Alain CHARDON

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Professional Status

Employed
Open to opportunities

About Me

★ Double background Technical (PhD) and Business Administration (HEC Executive Education in Business Unit/Profit Centre Management)

★ Man of Challenges, Versatile Executive and Entrepreneur, Creator and CEO of an innovative and industrial start-up, CTO and R&D manager, with international experience (USA, Germany, UK) and strong know-how in collaborative, pluridisciplinary, multi-technology, international projects (R&D, Industrialization, Production)

★ Member of German-French Business Club Rennes Bretagne;
Member of Photonics Bretagne; Member of Courants Porteurs

★Currently open to opportunities in innovative sectors

Experience

Business Development Manager

Photonics Bretagne
Since March 2014
  • Development and organization of the various cluster networks
  • Fostering of industrial partnerships and collaborative projects, particularly between and across a variety of economic sectors
  • Facilitating the economic development of the cluster business members.

Project Developer

Mecawave
October 2012 to July 2013
  • Follow-up of Ideoptics developments for “on the fly” and fast laser marking and engraving of « dotmatrix » traceability codes and laser micro-perforation of thin films and packagings
  • Development of new concepts for wireless communicating low power consumption sensors applications
  • Technology and competition watch; Market research
  • Business Intelligence

CEO | CTO | Co-founder

Ideoptics SAS
January 2010 to August 2012
  • Project initiator and leader within Emergys, Brittany regional business incubator (2010 to 2012)
  • Co-inventor of the Multi-Dot-ScanTM scanning technology (3 patents).
  • General management (financial accounting and administrative management).
  • Business financing
  • Management charts, business plans, prospective budgets, monitoring and control, P&L
  • Technical Management
  • Development and management of the technological roadmaps
  • Suppliers management (Europe, Canada)
  • Management of preliminary collaborative development projects with German and Swiss companies in the area of high speed laser material processing applications
  • Management of the IP; Technology maturation and Patent writing
  • Technology and competition watch; Market research
  • Marketing and Sales Management

R&D Director

BreizhTech SAS
December 2008 to October 2009
  • Management of a multidisciplinary team (mechanics, electronics, optics, laser engineering and software)
  • Scientific and technical monitoring of R&D programs as well as supervising new products developments
  • Management of a collaborative project with CEA [http://www.cea.fr/] (development of a LIBS scanner).
  • Development of OEM components (with the aim to put them rapidly to the market, rather than putting more money in costly and less mature integrated systems)
  • Development and management of the technological roadmaps
  • Writing of activity and progress reports within Futurim@ge project framework (pôle Images & Réseaux)
  • Research, audit, validation and control of the suppliers panel (Europe, USA) - mechanics, electronics, plastics processing, design, microscope slides, surface chemistry, thin-film coating, integrators
  • Negotiation and control of industrialization and production costs, delays, quality, continuous improvements and correctives actions
  • Internal and external planning of the production
  • Quality Control of products: set up and realization of means of controls and instrumentations for the qualification, certification and manufacturing control of products
  • Implementation of microarray substrates production facility (clean room)
  • Product traceability, supply chain and inventory management, logistic: set-up and administration of the ERP
  • Direct purchasing for prototypes and pre-production series manufacturing and supervision of integrators supply chain.
  • Recruitment of the production staff
  • Set-up of quality assurance plans for R&D/industrialization/production programs in the context of ISO 9000- 2001 certification.
  • Development of dielectric and metallic mirrors on glass and silicon surfaces , as well as surface chemistry (silanization) on dielectric and metallic surfaces (amplifying microarrays manufacturing process)

Researcher

Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton
June 2000 to January 2003
  • Developed laser sources for spectroscopy applications (public and military contracts)
  • Responsible for the spectroscopy and materials characterization laboratory (visible, IR and mid-IR spectra)
  • VIS-IR spectroscopy of rear-earth ions in LaF3, Ga:La:S materials
  • Characterization of Ga:La:S fibers for sensor applications

Laser Scientist

F.E.E. GmbH
December 1998 to December 1999
  • Initiated and led a research and development program on CW and passively Q-switched compact solid-state lasers emitting in the infrared, visible and UV spectrum (Marie-Curie Research Funding)
  • Collaborated with other optoelectronic organizations, designing and developing new diode-pumped compact solid-state lasers for material processing (plastic marking of traceability codes), and instrumentation (spectroscopy in agronomy and diamond industry).
  • Set up and realized means of controls and instrumentations for quality control tests (optical characterization) of produced laser and non- linear crystals sold to laser manufacturers and research institutions
  • Manufactured Monolithic Crystal Assemblies using optical contact techniques
  • Commercial activity (participation in trade fairs such as Laser World in Photonics, Munich)
  • Started to built a business project in the field of compact diode-pumped solid stated lasers for biomedical instrumentation, metrology and physical analysis (January 2000 to May 2000)

