Abdelaziz Yasri


agriculture at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University





Prof. Yasri has a PhD in biophysics and pharmaceutical sciences from the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier in France, as well as an MBA from the Montpellier Business School. He is now a professor and director of the school of agriculture at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco. He has over 26 years of experience in academia, start-ups, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry, and in industrial management and development.

He joined the Synt: em team (Start-up in Nîmes, France) as a principal researcher to participate in all stages of development of the company whose growth was characterized by a transition from 5 to 35 employees in 3 years. His management experience and expertise in drug discovery were developed within ArQule Inc. (USA) and in Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development (Belgium).Dr Yasri was one of the founders of the Nova Decision company where he held the position of CEO& CSO from 2007 to April 2016. He carried out the merger of the companies Nova Decision and Azasynth by founding the company OriBase Pharma. He also acted as CSO at OriBase Pharma. Dr YASRI also founded NacymCare Pharma in Morocco and co-founded Aljaber Therpeutics at UEA. Dr Yasri is the founder and President of the Moroccan Society for Therapeutic Chemistry and a member of the Board of Directors of the Arab Science and Technology Foundation. Dr Yasri holds more 12 international patents in the field of pharmaceutical R&D and biotechnology applied to human health and nutrition, cosmetics, cosmeceuticals and nutraceuticals. He now heads the Valorization of Natural Ressources and Biomassresearch program at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco.

Area of Interests

  • phytochemistry,
  • medicinal chemistry,
  • structure based drug design,
  • molecular modeling,
  • virtual screening,
  • as well as in statistics and chemometrics.