The Team

The Team

Founders

Dr. Wayne Cheney, PhD
Co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer

Wayne Cheney

Dr. Cheney has over 28 years of combined R&D experience with 18 years in the biopharmaceutical industry and another 10 years performing research in academic and government labs in both Canada and the U.S. Significantly, 12 years of his R&D experience have focused directly on oncology. Dr. Cheney was principal scientist and project leader for several successful discovery/pre-clinical development phase compounds for epilepsy, as well as for gout and cancer, while at Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Ardea Biosciences, respectively, and significantly helped translate these compounds into the clinic. Specifically, Potiga®/Trobalt® (Valeant/GSK) is now a marketed drug in the U.S. and EU for treatment of epileptic partial on-set seizures, while Ardea Biosciences’ (now Astra Zeneca) gout drug Zurampic® is marketed in the U.S. (now by Ironwood), and EU, and their oncology drug BAY 86-9766 reached phase II clinical testing with partner Bayer Healthcare AG.

Dr. Cheney received his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Wyoming (U.S.), a BSc in Biology from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and has performed post-doctoral research at Temple University (Fels Institute for Cancer Research) in Philadelphia, and at Canji, Inc. (a Schering-Plough subsidiary, now Merck) in San Diego. He has published a number of peer-reviewed scientific publications and has been named as co-inventor or inventor on four patents, and has others pending.

Elaine Allison, CSP
Co-founder, Vice President of Business Development

Elaine Allison

Ms. Allison has over 25 years in corporate leadership roles in a variety of industries. She has built and ran successful businesses since 1999, which have been marketed globally, and has worked with Fortune 500 companies that span the globe. She has assisted companies to raise capital during both early and late stage phases. As a co-founder, Elaine has helped take Novelogics from an idea through to proof of concept during the discovery phase. She has been successful in pitching, raising capital, involved with ongoing patent strategy as well as conducting project management activities while working with labs and contractors. With a human resources background, Elaine will also be instrumental in moving the Company forward to its next stage of growth.

Management Team

Matthew Sebastiani, MBA (Finance)
VP Finance & Operations

Matthew attained his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, and was ranked among the top of his class, and also holds a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from SFU. He has years of experience in government, working as an Economic and Issues Advisor to the Deputy Leader in the Senate. He also worked in the private sector, working in financial services and insurance. He has previously worked with Novelogics Biotechnology in the area of finance and operations, and the Company is pleased to welcome him back.

Mark Bazett, PhD
Preclinical Immunotherapy Lead

Dr. Bazett is an experienced immunologist who specializes in preclinical drug development in oncology and inflammatory diseases. Previously, Dr. Bazett was the Director of Preclinical and Translational Research at Qu Biologics, a Vancouver based clinical stage biotech company, where he led the R&D team with a focus on oncology and inflammatory bowel disease. His research experience ranges from basic science, to IND enabling studies, and to translational research. Dr. Bazett obtained his PhD in Human Genetics from McGill University and a BSc in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Victoria. His PhD focused on investigating the link between the bacteria that reside in the intestine, and the lung immune response in cystic fibrosis. Dr. Bazett research has led to numerous publications and patents in a range of different diseases and therapeutic areas including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis.

Regulatory Consultants

Dana Nohynek, MSc., RAC
Regulatory Consultant

Dana holds a Honors BSc from the University of Waterloo, a MSc from the University of Toronto and a RAC certification granted by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS). She has over 15 years of industry experience that includes the development of regulatory strategies throughout various phases of clinical investigation, extensive interactions with regulatory authorities, preparation and submission of applications to health agencies in Canada, the United States and Europe. In addition, Dana has implemented a variety of quality systems, participated in agency audits, and developed internal training programs.

Dana works predominantly with start-up biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies as well as part-time for the CIHR-funded Canadian HIV Trials Network as Director for Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance.

Board of Directors

Scott Cormack

Mr. Cormack is an accomplished board member, executive and venture capitalist with almost three decades of experience in the biotechnology industry. Having served in executive positions for public and private life sciences companies, Mr. Cormack adds deep experience in the design and implementation of strategic growth plans, including mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Cormack has seventeen years of board service with multiple companies and organizations and seventeen years of CEO experience in four companies, including 8 years as a public company CEO. He was a co-founder of three biotechnology companies and has negotiated and completed multiple M&A transactions, dozens of strategic partner and licensing agreements and has raised hundreds of millions of equity capital through public and private transactions.

Mr. Cormack currently serves on the Board of Directors of Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACHV), The Vancouver Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital, and The Prostate Centre’s Translation Research Initiative for Accelerated Discovery and Development. Mr. Cormack holds a B.S. degree from the University of Alberta.

Scientific Advisory Board

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Dr. Randall Moreadith, MD, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer, Serina Therapeutics, Inc. , AL, USA
Former:
SVP, Chief Development Officer, Nektar Therapeutics
Chief Medical Officer, Renovis , Inc.

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Emma Guns (Scientific Advisor)

Associate Professor,
Department of Urologic Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia
Co-Director, Pharmacology and Drug Design Senior Scientist Vancouver Prostate Centre

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Wayne Cockburn (Advisor)

Former:
Managing Director, International Capital Management, Inc.

Some of our Partners & Contract Research Labs

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