Prof. Didier LETOURNEUR, engineer, doctor in chemistry, is Director of Research at the CNRS. In 2002, he founded a research structure Inserm-University Paris 13 (ERIT-M 0204), focused on the use of biomedical polymers for 3D structures and contrast agents for vascular imaging. Since 2005, he leads the team of Cardiovascular Bioengineering at Inserm U698 (CHU X Bichat, University Paris Nord and Paris Diderot). After the last evaluation in 2013 by AERES, the laboratory received the A + rating on all 6 criteria.
D. Letourneur is actively involved in several national grants (ANR TECSAN, RPIB, Emergence...), in Health cluster Medicen Ile de France, in European FP7 projects and since 2013 as European coordinator in NMP "NanoAthero" large scale program project (16 partners, 10 countries, € 12.8 millions).
D. Letourneur is the author of 105 international publications, inventor of 14 patents, and won several prizes "Coup d’Elan for Research" Foundation Bettencourt 2001, Diderot Innovation Award 2009 CNRS-University Paris 7, Cardiovascular Innovation Award 2011 from the Medical Research Foundation, and OSEO Creation-Dev 2013.
He has more than 80 invited lectures and seminars and is the co-organizer of numerous national and international conferences (India, Tunisia, Canada) and two Inserm training workshops for Regenerative Medicine (2009 and 2012).
Since 2009, he is President of BIOMAT, French Society for Biomaterials.