Claude's passion is to transform great ideas into commercial success. She's fulfilling this passion by leading the Product team at Inova. She joined Inova after a career at both start-ups and multinational companies, developing innovative solutions for the progress of the life sciences. An MBA graduate from INSEAD, she's a strong believer in the power of the collective. Her product management credo is that every problem can be resolved with three things: listening to the customer, good data and a strong work ethic.

Born in Chennai, India, Steffina graduated from engineering school and worked as a project manager in IT for 5 years before completing an MBA at emlyon. She joined Inova as a Customer Success Manager and was regularly praised by her clients for her candor and care. She quickly became a lead project manager, succeeding in making the top clients happy. With a sharp mind and an ability to connect with people, she just started managing the professional services department, helping clients to transition and use the full capacity of Inova software.

Rana is from Beirut, Lebanon. She moved to Lyon, France to continue her studies in biology and to specialize in bioinformatics. At Inova, she is a project manager in the Data and Intelligence team, aiming to accelerate partnering between pharmas and biotechs. The goal of this team is to develop the best algorithm to help pharma find their best potential partner by searching the database of partnerable assets. She likes interacting with people, but she also loves working independently. Her job allows her to enjoy both!

Lyonnais by birth, Nathan started at Inova in 2012 as an intern. His first position was as an application specialist in client services with the task of developing specific plugins for clients. In 2015, he became a front-end developer working in AngularJS and today he is part of the front-end team building products using the VueJs technology stack. Nathan loves sports, especially climbing, running and tennis. He doesn’t like city life, so he moved to a small village nearby and enjoys a balance between remote and on-site work at Inova’s headquarters in Lyon. ​

Gilles Toulemonde is an entrepreneur, innovator, co-founder and CEO of Inova.

An engineer by training, he launched Inova as a software-as-a-service (SAAS) company in the early 2000s to help companies manage their innovation and to innovate more quickly. In 2010, he led Inova’s evolution to products and platforms focused solely on facilitating and accelerating partnering in the life sciences so that life-changing treatments can more rapidly reach people who need them. The company now counts over 150 life science companies and organizations as clients, including over half of the top 50 pharma companies.

Striving for faster access to life-saving treatments and improving health and well-being have been guiding lights for Gilles throughout his life. In addition to founding Inova, in 2016, he co-founded a mental health app, MentalApps, which helps psychiatrists follow their patients struggling with depression.

Gilles is an avid athlete and nature enthusiast. He regularly climbs, cycles, skis and hikes in the beautiful landscape in and around Lyon, France. A naturally approachable leader, he can often be found enjoying these activities with fellow Inovians.

Alban joined Inova as a Key Account Manager in September 2020. A business studies graduate with a flair for entrepreneurship, he has an extensive experience in sales and in managing strategic accounts, having worked for companies such as Eurostar and Lexmark. At Inova, he is responsible for managing a list of top tier pharma clients. He’s a proud Londoner who has been living in Lyon for the past 3 years and enjoys it very much.

Learn more about Inova


Inova accelerates partnering for the future of medicine. Its cloud-based solutions help life science companies manage their biopharma opportunities more efficiently. They find all their partnering information in one place, track their deals and alliances easily and report on their pipeline and activities in seconds.

Inova also has strategic partnerships that make data from the 20 biggest biopharma events available in Inova, providing its users with always up-to-date company and contact information.

Over 150 life science companies, including 50% of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies and many midsize pharma and innovative biotechs already use Inova.

Inova is headquartered in Lyon, France, and also operate offices in Denver, New York and Tokyo.

What they are looking for

Their success comes from their team members, which is why they hire talented, fun, driven people. They also look for diversity, as they believe it leads to better and more innovative solutions. As a result, their team is lean and agile and made up of 30 nationalities and counting!

Good to know

Many Inovians are fond of climbing : indoor and outdoor sessions are regularly organized!

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