January 2023 Newsletter


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Meet Daniel Hernandez

Daniel is a Project and Compliance Specialist at API, who works closely with innovators and researchers looking for API’s help in developing their idea from concept to product.

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What is your background?

I am a chemist from Mexico with 10 years of experience across the chemical, cosmetic, and health research industries. I came to Canada in 2011 to pursue graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta.

Why did you choose to work at API?

My partner refers to me as the proudest Edmontonian not from Edmonton and jokes about me running for Mayor one day. I am very proud to live in this city and promote everything it has to offer.

When I heard about API and their goal to develop the life sciences ecosystem in Edmonton and Canada, I could not wait to jump at the opportunity. At API I get to contribute to developing an area where Edmonton has great potential, that further contributes to making this city great.

What exactly do you do?

As a Project and Compliance Specialist, I am one of the first points of contact between us and our clients. I help to understand our customer’s needs, and propose different ways that API could support them.

Once the project idea has been developed, I help to create the team that will execute the project, monitor its progress, facilitate communication among the stakeholders, and make sure the project is completed on time and on budget.

In addition to this I provide support in the quality and regulatory areas as needed.

What do you do when you’re not working?

Besides science, I love spending time outdoors – I love cycling, hiking, and running. I hope to run my first full marathon in 2023.

I am very passionate about multiculturalism and promoting mutual understanding among different cultures. Because of this, I started volunteering with the Edmonton Heritage Festival Association in 2016 and I am currently on the Board of Directors as Secretary.

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We’re looking for an Operations and HR Officer to ensure the development and implementation of human resources systems, lead recruitment activities, performance management, employee records maintenance, and admin staff management.

If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree and five years of working experience in HR, check out the job posting on LinkedIn more information on the position.

Please share with anyone you think may be interested in joining our team!

Andrew MacIsaac talks start-ups and Edmonton’s potential with Startup TNT

As we look to hold the second annual Life Sciences Investment Summit, API CEO Andrew MacIsaac sat down with Startup TNT to share how API supports start-ups, some advice on what makes a successful investment pitch, and the future of the life science industry in Edmonton and Calgary.

Read what Andrew shared on Startup TNT’s blog.

Advanced Education visits API

We appreciate and look forward to every opportunity to host a tour of our facilities with our partners.

Here’s a snapshot from our latest visit from the Government of Alberta’s Post-Secondary Research and Innovation Strategy Team. We enjoyed meeting with Carolyn Fewkes, Senior Director and Nicole Gaudette, Acting Director.

It was great having you and we look forward to our continued partnership.

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Start-ups: Apply for the Life Sciences Investment Summit before January 24

Apply to Life Sciences Investment Summit

We’re extremely excited to bring back the Startup TNT Life Sciences Investment Summit – a dedicated summit for the Life Sciences community to raise capital, connect with qualified angel investors, and showcase the incredible resources Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan have to offer. Apply today!

Health Innovators’ Meetup: Get to Know Your Investors

Finding the right investors when raising capital as an entrepreneur is not an easy task. The questions you might ask yourself are:

  • How to approach investors and where to find them?
  • How early should you start connecting and building a relationship with them?
  • What are the investors looking for when deciding who to invest in?
  • How to choose the right investor for you?

Join the meetup to get into the minds of our investor panelists, learn how to strategize when targeting investors, get your questions answered, and expand your network.


  • Niall Kerrigan – Senior Ventures Associate & Program Manager, Plug and Play Tech Center
  • Christian Idicula – Chief Operating Officer, KASTx Ventures
  • Teruel A. Carrasco – President, Valhalla Private Capital

Join us on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 4 pm

Register for free

And don’t forget to access the Health Innovation Hub’s fantastic resources, including the Talent Hub, a portal for anyone who is interested in working for a health startup, and sign up for their Bi-Weekly Digest!

BioAlberta Virtual Lunch n’ Learn: How Coaching can support your life sciences business to flourish

Register for this webinar on the benefits of coaching for organizations, and how coaching can support who you are as a life sciences leader for you, your team, and your organization’s success.

On January 24th, hear from Jamie Davidoff, Executive and Leadership Coach & Organizational Culture Consultant at Spark Success Leadership Coaching Inc.

Free registration is open

Life Science & Innovation News

KASTx Ventures appoints new COO

KASTx Ventures has named Christian Idicula as its new chief operating officer. Based in Edmonton, Idicula previously served as director of operations for the firm, which is focused on commercializing life sciences research. “KASTx Ventures continues to demonstrate the value it adds to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Alberta and Canada,” he said.

Source: Taproot Edmonton