Marc-Antoine Driancourt, PhD, DSc
Dr M.A. Driancourt has over 35 years of expertise in human and animal reproductive physiology. He gained his PhD in France (Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris) and later went abroad (Melbourne, Australia) for a post doc. When back from down under, he was hired by INRA (National Institute for Ag Research, France). During 20 years of applied and basic research at INRA, he acquired an extensive understanding of the mechanisms controlling reproduction in all species and initiated multiple collaborations overseas (University of Gainesville, FL, USA, Roslin Institute, Scotland…). During this period, he authored or co-authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals or book chapters, acted as reviewer for multiple grant agencies and was scientific editor of one European journal and scientific board members of several others in Europe and in the US.
In 2000, Dr M.A. Driancourt left the academic field when he was hired by Intervet as a project lead scientist for expanding their reproduction portfolio. One of his first duties was to license the first long lasting (1 year) non steroidal contraceptive implant (using azagly-nafarelin, a GnRH agonist) for bitches in Europe. He also demonstrated the potential of the same implant in queens and male dogs. Following several merges in the industry, he became associate director “Research & Science” at Merck, in charge of devising innovative approaches to control reproduction, growth and animal performance. In 2015, he created Astek consult, a CRO advising animal health companies on research and development options and strategies.
He resides in Angers, France. He is married to Catherine, has two fully grown daughters and currently raises two dogs, five sheep and four chicks.