Biochemistry Diploma from the University of Laval (Québec), Canada and obtained his Ph.D. in molecular biology in 1996. He has worked as ‘Research Unit Head’ of the urology unit of the Lausanne University hospital (CHUV) for five years. He then founded and managed the Swiss Biotech Company Med Discovery SA, Geneva, and its spin-out Dermadis, specialised in Dermatology. He has acquired strong experience in technology valorisation encompassing patent application, IP strategy and in-/out-licensing from/to worldwide universities or large pharmaceutical companies. Dr Deperthes is also an expert for WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and acts as jury for several entrepreneurship foundations. He joined Debiopharm SA in 2012.