Bertrand SCHWARTZ, veterinarian, Ph.D, is the Head of the Biology and Health Department of the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) since 2013.
Born 1963, graduated from the Veterinary School of Nantes in 1986 and PhD In Virology 1993 (University Paris 7 – Institut Pasteur). After one year as CNRS post- doctoral fellowship, Bertrand Schwartz worked for the pharmaceutical industry (Rhone Poulenc-Rorer then Aventis then Gencell) for 10 years in the field of gene therapy, evolving to Head of experimental therapeutic, in charge of preclinical development. Particularly, Bertrand Schwartz was integrated team leader for two new therapeutic entities until their IND submissions and Phase I clinical trials in US and Europe. One of these gene therapy products went up to Phase III in later development.
Bertrand Schwartz then joined a young start-up incubated in the Pasteur Institute as Chief Operating Officer, before joining in2005 Inserm – Transfer, the Tech transfer office of Inserm (French Institut National de la Recherche Medicale), in charge of preclinical and clinical research areas. It involved identifying promise research as early proof of concept stages, helping them to cross the early development “death valley”, up to managing very large Phase II and Phase III Trials. During this period, B Schwatz also managed the call for projects for “Emerging innovations” and “Biotechnologies” funded by the ANR.
2008 to 2013, B Schwartz was director of INRA unit 1277 PFIE (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), Unit PFIE is a 55-agents unit focused on infectiology in cattle and farm animals, including large animals BSL3 facility.
Called upon by ANR, the major Research Funding agency in France, to become deputy of the Biology and Health Department Head in 2011 he assumed the direction in 2013. Biology and Health department is a 27 people team handling calls in all fields of research form cognitive biology to public health and academic – industry partnerships applied research. Overall, around 4000 applications are screened per year, either through the very open national call of through the 15 lines opened on international programs.