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).

Souad Rafik-Clément
Technology R&D expert

Souad worked at IFPEN for 15 years, where she developed very broad expertise from both a scientific and a technical point of view on the analysis and improvement of materials. She is on detachment at SEPARATIVE in the framework of a Management course at IFPEN.

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.