Aye Aye Khine
Aye Aye Khine, Ph.D.
Dr. AyeAye Khine is a Principal Scientist at Qvella. Early in her graduate career, Aye Aye’s research focused on the mechanism of verotoxin produced from Escherichia coli in the pathogenesis of hemolytic uremic syndrome. After finishing her Ph.D., Aye Aye completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular virology at Amgen Research Institute. In addition, she worked as an associate scientist at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto in the field of human neutrophil antimicrobial peptides, alpha defensins. Aye Aye held positions in research science at Lorus Therapeutics Inc., supervising a research team studying molecular mechanisms of anti-cancer lead compounds. She later joined the Research and Development team of NOVX Systems Inc. Aye Aye received her M.Sc. in Clinical Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Laboratory Medicine from the University of Toronto, and in addition has a medical degree from the Institute of Medicine 1, Rangoon, Burma.
David A. Haake
Chief Medical Officer
David A. Haake, M.D.
Dr. David Haake is Chief Medical Officer. David is an experienced clinician scientist in the fields of infectious diseases, bacterial pathogenesis, vaccine development, and in vitro diagnostics with a number of patents and patent applications and ~130 publications in the scientific literature. He has a strong track record of successful research grant applications from government agencies including over 25 years of continuous support for his research from the National Institutes of Health. He has special expertise in technology development in the areas of identification of microbial pathogens in clinical specimens and rapid antimicrobial resistance testing and is the former Chief Scientific Officer at MicrobeDx, a technology startup developing rapid diagnostics for urinary tract infection. After studying Chemistry at Harvard and receiving an M.D. from New York University, David went on to UCLA for training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. David is Professor in Residence in the Departments of Medicine, Urology, and Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics at UCLA and remains an active physician at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
V.P. of Marketing
Stephen Clark, M.S.
Mr. Steve Clark is Vice President of Marketing. Steve is an experienced marketing professional with multiple successes in commercializing new clinical diagnostic products in markets worldwide. Prior to his work in molecular diagnostics, Steve worked at the Syva Company planning and launching several pioneering immunoassays and automation for therapeutic drug monitoring and drugs of abuse testing. In molecular diagnostics, he has worked in management roles for Gen-Probe Inc., GeneOhm Sciences Inc., Becton, Dickinson and Company and Hologic Inc. At Gen-Probe, Steve led the initial development and introduction of the first integrated, fully automated high volume MDx instrument and managed a team that implemented the first NAAT HIV/HCV blood screening testing system with the ARC. At GeneOhm, he led a team planning and executing market development and commercialization of the first molecular assays for key HAI pathogens. While at BD, Steve was instrumental in strategizing, defining and launching a next generation automated molecular system. Steve has a B.S. in physiology and M.S. degree in human physiology and biochemistry from the University of California, Davis.
V.P. of Product Development
Robert Maaskant, P. ENG., Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Maaskant is Vice President of Product Development. Robert has a long history of successful technology product development and has held senior positions in both private start-ups as well as publicly held companies. After graduate school, he worked as a research associate at the Institute of Aerospace Studies, University of Toronto. He was a founding member of ElectroPhotonics Corporation, where he developed a number of fiber optic products and served as Director of Product Development and General Manager of the ElectroPhotonics Division. The company was acquired by ETEK Dynamics and subsequently merged with JDS Uniphase. In 2003, Robert joined NOVX Systems Inc., as Vice President of Engineering and directed the development of the iMDx platform, a point of collection drug screening system. He has a number of publications related to research in mechanics and fiber optics, and holds patents related to fiber optic devices and diagnostic systems. Robert received his Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics at the University of Waterloo.
V.P. of North American Sales
Glenn Magnuson, B.Sc.
Mr. Glenn Magnuson is Vice President of North American Sales. Glenn will be focusing on Business Development activities as he transitions to building and managing the sales team full time over the next several months. His 25 years of medical diagnostic sales experience includes immunology sales at Abbott Diagnostics, women’s health diagnostics at Cytyc/Hologic, and clinical chemistry, hematology, pathology, molecular and point-of-care technologies at ThermoFisher Scientific. Glenn has led sales teams in a senior sale management role in expanding utilization of NIPT testing and in market development and launch of a direct whole blood test for sepsis-causing agents in the field of molecular microbiology testing. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bryant University in Rhode Island.
President & CEO
Tino Alavie, Ph.D.
