Scientific Advisory

Kenneth C. Anderson, MD

Program Director, Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center and LeBow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics Institute Physician
Kraft Family Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Anderson is the Kraft Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, as well as Director of the Lebow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics and Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is a Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Research Scientist and American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor. After graduating from Johns Hopkins Medical School, he trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and then completed hematology, medical oncology, and tumor immunology training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over the last three decades, he has focused his laboratory and clinical research studies on multiple myeloma. He has developed laboratory and animal models of the tumor in it is microenvironment which have allowed for both identification of novel targets and validation of novel targeted therapies, and has then rapidly translated these studies to clinical trials culminating in FDA approval of novel targeted therapies. His paradigm for identifying and validating targets in the tumor cell and its milieu has transformed myeloma therapy and markedly improved patient outcome.

Laurence Klotz, MD

Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, past Chief of Urology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, and Chairman, World Uro-Oncology Federation

Dr. Klotz is internationally recognized for his contributions to the treatment of prostate cancer, notably for pioneering the adoption of Active Surveillance as a standard aspect of patient care. Dr. Klotz obtained his medical degree and residency training from the University of Toronto with a special fellowship in uro-oncology and tumour biology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York. He is a widely published uro-oncologist who serves on the board or heads many medical/scientific organizations. He is a Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, past Chief of Urology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, and Chairman, World Uro-Oncology Federation. Dr. Klotz was awarded the Order of Canada in 2014 for his contribution to prostate cancer treatment.

Hans Knecht, MD

Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Haematology at McGill University and Jewish General Hospital, Montreal

Dr. Knecht established himself as a prominent haematologist through his ground-breaking translational research on lymphoma biology. His current focus is on the molecular events leading to the transition from the mononuclear Hodgkin to the multinuclear Reed-Sternberg cell and the impact of 3D nuclear telomere organization on this transformation. Dr. Knecht received his medical degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland with post-graduate work under both Maxime Seligmann (Haematology) and Karl Lennert (Haematopathology) in Paris and Kiel, respectively. Dr. Knecht is currently a Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Haematology at McGill University and Jewish General Hospital, Montreal.

Darrel Drachenberg, MD

Urologic Oncologist
Assistant Professor
Director of Research, Manitoba Prostate Center
Section of Urology, Department of Surgery,  University of Manitoba
Chair, Genito-Urinary Oncology Disease Site Group,
CancerCare Manitoba

Dr. Drachenberg is a urologic oncologist and researcher and strong proponent of Active Surveillance for prostate cancer patients. Dr. Drachenberg attended medical school at the University of British Columbia and urology residency at Dalhousie University. He is an American Foundation of Urology Scholar with fellowship training in urologic oncology at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. He founded the laparoscopic urology program and prostate brachytherapy, cryotherapy, and HIFU programs at the University of Manitoba where he works as assistant professor of surgery and director of research for the Manitoba Prostate Center and Section of Urology and Chair of the Genito-Urinary disease site group, CancerCare Manitoba.

Rami Kotb, MD

Department of Medical Oncology & Hematology, CancerCare Manitoba

Dr. Kotb completed his medical residency training in Paris, France, and then became a staff member at Paris XI University. He joined the Hematology-Oncology team at Sherbrooke University (QC, Canada) in 2005 as an Assistant, then Associate Professor. He also worked as the Director of Hematology undergraduate education, Head of the supra-regional team of Hematological Neoplasia and Head of the Institutional Oncology Quality Sub-committee. Late 2011, he moved to British Columbia to work at the BC Cancer Agency as an Oncologist/Hematologist, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and affiliate Professor at the University of Victoria. He joined the team at CancerCare Manitoba in September 2014. His practice and research activity will be focused on lymphoid neoplasia, primarily myeloma and lymphoma.

Thomas Cremer, MD

Professor emeritus of Anthropology and Human Genetics, Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU), Munich, Germany

Dr. Cremer is an internationally-recognized scientist specializing in the studies of nuclear architecture. He is one of the pioneers of interphase cytogenetics and comparative genomic hybridization (CGH). These methods have become widely used tools for cytogenetic analyses of chromosomal imbalances.

He is a corresponding member of the Heidelberg Academy for Sciences and Humanities since 2000, a member of Germany’s National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina since 2006, a honorary member of both the European Cytogenetics Association (ECA) and the German Society of Human Genetics since 2011, as well as the recipient of the medal of Honor of this Society.

Ian Smith, OC, PhD, DSc, FRSC (Canada)

Chairman of the Board at Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization, CIMTEC

Dr. Smith, OC, PhD, DSc, FRSC, is currently the Chairman of the Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization. His past research and commercialization achievements include significant success in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Smith is a former Director General of the NRC Institute for Biological Sciences, Ottawa, ON, and founder and Director General of the Institute for Biodiagnostics, Winnipeg, MB. He is a passionate advocate for the advancement of diagnostics for the early detection and treatment of disease.

He was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008 for his leadership in the advancement, development and commercialization of Canada’s diagnostic technologies, notably magnetic resonance imaging, in the field of health care. In addition, Dr. Smith received the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada, presented to individuals who have displayed long-term excellence throughout their careers in Canada’s public service. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold (2002) and Diamond (2012) Jubilee Medals for his contributions.

