Dr. Gilles Spenlehauer currently serves as Scientific Director of SDTech Group, a chemical manufacturing company. Earlier he spent 17 years at L’Oreal, the world’s biggest cosmetics company where he served in various leadership roles – most recently as Department Head of Science and Skills of the Future and as Worldwide Head of Advanced Research where he led a team of 700 scientists that contributed to numerous product innovations and were involved in scientific due diligence of acquisitions. Before L’Oreal, Dr. Spenlehauer served as Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences for Pfizer’s R&D operations in the UK. He began his career as a Scientist at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer in Paris, France. He graduated with a PhD in Biopharmacy from the Paris-Sud University with a post-doctoral fellowship in peptides from the Washington University in St. Louis.