Research & Development Team


Gregor Awang

Director, Process Development, Biologics


Jean-Francois Vincent-Rocan

Director, Complex Chemistry Process Development


Krista Affleck

Director, Analytical Development


Ankur Deshpande

Director, Process Development Quality

Gregor Awang, Director, Biologics Process Development

  • 24+ years of experience developing upstream and recombinant-protein downstream processes and tech transferring these processes from lab to manufacturing scale
  • Past roles with: Cangene Corporation, Emergent BioSolutions 
  • PhD, Industrial Microbiology from University of Saskatchewan, M.Sc. Environmental Microbiology from University of Manitoba
  • Joined BIOVECTRA in 2019

Jean-Francois Vincent-Rocan - Director, Complex Chemistry Process Development

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Ottawa
  • Graduate Diploma in Scientific Management and Leadership
  • B.Sc Bio-pharmaceutical Science from University of Ottawa
  • 10+ years’ experience in complex chemistry
  • Joined BIOVECTRA in 2018 and was appointed to Director, Process Development in 2023
  • Facilitated and oversees a collaboration with the Université de Montréal’s Charette Group
  • Author of 14 publications in method and process development

Krista Affleck - Director, Analytical Development

  • Master of Science degree from the University of Prince Edward Island (2002).
  • Hired by BIOVECTRA as a Quality Control Chemist (2002).
  • Joined R&D group as Research Technician in 2003.
  • Joined Analytical Chemistry group in 2008.
  • Promoted to Group Leader on the Analytical Chemistry group in 2012.
  • In 2014, became the Manager, Analytical Support, and Development in the R&D group.
  • In 2018, became the Director, Analytical Development.

Ankur Deshpande – Director, Process Development Quality

  • M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry from The University of New Brunswick (2008)
  • Has 12 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in analytical services and quality
  • Joined BIOVECTRA in 2010 as a QC Chemist

Oliver Technow - Chief Executive Officer

  • Industry Master Degree from Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce, Frankfurt Germany.
  • More than 20 years of global pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Held numerous leadership positions in commercial development, marketing and brand management, and lifecycle management and has extensive product launch and market access expertise in Europe and North America.
  • In 1997, joined Eisai GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany and in 2002, was appointed Director, CNS Business Unit; in 2006, was appointed Vice President, Head of Global Marketing for Eisai Inc. in Woodcliff Lake, NJ;  in 2011, was appointed Vice President, Established Products Business Unit; in 2013, was appointed President & General Manager for Eisai Limited in Mississauga, ON.
  • Appointed President of BIOVECTRA Inc., December 10, 2015.
  • Board Director for BIOTECanada
  • Member of the Steering Council of Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC)
  • In 2017, appointed to the Government of Canada’s Health/Bio-sciences Strategic Economic Table
  • In November 2019, promoted to Chief Executive Officer at BIOVECTRA
  • In June 2020, named new Chair of PEI BioAlliance Board of Directors