Researcher

Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
August 1997 to November 1998
  • Performed an experimental study on laser diode-pumped Er-Yb glass laser range finders for Contraves Brashear Systems LP (today L-3com, http://www2.l-3com.com/ios/ ) , Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A. (work funded by the National Network for Electro-Optics Manufacturing Technology (NNEOMT), an American defense program).
  • Advised the company on new technologies for compact high repetition rate, high average power, eye-safe laser using diode-pumped crystals

Assistant Lecturer

University of Rennes I, ENSSAT
December 1996 to August 1997
  • Developed and completed an experimental study on the optimization of blue/green CW Nd:YAG/KNbO3 microchip lasers in collaboration with F.E.E. GmbH, Germany ( http://www.fee-io.de/ )
  • Advised F.E.E. GmbH on the manufacturing of a demonstration CW blue fiber coupled diode-pumped microchip laser prototype
  • Developed a training course on Fiber Optics Communications for Electronics and Computer engineers
  • Organized and taught lectures in Optics and Physics for Optronics engineers

Research Assistant

FOTON Laboratory, ENSSAT
January 1994 to November 1996
  • Initiated and performed theoretical and experimental research on diode-pumped solid-state microchip lasers
  • Built a complete laboratory from scratch

Graduate Teacher

University of Rennes 1 ENSSAT
September 1995 to June 1996
  • Taught lectures in Wave Propagation in Guiding Media for Optronics engineers
  • Organized and taught Optics-related Experiments for Optronics enginneers

Product Development Engineer

ALCATEL OPTRONICS, Département fabrication des répéteurs
March 1993 to June 1993
  • Assisted the technical team responsible of fiber products manufacturing
  • Completed an experimental study on the optimization of optical coupling between semiconductor laser and pigtailed fibers used in terrestrial and submarine long distance networks
  • Built microlenses on fibers and built thin-film anti-reflection coatings on these microlenses (PVD process)

Education

●strategy ● marketing and sales ● financial assessment and management ● innovation ● change management ●leadership

Ph.D. in Physics

ENSSAT, University of Rennes I
January 1994 to November 1996

Study of diode end-pumped solid-state lasers and microchip lasers

D.E.A. (Master of Science) in Electronics and Optronics

ENSSAT, University of Rennes I
October 1992 to June 1993

Skills

  • Creation and General Management of an innovative SME (Ideoptics)
  • Lean Start-Up
  • SME Financial Management:
    Business Financing;Management charts; Business Plans; prospective budgets; monitoring and control; P&L responsability
  • Strategy
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Business Development
  • Value Creation
  • Change management
  • Team leadership
  • Recruitment
  • CTO and R&D Manager (start-ups)
  • Management of pluridisciplinary, multi-technology, collaborative, national and international projects/programs
    ●R&D
    ●Industrialization
    ●Production
  • Engineering and Technology Innovation Management
  • Technological Roadmaps
  • Innovation Financing
  • Open Innovation Process
  • Technology Maturation
  • Small and medium production
  • Product development
  • Market analysis; Market studies
  • Branding
  • Negociating contracts
  • Organization of trade fairs (France, Germany)
  • Product data sheets
  • Visit of propects and customers (Germany, UK, Switzerland, Canada)
  • Web site and Press Communication
  • Intellectual Property Management
  • Patent writing (co-inventor of the three Ideoptics patents)
  • Matrix management of technical projetcs
  • Conception, development and fabrication of technological (photonics) products
  • Photonics, lasers, physics, optics, optoelectronics, spectroscopy, sensors, optical scanners
  • Products certification
  • Scientific, technical and regulatory vigilance
  • Technical and scientific writing
  • English (fluent)
  • German (fluent)
  • Organizing and teaching lectures in school of engineering
  • Training of engineering and technicians apprentices
  • Supervision of PhD students
  • Set-up of quality assurance plans for R&D/industrialization/production programs in the context of ISO 9000- 2001 certification
  • photonics, biotechs, defense, telecoms industries
  • academic research and teaching
  • International: North America, Europe