CO-FOUNDER OF INTRASENSE
At 41 years old, Frédéric Banégas is Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Intrasense, a company specialized in medical imaging software solutions. Mr. Banégas holds a Ph.D. degree in computer science and he is currently pursuing the Executive MBA programme and the RNCP Level I Certification at Montpellier Business School, which he joined in 2015. We met him for an interview.
Can you give us an outline of your career path?
In 2000, I received my Ph.D. degree from the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, in the field of pattern recognition in 3D medical imaging. I joined at later Bionatics, a Montpellier company specialized in 3D support solutions for decision making in territory management. I worked as an R&D Developer until 2004 and then I embarked on the Intrasense adventure as a co-founder. 13 years later, our medical imaging diagnostic software has been sold internationally and the company is listed on the stock exchange. I started working in this company as a developer, then as a technical director and finished as a Chief Operating Officer. This evolution has led me from pure technique to business development and relationships with international partners.
Why did you choose to join the MBS Executive MBA program?
First of all, I wanted to validate my “empirical” knowledge, had to learn as I went along, while opening myself up more to the notions of strategy, marketing, business and innovation. To prove my legitimacy upon these aspects is even more important vis-à-vis our international interlocutors. In this same topic, I was sensitive to the accreditations and the recognized RNCP Level I Certification of the program. This is another guarantee of quality and recognition vis-à-vis our international industrial partners.
In terms of knowledge and expertise, what were you looking for and what have you already found?
On the one hand, I wanted to take a step back and on the other hand I wanted to complete my technical profile with international business and managerial know-how. We talk a lot about “French Tech” but what bothers me is the word “Tech”. In France, we have the reputation around the world as having engineers who set up innovative start-ups, with good ideas, but running a business then grow up can be more complicated! I have found in this programme the essential strategy and the key managerial innovation tools to developing an activity and managing the organisational transformations that go with it.