Vice President, Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication, Johnson & Johnson
Science to Business Committee Vice-Chair



Seema is Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication for Johnson & Johnson. In this role, she drives Johnson & Johnson's reputation as a pioneer and partner of choice in innovation, research and development (R&D), and public health. Her responsibilities include enterprise-wide communications regarding Johnson & Johnson innovation and R&D in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products, as well as medical safety and ethics, domestic and international policy affecting the sciences, and public health. She leads communication for the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer, including the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. As a champion of science and innovation, STEM, global health, and mentorship for women and minorities, she is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at international forums.

Previously, Seema served as the Vice President, Enterprise Innovation and Global Health Communication, J&J, and as Vice President, Global R&D Communication for Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of J&J, which included oversight of internal and external communications. As part of the Pharmaceutical R&D management team, she led important initiatives to position Janssen, and J&J, as a pharmaceutical R&D leader and oversaw J&J-level R&D communication programs managing the reputation of the J&J pharmaceutical pipeline and products, and the Company's leadership in global health. Seema joined the J&J Family of Companies in 2003 as Vice President, Global Communications for J&J Pharmaceutical Research & Development, serving in that position until 2009. During this time, she built a new J&J Global R&D Communications function and organization, setting and achieving ambitious goals to showcase J&J 's cutting-edge scientific research and innovative drug-development processes.
Prior to joining J&J, Seema was the Chief Communications Officer at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research /Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Genome Research, the flagship center for the Human Genome Project. She played a leadership role in enhancing worldwide public awareness and understanding of Project, the effort to map and sequence the genetic blueprint for a human being. As a member of the Center's executive management, Seema was at the White House along with the Project team for the first global announcement of the Human Genome sequence. Seema also held positions of increasing leadership at the Whitehead Institute, the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where she launched and led a variety of initiatives to communicate and position the latest scientific advances and policy implications and STEM initiatives for high school students.

A passionate champion of science, Seema is active in many professional affiliations and serves on several external advisory boards. She serves on the ESOF2016 Science to Business Committee, served on the ESOF14 Marketing and Media Committee and oversaw J&J's role in becoming a founder and continued sponsor of ESOF. She is the author of more than 200 news and feature articles on science and medicine, for which she has won several awards, including an Award of Excellence in writing from the American Medical Writers Association and three Gold Medals for Media Relations, Science Education, and Digital Communication. She holds a master of arts degree in science journalism from the University of Maryland, which included a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, and a bachelor of science and communication from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of science in physics from Stella Maris College, in Madras, India.

Growing up in India, Seema was taught from an early age by her father, a physicist and an engineer, the importance of a STEM education to advance societal innovation and from her mother she learned the art of storytelling. Today, Seema lives in New Jersey with her husband and teenage son. In her free time, she enjoys healthy cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.