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Meet Our Team



Robert Emlyn has over 25 years of experience in business development and management across many industries. He founded Antares Project Services in 2009, a planning and development company which managed projects across Canada specializing in hydroelectric facilities and commercial development. After completing the successful acquisition of Antares in 2014, he continued serving as CEO and President. Robert is the founder and CEO of Innovate Phytotechnologies, and has a proven track record of developing opportunities and taking projects successfully from inception to implementation.



Corporate Development Advisor

Anna Nesterchuk brings over 8 years of experience in Corporate Development for reporting issuers and publicly traded companies across various sectors. She has worked as a Corporate Manager with issuers and has expertise taking companies through the listing process. Ms. Nesterchuk earned a bachelor’s degree in law from Ternopil National Economic University, Ukraine (2008) and successfully completed CSC at Canadian Securities Institute (2014).



Financial Comptroller

Joanna Zheng is a detail-oriented CPA with 9 years of experience in Public Practice, Audits, Financial Reporting, Controllership, and FP&A. She has acted as Financial Controller for 13 companies, managed an $80 million multi-year clinical system transformation budget, and implemented accounting systems and internal controls for multiple dental clinics and retail shops. Joanna's expertise in IFRS and ASPE, along with her meticulous approach, ensures accurate financial reporting and effective financial management.



Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Mehrbod Estaki, a postdoctoral fellow at the Knight Lab, University of California San Diego, is making waves in the field of gut-brain axis research. With a background in Kinesiology and a personal journey overcoming Ulcerative Colitis, Dr. Estaki's work focuses on unraveling the mysteries of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and the microbiome. With expertise in faecal transplant methods, community ecology, and bioinformatics, his contributions have led to groundbreaking insights. With over 35 published articles and a passion for pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge, Dr. Estaki is shaping the future of gut health research.

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Director of Science & Research

Dr. Jacek Usakiewicz has over 20 years of industrial experience in biotechnology. He developed broad scientific expertise in drug design, assay development, protein and natural products chemistry at several Canadian and US companies including MDS Protana, Perkin Elmer and Neurocrine Bioscience. His research has developed numerous mass spectrometry based methods and applications. He holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from University of Wroclaw, Poland and conducted postdoctoral research at the National Research Council of Canada. He is an author of over 40 peer-review publications and 12 international patent applications.



Lab Manager

Lukman Sarker holds a master’s degree in Plant Molecular Biology from UBC, with expertise in analytical chemistry. Lukman Sarker is an expert in generating genomic databases to answer important information about plant science. He started his career as a professional microbiologist in Bill and Melinda Gates vaccine development program in Bangladesh and more recently been a Graduate Researcher and Teaching Assistant at UBC. Lukmans expertise is in combining molecular biology techniques and plant tissue culture methods to understand plant metabolic pathways – a key research approach.

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