Our team – your experts for newborn rodents testing

The Phenopups team has extensive expertise in phenotyping newborn rodent and in the development of adapted non-invasive technologies designed to provide multi-parametric in vivo studies with simultaneous acquisition data.

  • Estelle Durand, PhD: Founder and CEO of PhenoPups

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEstelle is a graduate of University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris 6) in Neuropsychology and obtained her PhD in 2005 in Jorge Gallego’s team working on phenotyping methods applied to Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS, Ondine’s Curse) murine models.

Selected to follow the prestigious HEC Challenge+ program in 2008, Estelle led the funding of PhenoPups in 2009. She was appointed as CEO of PhenoPups in 2012.

  • Boris Matrot: Founder and Scientific advisor

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABoris works as a Research engineer at Inserm Unit 676, headed by Dr. Pierre Gressens since 2003. He has an engineering degree in Aeronautics and Space. Boris Matrot is an expert in technology and image computing. He developed a patented platform for physiological and cognitive phenotyping of newborn rodents. He’s now involved in preclinical drug testing as a leader of the preclinical trial workpackage of the TINN FP7 project. He received the prestigious INSERM Innovation Prize in 2010.

  • Jorge Gallego, PhD: Founder and Scientific advisor

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJorge holds a PhD in Mathematics (1980), and a PhD in Biology (1988) from University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris 6). His team (Inserm UMR 676, Robert Debré Paediatric Hospital, Paris) has gained international recognition in the field of neonatal respiratory control disorders and their effects on neurodevelopment. His main research topics are apnoea of prematurity and genetic respiratory disorders. In order to develop models that faithfully replicate neurodevelopmental disorders in newborn infants, his team developed an original platform for newborn mice phenotyping, which combined the physiological, motor, and cognitive components of early development. Projects in the laboratory have been supported by national and international funding agencies, including ANR, FP7 programs and OSEO support from French Research Ministry for industrial valorization. Jorge Gallego has published 83 original papers, 18 reviews and book chapters, and presented 19 invited lectures. He is co-organizer of « Journées de Recherches Respiratoires » annual symposium.

  • Guy Vardon: Founder and Scientific advisor.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Guy worked as a project manager in the field of biomedical technology research at Inserm in Paris and Amiens. He published 41 original papers, and developed 4 patented technologies for cardio-respiratory monitoring.