BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dominique Cheneval, Ph.D.
Dr. Cheneval has more than ten years industry experience in the pharmaceutial industry including the pharmaceutical giants Sandoz and then later Novartis. At Sandoz and Novartis, he led teams in cutting edge research both in numerous drug discovery programs and in compound profiling.
In addition to his research and pre-clinical development activities, he has received training in pharmaceutical development, leadership and business management.
Dr. Cheneval graduated with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH, Zürich) and was a Postdoctoral Research
Fellow at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, Maryland).
Tania Kastelic, Ph.D.
Dr. Kastelic has more than eight years of pharmaceutical industry experience including positions as Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate with
Sandoz and Novartis Pharma AG (Switzerland). She was involved in several drug discovery projects in the field of inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Kastelic discovered Novation's novel and unique mRNA modulation technology. She brings to Novation superior research skills, proven by her recognition
of the potential of modulating mRNA stability as a therapeutic target of orally active drugs.
Dr. Kastelic has a Ph.D. from the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, Maryland)
and a Master of Science in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, B.C.).
Gordon J. Politeski
Mr. Politeski is an experienced industry executive who was the founding President and CEO of Biomira Inc., a cancer diagnostics and therapeutics company.
During his tenure at Biomira, Mr. Politeski took the Company from its initial financing to the TSE and subsequently to the NASDAQ. Biomira remains one of
Canada's premier publicly traded biotech companies.
Mr. Politeski has held a number of senior management positions including President and General Manager of Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Director of the
Pharmaceutical Group, Pharmacia, and CEO of Ondine Medical Laser Group. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the Amos Tuck Executive
Program at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), Mr. Politeski has been active in supporting startup biotechnology companies with management, strategy and
Kjell Stenberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Kjell Stenberg is Chief Operating Officer of Medwell Capital (formerly
BioMS). From 1975 to 2000, Dr. Stenberg held senior research and management
positions at Astra and AstraZeneca (worldwide, is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies), where he was involved in bringing various drugs to market
either as Director of Research or Director of Development. He was also
Director of Licensing and Alliances for AstraZeneca for over 7 years with
responsibilities for the identification, negotiation and management of
Dr Stenberg has also been involved with three biotech companies at the level
of Founder, CEO or CSO. He holds a Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institute,
Sweden, and has published extensively in the field of oncology and cell
Ms. Tejani, MBA, is an experienced venture capitalist and company builder. She has been involved in commercialization of technology and
venture capital since 1990 and is founder of Smart Seed Fund, a seed stage technology fund focused on hands on management assistance and
financing for technology startups.
Ms. Tejani is involved in microfinance initiatives to reduce poverty and works with Vancity to expand their Microloans program for
low income entrepreneurs. She sits on the Board of Novation Pharmaceuticals, Waterstreet Technology, and the Vancouver General Hospital and
University of British Columbia Hospital Foundation.