Team

The company is driven by a team with a breadth of experience in medical devices, business management, and engineering fields.

Team

Alain Barbal

Chief Executive Officer
Over 40 years' experience in the management of industrial companies and innovation projects

Alain was eager to bring to Novostia his multifaceted international experience in the management of industrial companies, technological innovation and the development of regional partnerships. He has in-depth knowledge of medical device production, microelectronic circuits and microsystems.

Alain has worked for multinationals (Motorola, Pfizer, Essilor), large companies (Swatch Group, Ascom), very advanced SMEs and tech startups (VHF Technologies-Flexcell, Monoclonix), companies in which he has held various positions in production, R&D, quality and plant management. 

After a university education in mechanical engineering at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, Alain obtained a master's degree in innovation management from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and a master's degree in strategic management from the EM Lyon Business School.

Pomme Boissier

Quality, Regulatory, and Clinical Affairs Manager
10 years experience in Biomedical, Preclinical & Clinical Development

Pomme is a PhD in biomedical engineering with a strong interest in quality assurance and regulatory affairs. She began her career as a study director and then operations manager at Aginko Research, a preclinical and clinical CRO specializing in osteoarticular diseases. She then worked as a senior business manager at Assystem Care, a consulting firm for life science and medical technology companies. Pomme holds a master's degree in bioengineering from Polytech'Clermont-Ferrand, France, a PhD in cellular and biomedical sciences from the University of Bern (Inselspital), Switzerland, and a university degree in regulatory affairs from ISIFC, France.

Pomme joined Novostia in 2019 as quality and regulatory affairs manager, with the mission to establish and maintain the quality system according to ISO 13485, and to develop the technical documentation according to ISO 5840. In addition, she is responsible for clinical affairs. For all three roles, she works closely with external consultants to establish and deploy strategies and measures in line with Novostia's objectives.

Pomme brings to the Novostia team her expertise in quality management and regulatory affairs in the medical device industry. Her academic background allows her to understand the different aspects of the project, especially biomedical. Her previous professional experience is an asset for the biological, in vivo, and clinical evaluation of the TRIFLO valve. In this project, Pomme oversees the management of several key partners on aspects of paramount importance: quality, regulatory affairs and animal and human trials.

Christophe Aubert

Product and Process Development Manager
25 years experience in Medical Devices, Mechanics and Microelectronics 

Christophe brings over 25 years of experience in the design and development of active and passive medical devices, as well as a strong regulatory background.

Before joining Novostia, he was CTO of MyoPowers, a company developing a complex active implant for the treatment of urinary incontinence. Prior to this, he worked as a R&D consultant for medtech and pharmaceutical companies, ranging from multinational to startups. He also worked at Ipsen, a French pharmaceutical group where is successfully designed and developed drug-device combination products. Christophe started his career in the Swatch Group, where he designed and developed the first ever single use patch pump. 

Christophe holds a Master's degree in micro-technologies engineering from HES-SO University of Neuchâtel and a postgraduate training in biomaterial and artificial organs at EPFL. 

Barbara Maraston

Senior Quality Engineer
4 years experience in medical devices and TAVI

Barbara is a Quality Engineer with significant experience in the class 3 implantable Medical Device. She worked at Boston Scientific for the Intravascular division, first as a quality engineer, then as operational support for TAVI valves prosthesis. She started her career as an academic researcher, first at the Institute of Materials Science of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), then as a project coordinator at the Adolphe Merkle Institute.

She holds a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. degree in physics from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), in São Paulo, Brazil, and a degree in Physics from the Faculty of Science of the Republic University of Uruguay (FCien-UDELAR), Uruguay.

Barbara joined Novostia in April 2022 as a Senior Quality Engineer. She brings to Novostia her knowledge of regulations for the medical device industry and her extensive experience in auditing and supplier management.

Corentin Némoz

Corentin Némoz

Verification and Validation Manager
3 years experience in Biomechanics and Medical Devices

Corentin is a young mechanical engineer with a passion for biomechanics and heart valve technology. He started his career as a Process Engineer at Johnson & Johnson in the class 3 implantable medical devices Business Unit. He then worked at Xeltis as an R&D Engineer in charge of polymer heart valve characterization and participated in academic research on osteoarthritis at the Cartilage and Tissue Engineering Laboratory of the University of California at San Diego. Corentin holds a master's degree in mechanical and biomechanical engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

Corentin joined Novostia in 2020 as a Development Engineer, with the mission to actively contribute to the development of the heart valve and to the understanding of its performance and behavior. He now leads the verification and validation activities of the product and process compliance to standards. In particular, he is overseeing all in vitro testing that will lead to the CE submission.

Corentin brings to the Novostia team up-to-date knowledge of valve mechanics and standards for heart valve substitutes.  His master's degree allows him to understand the TRIFLO valve from various aspects - its mechanical properties, materials, hydrodynamics, durability, cavitation - while using advanced investigation tools such as numerical simulation. In the TRIFLO project, Corentin intends to focus on the testing of the valve in vitro, a task that requires both the supervision of several strategic partners and the writing of numerous protocols and technical reports.

Iva-Laura JURISIC

Administration, Accounting and Office Supervisor

Iva-Laura is the administrative and accounting supervisor at Novostia. She is also in charge of the relations with service providers, the organization of events and, more generally, the organization of the office.

She completed her apprenticeship as an administrative assistant at the Service of Economic Promotion of the Canton of Neuchâtel. She then followed the preparatory courses for the Bachelor's degree in business management at the University of Applied Sciences HE-ARC in Neuchâtel.

During her studies, she decided to join the young Novostia team to put her fresh academic knowledge into practice.

Iva-Laura is at your service to answer all your questions or to put you in touch with a qualified contact at Novostia or in its network.

Philippe Perrier

R&D Engineer & Co-inventor
45 years+ experience in Aerodynamics & Hydrodynamics (ex. Dassault-Aviation)

Philippe Perrier is the co-designer of the Triflo valve. He brings over 45 years of experience in aerodynamics and hydrodynamics and a fertile imagination for the design of innovative solutions.

Philippe worked during 42 years at Dassault-Aviation as Technical Director of the Rafale program and technical VP for aerodynamics, low observability and performance at Dassault-Aviation. Over the course of his career, Philippe has also launched a number of side-ventures in the field of hydrodynamics, including the Hydroptère flying sailing boat.

Peter Harbott

R&D Engineer
25+ years experience in Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering

Peter brings over 25 years of mechanical and biomedical engineering experience, including over 10 years in the design, development, manufacturing and preclinical testing of the Triflo valve in accordance with CE Mark and FDA requirements.

He has also been involved in the design and development of heart assist device (MEDOS HIA-VAD Biventricular Assist Device) and other biomedical implants.

Peter has a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Aachen, Germany.