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Uncovering the Untapped Anti-Inflammatory Powers of Polyphenols

Canurta Therapeutics has brought together leading experts with decades of research experience on polyphenols including flavonoids, cannflavins and stilbenes, to discover novel mechanisms of actions and therapeutic potential with technology-driven drug development.

Our proprietary technology precisely isolates, extracts and standardizes these and other valuable compounds. This enables the creation of both extracts and single molecules that adhere to strict CMC standards.

Optimized by bioinformatics, Canurta's approach streamlines drug development, maximizing innovation, efficiency and therapeutic potential. 

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Building Our Future

Our future home, in Niagara Region, Ontario, is a 34-acre dynamic hub for polyphenol creation, research and local agriculture. The campus will feature state-of-the-art research laboratories, technology-driven processing, educational spaces, and live-work residencies. 

Technology-Driven Drug Development with our Partners

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Meet Our Founder and CEO

Akeem Gardner is the CEO & Founder of Canurta, a future leader in Canadian life sciences and biotechnology with a founder-first mentality. Five years ago, Akeem embarked on a journey to impact health through hemp cultivation. His passion for botanical solutions to inflammation spurred Canurta’s early innovations forward.

 

A bold entrepreneur, Akeem Gardner possesses a unique combination of academic, athletic, and professional experiences to lead and create exceptional shareholder value. With dual degrees in Psychology and Philosophy and a Bachelor of Law, Akeem excels in grasping complex scientific concepts and navigating regulatory guidelines, IP, and patent strategy.

Board of Directors

Board Member

Sam Katz

Board Member

Angel investor and board member, Manitoba Harvest and Fresh Hemp Foods

Led first Canadian company to commercialize industrial hemp to $132.5M exit

Board Member

Kyley Paul

Board Member

Canadian Natural Health & Cannabis Regulatory Expert

CEO of NaturalSci
Regulatory consulting

10+ years regulatory experience

Board Member

Alex Chwaiewsky

Board Member

Co-Founder, Manitoba Harvest

Created Canadian market for hemp hearts

Manitoba Harvest first sale of $132.5 Million

Advisor

Jerry Zeifman

Advisor

Founder, Organic Traditions
and President, Advantage Health Matters

30+ years experience in
health space

Portfolio of over 100
natural ingredients

Scientific Advisory Board

Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. Ethan Russo, M.D.

Senior Medical Advisor

Preeminent global medical cannabis expert

16 years at GW Pharmaceuticals

Study Physician for Sativex® and Epidiolex® clinical trials

Principal Investigator, Pharmacokinetics

Dr. Neal Davies, Ph.D., RPh, FCAHS

Principal Investigator, Pharmacokinetics

Dean and Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta

Leading investigator of anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer nutraceuticals including flavonoids

Principal Investigator, Neuroscience

Jasmin Lalonde, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Neuroscience

Department of Molecular Cellular Neurology,

University of Guelph

2020 Future Leader in Canadian Brain Research

Senior Technical Advisor

José Casaretto, Ph.D.

Senior Technical Advisor

Research Scientist focused on genomics and biochemical engineering approaches to produce secondary metabolites

Inventor on extraction and biosynthesis patents

Principal Investigator, Molecule Development

Tariq Akhtar, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Molecule Development

Department of Molecular Biology Associate Professor, University of Guelph

Research focus on natural products and specialized metabolites

Medical/Scientific Advisor

Mark Loveless, M.D.

Medical/Scientific Advisor

Senior Medical Epidemiologist, Director of the HIV/STD/TB Program of the Oregon Health Unity

Consultant for COVID-19 response with public health agencies in Pacific Northwest

Core Team

Research Associate

Kelly Boddington, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Bsc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph

Published several articles, including "Bibenzyl synthesis in Cannabis sativa L."

Production Lead

Cameron Parry

Production Lead

MSc. in Biotechnology from the University of Guelph

3+ years of experience in quality control, including at Labatt Breweries Canada and Atlas 365 Inc.

Bioinformatics Scientist

Helia Ghazinejad

Bioinformatics Scientist

MSc. in Biomedical Informatics and BSc. in Biology and Psychology from York University

Competent in R, Python, and Bash scripting languages, and experienced in using cloud computing, machine learning, Git, and Streamlit

Lead Back-End Developer

Dominic Poku-Aidoo

Lead Back-End Developer

BSc. (Hons) in Computer Science from Ryerson University

8+ years of experience in software programming and strong proponent of blockchain technology

Head of Marketing

Shega Youngson

Head of Marketing

BSc. (Hons) in Public Policy, Media, and Graphic Communications from RIT, and MA in Democracy & Human Rights from the University of Bologna.

10 years of marketing experience for leading cannabis brands.

People and Culture Lead

Samantha Palloo

People and Culture Lead

CHRP Designation, MSc. Occupational Environmental Safety and Health, and a BSc. Biology from the University of the West Indies

Experience in HR and Administration, leveraging HR and scientific knowledge to advance the company

Research Associate

Eric Soubeyrand, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Bordeaux (France)

Author of 20+ peer-reviewed journal articles and expertise in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology

Bioinformatics Scientist

Gurkamal Deol

Bioinformatics Scientist

MSc. in Bioinformatics from the University of Guelph, BSc. in Genetics from Western University, and certificate in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Toronto

Skilled in python, Linux, APIs, R, SQL, RDKit, Machine Learning, Git, AWS, Streamlit, TensorFlow, and PyTorch

Lead Front-End Developer

Ricardo Hewitt

Lead Front-End Developer

BSc. (Hons) in Computer Science from Ryerson University.

9+ years of experience in software development and expertise in blockchain technology

Head of Operations

Pamela Kisun

Head of Operations

MA. in Climate Change from the University of Waterloo.

Expertise in research, analysis, policy advising, project management, and administration.

Brand and Design Lead

Jordan Chin

Brand and Design Lead

B.In.Dsn. and a minor in Psychology from Carleton University

3+ years of experience in Graphic Design and expertise in brand identity and packaging design

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