Expertise & passion

Genoskin is a team of innovative minds with a heart for challenges

Genoskin is powered by a dynamic team with a heart for innovation and challenges. Our passion makes us push the boundaries of research and drug development every day, so you can safely rely on our expertise and know-how.

Making science move forward

Genoskin's CEO and founder, Pascal Descargues. Leads our team of skin experts

Pascal Descargues, PhD

Founder, CEO

A word about our founder and CEO

After obtaining his PhD in Human Pathophysiology at the University of Toulouse in 2006, Pascal completed a 2 year post-doctorate fellowship at the University of San Diego in California. His interest for skin research was demonstrated by his thesis, i.e. “A rare skin disease called Netherton Syndrome”. He also holds Master’s Degree in Management from the Toulouse Business School and has over 14 years of experience in skin biology research.

In 2005, he received LeoPharma’s Charles Grupper Award for his work and in 2007, he won the Award for Medicine from the Toulouse Academy of Science. His research has been published in major magazines, such as Nature Genetics, PNAS and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.

In 2009, Pascal started working on his project to develop more adequate human skin models with the French National Center for Research and the Paul Sabatier University, which led to the creation of Genoskin in 2011. By combining his constructive managerial skills with his sense for philanthropy, Pascal strives to turn Genoskin into the best toolbox for researchers who want to move forward using better and more ethical testing techniques.

Our Chief Commercial Officer, Eric Merle. Part of our team of skin experts

Eric Merle, PhD

Chief Business Innovation Officer

Meet our Chief Business Innovation Officer

Eric has held commercial roles in life science companies globally for over 15 years. Eric has spent his career developing commercial strategies for some of the life science industry’s most recognizable companies. He was most recently at Intrexon (XON), where he led the development of the Consumer Sector portfolio and business strategy as the senior director of strategic alliances and innovation. Prior to Intrexon, Eric Merle developed growth strategies for the Life Sciences division of SGS (SGSN), the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. He has also held commercial roles at Cellectis (CLLS), Sigma Aldrich (SIAL), Becton Dickinson (BDX), and Fisher Scientific (TMO).

Claire Jardet

Claire Jardet, MSc, PhD

Chief Operations Officer

Meet our Chief Operations Officer

Claire holds a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree from the National Institute of Applied Science (INSA, Toulouse). She also studied at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, and speaks English, German, and French fluently. Claire joined Genoskin in 2013 as part of her Ph.D. thesis. Her research focused on the development of an ex vivo human skin cancer model.

Following her Ph.D., Claire took leadership of our Production department in France and set up a task management program for the technical team. She is now in charge of both the Production and Service departments for the group. Claire manages the operational side of our activity, including resources optimization, team coordination and engagement, results control, strategy implementation, and change management. With over eight years of experience at Genoskin and strong expertise in skin, Claire ensures the best quality of our solutions across both locations.

Frederick Roques

Chief Financial Officer

Meet our Chief Financial Officer

Frederick is French-American with 20 years of experience in international finance, most recently as executive director at EY. Frederick has worked on projects around the world and specializes in global digital transformation. With his multi-sector and multi-standard (IFRS, US GAAP, PCG) experience, he will continue to structure, transform and optimize the financial aspects of Genoskin. Frederick holds a Masters in Finance, Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Toulouse.

Nicolas Gaudenzio

Chief Scientific Officer

Meet our Chief Scientific Officer

Dr Gaudenzio completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of Toulouse, France, and holds a doctorate in immunology. Following his post-doctorate in the Department of Pathology at Stanford University (CA, USA), he now heads an Inserm cross-disciplinary research group, which was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) in 2018. His work has contributed substantially to identifying molecular and cellular targets involved in allergic and non-allergic inflammation and to the development of new imaging methods to probe neuro-immune interactions in preclinical models and in skin samples from patients. His current research work in these fields will contribute to the further comprehension of the role of structural, neuronal and immune cells in the development of skin inflammation and pain, which should help identify new therapeutic options to modulate and prevent disease development. In 2021, Dr Gaudenzio received the prestigious ACTERIA Early Career Research Prize in Allergology awarded every two years by the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS).

Dr Gaudenzio’s work has been published in prestigious scientific journals such as Nature Immunology, Nature Medicine, Nature Communication and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is a member of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the French Society for Immunology (SFI).

Vicky Tourte

HR & Admin Director

Meet our HR & Admin Director

After a series of enriching work experiences abroad, Vicky moved back to France to start her own company. She established her reputation working for a wide range of companies while combining her humane values with a rigorous approach. Vicky started her career at Genoskin in 2015, as a Consultant in Administration and Human Resources. At the start, she essentially helped out with accountancy and administrative issues. In 2017, she joined the company full-time, where her work gradually evolved to include finance and human resources. She now is our HR and Administrative Director, supervising all HR matters. Together with our CFO, she also manages our administrative team.

Learn about our teams of skin experts

Custom drug development research projects

Our team even takes on highly specific drug development and research projects. Should you be interested, please don’t hesitate to contact us.