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Board of Directors

BioNova’s Board of Directors is elected from among its membership. Directors provide leadership, counsel and govern the operations of the Association.

  • Brian Lowe, Chairperson
    Chief Operating Officer, ABK BioMedical

    • Co-founder and a director of the First Angel Network Association, Atlantic Canada’s largest association for private investors
    • Has raised millions of dollars for various start-up companies over the last 35 years
    • Co-founder of Immunovaccine Technologies Inc and responsible for the incorporation and raising start-up funding totaling $10 million
    • Previously served as the President/CEO/Founder of three environmental companies based in Nova Scotia whom he successfully negotiated their sale to a company in South Carolina.
  • Kimberly Stephens, Treasurer
    Chief Financial Officer, Immunovaccine
  • Robert Cervelli, Past-Chairpersonserving
    President & CEO, NeuroQuest

    • Entrepreneur in the life sciences sector for over 25 years
    • Founded, or helped found, biotechnology companies developing diagnostics, cancer therapy, vaccine enhancement technologies, neurological drug
      discovery and consumer health products.
    • Worked for various US/Canadian agricultural biotech companies
    • Dual citizen – Canada/USA
  • Kevin Sullivan, Director
    CEO, Appili Therapeutics

    • Has over 15 years experience working with early stage biotechnology companies
    • Has raised over $37M in private equity and non-dilutive government funding in biotechnology
    • Was previously COO at Viron Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company
    • Has a BSc in Immunology, a Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology and an MBA
  • Bill Cheliak, Director
    Vice-President Business Development, Chelation Partners
  • Jean-Paul Deveau, Director
    President, Acadian Seaplants Limited

    • Serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (NS Chapter) and Nova Scotia Premier’s oneNS Coalition
    • Was awarded the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards National Citation for Eco and Social Excellence
    • Was awarded 2011 Entrepreneur of The Year Award in the Health Sciences Sector
    • Chair of 2011 Canada Winter Games
  • Jon Geske, Director
    Director of Scientific Affairs,  Precision Biologic

    • Has 25 years of Laboratory experience
    • Was R&D Director at a US company where he led the development and FDA clearance of diagnostic kits
    • Was author and principle investigator of a small business grant to develop immunoassays for the rapid detection of Ebola virus.
    • Has a Doctorate in experimental pathology and Bachelors in genetics
  • David Elder, Director
    Senior Director of Manufacturing, DSM Nutritional Products
  • Blake Miller, Director
    Vice-President, Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada Inc.
  • Steve Nicolle, Director
    Director, STI Technologies Ltd.
  • David Reid, Director
    Partner, Cox and Palmer
  • Ying Tam, Director
    President & CEO, Mindful Scientific
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