Dr. Jason Acker

President & CEO

Dr. Jason Acker is the Senior Research Scientist with the Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation and a Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His research focuses on understanding the response of cells and tissues to ex vivo storage and the development of methods for their preservation and use as therapeutic products. Dr. Acker’s blood services laboratory has responsibility for developing scientific and technical evidence to support innovative changes in blood product manufacturing, storage and utilization at Canadian Blood Services.

Dr. Acker is author of more than 200 publications, 10 book chapters and holds 12 patents in the area of cell preservation and microfabrication. Dr. Acker serves as an editorial board member for 4 journals and invited reviewer for more than 35 scientific publications. He is actively involved in consulting with and advising companies and organizations developing biobanking and cell therapy programs and is co-founder of two University start-up companies.

Dr. Robert Ben

Chief Scientific Officer

Professor Ben obtained his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Laurentian University (Sudbury, ON) in 1990.  He undertook graduate studies in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Professor Tony Durst and obtained his PhD in 1994.  After a postdoctoral position at the University of Toronto from 1994-1996 he accepted a Research Associate position at the Steacie Institute of Molecular Sciences (SIMS) at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa.  In 1998, he started his independent research career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton.  During the summer of 2003, he joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Ottawa with a Canada Research Chair in Medicinal Chemistry. In 2013, he became Director for the Biopharmaceutical Science (BPS) and Biomedical Science (BMS) programs at the University of Ottawa and was promoted to Full Professor in 2015.  Professor Ben’s research interests are interdisciplinary in nature (organic synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, carbohydrates, peptides, cell biology) with the main focus being the rational design and synthesis of new cryoprotectants that function by inhibiting ice recrystallization during cryopreservation or vitrification.  These cryoprotectants are used to cryopreserve progenitor cells and tissues for emerging cellular therapies.

Ana Clementin, MPH, PhD

Executive Director

Ana has a scientific background in bacteriology and immunology. She is also trained in business development, management, and the basics of accounting, finances and patent law. Ana has held senior management roles and has been responsible for the operational aspects of most of the public health, healthcare and biotech non-for-profit and private organizations she has worked at. She also has experience in managing scientific programs, especially for projects in the manufacturing stage.

Odile Pressoir, BSc

Organic Chemist

Odile Pressoir works as an Organic Chemist for PanTHERA CryoSolutions Inc. She obtained her BSc in Biopharmaceutical Science Option Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. She took part in a research project on the synthesis of small molecules as potential ice recrystallization inhibitors with Professor Robert Ben’s group. Now she is involved in product development, manufacture, and quality control.

Jasper Quartus, MSc

Synthetic Organic Chemist

Jasper has an educational background in organic chemistry and biopharmaceutical science. His practical experience with organic synthesis is particularly comprised of heterocycle synthesis and catalysis. He developed conditions for the synthesis of sultams via ruthenium catalyzed C-H amination of N-hydroxysulfonamide derivatives for completion of his master’s degree. He also synthesized and isolated the proposed aminimide intermediates derived from [3+2] cycloaddition reactions of N-substituted isocyanates and alkenes (aminocarbonylation reactions) in his honour’s research project.

Rebecca Mercier, PhD

Cell Biologist

Rebecca received her PhD from the University of Alberta where she studied cell biology. Her doctoral work focused on understanding the regulation of the molecular chaperone Hsp90 and she continued her work as a postdoctoral fellow focusing on protein inhibition in the context of oncology. Rebecca has an interdisciplinary background and experience with a broad array of biological techniques. 

Chris Odetola, PhD

Quality Control Specialist

Chris has a scientific background in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He has over eight years of experience in research and development works at academic institutions. Chris brings over six years of expertise in quality, technical services, manufacturing operations, and customer management in the regulated pharmaceutical industry to the team.

 

Before joining PanTHERA CryoSolutions, Chris was the analytical representative on new product and technical transfer efforts in the pharmaceutical industry. As a Technical Transfer Specialist, his roles and responsibilities included testing for release, investigating out-of-specification and out-of-tolerance results, documenting deviation, change control requests, corrective action and preventive action. His other responsibilities included technical transfer documents, writing and renewing protocol for compendial method verifications, validating non-compendial methods, and writing verification and validation reports. He also enforced quality control lab compliance by checking and reviewing test results for data integrity and supporting new analytical instruments for the quality control lab. 

Daniel Green, BSc

Quality Assurance Specialist

Daniel graduated with a BSc. majoring in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa. After graduating he gained experience in medical device manufacturing and quickly learned he would like to pursue a career in quality. He acquired a Lead Auditor Certificate in ISO 13485 and 9001 from BSI and took Master level courses in Quality Management from California State University. Daniel has eight years of experience working in medical devices, pharmaceutical and natural health product industries for both startups and well established companies.

 

Elizabeth Tan, BA

Communications Coordinator

Elizabeth is a seasoned communications practitioner and has worked in various industries, including science and research, maritime, and education. She manages PanTHERA CryoSolutions’ internal and external communications. Elizabeth’s primary communication goal is to make complex topics accessible and digestible. She graduated from the Singapore University of Social Sciences and is presently pursuing her Master of Arts in Communications and Technology at the University of Alberta. 

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