Joël Richard is currently Senior Vice President of Peptides in IPSEN, France. He is globally leading all the pharmaceutical development activities of peptide-based products, including APIs and drug products, with major franchises in oncology, endocrinology and neurology. He has more than 25 years of experience in chemistry and biopharmaceutical R&D, including several global senior positions in various biotech and pharma companies. Since 1996, he has focused his research activity on new formulation technologies and drug delivery systems; such as microspheres, nanoparticles, nanocapsules, chemically-modified proteins, supercritical fluid technology, especially for injectable peptide and protein formulations. He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Cachan in 1985 and got a PhD in Materials Science from University of Paris VI in 1987. He has published 67 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 8 book chapters and 2 review editorials in fields like polymers, colloids and interfaces, drug delivery, supercritical fluids, protein formulations, nanoparticles, and sustained-release formulations. He is the Author of more than 120 international communications and 53 patent families.