Jacques N. Biot serves as the first Executive President of École Polytechnique since mid-2013.
An École Polytechnique graduate (Class of ‘71) and engineer in the Corps des Mines, Jacques Biot dedicated the initial years of his professional career to industrial recovery and innovation funding within the Ministry of Industry and Research. He then served as the “Industry and Technology” advisor in the Prime Minister's office until 1985.
Subsequently, he held executive positions in highly innovative French biopharmaceutical companies with a focus on international growth: Roussel Uclaf, followed by Pasteur Mérieux Serums and Vaccines, both of which were later integrated into the Sanofi Group.
From 1992 until mid-2012, he led an entrepreneurial career as the founder and president of JNBD, a strategic consulting firm where he recruited a multidisciplinary team dedicated to the assessment and market access of innovations in life sciences and health technology. He also served as an independent director and vice president of Guerbet Laboratories, and played an important role as an investor in French start-ups in the healthcare field.
Jacques Biot has for the last 10 years been a member of the scientific and technical commission of the Corps des Mines, which supervises the doctoral research of young engineers who opt for education through research. He also actively participated, as Chairman of the École des Mines d'Alès, in working parties in charge of designing the strategy of the Écoles des Mines and particularly in the formation of the Mines Telecom Institute. He is a member of the commission "Innovation 2030". He was appointed in early 2014 to the International Board of the Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology, an institution which has signed a strategic agreement with Polytechnique in August 2013. Since July 2014 he is member of the Board of Directors of the Institute d'Optique Graduate School.
Jacques Biot is a member in the French Legion of Honor and Officer of the National Order of Merit and a member of the Order of Lion of Senegal.