The French Consulate welcomes its new Scientific Attaché [fr]
The French Consulate is pleased to welcome its newest member in June, Valérie Trentesaux. As Attaché for Science and Higher Education for the U.S. Southeast, she will manage the Office of Science and Technology in Atlanta, alongside her deputy attaché, Flora Plessier.
The main mission of the Scientific Office—which covers Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida and Puerto Rico– is to promote scientific and technological dynamism through the development of structured partnerships between local institutions and public or private French institutions.
Specialized in innovation and technology transfer services, Valérie Trentesaux brings to the table a solid background in industrial and academic research on both a national and international level.
Head of institutional relationships and member of the Executive Committee of Inserm Transfert – a private affiliate of the French National Institute for Health (INSERM) – from 2006 to 2015, she participated in a task force with the French Minister for Higher Education and Research which oversaw 1 billion euros dedicated to technology transfer under a program called “Investissements d’Avenir”. In close contact with scientists, she helped establish numerous partnerships between Inserm Transfert from private to public research agencies. She was also an active member of Covalliance, a French technology transfer life sciences committee.
From 1997 to 2006, Trentesaux worked at the Pasteur Institute in the Technology Transfer Department, where she was in charge of partnership agreements. In this capacity, she worked at the interface between industries, scientists and research agencies. Board member of the World AIDS Foundation (WAF) and the French and American Foundation (FAAF), she developed a partnership with the National Institute of Health (NIH).
From 1992 to 1997, she worked at Sanofi Diagnostics Pasteur, where she was in charge of its worldwide license agreements portfolio, gaining experience in the pharmaceutical industry and a greater enthusiasm for research.
Valerie Trentesaux holds a business degree from the Institute of Higher Education in Marketing and Commerce, ISTEC- Paris.