Stephane Bancel is a French billionaire businessman. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) and a 9% owner of Moderna, an American biotechnology company.
Bancel was born in France and earned master's degrees in engineering from CentraleSupélec of Paris-Saclay University and the University of Minnesota. He went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Bancel was a sales director at Eli Lilly and Company, eventually becoming head of operations for Belgium. In 2007, he became CEO of French diagnostics company BioMérieux.
In 2011, Bancel joined Moderna, becoming CEO. Stat news reported that Bancel led a highly secretive culture with little outside review of its science or research.
Bancel has two children. In April 2020, with the Moderna share price rising on news of imminent phase 2 human trials for its potential COVID-19 vaccine, Bancel's stake of about 9% became worth over $1 billion.