Bringing decades of experience and strategic thinking to lead the members of the Mauna Kea Technologies team.
Mauna Kea Technologies has assembled a team of experts from various domains to overcome the hurdles that have impeded clinical research and treatment for decades. Along with their exceptional technical expertise, each member of our management team possesses the strong team building and organizational skills that enable Mauna Kea Technologies’ multidisciplinary approach to success and innovation.
SACHA LOISEAU, Ph.D.
President and CEO. Co-Founder
Sacha founded Mauna Kea Technologies in May 2000 and has been the CEO ever since.
A co-inventor of the probe-based Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy technology, he piloted the development of the Cellvizio product line, raising over € 32 million with private investors until taking the company public in July 2011 on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange. Mauna Kea’s IPO enabled a capital raise of €56.5 million with new investors only and was the largest healthcare IPO in Europe in 2011. Sacha started his career at the National Center for Space Studies (CNES) in Toulouse and at the Paris Observatory, then joined NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, as a research scientist. Sacha is a graduate of the École Polytechnique in Paris and has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and Optical Instrumentation.
Global Director of Marketing and OEM Leader
Sebastien brings more than 15 years of experience in the fields of surgical instrumentation and OEM marketing
A seasoned medical device marketing executive, Sebastien held various positions in product management, product development, direct and B2B marketing management at W.O.M., a major OEM provider of surgical and medical instruments. Based in Orlando for the past 15 years, Sebastien successfully launched and grew market shares for various product lines and acquired direct sales experience as well in the field of breast cancer care and laser lithotripsy.
Sebastien is Pragmatic Marketing Certified and holds a Biomedical Engineer degree from Polytech Marseille.
President, North America and Chief Development Officer
Chris joined Mauna Kea Technologies in January of 2008 as the President of its U.S. subsidiary and brings 23 years of experience in the industry.
Chris worked as a Senior Healthcare Analyst at Genesis Merchant Group, an investment banking firm based in San Francisco during the mid-90's. He then joined Teleflex Medical where he was appointed Vice President and General Manager for the surgical instrument business. In 2003, Chris became the President and the CEO of Surgical Services, Inc. Chris holds an MBA from the University of San Diego, an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
General Manager, Asia-Pacific
Bruno has a rich, international background garnered from his studies in Lebanon, Italy and France where he became fluent in four languages.
He has been a business manager in Europe and Asia starting his career as an Export Area Manager for Sapag, a division of Saint-Gobain, then working for 15 years for Tyco Fire & Building Products where he was appointed General Manager of Asia-Pacific. In January of 2009, Bruno joined Mauna Kea Technologies with a mission to develop the Asia-Pacific market for Cellvizio. Since 2010, Bruno has been responsible for the deployment of Cellvizio in all territories excluding North America, France and Germany.
Christophe BAILLEUL, PhD, MBA
Vice-President Clinical Affairs, Health Economics and Market Access
Christophe joined Mauna Kea Technologies in 2015 and brings a wealth of clinical knowledge to the company with more than 25 years of international experience in the biotech and medical device sectors.
Christophe started his career in a French biotech startup affiliate of the National Blood Transfusion Foundation in the late 80s. He then spent 5 years in Germany as a research and quality assurance manager in a young CRO, PRA International. He also worked in the clinical development field at Ela Medical, which is part of Sorin Group. From 2002 on he was based in Belgium as the VP of Clinical Affairs and Health Economics of the International Division at St. Jude Medical.
Christophe holds multiple academic degrees including, an engineering degree from the Université de technologie de Compiègne in France, an MSc in blood transfusion and immunology, a PhD in immuno-biotechnologies and an MBA from ESSEC in Paris, France.
FRANÇOIS LACOMBE, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
François is a world-renowned scientist and the author of more than 150 scientific papers and 10 patents.
He spent 14 years working on major international astronomy projects such as ISOCAM, the Infrared SPace Observatory (ISO) satelite's on board camera, ADONIS, the first multi-user adaptive optics system and most recently NAOS, an adaptive optics system for the Very Large Telescope in Chile. François has been collaborating with Mauna Kea Technologies since its inception. François is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics.
VÉRONIQUE DENTAN, Ph.D.
Director of Operations
Véronique has valuable experience in R&D, product design and engineering management on innovative products.
She began her carreer at the Thales Central Laboratory, first as a research engineer, then as Head of the Organic Materials laboratory. Véronique then went to Photonetics, a telecom company sold to GN NetTest in 2000, where she worked as Chief Technical Officer setting up and developping the R&D and engineering departments for Optical Components. Before joining Mauna Kea Technologies, Veronique also spent 2 years at IXsea, a French Company specialized in fiber-optics based inertial sensors where she was responsible for the OCTANS gyrocompass product line. Véronique is a graduate of the École Supérieure d'Optique in France and holds a Ph.D. in Non-Linear Optics.
Human Resources Director
Agnès was hired in July 2011 to reinforce the global human resources strategy at Mauna Kea Technologies.
She brings with her an experience of 20 years in marketing, sales and human resources management. Agnès began her business career in 1991 at the French offices of Reckitt Benckiser, the world leader in cleaning and hygiene products. For the following eight years, she worked in the Marketing Department as a product manager and category leader. From 1999 to 2000 (following the Reckitt & Colman/Benckiser merger), she served as Integration Manager for the Head Office. From 2000 to 2002, she pursued her career as category manager and notably stood in for the Marketing Director for one year. In 2002, she was promoted to Trade Marketing Director at Reckitt Benckiser. Two years later, she began her career as an HR Manager within the same group and, for the next seven years, managed the HR activities of the group’s only industrial facility in France (with a workforce of 400). Agnès is a graduate of HEC Paris business school and also obtained a Master’s in Economics in Brazil (where she lived for 10 years). She is fluent in French, English and Portuguese.
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