Leadership and Governance

Andrew MacIsaac CEO

Andrew MacIsaac

CEO and Board Member

Over the past decade Andrew has successfully established over $75 million in partnerships between industry, academia, government, and donors, and developed catalysts for economic investment totalling more than $200 million. With a background in economics and public sector management, Andrew has worked with UBC, and the University of Alberta, and is currently the Assistant Dean for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Andrew sits on the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, Policy Committee, the Edmonton Health City Steering Committee, and the board of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Edmonton.

Greg Klak Vice President and General Manager GIlead

Greg Klak

Board Member

Greg Klak is the Vice President of Operations and General Manager for the Gilead Alberta manufacturing facility. Prior to the acquisition by Gilead in 2006, he spent 16 years with Raylo Chemicals providing custom manufacturing services to the pharmaceutical industry, including Gilead Sciences. Mr. Klak received both his B. Comm. and MBA degrees from the University of Alberta, and currently serves as a Board Member for BioAlberta.

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Jason Pincock

Board Member

Jason is currently the Chief Executive Officer of DynaLIFE Medical Labs, one of Alberta’s largest private healthcare organizations. At over 1100 employees DynaLIFE is Canada’s most regarded multidisciplinary clinical laboratory organization and is recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Jason is a Certified Management Accountant, a graduate of the Queens Executive Program and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Jason works with an ownership board, including OMERS and Laboratory Corporation of America (publicly traded) as well as a board of senior policy advisors.

Launa Aspeslet

Board Chair

Dr. Launa J. Aspeslet is CEO of TRIO, a global clinical research organization headquartered in Edmonton, running oncology trials around the globe. Before joining TRIO, Dr. Aspeslet was a biotechnology consultant working primarily with early stage companies to plan, implement, and follow through with the development strategy for their drug, device, or combination product. Prior to this, she was Chief Operating Officer for Isotechnika Pharma Inc., a former Edmonton biotechnology company. Dr. Aspeslet has over 20 years of progressive management and leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry overseeing large operating budgets and dozens of multiple-phase clinical trials.


Mauro Chies

AHS Representative

Mauro is the Vice President of Cancer Control Alberta & Clinical Support Services, and member of the AHS Executive Leadership Team. Mauro has previously held the positions of Vice President (Acting), Clinical Support Services and Province-wide Services, as well as Senior Operating Officer, Diagnostic Imaging Services. He started his career with the former Capital Health region in 1988 as a medical laboratory technologist. 


Advisory Committee

Our advisory committee’s high level skills and expertise in the industry help guide the processes and success of API’s partners and projects.

Launa Aspeslet


Sailaja Bhaskar

Executive Director, R&D, Purdue Pharma

Brian Corrigan

Global Head, Clinical Pharmacology, Pfizer

Robert Foster

CEO, ContraVir

Matt Coffey

CEO, Oncolytics

Jamie Lucien

Biotech Patent Lawyer

Salma Jutt

VP US & Global Marketing, Abbott

Majid Vakilynejad

Senior Director, Takeda

Michael Houghton

Nobel Laureate and Director, Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute

Our Interns and Trainees

Our student and post-doctoral fellow interns are being trained for meaningful careers in the pharmaceutical industry, doing hands-on work in various aspects of the drug development process.

Benjamin O'Croinin

Undergraduate Intern

Chulhun Park, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow

Connor O'Croinin

Undergraduate Intern

Daniela Silva

Graduate Intern

Jerry Zhang

Graduate Intern

Morteza Hajihosseini

Graduate Intern

Muhammad Waheed Asghar

Post-doctoral Fellow

Myron Wilde, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow

Shadab Alam

Post-doctoral Fellow

Takeshi Susukida

Post-doctoral Fellow

Tyson Le

Post-Masters Intern

Yasin Tabatabaei, PhD

Post-doctoral Fellow

Emma Stephens

Undergraduate Student

Stewart Frescas

Technician Intern

Jaya Yaruva

Post-doctoral Trainee

Lusine Tonoyan

Post Doctoral Fellow

Carson Tung

Post-Masters Intern

Brittany Rozumniak

Undergraduate Intern

Bhavesh Variya

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dinesh Babu

Post Doctoral Fellow

Siddhartha Biswas

Post Doctoral Fellow

Maulik Badmalia

Post Doctoral Fellow

Dong Ju Kim

Post Doctoral Fellow

Amy Hendrickson

Graduate Intern