MAHSA KEIKHA, PEng
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
A controls and electrical engineer by training and profession, Mahsa is a PhD researcher in mechatronics engineering at SFU and is doing research on low level radio frequency (LLRF) at Triumf, Canada’s particle accelerator centre. Over 15 years she employed her skills in different industries and manufacturing. She is founder of Connected Things, a start-up company specializing in providing businesses with simple and flexible IoT (Internet of Things) solutions.
Avid Khamenehfar, PHD
Chief Scientific officer
Avid obtained her PhD in Bioanalytical Chemistry from SFU. She has patented a novel microfluidic device to offer a new way for personalized medicine based on the liquid biopsy of cancer patients. She has over 15 years academic and industrial/entrepreneurial experience in the biotech sectors.
HADI SHAFIEE, PHD
Hadi is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Engineering in Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BMH), Harvard Medical School. After receiving trainings in the development of devices for cell sorting and pathogen detection at Virginia Tech and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology, he started his own lab at BWH, HMS in 2014. His work has been recognized by CNN, The Guardian, Boston Globe, CBS News, STAT, New York Times, and many others.
Anthony Marotta, PHd
Senior business development director
Dr. Anthony Marotta, Ph.D. is a serial entrepreneur and an Adjunct Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Marotta is a proven scientific and clinical leader who also has an extraordinarily strong business and operational acumen which is key in delivering shareholder value. As part of his professional tenure, Marotta has co-founded companies including Augurex Life Sciences Corp and Peqish Food Company. Marotta continues to support the life sciences ecosystem and serves in advisory, consultative and/or management roles across different sectors. Marotta began his career in professional career at Kinetek Pharmaceuticals whilst pursuing his Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Stella Liao, CPA
CHEF FINANCIAL officer
Stella started working as an accountant, later promoted to financial manager, controller and CFO position with different companies. After more than three decades in industries, Stella founded Quest CPA Consulting Inc – a licenced professional accounting firm in North Vancouver. Her in-depth knowledge of industry enables her to understand clients’ needs, to develop business decision process, to deliver solution, and to build relationships. Her strong accounting background enables her to provide high quality work of bookkeeping, financial statements, tax return. Her public practice experience enables her to give clients good advice on company structure, tax planning and government incentives for innovation companies.
Tracy Jager, BFA
Tracy has more than 20 years’ experience as a strategic communications consultant, including several years in health care and health research. Her skills include knowledge translation and strategy development. Also a practicing artist with a BFA in Visual Art, she brings to the table a mix of analytical and logical approaches balanced with creative and lateral thinking.
Allan MAH, PHD
Allan received his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University, followed by postdoctoral training at UBC/CMMT. He has over a decade of experience in the life sciences industry, focusing on strategic drug development and commercialization. He led the scientific operations for a health IT company, defining corporate direction by establishing commercial and academic partnerships. Furthermore, Allan led sales & marketing, BD, and product management representing a portfolio of >4,000 products; and provided commercialization forecasts to guide the company’s preclinical and clinical pipeline. As a senior market analyst, he delivered global market analyses across a wide range of medical devices and therapeutics.international exposure.