At Best Startup Canada we track over 100,000 Canadian startups and over 500,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top British Columbia based Chairman operating in the Health Care space. If you think a Chairman is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected].
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Founder, CTO, and Chairman of PocketPills
Abhinav Gupta is a Co-Founder of :PocketPills. He also co-founded Rocket Fuel, a provider of artificial intelligence advertising solutions. Prior to that, he was an engineering director at Yahoo!, where he led the development of their next-generation behavior-targeting platform.As a founding member of the behavioral targeting group at Yahoo!, he helped cultivate a start-up environment, building the team and platform from scratch. He holds a B. Tech in computer science from the IIT Delhi, and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin. He has co-authored almost twenty patents in the areas of database queries and optimization, behavioral targeting, and web-based user analytics.
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About PocketPills, Pravega Ventures: Pocketpills is Canada’s leading online pharmacy, delivers medication by the dose, straight to customer’s door.
Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Ondine Biomedical
Ms. Cross was one of the initial founders and financial supporters of Ondine Biomedical Inc. in 1999 and currently serves as the Chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer the Company. Ms. Cross has over 18 years direct experience working with early stage companies and has 25 years experience with public market securities. Previously, Ms. Cross was responsible for managing pension, pooled, mutual and private client funds as a Vice President with Royal Bank Investment Management Inc., the fund management arm of the Royal Bank of Canada. She currently sits on the boards of a number of companies including Periowave Dental Technologies, Inc., OrGenX Biopharma Corp., and Sinuwave Technologies Corp, and sits on the Advisory Board of the McGill University Dental School. Ms Cross is a member of the Women’s Presidents Organization, the International Women’s Forum, the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, the Courthill and Cherie Blair Foundations, and the Association for Professionals In Infection Control and Epidemiology. Ms Cross is the Founder of OrGenX Biopharma Corporation, a WEConnect certified company.
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About Ondine Biomedical: Ondine Biomedical develops non-antibiotic, anti-infective therapies for a broad spectrum of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.
Chairman & CEO of Aequus Pharmaceuticals
Doug Janzen has been involved in the Life Sciences industry for the past 19 years. He is currently the Founder and President of Northview Ventures, an organization which invests in and provides strategic advisory services to a number of technology companies. Mr Janzen was part of the founding group of Aequus Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr Janzen was President and CEO of Cardiome Pharma, a NASDAQ listed drug development company that raised over $300 million from investors, and completed over $1 billion in licensing deals during his tenure. In 2010, Cardiome’s lead product, Brinavess, was approved and launched in Europe by Merck. Prior to that, he was an investment banker with Cormark Securities, acting as Managing Director of Life Sciences. Mr Janzen is Past Chair of LifeSciences BC, has served as a Director with Biotech Canada and currently sits as a Director on a number of public and private boards. He is a past winner of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.
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About Aequus Pharmaceuticals, Northview Ventures: Aequus Pharmaceuticals is a pharmaceutical company that focuses on therapeutic areas, including neurology, ophthalmology, and transplant.
Founder & Chairman of Strata Health Solutions
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About Strata Health Solutions: Strata Health leverages technology to achieve dramatic patient flow improvement within health systems.
Chairman, President and CEO of Sancilio and Company
Frederick D. Sancilio is the Principle and Co-Founder of Sancilio and Company.
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About Sancilio and Company: Sancilio and Company develops biopharmaceutical supplements and products.