Our Team

See under the cover. Meet our team.


Elise Huisman Director of Impact Elise holds a PhD in orthopaedics, and worked as a global medical device market research analyst. With 6 years of research experience she now leads clinical research and impact measurement at Arbutus. In addition to this, Elise has been leading our veterinary sales program, taking us from early sales in January 2016 to now having 1 signed European distributor and two of the top global distributors in negotiation.

Elise Huisman

Director of Impact

Elise holds a PhD in orthopaedics, and worked as a global medical device market research analyst. With 6 years of research experience she now leads clinical research and impact measurement at Arbutus. In addition to this, Elise has been leading our veterinary sales program, taking us from early sales in January 2016 to now having 1 signed European distributor and two of the top global distributors in negotiation.

Fedja Mulabdic Director of R&D Fedja has spent 20 years developing medical devices in three past successful start-ups. He has developed comprehensive design plans for a range of devices spanning from complex infusion technologies to Class III implantable cardiac and neurovascular devices. He has led products through regulatory approvals and has seen each of these three ventures through to significant revenue and success. These include Pyng Medical, Neovasc, and Evasc Medical.

Fedja Mulabdic

Director of R&D

Fedja has spent 20 years developing medical devices in three past successful start-ups. He has developed comprehensive design plans for a range of devices spanning from complex infusion technologies to Class III implantable cardiac and neurovascular devices. He has led products through regulatory approvals and has seen each of these three ventures through to significant revenue and success. These include Pyng Medical, Neovasc, and Evasc Medical.

Florin Gheorghe CEO - Leads market strategy with 7 years experience in social enterprise and market development across Africa, including co-founding a socially-driven manufacturing venture in Ghana reaching $120,000 in revenue in 6 months (Engineers Without Borders Canada, International Development Enterprises, SMIDO).  - Previously consulted professionally as a medical device design and usability specialist at a global design and innovation firm (Continuum).

Florin Gheorghe

CEO

- Leads market strategy with 7 years experience in social enterprise and market development across Africa, including co-founding a socially-driven manufacturing venture in Ghana reaching $120,000 in revenue in 6 months (Engineers Without Borders Canada, International Development Enterprises, SMIDO). 
- Previously consulted professionally as a medical device design and usability specialist at a global design and innovation firm (Continuum).

Lawrence Buchan Director of Operations Lawrence is a talented, high-achieving young engineer with three key characteristics - technical background, leadership capacity, and emotional quotient - ideally suited to developing strong, long-lasting relationships with supply chain partners. He has successfully executed the transition to full-scale production, keeping the final BOM cost of the launched product within 2% of early projections – while maintaining quality to ISO13485 standards.

Lawrence Buchan

Director of Operations

Lawrence is a talented, high-achieving young engineer with three key characteristics - technical background, leadership capacity, and emotional quotient - ideally suited to developing strong, long-lasting relationships with supply chain partners. He has successfully executed the transition to full-scale production, keeping the final BOM cost of the launched product within 2% of early projections – while maintaining quality to ISO13485 standards.

Michael Cancilla Director of Engineering Michael brings medical device design, manufacturing, and project management experience from his time at Verathon Medical, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Health & Sherwood. He worked in the mining and manufacturing industry before shifting to medical devices and recently pursuing an MEng in Biomedical Engineering. At Arbutus, he led our regulatory efforts to achieve ISO 13485 quality certification, as well as FDA, Health Canada, and CE submissions.

Michael Cancilla

Director of Engineering

Michael brings medical device design, manufacturing, and project management experience from his time at Verathon Medical, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Health & Sherwood. He worked in the mining and manufacturing industry before shifting to medical devices and recently pursuing an MEng in Biomedical Engineering. At Arbutus, he led our regulatory efforts to achieve ISO 13485 quality certification, as well as FDA, Health Canada, and CE submissions.

