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Our Team

Julia Peng
CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

BS Economics, The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania)

Julia Peng has worked in numerous industries and companies including JP Morgan, NATO Association, and The Wharton School. She was a fellow at NEXT Canada, Halcyon Foundation, and represented Canada at the OECD. Julia earned her BS in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in Finance & Healthcare Management. She studied as a Joseph Wharton Scholar.

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Alice Yang
CO-FOUNDER, CHIEF SCIENCE OFFICER

MSc Immunology, University of Toronto

H. BSc Immunology & Human Biology, University of Toronto

Alice Yang leads product development for both divisions of VivaVax. She was a researcher at the Sunnybrook Research Institute, and a visiting researcher at the University of Szeged. Her areas of technical expertise include protein thermodynamics, with most of her research work in molecular interactions and preclinicals.

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John Dupont
MATERIALS SCIENTIST

PDF Chemistry, Queen's University

PDF Chemistry, Laval University

PhD Chemistry, Queen's University
MSc Chemical Engineering, Queen's University

H. BSc. Eng. Engineering Chemistry, Queen's University

Ruby Rafanan
RESEARCH SCIENTIST

PhD Molecular Science, Ryerson University

MSc Molecular Science, Ryerson University

BSc Applied Chemistry & Biology, Ryerson University

Alexander Caschera
RESEARCHER

MSc Molecular Science, Ryerson University

BSc Chemistry, Ryerson University

Advisors

Helen Manich
BUSINESS ADVISOR

Helen Manich is an accomplished Senior Executive with 30 years of success across the telecommunications, wireless, satellite, alternative energy, and cybersecurity (hardware, network, and software) industries. Leveraging extensive experience in business development, the creation, and execution of marketing strategies for organizations from startup to Fortune 500, she is a valuable asset for growth-oriented & disruptive technology companies requiring expert assistance in aligning strategic plans with financial objectives.
 
Her broad areas of expertise include strategic planning, CRM database a...

Ray Muzyka
BUSINESS ADVISOR

Originally trained as a medical doctor, Dr. Ray Muzyka co-founded BioWare, a video game development studio focusing on story and character, in the early 1990s. He practiced Emergency/Family Medicine for two years full time, with medicine transitioning to part-time over the following decade as he focused on his role as BioWare’s CEO. BioWare was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2007 and Ray took on the roles of Senior Vice President at Electronic Arts and General Manager of EA’s BioWare division, which grew over the next five years to span eight development locations worldwide with ~2000 staff (1...

Bryan Koivisto
SCIENCE ADVISOR

After finishing his BSc at the University of Waterloo (2000), and PhD at the University of Victoria (2006), Dr. Koivisto held an NSERC PDF position at the University of Edinburgh investigating the utility of molecular machines for light harvesting (2006-2008). Dr. Koivisto then joined the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy at the University of Calgary (2008-2011). There he continued to focus his research interests by investigating the conversion of light energy into solar fuels. In 2012, Dr. Koivisto joined the Department of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University. A...

Andrea Matheson
BUSINESS ADVISOR

With a track record of startup success and senior leadership in both the public and private sectors, Andrea Matheson has been bridging the gap between big business and entrepreneurship for over two decades. After starting her career in finance, she went on to grow three startup businesses, and she’s spent the last decade advising and investing in technology businesses in Toronto and Waterloo. 
 
Andrea served as Interim CEO at NEXT Canada, and during her time at NEXT Andrea spearheaded the launch of NextAI, a program that helps entrepreneurs build commercially-viable artificial intelligence co...

Geoff Werth 
BUSINESS ADVISOR

Geoff serves as Senior Vice President at Wynne Health Group and has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare policy and the healthcare industry, having held senior positions both on and off Capitol Hill.
 
During this critical period for our healthcare system, Geoff has engaged directly with Congress on behalf of healthcare companies, providers and patient groups through his roles as senior vice president of Summit Health Care Consulting, director of federal government relations for The US Oncology Network, and government affairs associate at the American College of Surgeons. Geoff worke...