Patrick Couvreur, Board of Scientific Advisors

Patrick Couvreur, Professor of Pharmaceutical technology and Biopharmaceutics at Paris-Sud University.


Patrick Couvreur, born in 1950 in Schaerbeek (Belgium), is a full professor of Pharmacy, Pharmacotechnie and Biopharmacy at the Paris-Sud University and holder of the chair of “Innovation Technologique” (2009-2010) at the Collège de France. France. He is appointed as a Senior Member of the “Institut Universitaire de France”. He is also a member of the scientific council of the Institut des Technologies pour la Santé (ITMO Inserm/CNRS) since 2009.




Patrick Couvreur received his degree in Pharmacy from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) in 1972 and PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from the same university in 1975. He completed his postdoctoral studies at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1976-1977.


His research is at the interface between Physico-Chemistry of Colloids, Polymer Chemistry, Galenic Pharmacy and Experimental Pharmacology focusing on the conception of nanomedicines for the treatment of severe diseases (cancer, infectious diseases and neurological disorders). His work has led to the funding of two start-up companies (Bioalliance, in 1997, focusing on the development of specific nanoparticles and Medsqual in 2007 focusing on the conduction of nanodrugs to clinical studies). He was Director of the UMR CNRS 8612 (Physico-chimie, Pharmacotechnie et Biopharmacie) from 1997 to 2010. He also founded
the “Therapeutics Innovation” doctoral school which he led from 2000 to 2006.


Patrick Couvreur received as early as 1990 the “Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Research” from the “Controlled Release Society”, USA. He is also the recipient of many different innovation prizes such as the “Prix de l’Innovation et du Transfert de Technologie” from the “Paris Ile-de-France- Capitale Economique” for the foundation of the Bioalliance start-up company (1999), and more recently the CNRS Médaille de l’Innovation (2012) and European Inventor Award from the European Patent Office (2013). Among many other awards, he received in 2009 the Galien Prize and in 2011 the European Pharmaceutical Scientist Award. He is an elected member of the French Académie des Technologies and Académie de Pharmacie and a corresponding member of Académie de médecine. He is also a foreign member of the Belgian “Academie Royale de Médecine” and of the Spanish “Real Academia National Farmacia”.

Updated on 16/06/2014


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