Dr. Tino Alavie is the President and CEO of Qvella. Tino has the primary responsibility of leading the company’s full range of Research and Development initiatives. Prior to founding Qvella, he was founder, CEO and executive chairman of NOVX Systems Inc., a medical device company that focuses on physician productivity tools including diagnostic solutions for point of care testing and Electronic Medical Records. He was also co-founder and President of ElectroPhotonics Corporation, leading it through two successful rounds of private placement and acquisition by E-TEK Dynamics. Tino has served as a technical advisor and board member for a number of technology companies. He is a seminar leader and guest lecturer with the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto and has authored more than 50 journal articles and conference papers. He was recently awarded Florida Tech's College of Engineering Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2013. Tino earned his Ph.D. at Florida Institute of Technology in addition to completing post-doctoral work in fiber optics sensing at the University of Toronto.
V.P. of Medical Affairs
Susan Novak-Weekley, Ph.D., D(ABMM), S(M) ASCP
Dr. Susan Novak-Weekley is the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Qvella. Susan completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center and Wadsworth Veterans Administration Medical Center, followed by a year in the SmithKline Beecham Clinical Microbiology Laboratory. Subsequently she joined Kaiser Permanente Regional Reference Laboratories in North Hollywood, California, spending 13 years as the Assistant Director and then Director of the Clinical Microbiology, Serology and Molecular Infectious Diseases Department. Susan has been active in multiple elected volunteer positions in several organizations including the American Society for Microbiology, the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology and the Association for Molecular Pathology. She has presented at numerous scientific meetings and an author or co-author of over 30 publications, book chapters and abstracts within the field of Microbiology. Susan obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at Colorado State University in Microbiology and her Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Arizona in Microbiology.
Samad Talebpour, Ph.D.
Dr. Samad Talebpour is a Principal Scientist at Qvella. Samad began his career as a laser physicist working on the interaction of high power laser generated electric fields with biological matter at Laval University in Quebec City. After a two-year post-doctoral program at the National Research Council of Canada as a physical chemist working on the potential application of strong laser filaments in air for remote detection of chemical or biological agents, he joined NOVX Systems Inc. as a founding member. Samad initially worked as an optical systems engineer and later as a key member of the scientific team that helped define product requirements and advance clinical testing to regulatory approval. He has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed articles and has been an inventor or co-inventor on 12 patents and patent applications. Samad received his Ph.D. from Laval University in Quebec City.
V.P. of Business Development EMEA
Herbert Torfs, Ph.D., EMBA
Dr. Herbert Torfs is a seasoned Marketing and Business Development professional with 18 plus years of experience in the Clinical Diagnostics and Medical Device Industry. As the Vice President of Business Development EMEA, Herbert will develop Qvella’s organization in Europe and initiate the commercialization of the FAST-ID™ BSI System. Herbert has worked within large international companies as well with SME’s in the early start-up phase. He has launched multiple products worldwide that resulted in paradigm shifts in Diagnostic practices, based on Health Economic evidence with improved diagnostics for better patient outcome. Herbert is passionate about products and technologies that bring innovation and drive change resulting in increased access, quality of care and accurate diagnostics where and when it matters most. Herbert holds an MSc in Biology and Ph.D. in Physiology and Molecular Biology, both from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He completed his EMBA in 2014 from Hult-Ashridge Business school London Campus.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Michael Fricker is the Chief Financial Officer at Qvella. Michael is an established executive with over 25 years of experience in various roles within the broader world of finance. He has worked with companies in a wide variety of industries and at various development stages, from earlier stage businesses like Qvella to well established, larger businesses with multi-national sales, marketing and manufacturing facilities. Prior to Michael’s years as a CFO, his experience included private equity and venture capital (investment side), corporate finance and investment banking (capital raising and M&A advisory roles) and commercial banking. The common thread throughout his career is working closely with great management teams of high growth, privately held, entrepreneurial businesses. Michael holds a BA (Economics) from Queen’s University (Ontario), and is a CPA (CA) and CFA charter holder.
Head of Intellectual Property
Stephen Leonard, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen Leonard is focused on Intellectual Property and Strategy at Qvella. Stephen began his career as a scientist working on optical design and product development, later transitioning to business development and intellectual property (IP) management. Using his unique combination of technical and scientific expertise and business experience, he has developed competitive IP strategies for several companies. After earning his Ph.D., he worked at several startup companies in telecommunications, software and medical diagnostics, handling responsibilities in scientific research, product development, business development, strategy, and IP. He also practices as a patent agent at Hill and Schumacher, where he advises a wide variety of technology startups, teaching hospitals and academic institutions. Stephen received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Toronto in 2001.
Qvella's Field Activated Sample Treatment (FAST™) technology
Qvella is a molecular diagnostics company founded in 2009 by a group of scientists and engineers with the primary goal of dramatically reducing time to results in microbiology. This objective, widely recognized as highly desirable, has proved elusive yet holds the promise of revolutionizing how medicine is practiced by offering actionable results in clinically relevant time frames to improve patient outcomes and save lives.