Mike Liggett CFO Mike has been a CFO for public and private companies for over 17 years, completing over $300MM in financing and closing nearly $200MM in acquisition transactions. He has negotiated and structured strategic partnerships, and helped a number of companies to improve operations, cut costs, and unlock value for shareholders.

Mike Liggett

CFO

Mike has been a CFO for public and private companies for over 17 years, completing over $300MM in financing and closing nearly $200MM in acquisition transactions. He has negotiated and structured strategic partnerships, and helped a number of companies to improve operations, cut costs, and unlock value for shareholders.

Mike Parker  East &  South Africa Manager Mike is Zimbabwean-born with a UK business degree. He has spent the last 6 years building and managing distribution, developing sales networks, and building strong teams both in the UK and across Africa. Most recently Mike working with the start-up FuturePump, and prior to this he worked in recruiting, hiring and building successful teams in a number of industries.

Mike Parker

 East &  South Africa Manager

Mike is Zimbabwean-born with a UK business degree. He has spent the last 6 years building and managing distribution, developing sales networks, and building strong teams both in the UK and across Africa. Most recently Mike working with the start-up FuturePump, and prior to this he worked in recruiting, hiring and building successful teams in a number of industries.

Radu Postole Lead Design Engineer Radu brings 6 years of engineering design experience to Arbutus. Previous work experience includes roles of Systems Engineer and Sales Support Manager, and volunteering with the Tetra Society that makes innovative technologies for people with disabilities. Before Arbutus, Radu co-founded and led a spin-off of the Tetra Society called Tetra Gear, where as CEO he led the commercialization of a safety device for wheelchairs and cyclists.

Radu Postole

Lead Design Engineer

Radu brings 6 years of engineering design experience to Arbutus. Previous work experience includes roles of Systems Engineer and Sales Support Manager, and volunteering with the Tetra Society that makes innovative technologies for people with disabilities. Before Arbutus, Radu co-founded and led a spin-off of the Tetra Society called Tetra Gear, where as CEO he led the commercialization of a safety device for wheelchairs and cyclists.

Ryan Fetterly New Country Scout Ryan is a fire-cracker of energy and talent when it comes to business development in the emerging market / social enterprise sector. Over the past 7 years he has worked with leading names including Off.Grid Electric, SteamaCo, Spire Education, and is a serial entrepreneur himself. Ryan has worked in 10+ African countries and also in India helping start-ups to grow their sales, develop channels, and scale innovations to millions of new customers.

Ryan Fetterly

New Country Scout

Ryan is a fire-cracker of energy and talent when it comes to business development in the emerging market / social enterprise sector. Over the past 7 years he has worked with leading names including Off.Grid Electric, SteamaCo, Spire Education, and is a serial entrepreneur himself. Ryan has worked in 10+ African countries and also in India helping start-ups to grow their sales, develop channels, and scale innovations to millions of new customers.

Tyler Algeo Director of Sales & Marketing Tyler leads sales and marketing. Previously Tyler was employee #2 at BlueTech Research, and working along side their CEO, built it into the leading global market research firm in the water sector. Tyler analyzed and developed strategy on market entry, acquisition, and advised both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Before that he consulted on behalf of Engineers Without Borders Canada to the Government of Zambia.

Tyler Algeo

Director of Sales & Marketing

Tyler leads sales and marketing. Previously Tyler was employee #2 at BlueTech Research, and working along side their CEO, built it into the leading global market research firm in the water sector. Tyler analyzed and developed strategy on market entry, acquisition, and advised both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Before that he consulted on behalf of Engineers Without Borders Canada to the Government of Zambia.

 

Our Board of Directors

 

Florin Gheorghe
CEO, Arbutus Medical

Michelle Welsh
VP Sales, priMED Medical Products

Tom Urban
CEO, CellFor

 

Darrell Elliott
Grand Challenges Canada

Steve Brockie
Former Africa Director, J&J

 

Our Partners

 

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