From 2015 to 2019, Jacques was CSO at Tetraphase, a publicly-traded company focused on fully synthetic tetracycline antibiotics (acquired by La Jolla in 2020), where he played a key role in the US and EU approvals of eravacycline. Before joining Tetraphase, Jacques was CSO at Idenix (acquired by Merck in 2014) working on liver-targeted nucleosides and their applications in the treatment of Hepatitis C and other viral diseases. From 2007 to 2014, Jacques worked at AstraZeneca, most recently as VP of strategy for the infectious diseases unit, based in Waltham, MA and Bangalore, India. Prior to that he spent 15 years at Bayer Healthcare in Leverkusen, Germany and West Haven, CT.
Jacques attended the Ecole Normale Supérieure, France; he holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Paris VI University, France. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, California.