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Jean-Claude Piffaretti

founder and director of Interlifescience

J.-C. Piffaretti obtained in 1974 a Ph.D. degree in biological science from the Geneva University, Switzerland. Since the beginning of his professional career, he has been overlapping general and medical microbiology. From 1981 to 2006, he was deputy director of the Cantonal Institute of Microbiology of the Canton Ticino, Switzerland, where he supervised the clinical laboratory (he has the Swiss FAMH certificate in laboratory medicine, medical microbiology). During this period, he headed his own research group financed mostly by the Swiss National Foundation and published about 100 scientific articles, the majority of them in international peer reviewed journals. He also received several mandates from the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. He also served as an expert to the Swiss Accreditation Service for the medical microbiology laboratories.

J.-C. Piffaretti has been organising numerous courses, workshops, meetings and congresses in microbiology. In 2006, he chaired the organising committee of the 2nd FEMS congress of European microbiologists, in Madrid. In September 2010 he was elected vice-president of FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) and president in 2013. In December 2016, he was elected fellow of EAM (European Academy of Microbiology).

In 1993, J.-C. Piffaretti has been appointed associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva, where he taught microbiology to the pharmacy and biology students until 2011. From 2009 to 2013 he also taught microbiology to the medicine students of the University of Fribourg.

Selected appointments

1997-2001
Member of the Swiss Expert Committee for Biosafety

1998-2000
President of the Swiss Society for Microbiology

1999-2007
President of the steering committee of the National Research Programme NRP 49 (Antibiotic resistance)

2001-2003
Member of the scientific committee of the FEMS Lwoff Award

2005-2006
Member of the FEMS Executive Board (Federation of the European Microbiology Societies)

2005-2006
Member of the coordination group of the Canton Ticino for the pandemic influenza

1995-2007
Member of the scientific evaluation committees of the Institut Pasteur, Paris, and INSERM (France)

1998-
Co-founder and member of the board of the Foundation of the Institute of Research in Biomedicine (IRB), Bellinzona, Switzerland

1999-
Member of the Swiss Gene Therapy Working Group

2001-2005
Member of the scientific committee of the Pfizer Award Foundation

2001-2016
Receiving editor of Infection, Genetics and Evolution

2005-2015
Permanent expert of the KomABC (Federal Commission for NBC-Protection). Since 2008: full member and member of the executive committee

2006-2011
President of Pharmapetides (teaching and research centre in biopharmaceutical sciences of the Geneva and Lyon Universities)

2007-
Member of the National Reference Centres Committee of InVS, France (Institut de Veille Sanitaire, National Institute of Public Health Surveillance). President since 2012.

2008-2011
President of the Swiss Federal Committee "Influenza Work Group"

2012-2015
President of the Swiss Federal Committee for pandemics’ preparedness (EKP)

2010-2016
Vice-president (2010-2013) and president (2013-2016) of FEMS (Federation of the European Microbiology Societies)

2016-
Fellow of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM)

News
Appeal to the Swiss Federal Council for an innovative financing model for the research on new antimicrobials
26 November 2017

On 9 November 2017, the Round Table on Antibiotics launched an appeal to the Federal Council to establish a dialogue in Switzerland between all partners involved in antibiotic research (academic research, economics, small and medium-sized enterprises, pharmaceutical industry, etc.). This dialogue should aim at defining, developing and implementing an innovative financing model for the research, development and marketing of new antibiotics that are financially accessible to all.

The text of the call of November 9, 2017 can be seen under "Publications"

The World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held on 13-19 November 2017. Switzerland will participate.
8 November 2017

With the purpose of raising awareness of antibiotic resistance and improving the prudent use of antimicrobials, WHO (World Health Organisation) is organising a World Antibiotic Awareness Week since 2015. This year the event will be held from November 13 to 19. For the first time, Switzerland will actively participate to this week. Indeed, the crisis of bacterial resistance to antibiotics is such that an increasing number of infections is becoming difficult to treat, or even impossible. WHO is deeply concerned with this issue and is stimulating its state members to organise campaigns at the national level. Switzerland has already reacted to the antibiotic resistance issue by promoting a National Research Programme of 20 millions CHF(NRP 72) as well as a national Strategy on antibiotic resistance (StAR).

Additional information: StAR NRP72

FEMS 2017, the European microbiology congress, will be held in Valencia, Spain, July 9-13, 2017
29 December 2016

FEMS 2017, the 7th congress of FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) will be hosted by the Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM). More than 2’000 participants from all over the world are expected in Valencia from July 9 to 13 to attend this event, which is offering 6 plenary lectures, 32 symposia, 24 workshops, poster discussion sessions, and several special events such as how to publish a paper, or from research to start-up creation, or education. All the domains of microbiology will be considered, including basic and applied research, environment and medical microbiology, microbial cell structure, genetics, antimicrobial resistance, mycology, virology, food microbiology, bioremediation, climate changes, etc..

Additional information: FEMS 2017

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