OUR Advisory Board

Ali Ardakani

STRATEGIC CORPORATE ADVISOR

Ali Ardakani is a technical and entrepreneurial corporate development and operations biotech executive with 20 years of experience in managing life science projects and companies. His experience includes managing R&D projects in the areas of oncology, respiratory, infectious disease, CNS therapeutics and medical devices, as well as fundraising, licensing and M&A. Ali is the Founder & Managing Director of Novateur Ventures. Until recently he was Senior Vice President Device & Business Development for Beyond Air (NASDAQ:XAIR), where he was involved with the company from early stage until Nasdaq public offering and several rounds of financing and licensing. He is the CEO and co-founder of Optigo Biotherapeutics, an ophthalmology R&D company, the Vice Chair of LifeSciences BC, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Innovate Calgary. He is also an Associate at Creative Destruction Labs. He was the Co-Founder and COO of Niiki Pharma, which was acquired in 2013 by Intezyne Technologies, of which he became the Vice President. To date, Ali has taken several projects from concept to FDA approval, with two 510(k) approvals for medical devices and two FDA IND approvals. He has also worked on commercialization and pharma partnerships, as well as several global mergers and acquisitions.

Afshin Doust

Business Advisor

Afshin Doust is a seasoned entrepreneur with professional experience in technology, finance, consulting and strategic management with a keen interest in assembling teams to resolve business challenges.  Afshin took the role of CEO at AIS, a robotics company with a RaaS business model, in 2016, with the goal to lead the team towards the vision of creating innovations in autonomous robotic solutions for a wide range of applications. Prior to AIS, Afshin was actively advising several businesses, held a business development position with Xerox, and served as Regional Sales and Relationship Manager with HSBC finance. A contributor to Forbes Technology Council, Afshin is a thought leader in the robotics industry, and is inspired by people, numbers and business challenges.

Rreza Ghorbani

Technical Advisor

 Dr. Reza Ghorbani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Renewable Energy Design Laboratory (REDLab) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Dr. Ghorbani received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. His current research interests include power systems and smart grid technologies, as well as the design of hybrid power systems, energy management methodologies, and large-scale renewable power integration to the grid.

Alireza Khodabakhshi

Technical Advisor

Dr. Alireza Hadj Khodabakhshi holds a MSc in Machine Learning/Robotics and a PhD in Computer Science with emphasis on Bioinformatics. He has over 15 years of experience in designing and developing software systems and machine learning solutions to tackle challenging problems both in academia and industrial settings.

Reza HASSIRI

Commercialization Advisor

Dr. Reza Hassiri graduated with a doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) from Iran’s University of Mashad in 1994. He moved to Vancouver, Canada after 13 years of clinical experience and participation in more than 100 hours of seminars and training courses in various field of dentistry. Dr. Hassiri was accepted by the University of British Columbia’s dentistry faculty and joined the International Dental Degree Completion Program.

Douglas Fast

Customer development advisor

The Founder and CEO of Dark Water Tek. Prior that, Douglas was the CEO of Nyce Control, President of Spectrum Signal Processing, and Executive Vice President of Vecima Networks. Douglas joined Vecima and scaled it to 921 staff and top line revenue of C$120M.