history

MilliDrop was created following the discovery of microfluidic technologies by its cofounders in the USA. In order to produce a fully-automated system for microorganism culture and analyzing, the MilliDrop team came back to millimetre, drop-based level. MilliDrop’s technology is the fruit of 7 years of research at the Laboratory of Colloids and Dispersed Materials of the Paris School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry (ESPCI). Today, MilliDrop machines are deployed in several research labs, such as the Max Planck Institute in Germany, the ESPCI in Paris and Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

SINCE ITS CREATION, 9 PATENTS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY MILLIDROP’s FOUNDERS, AND MORE ARE IN THE WORKS…

  • 2013
    • Winner of Bpifrance’s “en émergence” national competition for innovative company creation in order to fund the economic feasibility of the project
  • 2014
    • Labelled “Scientipôle initiative”, an initiative that helps young Parisian companies in their beginning phases
    • Support from the Ile-de-France Region to help develop innovative projects
  • 2015
    • Official creation of MilliDrop
    • Winner of the national competition for the creation of innovative technologies competition
    • Support from the SATT IDF Innov for the development of the first prototype
  • 2016
    • €1M raised from the Seventure Partners’ Quadrivium 1 Seed Fund
  • 2017
    • Winner of the Forum Labo 2017 Innovation Prize - Winner of the H2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 (programme for funding innovative startups)
    • Lauréat phase 1 SME Instrument H2020
    • European patent obtained for its core technology
MILLIDROP
AIMS TO BECOME THE GOLD-STANDARD FOR CULTURING AND ANALYSING MICROORGANISMS IN RESEARCH AND CLINICAL ANALYSIS LABS.

LEADERSHIP

  • Yamina Ghomchi - Chief Executive Officer

    Yamina Ghomchi has an engineering degree from Telecom Physique Strasbourg and a PhD in Physics from UPMC, Paris. After completing her thesis at the Observatory of Paris, she worked for 4 years in the opto-electronics industry before moving into the world of start-ups. Previously, Yamina Ghomchi was head of the Technology and Innovation department that she created at Genomic Vision. Her role was to manage the team responsible for designing the successive versions of the technological platform used in conducting genetic diagnostic tests. Passionate about innovation and management of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, Yamina completed her education with an Executive MBA at INSEAD before joining MilliDrop.

  • Laurent Boitard - Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

    Laurent Boitard graduated from the ESCPI ParisTech School of Engineering. After a PhD at Université Denis Diderot, he became interested in millifluidic technologies while research assistant at Raindance Technologies in the United States. There he demonstrated how these technologies could be applied in microbiology. He then created a model automating microorganism culture and analysis in the Laboratory of Colloids and Divided Materials at the ESPCI in Paris. Afterword, he developed the technology in the incubator at the Pierre-Gilles de Gennes Institute (IPGG). After securing the intellectual property, he focused on industrializing the production of these fully automated instrument.

  • Denis Cottinet - Chief scientific officer & co-founder

    Denis Cottinet graduated from the ESPCI ParisTech School of Engineering. He then completed a PhD at Université Pierre et Marie Curie. In the Laboratory of Colloids and Divided Materials, he worked on demonstrating the potential for millifluidics in analyzing diversity within bacterial populations. He joined MilliDrop’s senior management in December 2015.

  • Jairo Garnica - Chief Technology Officer & co-founder

    Jairo Garnica completed a PhD at the University of South Australia. Before joining MilliDrop, he was responsible for the development of microorganism screening platforms in the Laboratory of Colloids and Divided Materials for five years. He is the co-inventor of three of the patents licensed by MilliDrop.

  • Patrick Martin - Industrial Director

    Patrick Martin has an Electronics, Optronics & Systems PhD and 20 years of international experience in high-tech and new technology industries. Patrick is in charge of the implementation and the deployment of industrialization, manufacturing and operational tools, processes and practices. This will then ensure and optimize the launch of the new product, on time ramp-up capacities readiness, and state of art quality of deliveries. Prior to joining MilliDrop, he was Manufacturing Director at Excico.

  • Delphine Bénicourt - Software Director

    Delphine Bénicourt studied Fundamental & Applied Computer Science at Marne la Vallée University and has more than 15 years of experience in project development, project management and software architecture, particularly in highly complex embedded technologies. She brings her expertise in protocol development and follow-up, from the conception of a product to its entry onto the market. She has worked notably in the aeronautics, military and medical device industries.

team

Elisa Brambilla

R&D Engineer

Mathieu Abumackaye

Industrialization Engineer

Boris Kermarrec

In Charge of Marketing & Communication

Michel Amar

Quality Manager

Riccardo Balzan

R&D Engineer

Jean-Baptiste Abbé

R&D Engineer

Board

  • Jérôme Bibette - Chairman & co-founder

    Jérôme Bibette is Professor at Paris ESPCI and Director of both the Laboratory of Colloids and Divided Materials and Chemistry Biology Innovation Institute. He has written over 130 peer-reviewed articles, 55 patents and has co-founded 7 companies: MilliDrop, Ademtech, Raindance Technologies, Capsum, HiFIBio, Biomillenia and Calyxia.

  • Alain Rousseau

    IDN Engineer from Lille Central School, with a background in fluid mechanics, Alain Rousseau created, developed the instruments for and organized the production of the international “Diagnostica Stago”product line. He was Director of Biocode Hycel (which launched the IDS-Isys system, applied to specialized endocrinology), consultant for Trinity Biotech, for whom he conceived a high-speed machine in haemostasis, founder of Arteion, a consulting firm for the pharmaceutical industry and in vitro diagnostic. Alain Rousseau is responsible for more than 30 patents in various fields including in-vitro diagnostics.
  • Philippe Tramoy

    After a double degree in biochemistry and immunology and genetics from Bourgogne University, he graduated from the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon. From the Company Administration Institute of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne (Finances Master’s Degree) and from HEC Paris (Intelli¬gence Marketing Master’s Degree). Recognized expert in the biotechnology sector, he has worked for Rhodia Corporate, Rhodia Chirex and Rhodia Pharma Solutions. In 2004, he founded CBDMT, a market & business intelligence company. Since 2013, he has been working as Investment Director for Seventure Partners’ Quadrivium 1 Seed Fund.

Our partners

wageningen

espci paris

Max Planck institute


our supports

medicen

paris région entreprise

biotech

Institut pierre Gilles de Genes

region ile de france

idf innov

Bpi france

JEF Label

our rewards

MIT

SME Instrument

SME Instrument

French Innovation Trophee

Innovation Trophee

i-lab

scientipole