Our Team

Meet the people behind Kane Biotech.

Management Team

  • Marc Edwards

    Marc Edwards

    Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Edwards is the founder and President of VetRx, a Montreal-based technology company specializing in data collection, cleansing, marketing and pharmaceutical compliance for the veterinary industry. Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor’s degree (Finance) from l’Université de Sherbrooke and an MBA from Concordia University.

  • Ray Dupuis

    Ray Dupuis

    Chief Financial Officer

    Ray Dupuis joined Kane Biotech as Chief Financial Officer in September 2017. Mr. Dupuis has more than 25 years of financial leadership experience across a broad range of industries including 15 years at a rapidly growing public biotechnology company and brings to the organization considerable financial acumen and strategic skills. Mr. Dupuis is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and possesses Bachelor of Science (Biology), Bachelor of Arts (Administrative Studies) and Master of Business Administration (Finance) degrees.

  • Dr. Nanda Yakandawala

    Dr. Nanda Yakandawala

    Vice President, Research & Development

    Nanda Yakandawala joined Kane Biotech in 2003 and leads the Company’s research efforts. Originally graduating with his B.Sc. from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, Dr. Yakandawala completed his M.Sc. in biotechnology at the University of Adelaide in Australia followed by his Ph.D. in molecular biology at the Swiss Federal Institute in Zurich. Dr. Yakandawala is a recognized expert in biofilms and is widely published in his field.

  • Wendy Nachtigall

    Wendy Nachtigall

    Director, Retail

    Wendy Nachtigall joined Kane Biotech in October 2015 as Director, Retail. With 15+ years in the marketing communications industry, Ms. Nachtigall brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in planning, implementing and evaluating strategic marketing and communications initiatives in the consumer, institutional and B2B sectors, including new product and service introductions, brand development strategies and growth of business. Ms. Nachtigall has a proven track record in project management, as well as developing and maintaining long-term business relationships.

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Dr Gordon Guay

    Dr Gordon Guay

    Chief Scientific Officer

    Dr. Gordon Guay has over twenty-five years of experience in R&D and new product development. He has worked as a Research Fellow at Proctor and Gamble serving as the lead scientist within a range of different P&G business units including: Oral-B, Gillette, Olay, Right Guard, CoverGirl, Max Factor and Duracell. Gordon has received over 11 international awards for new products developed while he is working at P&G. Prior to P&G, Gordon was the Director of Research at Catalytic Antibodies Inc. Gordon received a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Illinois. His research focused on bacterial resistance to sulfonamides. He also conducted post-Doctoral work at Lederle Laboratories on substrate specificity of tetracycline efflux pumps.

  • Rivka (Rashieda) Gluck

    Rivka (Rashieda) Gluck

    Scientific Advisory Board Member

    Ms. Gluck currently serves as Senior Vice President of Global Clinical Operations at Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. since February 2018 and has also served as its Vice President of Clinical Operations since January 1, 2016. She previously served as Vice President of Clinical Operations at Qu Biologics Inc., where she led the clinical development of their platform immunotherapeutic treatments.  Prior to that, Ms. Gluck served as Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Operations at Vifor Pharmaceuticals, based in Zurich Switzerland post acquisition of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals where she was Vice President of Clinical Operations.  In her career, Ms. Gluck served in increasingly senior positions at major pharmaceutical companies including Novartis, Organon, and GSK. Ms. Gluck holds a B.Sc. in Nursing from the University of British Columbia.

  • Dr. Robert Huizinga

    Dr. Robert Huizinga

    Scientific Advisory Board Member

    Dr. Huizinga is the Executive Vice-President of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. Prior to this, he was the VP, Clinical Affairs for Isotechnika from 2002-2013.  He has been involved in more than 80 clinical trials from Phase I through Phase IV and the successful development of numerous compounds. Dr. Huizinga holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership, a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology, holds his Nephrology certification and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. He holds a certificate in leadership from EQUIP Leadership.

Board of Directors

  • Mr. Philip Renaud

    Mr. Philip Renaud

    Chairman

    Mr. Renaud is Managing Director of Church Advisors, a European investment advisory firm involved in private financings. A graduate of Franklin College of Switzerland with a Bachelor of Arts in international financial management, Mr. Renaud has been instrumental in securing many private equity financings and has an extensive European and North American network. He is a director of a number of publicly traded companies including Yorbeau Resources Inc., Diagnos Inc., Sierra Metals Inc., and is on the advisory board of Dundee Sarea.

  • Mr. Mark Nawacki

    Mr. Mark Nawacki

    Mr. Mark Nawacki is the president and CEO of Searchlight Pharma. Prior to this, Mr. Nawacki served as Executive Vice President, Business and Corporate Development of Paladin Labs, a leading Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, from 2003 – 2014. Mr. Nawacki holds a BA in International Relations and Russian and East European Studies from the University of Toronto (Trinity), MBA also from the University of Toronto, and is a Canadian-designated CPA. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Licensing Executive Society (USA & Canada) and is a former President and Board Member of the Canadian Healthcare Licensing Association. He also currently sits on the Board of the Montreal Bach Festival and The Sacred Heart School of Montreal.

  • Marc Edwards

    Marc Edwards

    Mr. Edwards is the founder and President of VetRx, a Montreal-based technology company specializing in data collection, cleansing, marketing and pharmaceutical compliance for the veterinary industry. Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor’s degree (Finance) from l’Université de Sherbrooke and an MBA from Concordia University.

  • Rivka (Rashieda) Gluck

    Rivka (Rashieda) Gluck

    Ms. Gluck currently serves as Senior Vice President of Global Clinical Operations at Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. since February 2018 and has also served as its Vice President of Clinical Operations since January 1, 2016. She previously served as Vice President of Clinical Operations at Qu Biologics Inc., where she led the clinical development of their platform immunotherapeutic treatments.  Prior to that, Ms. Gluck served as Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Operations at Vifor Pharmaceuticals, based in Zurich Switzerland post acquisition of Aspreva Pharmaceuticals where she was Vice President of Clinical Operations.  In her career, Ms. Gluck served in increasingly senior positions at major pharmaceutical companies including Novartis, Organon, and GSK. Ms. Gluck holds a B.Sc. in Nursing from the University of British Columbia.

Advisors

  • Dr. Sarah Prichard

    Dr. Sarah Prichard

    Dr. Sarah Prichard has served as global Vice President of R&D, Renal Medical and Therapeutic Area Leader, Baxter Healthcare from 2005-2014. Prior to this role, she was on faculty at McGill University from 1979-2005. Dr. Prichard received her MD from Queens University and trained in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at McGill University. While at McGill, she served as Associate Dean of Medicine, Chief of Service for the Department of Medicine, Senior Physician and Director of Peritoneal Dialysis at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Our Awards

We believe our work is important, and it’s always nice to be recognized for it.

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