Dr. Frantz Le Devedec
SVP Research and Development
Frantz has over 15 years of experience in academic and industrial R&D projects, including material sciences and drug delivery formulations. He is author of over a dozen research papers and patents. His background is in biochemistry, with a PhD in applied polymer chemistry, and expertise in analytical and pharmaceutical sciences.
Dr. Carlos Maldonado
SVP Clinical Development
Dr. Carlos Enrique Maldonado Muete is a physician, pharmacologist and professor of pharmacology who contributes his experience in biotechnology, pharmacovigilance, clinical studies and knowledge of the medical community and regulatory authorities, as a local and international lecturer. Among other roles, he has participated in medical and regulatory issues related to the approval and commercialization of several new medicines. Dr. Muete has achieved results through his role as a former Medical Director of international pharmaceutical companies and as an external advisor.
SVP, Technical Operations
Roland is a Pharmacist with high expertise in regulatory affairs processes in INVIMA, DIGEMID, ANMAT, COFEPRIS and ANVISA, great experience applying the national and international GMP and GLP legislation for biologic and allopathic Medicines, Phytoterapeuthic and cosmetic products, having played the role as lead inspector in Latin America, Central America and Asia for more than 5 years, and working as a Latam RA Manager of a Indian-American company he knows well the legislation and market access details of Center America & Latam countries.
Dr. Karolina Urban
Vice President, Medical Programs
Karolina is the Vice President of Medical Programs and oversees Avicanna’s clinical partnerships and collaborations. Prior to Avicanna, Karolina developed her business acumen during her time in private equity conducting due diligence on potential companies and managing portfolio companies in the cannabis space. Karolina has MSc in Neurosciences from the University of Calgary and PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and Neurosciences at the University of Toronto with expertise in neuroimaging and brain injury. Karolina is a former professional hockey player winning the Clarkson Cup Champion in 2018 in the Canadian Women Professional Hockey League and finishing top ten all time in points as an Academic All Canadian and captain for 3 years during her varsity hockey career at the University of Toronto.
VP of Scientific Affairs
Samantha’s experience investigating human physiology and cellular biology has allowed her to develop sophisticated laboratory and project management skills that contribute to Avicanna’s competitive edge in the department of Research and Development. More specifically, Samantha has been published on several different occasions and has also lead various conferences and presentations related to plant gene manipulation and cloning. Samantha received a Master of Science degree in from the University of Guelph.
Global Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Humberto Reynales
International Scientific Advisory Board
An epidemiology with a PhD degree in science offers more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry including his tenure at Merck & Co and his role as the executive director of Caimed a multinational CRO.
Dr. Mauricio Torres-Pradilla
Fundación Universitaria De Ciencias
Dr. Mauricio Torres Pradilla is a Dermatologist with a specialization in pediatric dermatology. He has been involved in research on Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Epidermolysis Bullosa and Hemangiomas in Europe and South America. Mauricio has several publications on these topics, individually and in collaboration. He is currently the Head of Dermatology at Fundación Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud in Bogota, Colombia and is a Dermatologist at Debra Colombia, dividing his time among three major teaching hospitals and private practice.
Dr. Daniel N. Sauder
John Hopkins School Of Medicine
Past chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Sauder is the former Chief of Dermatology at University of Toronto and the past Head of Dermatology at University Medical Centre of Princeton. An excellent addition to our extraordinary group of top-class scientists, Dr. Sauder’s research has focused on the molecular mechanism of the cutaneous (skin) immune response with an instrumental role in developing the field of cutaneous cytokine biology by identifying the role of certain immune system molecules, interleukins and cytokines, in inflammatory skin diseases and tumors. He is the past President of the Canadian Dermatology Association, past and founding President of the Canadian Society for Investigative Dermatology and currently practices general dermatology at the Toronto Dermatology Centre. Dr. Sauder has trained at McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal and McMaster University Medical School and completed his Dermatology training at the Cleveland Clinic and the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Max Jones
University of Guelph
Dr. Jones is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph with a fifteen-year research career that commenced with developing micropropagation techniques for the conservation and production of consistent and high-quality Echinacea. He has worked on an array of species including medicinal plants, food crops, and endangered species in areas ranging from micropropagation, field production, genetic selection, and ethnobotany. Dr. Jones’ brings with him a breadth of knowledge and experience in plant propagation, success with plant cell and tissue culture of difficult species and insights into plant development mechanisms. Bringing scientific rigor to Canada’s cannabis Industry, Dr. Jones has obtained one of the first Health Canada research licences for the cultivation of Cannabis in a university setting - where he actively develops biotechnological tools for conservation, propagation, and genetic improvement of the crop. He has attained his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and holds his M.Sc. from the University of Guelph.