Alban Muller International
In 1978, Alban Muller founded the Alban Muller International company (A.M.I.) offering plant extracts for beauty. Opening up to phytotherapy and diversifying its activity with formulated products, he now stands as the expert in natural eco-designed ingredients and the formulation of finished products. Alban Muller follows a resolutely sustainable development-oriented strategy. He is passionate about nature and took part in the creation of The Herboretum Association in 2004, sharing knowledge on plants and working concretely in favour of biodiversity. He is also the President of Cosmetic Valley, French business competence cluster, the top network worldwide in perfumes and cosmetics.
Chief Executive Officer
Alban Muller Group
After earning a scientific degree, Geneviève Beraud-Bridenne began her career as a professor of natural science. In 1984 she was seconded to the City of Paris to implement environmental protection initiatives and took charge of devising and planning several large-scale projects in the capital.
During the same period, she was admitted at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA - national school of administration), one of the most prestigious French graduate schools. She earned an appointment as Administrator of the City of Paris. Due to her skills in biodiversity and sustainability, Ms. Beraud-Bridenne became in 2003 the Director of the botanical and zoological gardens department of the Paris Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, where she oversaw major renovation projects.
In 2011, she joined the Alban Muller Group as Chief Executive Officer. Specialized in naturals, Alban Muller Group is the ecoresponsible partner of beauty and health industries. The Group follows a global sustainable approach, in the respect of man and the environment, from the seed to the finished product.
Geneviève Beraud-Bridenne has received several high distinctions and decorations of the French state: she is Knight of Academic Palms, Knight of the French National Order of Merit and Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.
Alban Muller Group
After a Master in Plant Biology –specialised in plant protection science-, Jean-Marc Seigneuret got a Master in plant biology and physiology at the University of Orléans. Within this context, he carried out and published a research work on several determination methods of endogenous gibberellins in Cichorium Intybus L. (chicory) roots.
He took part in a research program on the "determination and isolation of substances with antibiotic and pesticide activity obtained from cultures or fermentation of microscopic fungi contained in soils" at the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA).
In 1981 Jean-Marc Seigneuret joined the Alban Muller Group as a Research Ingeneer. This Company is specialised in manufacturing plant extracts for cosmetics and phytotherapy, and cosmetic products. He was appointed Technical Manager in 1987 and has been since responsible for the R&D scientific work.
He is a co-author of publications about identification, analysis and activity of plant molecules, and a co-inventor of patents. He is in charge of delivering lectures on plant extraction at the Faculties of Pharmacy of Paris and Marseille, and at the Universities of Chartres and Compiègne.
Jean-Marc Seigneuret is an expert at the National Agency of Drug Safety (ANSM) and participates in working groups which write plant monographs at the European and French Pharmacopoeias. He is a member of scientific and technical commissions at the SFSTP (French Society of Pharmaceutical Science and Technologies), at the ITEIPMAI (Interprofessional Technical Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants), at UNITIS (European Organization of Cosmetic Ingredients, at the SYNADIET (Syndicate for Food Supplements), and at the Cosmetic Valley. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the ITEIPMAI and UNITIS.
Michael J. Balick, Ph.D.
Vice President for Botanical Science
Director and Philecology Curator,
The New York Botanical Garden Institute of Economic Botany
Bronx, New York
For more than three decades, Dr. Michael Balick has studied the relationship between plants and people, the field known as ethnobotany, and floristics, the study of botanical diversity within a specific region. Most of his research is in remote regions of the tropics, where he works with indigenous cultures to document plant diversity, knowledge of its traditional utilization and evaluation of the potential of botanical resources for broader application and use—while ensuring through legal mechanisms that benefits from such work are shared with local communities. He also conducts research in the urban environment in New York City, studying traditional healing practices of the Dominican immigrant community and working with local physicians and medical institutions to integrate evidence-based modalities into clinical practice, with the goal of improving the health care delivery system. He has been active in ethnopharmacological investigations—particularly in Belize where his research aided in the formation of the world’s first ethnobiomedical forest reserve.
He co-founded the Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation in 1987, a center in Belize devoted to traditional healing and cultural preservation. From 1986 to 1996 he helped lead a program sponsored by the US National Cancer Institute to survey the flora of Central and South America and the Caribbean for plants with potential activity against cancer and HIV/AIDS. Since 1997, his scientific studies have focused on Micronesia, on the islands of Pohnpei, Kosrae, Palau and surrounding remote atolls.
Jamie Pero Parker
Jamie Pero Parker is an Innovation Manager with RTI International in Raleigh, NC, USA. Since 2008, Ms. Pero Parker has supported companies, government agencies, and academic institutions to identify and leverage technologies for the benefit of their organizations. Specifically, she supports technology scouting, strategic technology and market analyses as well as commercialization assessments, partnership identification and facilitation.As an open innovation (OI) practitioner, Jamie is working to apply OI toward a Global Sustainable Future. She has worked across numerous technology platforms to identify more benign and environmentally friendly options. She strives to incorporate green elements into her life and work. Prior to joining RTI, Ms. Pero Parker was a scientist with The Clorox Company. She holds a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. Watson has more than 10 years of international industry experience. Since joining RTI, he has undertaken a number of projects to support clients in understanding the market need and commercialization potential for emerging technologies.Mr. Watson also provides clients with business strategy advice to help them extract maximum value from new technologies. Prior to joining RTI, he worked for E4tech (UK), a business strategy consultancy that specialized in emerging energy technologies. He provided business planning and strategy support to early-stage energy companies, carried out due diligence for investors, and assisted governments with policy development.