About Us

Iktos was founded in 2016 by Quentin Perron, Nicolas Do Huu, and Yann Gaston-Mathé, with the aim of developing an innovative and user-friendly technology platform for deep learning-based de novo drug design, leveraging a proprietary algorithm developed by Quentin and Nicolas. This proprietary technology enables, using existing data, the design of molecules that are optimized in silico to meet all the success criteria of a small molecule discovery project. Today, Iktos is a leading player in AI-based generative chemistry having delivered value in 50-plus real world research collaborations with some of the most eminent pharma companies globally.

Did you know?

‘Iktos’ stands for ‘God of Dream Catcher’ in the Native American mythology. A lot of terms used at Iktos have Native American origins.

Soon after inception, Iktos started its first collaboration project in 2017. An initial success and first real world validation of the technology was achieved in 2018 in a collaboration with Servier. In 2019, Iktos established its presence in North America by incorporating Iktos Inc. and secured seed funding, as well as non-dilutive finances to grow its AI for de novo drug design technology and software. In the same year, Iktos won its first client for Makya, a SaaS generative AI software platform. In 2020, Iktos released Spaya, Iktos synthesis planning software, and made it available publicly for users to use and evaluate. Over the past few years, Iktos has won various grant competitions and raised equity from a pool of private investors. In 2021, Iktos received a large non-dilutive funding from Bpifrance for its robotics platform. In March 2023, Iktos raised €15.5M in a Series A round co-led by M Ventures and Debiopharm Innovation Fund with participation from Omnes Capital. In a short span of time, Iktos has emerged as a leading player in AIDD and has successfully delivered multiple projects for global bio-pharma collaborators, thanks to its growing team, comprising of 60 talented individuals spread across France, the UK and the US. 

Founders And Board

Yann Gaston-Mathé

Co-Founder & CEO; Chairman of the Board

MS Ecole Polytechnique Paris and AgroParisTech. 20+ years experience in pharma R&D, strategic consulting and entrepreneurship in biotech.

Co-founder and CEO, Yann leads the development of Iktos with his knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and a broad understanding of methods, approaches and tools of data science.

Quentin Perron

Co-Founder & CSO; Board Observer

PhD in organometallic chemistry from University of Geneva.  Medicinal chemist, skilled data scientist.

Co-founder and CSO, Quentin plays a key role in the strategic steering of Iktos’s R&D and portfolio development and supervision of project delivery for partners and customers.

Nicolas Do Huu

Co-Founder & CTO; Board Member

PhD in Artificial Intelligence. Several years experience in software development and R&D. Contributed to the emerging data science field by creating distributed computation platform for Big Data processing. 

Co-founder and CTO at Iktos, Nicolas leads the technological developments of the company.

Bertrand Ducrey

Board Member

Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Bertrand is the CEO of Debiopharm and Senior Vice-Chairman of the Life Science activities of Après-demain. His work in various roles has contributed to two blockbuster therapies for cancer patients, oxaliplatin and triptorelin, along with a potential 3rd blockbuster drug currently in phase III research in Head & Neck cancer with an international partner.

Nadiya Ishnazarova

Board Member

Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Oxford.

Nadiya joined M Ventures Biotechnology team covering Healthcare and Life Sciences investments as an Associate in 2021. She has strong experience in strategy and transformation for corporate healthcare clients, health systems, providers, pharma and digital health clients in EMEA, Asia Pacific and Emerging Markets.

Fabien Collangettes

Board Observer

Engineering degree from CentraleSupélec and a Master of Science in Finance from the Imperial College (UK).

Fabien joined Omnes’s Investment Team in January 2017 and was appointed Director in 2021. He actively invests in TechBio and Deeptech companies and sits at the supervisory board of companies such as SeqOne Genomics, Qubit Pharmaceuticals, Quandela, Sekoia.io.

