François Desmarest joins DIAMFAB’s advisory board

François Desmarest joins DIAMFAB’s advisory board

François Desmarest, financier and serial tech entrepreneur, joins the advisory board of DIAMFAB. Financial management, strategy, fund raising, business model, pricing… are all areas where François will bring his valuable experience and sound advice.

Passionate about technology and innovation, François met Gauthier (our CEO) through BPIFrance’s « Les DeepTech” community. https://www.lesdeeptech.fr

François was trained at HEC (finance option) and at Centrale Paris (Air-Space option). He has a multi-faceted career and experience, including investment banking (mergers and acquisitions, fund raising), investment (former CEO of the LMBO fund and Chairman of the Innovation branch), the creation or takeover of companies (6 in all, in tech hardware or software and digital media) and operational or financial management of startups or scaleups, all over the world but mainly in France, the UK and Switzerland. For several years he has been working in parallel with deep tech startups as an Operating Partner or part-time CFO.

Cyril Menon, Soitec’s Executive Vice President Operations, joins DIAMFAB’s advisory board

Cyril Menon, Soitec’s Executive Vice President Operations, joins DIAMFAB’s advisory board

Cyril’s arrival on DIAMFAB’s strategic committee is a great opportunity for the development of our start-up. In addition to his recommendations on the semiconductor industry, Cyril will also provide DIAMFAB with his valuable management advice and above all his innovative strategic vision.

The relationship between Cyril and DIAMFAB is not new as it started with a one-year mentorship after Khaled and Gauthier won the i-Lab grand prize in 2019. https://www.latribune.fr/technos-medias/concours/l-art-du-parrainage-ou-la-taille-d-un-diamant-brut-845151.html

Cyril joined Soitec in 2006 and became Head of the Bernin site in 2012 and then Executive Vice President Operations in 2018. Previously, he was in charge of device engineering and then process engineering at IBM Semiconductor. He was in charge of process development, technology transfer and production acceleration.

Cyril Menon holds a master’s degree in physics from Grenoble INP, a thesis in microelectronics from the Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology and a degree in management from Harvard Business School.

DiamFab received Grand Prize of i-Lab 2019

DiamFab received Grand Prize of i-Lab 2019

On July the 4th of 2019, DiamFab has been awarded by the Jury’s Grand Prize of a major public technological innovation competition organized by French Ministry of higher education, research and innovation and BPI (French Public Bank Investment).

Only 10 projects among the 468 applications received this supreme distinction. More information: http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/cid143411/le-concours-d-innovation-i-lab-2019-75-innovateurs-valorises.html

This major accomplishment represents a public recognition of our work as well as a financial support from French government to pursue our development .

Khaled Driche (CTO) and Gauthier Chicot (CEO) receiving I-lab 2019 price.
Gauthier Chicot (CEO) and Frédérique Vidal (French Minister of higher education, research and innovation) during the Jury’s Grand Prize ceremony.
Official creation of DiamFab company

Official creation of DiamFab company

DiamFab was officially established on March 12, 2019.

Gilles Talbotier (President of SATT Linksium incubator), Gauthier Chicot (CEO of DiamFab) and Khaled Driche (CTO of DiamFab) signing the Articles of the Company and the associates’ pact.