BioSenic appoints Dr Carole Nicco as Chief Scientific Officer

Written by: Editor
Published on: 18 Jan 2023

BioSenicDr Nicco will oversee the development of pipeline across BioSenic’s cell therapy and autoimmune disease platform and will be responsible for R&D programs

Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium, January 18, 2023, 7am CET – BioSenic (Euronext Brussels and Paris: BIOS), the clinical stage company specializing in serious autoimmune /inflammatory diseases and cell repair, today announces it is strengthening its scientific team with the appointment of Dr. Carole Nicco, as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO).

Dr Carole Nicco will be responsible for managing BioSenic’s scientific research and development. She will work closely with BioSenic’s CEO, Prof. François Rieger, to further supervise and enhance BioSenic’s strategic pipeline development, targeting treatments with its cell therapy and autoimmune disease platforms.

“BioSenic is completing its C-level team of management to progress driving our cell therapy platform ALLOB to the end of its phase IIb trial and entering the phase III trial for our autoimmune platform. Carole’s experience will be key to foster our research and development activities using allogeneic cell therapy platform and arsenic salts,” said Prof. François Rieger, President and CEO of BioSenic. “The whole team is delighted to take this step with Carole.”

"I am thrilled to join BioSenic, the developer of a robust and diversified therapeutic pipeline for the treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases and the promotion of innovative solutions with great promise for tissue repair. These therapies have high potential to make a considerable difference in a wide range of unmet medical needs. Their combination will bring out major advances and implement new treatments to the market,” said Dr Carole Nicco, CSO of BioSenic. “I am excited to bring new perspectives and ideas to contribute to the development of BioSenic’s next generation of therapies and to be part of the transformative impact of these novel therapeutic approaches for patients across a wide range of diseases who need better and efficient treatment options.”

Dr. Nicco brings more than two decades of expertise in cancer biology and immunology, inflammation, immunity, new target identification and drug discovery. Prior to joining BioSenic, Dr Nicco has actively conducted programs from research all the way through to preclinical trials in collaboration with renown pharma companies (Vertex, BOIRON, IPRAD/GYNOV, Medsenic). Additionally, she has directed dozens of preclinical studies for pathologies ranging from cancer to endometriosis, as well as in autoimmune diseases (SLE, SSc, cGVHD) or pathologies implicating the immune system, including wound healing, uveitis, sepsis, hepatitis and endometriosis. 

From 2005 to 2023, Carole was one of the principle investigators and the lab manager of the research team “Pathogeny and innovative treatments for chronic fibro-inflammatory diseases” at Cochin Institute, a biomedical research center affiliated with INSERM (Unit 1016), CNRS (UMR 8104) and Paris Cité University. She was also head of the conventional preclinical structure of the Cochin Institute for the 10 last years. Since 2016, Dr Nicco is a member of the scientific committee and advisory board of four international congresses: Paris Redox, Targeting Mitochondria, Targeting Microbiota and Skin Challenges. In 2023, Dr. Nicco becomes President of the international non-profit organization Redox Medecine Society (previous International Society of Antioxidants in Nutrition and Health). She is the author of 110 articles published in international scientific journals in the fields of autoimmune disorders, inflammation and cancer.

Dr Nicco holds a Ph.D. in human physiology and physiopathology from Denis Diderot University of Paris, France.