Werner Cautreels, Ph.D.
Dr. Werner Cautreels is a highly accomplished biopharmaceutical executive with a core emphasis in Research & Development in various therapeutic areas, who brings a deep understanding of clinical and regulatory strategy. During his 40-year plus career, his work has touched on cardiovascular, autoimmune, oncology, rare disease, and vaccines. As President and CEO, he successfully led Solvay Pharmaceuticals and oversaw its sale to Abbott and built a platform biotech firm, Selecta Biosciences, attracting top tier venture investors and advancing its diverse pipeline, including a lead program now in its pivotal trial.
Prior to joining Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Cautreels worked at Sanofi, Sterling Winthrop and Nycomed-Amersham in a variety of R&D management positions in Europe and the United States.
Dr. Cautreels also served as a Director of Innogenetics NV in Gent, Belgium and of Arqule Inc. in Woburn, MA. Until April 2019, Dr. Cautreels was Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Galapagos NV in Mechelen, Belgium. He was also the President of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce for Russia.
Dr. Cautreels is currently Chairman of Cristal Therapeutics in Maastricht, The Netherlands and of MRM Health in Gent, Belgium and serves on the boards of atbtherapeutics in Marche, Belgium and Accoy Pharmaceuticals in Palm Beach Gardens, FL and Thrombolytic Science International in Cambridge, MA.
Dr. Cautreels earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and an Executive M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.