BIOTECanada Board Announces Addition of Directors and New Chair

June 3, 2021 18:14 UTC

OTTAWA, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The BIOTECanada Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of Gordon C. McCauley, President and CEO, AdMare BioInnovations, as Chairman of BIOTECanada at today’s Annual General Meeting. Mr. McCauley replaces Paul Petrelli, President and General Manager, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, whose term as Chair has concluded. Mr. Roberto Bellini, President & CEO, Bellus Health becomes Vice-Chair.

Following the Annual General Meeting of BIOTECanada, the BIOTECanada Board of Directors is also announcing the election of four additional Directors to the Board.

The new Directors include:

  • Andrew Haigh, President and CEO, Adapsyn Bioscience
  • Frederic Ors, CEO, IMV
  • Tracey Ramsay, Vice President and General Manager, AbbVie Canada
  • Ali Tehrani, President and CEO, Zymeworks Inc.

“On behalf of the BIOTECanada team and the member companies, I extend appreciation to the outgoing Directors for their time and commitment to the Association. I thank outgoing Chair, Paul Petrelli for his outstanding leadership and counsel, especially during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic,” commented Andrew Casey, President and CEO BIOTECanada. “The Board also recognizes the commitment to the Association and the industry of the Directors whose terms have been completed: Dan Wattier (ImStar Therapeutics) who also served as Chair of the Emerging Companies Advisory Board, Chris Aiello (Sanofi-Genzyme) and Jeffrey Miller (Alnylam Pharmaceuticals). Looking ahead, I very much look forward to working with the entire Board in promoting policy initiatives to make Canada’s biotechnology industry part of the economic recovery following COVID-19. Now is the time for Canada to capitalize on its strong capacity in the life sciences to help effect growth in our new economy.”

Hundreds of biotechnology companies are developing and introducing solutions to improve agriculture and nutrition, protect our environment, and improve healthcare outcomes for many other diseases. The sector is helping to fill the economic void of other industries debilitated by the pandemic. As one of the country’s premier high technology performers, biotechnology continues to act as an innovation engine, a source of highly skilled employment, and a destination for investment capital. It also creates innovative technologies that lead to other industries, such as agriculture, resource management, and manufacturing, being more competitive.

The 2021-2022 BIOTECanada Board of Directors

  • Gordon C. McCauley, President and CEO AdMare BioInnovations (Chair)
  • Roberto Bellini, President & CEO, Bellus Health (Vice Chair)
  • Oliver Technow, CEO, BioVectra Inc. (Treasurer)
  • Andrew Casey, President & CEO, BIOTECanada (Secretary)
  • Norma Biln, CEO, Augurex
  • Neal Carter, President & Founder, Okanagan Specialty Fruits
  • Alok Kanti, General Manager, Bayer Canada
  • Andrew Haigh, President and CEO, Adapsyn Bioscience
  • Frederic Ors, CEO, IMV
  • Melissa Koomey, Vice President & General Manager, Gilead Sciences Canada
  • A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, Chairman, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
  • John Norman, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
  • Tracey Ramsay, Vice President and General Manager, AbbVie Canada
  • Alan Reba, General Manager, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Sanj Singh, President & CEO, Temple Therapeutics B.V.
  • Jamie Stiff, Managing Director, Genesys Capital
  • Ali Tehrani, President and CEO, Zymeworks Inc.
  • Shermaine Tilley, Managing Partner, CTI Life Sciences Fund

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Contacts

Nadine Lunt
Nadine.Lunt@biotech.ca
613-793-6338

Source: BIOTECanada

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