Executive Team

More than 100 years of experience commercializing technology
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Our executive team, led by CEO and Co-Founder, Robert DeWitte, all have a wealth of experience commercializing technology in the pharmaceutical and clinical markets.

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Dr. DeWitte has extensive experience developing regulated medical products, including responsibility for transfer to manufacturing. As VP R&D for Clinical Diagnostics at Thermo Fisher Scientific, he was responsible for an organization at five locations in four countries.

Robert DeWitte PhD

Co-founder & CEO, Elarex
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Previously the President, Global API for Apotex Inc. where he had global responsibilities for manufacturing of the active ingredients for the entire Apotex product line of pharmaceutical products. During his 20+ year career at Apotex, Keshava played a pivotal role in the scale-up and manufacture of many generic drug products.
Keshava Murthy PhD
EVP & Chief Strategy Officer
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Dr Beecher has a PhD in polymer chemistry from Cornell University and over 20 years’ experience in industrial research and development culminating in product launches and process improvements in the fields of genomic sequencing and clinical diagnostics.
Jody Beecher PhD
VP Research and Development
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Brent has a B.Sc. Specialization in Chemistry from the University of Alberta and has been working in the scientific industry in various product management and market management roles, commercializing technology for more than 20 years.
Brent Lefebvre
Director of Partnerships and Product Strategy
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Geoff has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Waterloo. Geoff has an extensive background in sales and business development, where he focused on the pharmaceutical development space. Geoff also founded his own company more than 10 years ago to commercialize promising technology in field of the DNA-based species/strain identification.
Geoff Lumby
Manager, Industry Engagement

Scientific Advisors

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Dr. Filipe is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. He has extensive experience in the areas of biochemical engineering, development of ultra-low-cost sensors for environmental and health monitoring. The pullulan/trehalose film technology was developed in Dr. Filipe’s lab. Dr. Filipe is actively engaged in Elarex as the chair of our scientific advisory board.
Carlos Filipe PhD
Co-founder & Principal Scientific Advisor
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Dr. Lichty is an Associate Professor in Molecular Medicine at the McMaster Immunology Research Centre and has extensive expertise in the use of viruses and related immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and vaccination against infectious disease. Dr. Lichty has also co-founded Turnstone Biologics to advance the clinical testing of oncolytic viral vaccines and he is the director of the Robert E. Fitzhenry vector lab at McMaster where clinical grade viral vaccines are manufactured for human clinical trials.
Brian Lichty PhD
Scientific Advisor