About our company

AEROVIA is a young start-up company that designs and builds solutions for trace gas measurement.

The idea of founding AEROVIA took shape early 2009, when Ronan LE LOARER, an entrepreneur from optoelectronic industry, met the laser spectrometry team from GSMA, a French research lab.
With privileged partnerships of Reims University (URCA) and Scientific National French Research Center (CNRS) and the strong support of province council
(Région Champagne-Ardenne) and French agency for innovation (Oséo), AEROVIA aims to transfer and valorize spectrometry technologies from GSMA to industry.

Aerovia is a privately held company founded in 2010, headquartered in Reims-France.

AEROVIA won the 2011 OSEO prize in ‘Creation et development’ category.

Our team


Jean Charles Garcia

Jean Charles Garcia CEO has a PhD in Physics and microelectronic and brings more than 28 years background in IT, semiconductor industry, optoelectronic and instrumentation. He successfully managed R&D;, business development units at Thales, Instrument SA, Picogiga, and act as CEO of various companies (Intexys Photonics, 3DTV Solutions, Alpha Mos, …). He has been founder and co-founder of five companies.



Ronan LE LOARER is a proven leader with a consistent record of building new businesses for startups and leading companies in the optoelectronic and photonic industry. Prior to founding AEROVIA, Ronan was Chief Operating Officer for 5 years at Intexys Photonics, a French startup from CEA-LETI Lab. Previously, he was Director of Operations at Optillion, a Swedish manufacturer of opto transceivers, and managed production of foundry devices up to optical sub-assemblies. Over the years, Mr. Le Loarer held manufacturing senior position in such telecom companies as Highwave Optical, Pirelli Cable and Alcatel.

Lionel Colin
Lionel has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and Material Science made in collaboration with INERIS on flammable gas sensors poisoning. He started his career as R&D; project manager for OLDHAM SAS, a well-known French Gas Detection company. He has been in charge during 7 years of the Sensors manufacturing and development for this same company. Lionel has developed or directed the development of more than 20 gas sensors using various technologies in the past 10 years and is one of the best French specialist in this domain..

Mathias LE PENNEC, Strategic Advisor and Co-Founder
CEO of ARDOP and CORDOUAN Technologies, Entrepreneur
Mathias Le Pennec has a MBA in business administration and a Master Degree in Physical Chemistry. After having completed the merging of BFI and OPTILAS, he successfully directed all operations of the French subsidiary (80pers, €40M Revenues).
In 2002 he created ARDOP, his own distribution company specialized in optical metrology and laser and later in 2007, CORDOUAN Technologies that develops and markets a full range of nanoparticle analyzers.


Georges DURRY, Scientific Advisor and Co-Founder
Director of the GSMA CNRS-laboratory

Georges brings over 15 years of research management experience in the fields of atmospheric gas molecular spectroscopy. Prior leading the GSMA, Georges was researcher at the French National Research Center (CNRS) for nearly 10 years, in Molecular Physics and Application Laboratory and Aeronomy Department. Previously he served as a position of R&D; Optical and Computer Engineer in Thomson and Dassault French groups. Mr. Durry has more than 60 publications in the field of molecular spectrometry and atmospheric applications.


Virginie ZENINARI, Scientific Advisor and Co-Founder
Professor at Reims University, Researcher at the GSMA
Virginie is PhD in Physics of Reims University since 1998. Her PhD thesis was devoted to photoacoustic spectroscopy using new generation semi-conductor diode lasers. Now acting as professor in Reims University, her research subjects are about molecular spectroscopy and atmospheric gas detection using infrared lasers.
Mrs. Zeninari is author and co-author of more than 60 publications, 5 patents and more than 130 talks and posters in national and international workshops. She had supervised 3 PhD thesis. She is currently co-PI of a national DGA research program and a European research program both in collaboration with Alcatel-Thalès lab.

Bertrand PARVITTE, Scientific Advisor and Co-Founder
Professor at Reims University, Researcher at the GSMA
Bertrand obtained PhD degree from Reims University in 1997.
His PhD thesis was devoted to the applications of semi-conductor diode lasers in spectrometry. Now acting as professor in Reims University, his research subjects are about laser physics and laser spectroscopy.
Since 1994 Mr. Parvitte is author and co-author of more than 50 publications, 3 national and international patents and more than 100 papers. He has participated in several research contracts about atmospheric gas traces laser spectrometry.

Lilian JOLY, Scientific Advisor and Co-Founder
CNRS Researcher at the GSMA, QCLAS Designer
After university studies in physics at the University of Reims, Lilian has obtained his PhD degree in 2005, and pursued a post-doctoral contract within the Aeronomy Service (LATMOS).
He joined GSMA in 2007 and led the team that designed and developed the direct absorption spectrometer QCLAS.
Mr. Joly is the author or co-authored of more than 25 publications in total and 50 talks and posters in national and international workshops.