Dr. Rob O'Brien, Ph.D., CEO and CSO, was a professor in Analytical Chemistry for over 13 years and has more than 25 years of experience in analytical chemistry. An expert in analytical instrumentation, he has set up a number of advanced analytical laboratories and has held an executive position in a number of commercial enterprises. Dr. O'Brien possesses a track record of successful commercialization of intellectual property developed from academic research. During his academic career, Dr. O'Brien secured over 3 million dollars in research grants and has developed an extensive network of research collaborators.
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Anderson Smith, B.Sc., President and COO, has been involved in the analytical chemistry industry for 13 years in several critical roles, notably as Western Canada Service Manager and Canadian Service Business Development leader for one of Canada’s largest instrument vendors. Prior to joining the instrumentation industry, Anderson was a primary analyst in a major analytical contract lab in Vancouver, with the food residue and food chemistry division. During his time with the laboratory, he developed several standard methods for the analysis of various analytes in a number of raw food matrices utilizing LCMSMS detection. A selection of these methods were published or presented as posters at analytical chemistry conferences.
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Ryan Hayward, B.Sc. (with honours), Research Chemist, has more than 7 years experience within commercial, ISO 17025 accredited laboratory settings. He previously worked in an environmental laboratory as a coordinator for their inorganic department where he was responsible for department oversight as well as improvement of pre-existing methods as well as validation and deployment of new protocols. He has previous experience as a member of a QMS commitee and has undertaken further training to be an ISO 17025 compliant internal auditor.
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Dr. Faezeh Dousty, Ph.D., Research Chemist, has 5 years of experience in food industry as quality control manager and more than 7 years of experience in analytical chemistry in electrochemistry and mass spectrometry fields. Currently, she is developing chemical fingerprint blueprints for quality control of natural products using the state-of-art analytical platforms in combination with chemometric tools.
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Matthew Noestheden, MSc., is currently a graduate student at UBCO pursuing his PhD in chemistry. His research is a joint effort between Supra R&D and UBCO, with funding coming through the MITACS Accelerate program and the Walter C. Sumner Memorial Fellowship. Matthew is involved in elucidating a deeper understanding of the chemical changes in wine grapes and wine following exposure to forest fire (i.e., smoke taint). Prior to his PhD studies, Matthew spent 6 years as an LC-MS Application Specialist and Analytical Consultant with a focus on food and environmental applications, as well as customer training on LC-MS hardware and software.
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Katelyn Thiessen, Research Scientist has joined Supra full time after working since May 2015 as a Summer Research Assistant funded through two Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Experience Awards. Katelyn has gained hands-on experience with the analytical instrumentation at Supra, as well as research experience. Her current summer research is focused on chemical fingerprinting and chemometrics.
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Seamus Riordan-Short is an undergraduate UBC Okanagan student currently working as a Research Assistant under an NSERC Experience award. He has been at Supra since 2014, developing analytical chemistry skills and working on several different projects. In the summer of 2015, Seamus was also funded through an NSERC, developing chiral analysis techniques for authentication of essential oils. He is currently focusing on characterizing and optimizing CO2 extractions, as well as creation of our new website.
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