Ferenc Somogyvari


Ferenc Somogyvari has worked for over 38 years in the optical medical and biology industries after working with Touche Ross as an auditor. He has worked in various positions over the years from Territory sales, technical specialist, sales manager and finally over the last decade as General Manager for Carl Zeiss Microscopy in Canada. He is the former CEO of 3D Signatures Inc.

He led the transition of Carl Zeiss Canada from informal to formal business practices to take advantage of synergies within their global corporate framework. He is known as an effective team builder particularly where diverse personalities work together as professionals. He brings with him a complete set of corporate skills in managing a technology-based company.

Business Advisory

Dr. Heiner Dreismann

Past President and CEO,
Roche Molecular Diagnostics

Dr. Dreismann is a seasoned executive with more than 24 years experience in the healthcare industry, and is regarded as a pioneer in the early adoption of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique, one of the most ubiquitous technologies in molecular biology and genetics research today. He had a successful career at the Roche Group from 1985 to 2006 where he held several senior positions, including President and CEO, Roche Molecular Systems, Head of Global Business Development, Roche Diagnostics and Member of Roche’s Global Diagnostic Executive Committee. Dr. Dreismann currently serves on the boards of several public and private health care companies. He earned a master of science degree in biology and his doctor of philosophy degree in microbiology/molecular biology (summa cum laude) from Westfaelische Wilhelms University (The University of Munster) in Germany.

John Lindsay

Founder, SciPartners

Mr. Lindsay began his career at Millipore Corporation, Merck KGaA, and quickly advanced to become the youngest Vice President in the history of the company.  He was promoted to Executive Vice President of several divisions, including the Analytical Group and Milligen Biosearch Divisions. In 2000, he founded SciPartners, with the objective of building a platform for development of early stage European and North American firms. His focus is the Life Science market, and over the past 14 years he has successfully built up sales and marketing that led to rapid growth and increased revenues for many companies, and the acquisition of ProXeon by ThermoFisher and the acquisition of Halo Genomics by Agilent.

Nigel Terrett

Former Chief Strategic Officer, LifeLabs Inc.

Nigel Terrett has held executive leadership roles at Excelleris Technologies, LifeLabs, MDS Inc. and MDS Diagnostics. His significant accomplishments in the life sciences sector include his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Excelleris Technologies, a medical information technology company, where he led the creation of the largest integrated patient and physician diagnostic database in Canada. As Chief Strategic Officer of LifeLabs Inc., Mr. Terrett created innovative collaborative programs with health institutions, provincial governments and health providers to improve health care while reducing costs. As Senior Vice President and General Manager of Life Labs British Columbia, Mr. Terrett was responsible for 900 operational staff, 90 branch locations and two state-of-the-art medical laboratories providing over 15 million medical results per year. In this role, he dramatically improved operational performance through Lean-Sigma methodologies. As Chief Information Officer of MDS Diagnostics Inc., he led the restructuring of information technology services that resulted in multi-million dollar savings for the company. As Vice-President of Information Technology at MDS Diagnostics, Mr. Terrett led a North American team that increased operating income by over 50%. More recently, Mr. Terrett has provided strategic advisory services to the biotech industry.

Mr. Terrett is experienced in every step of the diagnostics testing process, from sample collection to reporting, to providing efficient, reliable and high-quality services to enhance patient care. A respected industry leader, Mr. Terrett’s operational background and network will help facilitate the successful launch of 3DS’ new class of minimally invasive biomarker tests at a national level.

Harry Glorikian

Founder and Former Managing Partner at Scientia Advisors, LLC

Mr. Glorikian has over 30 years of private and public company success in the biomedical and life sciences industries and is a recognized global innovator in the field of medical diagnostics. Recent experience includes roles as Entrepreneur in Residence to GE Ventures – New Business Creation Group and as a member of the board of directors of GeneNews Ltd. He also serves on the advisory board of Nucelis and Evidation Health. Mr. Glorikian is also a co-founder and an advisory board member of DrawBridge Health. Previously he co-founded and held the position of managing director and head of consulting services for Scientia Advisors which was acquired by Precision for Medicine in 2012. Among his other professional roles, Mr. Glorikian served as senior manager for global business development at PE Applied Biosystems, founded X-Cell Laboratories, managed global sales at Signet Laboratories and held various roles at BioGenex Laboratories.

Jonathan Goodman

Director & CEO, Knight Therapeutics Inc.

Prior to Knight, Mr. Goodman was the co-founder, President and CEO of Paladin Labs Inc. which was acquired by Endo for $3.2 billion. Under his leadership, $1.50 invested in Paladin at its founding was worth $142 nineteen years later. Prior to co-founding Paladin in 1995, Mr. Goodman was a consultant with Bain & Company and also worked in brand management for Procter & Gamble. Mr. Goodman holds a B.A. with Great Distinction from McGill University and the London School of Economics with 1st Class Honours. Additionally, Mr. Goodman holds an LL.B. and an M.B.A. from McGill University.