What was your career path before you arrived at Cousin Biotech?
I first studied biochemistry and molecular genetics at university, before another course of biomedical engineering, specialised in regulation matters related to medical devices. I was part of the second promotion. At the time it was a unique and innovating training. One of my predecessors, from the first promotion, had done an internship at Cousin and had spoken about it. It interested me, I applied and was selected. That is how I arrived at Cousin Biotech, for a traineeship, eight years ago. I was then employed as regulation engineer. I then evolved to become deputy manager, then director of regulation matters, the position I currently hold.
And what is your mission?
My mission, with my team, is to ensure and maintain the regulatory conformity of our products, throughout the design and production cycles. The regulatory norms and requirements on medical devices are reinforced and regularly updated. To us that means an almost daily questioning. We therefore must find simple, but not simplistic solutions, adapted to the size of our company, to be nimble and meet those requirements. This for example goes through a very early early coverage of those problems, from the design of the product.
How does your team work?
The team consists of six persons. Three for the regulatory matters, three for the clinical studies. These are two complementary but different jobs. The studies, e.g. have two specific goals: maintaining the conformity of our products and providing elements of proof to marketing and sales which will give them good arguments. we also work in close co-operation with the R&D and product managers. It is a very transversal position.
According to you which are the particularities of a company like Cousin Biotech?
There is a family, human spirit here, typical for companies of that size. I am in direct contact with the direction. It is pleasant. Furthermore, I am an engineer, and I like to see all the aspects of a project. The fact of having a transversal vision, of participating in a project from the start and to follow it to the end of the process is rich.