Stéphane Bancel

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Stéphane Bancel
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Stéphane Bancel
Born (1972-07-20) 20 July 1972 (age 50)
Marseille, France
University of Minnesota
Harvard Business School
Known forCEO and 8% owner, Moderna
SpouseBrenda Bancel

Stéphane Bancel (born July 20, 1972) is a French business executive. He is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Moderna, known for its COVID-19 vaccine. Before joining Moderna, Bancel was the CEO of French diagnostics company BioMérieux. Bancel is a partner at Flagship Pioneering, and has served on the boards of Indigo Agriculture, Boston's Museum of Science, and Qiagen. As of May 2023, his net worth was estimated at US$4.1 billion, owning about 8% of Moderna.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bancel was born in Marseille, France. His father and mother were an engineer and doctor, respectively. He enjoyed computers, math, and science during his childhood.[2]

Bancel studied engineering at CentraleSupélec (former École Centrale Paris) and biological engineering at the University of Minnesota, earning master's degrees at both institutions.[3] He went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School.[4]


Bancel was a sales director at Eli Lilly and Company, eventually becoming head of operations for Belgium.[4] In 2007, he became CEO of French diagnostics company BioMérieux, and was credited with improving the company's margins.[4]

In 2011, Bancel joined Moderna as the CEO. Stat reported that Bancel led a highly secretive culture with little outside review of its science or research.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Bancel has two children.[5] 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.[3] He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Forbes profile: Stéphane Bancel". Forbes. Retrieved 31 May 2023.
  2. ^ "Moderna's Stéphane Bancel: the maths nerd who struck vaccine gold". MoneyWeek. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b Tognini, Giacomo (3 April 2020). "Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel Becomes A Billionaire As Stock Jumps On Coronavirus Vaccine News". Forbes. Archived from the original on 3 April 2020. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Garade, Damien (13 September 2016). "Ego, ambition, and turmoil: Inside one of biotech's most secretive startups". Stat. Archived from the original on 16 November 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Story Details - Alumni - Harvard Business School". Retrieved 2 December 2020.