Degree in engring, National Institute Applied Sciences, Toulouse, France, 1969. Doctor of Engineering, National Institute Applied Sciences, Toulouse, France, 1971. Doctor of Science, University Sabatier, Toulouse, 1977.
Lecturer National Institute Applied Sciences, Toulouse, 1969—1973, assistant professor, 1973—1981, professor, since 1981. Founder, CSO BioEurope, 1984—1989, Chief Executive Officer, 1989—1993. Professor Ecole des Mines, Paris, since 1993, French University Institute, Paris, since 2003.
Consultant, member science advisory boards pharmaceutical and food companies, since 1993. Chairman science advisory board Region Midi-Pyrenees, France, French Institute for Brewing and Malting, since 2006.
Member of French Biochemistry Society, French Microbiology Society, Club Crin Biotechnology (chairman 1993—2003).
Married Dominique Augusta Picard, July 1, 1969. Children: Elise, Max.