The story of an innovative start-up

An innovative start-up, based in Chemistry Valley, on the IFPen site in Solaize, SEPARATIVE was created on 14th April 2014 by François Parmentier and Financière Florentine. It started out in the Crealys business incubator in Lyon, and then moved to the AxelOne Innovative Processes collaborative platform, within the framework of the AXELERA competitive cluster.

With the Novacité seal of approval and as an award-winner from the Entreprendre Rhone network, SEPARATIVE is a pure product of Lyon entrepreneurship. SEPARATIVE was distinguished at the Emergence competition 2014, and is accompanied by Bpifrance through support to innovation and entrepreneurship.

The first year was devoted to proof of concept and protection of industrial property. In April 2016, an exclusive pilot line led to the production of an initial prototype. In parallel, the company united a solid group of beta-testers chosen from opinion leaders in the pharmaceutical industry and its equipment suppliers.

In July 2016, Separative is awarded at the 18th edition of the I-Lab challenge for its project of commercialization of some high performance Flash chromatography cartridges.

A vocation with technological, innovative and ecological value.

We believe that Chemistry has a mission: improving people’s lives in balanced and protective harmony with Nature.

SEPARATIVE has a vocation to provide chemists with innovative technologies to broaden the scope of their investigations and innovation.

We are convinced that technological innovation can make the molecule industries eco-friendly.

The team
François Parmentier
Founder, CEO, and Technical Director

François has more than 25 years’ experience in the chemicals industry as a chemist and process engineer (Rhône Poulenc, IFPEN). Half of this time was spent in operational roles, and the other half in processes and computer simulation. He holds 12 patents, half of which are for inventions he created on his own initiative. Five of those patents were developed by SEPARATIVE.

Pierre Frécon
Founder, Financial Director

Pierre is a Civil Engineering Graduate from the “Mines” School in Paris and holds an MBA from INSEAD. He worked at Shell for five years in the downstream oil sector (France, USA, Sri Lanka). He holds five patents. In 2007 he created Financière Florentine, a company specialising in starting (TRL 3-7) green technology companies in the Rhône-Alpes area (13 investments to date).

Research Engineer

With a Doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Naples, Cira has developed expertise in the synthesis and optimisation of new materials. Under the supervision of François and with the assistance of a technician, she conducts research projects in the Separative laboratory.

Cyril Burkovic
Business Development Director

Cyril worked in Business Development for nearly four years as a Business Engineer and Strategic Marketing Consultant, before successfully handling the recovery of a struggling SME for three years. He joined our team in March 2015. Cyril is an engineering graduate from UTT and holds a Specialist Master’s diploma from EM Lyon.

Scientific Board

We are supported by a Scientific Advisory Board of world-renowned chromatography experts in both purification and analytical applications.

DR. Eric Francotte

Dr. Eric Francotte was former Executive Director and in charge of a Technology Platform dealing with Separation Sciences within Global Discovery Chemistry at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.

After completing a PhD in organic chemistry in Belgium, and a post-doctorate at the Geneva University, he joined the Central Research Laboratories of former Ciba-Geigy (Basle, Switzerland) in 1980 and built up an expertise focused on the chiral stationary phases for the chromatographic resolution of racemic compounds. In 1997 he became Head of ‘Separations’ at the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. His major achievements include the invention of highly innovative and powerful chiral stationary phases.

He was also a pioneer for the implementation of new preparative chromatographic technologies such as simulated-moving-bed and supercritical fluid hromatography in the pharmaceutical industry. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and patents.

He received several awards, especially the ‘Novartis Distinguished Scientist’ award in 2000 for its outstanding contributions in the field of novel chromatographic techniques, and the Top Cited Articles Award of the Journal of Chromatography in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Jean-Luc Veuthey
Laboratory of analytical chemistry, University of Geneva

A Swiss national born on 20 April 1958, Jean-Luc Veuthey trained in chemical sciences at the University of Geneva.

He obtained his PhD from this institution in 1987. After a post-doctorate at the Ecole supérieure de physique et de chimie in Paris, he came back to Geneva as head of the Analytical chemistry group at Sintetica SA.

Since 1992, he is Full Professor at the University of Geneva. He served as president of the School of pharmaceutical sciences from 1998 to 2004, then as vice-dean of the Faculty of Sciences from 2004 to 2010 and as vice-rector of the University of Geneva from 2011 to 2015. He is the head of the Laboratory of analytical chemistry and is active in numerous national and international scientific committees.

His research focuses on the development of analytical methods, in particular separation techniques to identify drugs or drugs of abuse in different matrixes.

Professor Jean-Luc Veuthey has authored more than 300 scientific publications.