Christian Uhrich

Board Observer

MBA from Mannheim Business School, Germany, and a Diploma in Computer Science and Business Administration (Business Informatics) from Cooperative State University Karlsruhe, Germany.

Christian joined M Ventures in August 2019 as Head of Strategy and currently serves as a Principal in the Biotechnology team. Prior to joining M Ventures, Christian worked at Merck KGaA, where he focused on impactful strategy-related projects across all business sectors of the Merck Group.

Vincent Gerusz

Board Observer

Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University. 25+ years of professional experience in drug discovery and scientific leadership in the pharma industry.

Vincent is the co-inventor of several new antibacterials and oncology drugs put in clinical development. Co-author of more than 50 publications and patent applications, he currently serves as Head of Medicinal Chemistry at Debiopharm.

Jérôme Dhamelincourt

Board Observer

Graduated from Lausanne Hospitality Management school

Jérôme joined the Private Equity investment company MI3 S.A. in Luxembourg in 2014, where he operates as Investment Manager and Director. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer for the Belgian startup Rouge Tomate in Brusselles and New York and then Management Controller for the Groupe Castel in West Africa.

Management Team

Stephane Milot

Chief Financial Officer

Master’s in Accounting-Control-Audit from University Paris Dauphine. Over 20 years of experience as CFO in medical start-ups. Strong experience in capital raising, entrepreneurship and private business financing. Now CFO at Iktos.

Marion Laguette

Director, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development

Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique and Master’s in Applied Biosciences & Biotechnology from Imperial College London. In charge of strategic planning & corporate development  at Iktos.

Alexis Denis

SVP, Head of Drug Discovery

PhD in organic chemistry, +30 years of experience in Drug Discovery and Medicinal Chemistry.

Alexis contributed to the successful discovery and development of >15 clinical candidates going to Phase I and beyond. Now SVP, Head of Drug Discovery at Iktos.

Philip Laut

VP-Head of BD, Sales & Operations, USA

MS in Materials Sciences & Engineering from Université de Montpellier and MBA in Marketing from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. More than 30 years of sales, and business development activities, including more than ten years of successful partnerships with pharmaceutical industries worldwide. Now VP-Head of BD, Sales & Operations, USA

Alexa Meurant

Chief Legal Counsel

Master’s degree in Health Law from University of Aix-en-Provence. Over 20 years of experience as an in-house legal counsel in bio-pharmaceutical industry and retail. Extensive experience in setting up legal departments. Now Chief Legal Counsel for Iktos.

Jean Christophe Meillon

Head of Robotics Lab

PhD in organic chemistry. Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. Senior Research Scientist at Idenix Pharmaceuticals. Co-founder and Medicinal Chemistry Director at Oxeltis. 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Now, Head of Robotics, Iktos.

Brice Hoffmann

Head of Computational Chemistry

PhD and post-doc in Bioinformatics. Spearheaded the development of Iktos structure-based generative modeling technology and pipeline. Head of Iktos modeling team.

Hamza Tajmouati

Head of AI Research and Data Science

Master’s in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Key contributor to the development of Iktos generative modeling technology. Lead developer of Iktos retrosynthesis technology.

Abderraouf El Gasser

Head of Platform Development

Master’s in Software Engineering. 15 years experience as CTO, successful experience of software product development. In charge of the software development team.

Christopher Housseman

Head of Medicinal Chemistry

PhD in chemistry. Over 12 years of experience of medicinal chemistry. Project leader in a med chem project that successfully delivered a drug candidate. Now leads the Med Chem team at Iktos.

Dara Phonekeo

Office and HR Manager

Degree in Communication from RMIT Melbourne. Over 10 years of experience as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager. Ran business as a fitness coach, certified yoga and Pilates teacher. Responsible for the smooth functioning of the company.

Founded in 2016

Only company to offer generative modeling with synthetic accessibility for successful drug discovery

Customizable technology offering multiple proprietary algorithms

Clients include large/medium pharma, biotech companies and research institutes globally