CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Concerto Biosciences, a biotechnology company designing microbial communities that restore health to our bodies and our environment, announced today that it has appointed Didier Vingadassalom, Ph.D., MBA, as Senior Director, Business Development. Vingadassalom will focus on building partnerships across biotech and pharma that leverage Concerto’s rigorous discovery platform. He will be responsible for maturing the team’s business development infrastructure, evaluating co-discovery and co-development partnership opportunities, and helping prioritize internal technology development directions from a business development perspective.
With more than 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biotech drug discovery and business development, Vingadassalom has assembled cross-functional teams to evaluate partnering opportunities, guided successful R&D collaboration negotiations, and developed and implemented alliance management best practices to maximize the success, value and efficiency of partnered programs.
“Didier has both a deep scientific background and years of business development experience— a potent combination and a perfect match for Concerto as our first senior director of business development,” said Cheri Ackerman, CEO of Concerto. “Our science team already excels at rapidly discovering optimized microbial products with our kChip platform, and Didier will help us point that unique capability at pressing, high-value opportunities in collaboration with our partners.”
Prior to joining Concerto Biosciences, Vingadassalom was senior director, business development and head of alliance management, SQZ Biotechnologies. Vingadassalom also spent more than a decade at Sanofi Pasteur in various roles, including director of external innovation, leading scientific search and evaluation of partnering opportunities for R&D, and deputy director of discovery research on the company’s new pertussis vaccine program. In his early years at Sanofi Pasteur, Vingadassalom helped advance an investigational periodontal disease vaccine and monoclonal antibody program.
“Concerto is led by a dedicated, expert team that has a vision to change how the microbial world is viewed and translated into products,” Vingadassalom said. “The company is at a pivotal moment in its
evolution. I look forward to driving company growth and major advancements as a member of the Concerto ensemble.”
A native of Guadeloupe, Vingadassalom received his Master of Science in biochemistry, Master of Advanced Studies in microbiology, and doctorate in biochemistry and microbiology from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.
Following a $23 million Series A fundraise, Concerto is currently diversifying its foundational discovery platform, kChip, across industries as diverse as healthcare, agriculture, and household products.