David Deperthes served as head of the Urology Research Unit of the urology Department of the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) for five years. He then founded and managed Med Discovery SA, a biotech company based in Geneva, and its spin-off Dermadis, which specialised in dermatology. David has acquired strong experience in technology valorisation encompassing patent application, IP strategy and in-/out-licensing from/to worldwide universities or large pharmaceutical companies. David serves as an expert at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and acts as member of juries for several entrepreneurship foundations. In 2012, David joined Debiopharm SA as Director Business Development & Licensing. He received his Biochemistry Diploma from the University of Laval (Québec), Canada and obtained his Ph.D. in molecular biology in 1996.