The French-American Chamber of Commerce Proudly Presented the 29th Annual Fête and Innovator Award Ceremony
Thursday, June 13th, 2019
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Kimpton Hotel Monaco
433 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
"Philadelphia – the birthplace of the nation, and with the help of companies like Invisible Sentinel, Philadelphia will be know as the birthplace of innovation."
- Jonathan A. Grode, Esq., FACC President
La Fête Featured
A Private VIP Champagne Reception for the Honorees, Sponsors & FACC Board Members
An International Executive Networking Reception
The 2019 Innovator Award Presentation
A French-inspired Buffet
Music & Dancing
Casino Games for Fun!
A Raffle to Benefit PhilaFLAM
La Fête Featured a Silent Auction and Business Card Drawing
Silent Auction Proceeds Benefited PhilaFLAM,
A Saturday French School and Charitable Organization
Much Appreciation to Our 2019 Prize Donors
Meet Our Guests of Honor and Recipients of the 2019 Innovator Award
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Invisible Sentinel - bioMérieux
Dr. Siciliano co-founded Invisible Sentinel in 2006 and was the lead inventor of the Company’s Veriflow technology. In his role as CEO, he sets corporate strategy, including sales and marketing initiatives and the identification of strategic partnerships. He also leads the R&D team, drawing on his more than 15 years of experience in microbiology, immunology, and assay development. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in Immunology & Microbial Pathogenesis from Thomas Jefferson University. Formerly, Nick was a biomedical researcher in bacterial and viral pathogenesis, immunology, microbiology, and oncology, as well as a developer of antibody-based assays and consultant on projects in bacteriology, immunology, and antibody design. He has received several awards including Honoree on the annual “40 under 40” list compiled by the Philadelphia Business Journal to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs and business leaders. He was also a recipient of the 2015 Marcum/Smart CEO Innovator of the Year.
Chief Business Officer and Co-Founder
Invisible Sentinel - bioMérieux
Mr. Pascal co-founded Invisible Sentinel in 2006. In his role as Chief Business Officer, he focuses on marketing and business development. He also works closely with the Sales function of the Company, helping to define sales strategies, identifying potential clients, supporting system implementation at key corporate accounts, and opening new international markets for the Company. Formerly he was a product developer at B. Braun Medical and the National Institute for Medical Research (London). Ben is an inventor on a corresponding patent to an antibacterial device and team member in the design of a functional cellular vaccine against malaria. He received a BS degree from The George Washington University in Biology and Political Science and an MBA from Lehigh University.
About Invisible Sentinel
Invisible Sentinel, Inc., a global molecular solutions company based in Philadelphia, PA, is dedicated to providing first-in-class microbial detection tools. The company’s platform technologies, Veriflow® & Veripro™ are patent protected, molecular based technologies that integrate molecular diagnostics, antibody and probe design, and immunoassays. Veriflow® technology is currently applied across multiple industries including food safety and beverage quality. The company has commercialized or is developing solutions in other industries, such as healthcare, veterinary services, and environmental/water testing. Each solution requires specific design elements, but retains the inherent advantages of our technology: simplicity, accessibility, and affordability. For more information, visit http://invisiblesentinel.com/.
A world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics for over 55 years, bioMérieux is present in 43 countries and serves more than 160 countries with the support of a large network of distributors. In 2018, revenues reached €2.4 billion, with over 90% of international sales.
bioMérieux provides diagnostic solutions (systems, reagents, software, services) which determine the source of disease and contamination to improve patient health and ensure consumer safety. Its products are mainly used for diagnosing infectious diseases. They are also used for detecting microorganisms in agri-food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.
For more information, visit https://www.biomerieux.com/en.
bioMérieux is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris market (Symbol: BIM – ISIN: FR0013280286).
Previous Fête Honorees
2018 Heiner Markhoff, Chief Executive Officer, SUEZ - Water Technologies & Solutions
2017 Jérôme Wallut, President, Alstom North America
2016 Hervé Hoppenot, President and Chief Executive Officer, Incyte Corporation
2015 Arnaud Vaissié, Co-founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, International SOS; Chair, CCI France International
2014 Dikembe Mutombo, NBA Legend & Humanitarian
2013 Tom Connelly, Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont
2012 Pierre Brondeau, President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, FMC Corporation
2011 Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Rhodia S.A. (now Solvay)
2010 Frank Baldino, Jr., Ph.D., Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Cephalon Inc. (now Teva)
2009 Raj L. Gupta, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Rohm & Haas Company (now Dow Advanced Materials)
2008 Pierre Dufour, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Air Liquide; Sr. Exec. VP & Director, Air Liquide SA
2007 Jean-François Phelizon, President & Chief Executive Officer, Saint-Gobain Corp.; SVP, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain
2006 Stephen K. Green, Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
2005 Jean-François Dehecq, Chairman & CEO, Sanofi-Aventis Group
2004 Bernard Poussot, President, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer)
2003 His Excellency Jean-David Levitte, Ambassador of France to the United States
2002 Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Chairman and CEO, SNCF International
2001 Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
2000 Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown, Architects & City Planners
1999 Anne d’Harnoncourt, CEO, & Joseph Rishel, Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art/Rodin Museum
1998 Bruno Bonduelle, Chair & CEO, Groupe Bonduelle; President, Lille/Nord-Pas de Calais Development
1997 Jean-Pierre Garnier, President & COO, SmithKlineBeecham (now GSK)
1996 Jean-Daniel Tordjman, Ambassador at Large for Int’l. Investment, Invest in France Mission
1995 Pierre Salinger, Consultant, Author, Journalist; Press Secretary to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson
1994 Serge Bellanger, President, FACC National & NY Chapter; EVP & General Manager, CIC, NY
1993 Madame Georges Pompidou, First Lady of France; Champion of the Elderly & Handicapped
1992 Jean-Daniel Tordjman, Minister Economic & Commercial Affairs, Embassy of France, Washington, DC
1991 His Excellency Jacques Andréani, Ambassador of France to the United States
1990 Bernard D. Azoulay, Chief Operating Officer, Elf Atochem North America, Inc. (now Arkema)