Meet the Biologic Team Leadership
Franco Cavaleri, BS.c., Ph.D.c
CEO, Founder, Biomedical Research Lead
Experimental Medicine/Disease Pathology; Former IFBB Mr. North America
Franco completed his Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia. He attended the University of British Columbia for his postgraduate doctoral study at the Faculty of Medicine’s Experimental Medicine Program. His research interest and focus continues to be on nutraceutical pharmacology in the context of the pathology of inflammation and inflammatory disease.
Franco is the CEO/Founder of and Lead Investigator at Biologic Pharmamedical Research, a biomedical laboratory involved in the research and development of nutrient- and nutraceutical-based technologies using pharmaceutical or medical research models to help define how they interact and modulate cell signaling and behavior; he’s a best-selling author of health, wellness, and fitness books and has published countless scientific articles accessible through Pubmed and other online medical and scientific journal resources. Franco has generated scientific discovery in the biomedical field through his experimental medicine research now published in the literature.
Franco is also a former (1992) IFBB Mr. North America bodybuilding champion having put his research into personal practice and has built three successful businesses in the natural health product industry from concept to successful merger and acquisition. His formulation and research work has led to Alive natural products awards; pharmacological discovery and patent-status technologies that are now licensed and distributed globally.
Dr. Ashley Strother, BSc., Ph.D.
Meet Ashley Strother, a dynamic scientist who passionately unravels the enigmas of biology and supports a team of exceptional researchers in redefining the very essence of "biohacking." With an academic foundation rooted in the University of South Carolina Aiken and a Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from the esteemed University of Texas Medical Branch, Ashley's journey is one of relentless curiosity and unwavering dedication.
Ashley's journey spans intricate explorations in molecular biology research, from ingeniously engineering DNA transposon insertions in rice to groundbreaking contributions in attenuating amino acids within the yellow fever virus. Her commitment to advancing scientific knowledge and public health is the driving force behind her endeavours.
Fuelled by an unquenchable fascination for harnessing nature's potential for better health, Ashley found her purpose at Biologic Pharmamedical. Here, she spearheads investigations into the pharmacological properties of naturally derived compounds. With a decade-spanning research experience, Ashley seamlessly blends into the lab environment, employing cutting-edge methodologies to decode cellular responses to captivating nutraceutical compounds.
However, Ashley's passions and pursuits don't end within the laboratory's confines. The mesmerizing landscapes of Vancouver beckon her, where she finds solace through hiking and running. An affinity for arts and music led her to join a local chamber choir, adding a harmonious note to her diverse interests.
Ashley and her team are decoding the intricate language of biology, unlocking the hidden secrets within our cells. This endeavour goes beyond mere wellness; it's a journey of pushing the boundaries of human potential. The lab's atmosphere vibrates with the promise of rewriting the rules of wellness, as science fiction elegantly transforms into science fact.
Dr. Sandhra Babychan, Pharm D
Project Manager & Quality Control Specialist
Meet Sandhra Babychan, an invaluable asset as the Project Manager & Quality Control Specialist at
Biologic Pharmamedical. With a Doctor of Pharmacy profile, encompassing a profound understanding of Pharmacology, Patient Care and Medication Management from the Kerala University of Health Science and pursuing Certification in Clinical Informatics from the University of British Columbia, Sandhra brings a unique blend of expertise to her role.
Within the Biologic Pharmamedical team, Sandhra thrives as a proactive Project Manager, enhancing organizational communication, refining systems, and elevating quality control measures. Her professional journey has been a testament to her positive personality, commitment, marked by a diverse array of experiences in the healthcare landscape. Her stint as a Drug Safety Associate includes meeting productivity and quality standards, contributing to project improvement, and streamlining data collection processes as a Clinical Pharmacy Intern. Sandhra is committed to pharmacovigilance compliance, executing clinical research protocols, utilizing advanced analytics for
data interpretation, mastering bioconjugation techniques, and supervising clinical safety data systems.
With a strong foundation in pharmacy operations, clinical research, and safety, she brings a wealth of
expertise to her role. Moreover, Sandhra's journey delves into the realm of Clinical Research and Clinical Informatics, a testament to her unwavering dedication to leveraging my skill set for the advancement of pharmaceutical knowledge and healthcare innovation. Her holistic approach to her role is a reflection of Biologic Pharmamedical's commitment to rewriting the norms of wellness. Beyond her professional stride, Sandhra finds joy in traveling, dancing and photography that adds a vibrant touch to her personality. Also, from the art of home organization to the creative flair of interior designing, her penchant for balance and aesthetics is evident. Her engaging social media presence, highlights new locations and events, resonates with our company’s ethos of embracing life’s diverse experiences.
In Sandhra, the Project Manager & Quality Control Specialist role flourishes with a multifaceted talent, a profound dedication to advancing healthcare realms, and a harmonious spirit that resonates with the very essence of Biologic Pharmamedical's vision.
Dr. Patrick Riley, Ph.D.
SYSTEMS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEAD
Dr. Patrick Riley, Ph.D. combines his UC Berkeley Plant Biology and Epigenetics labatory experience, knowledge of computer science and intellectual property at the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and numerous global technology and bioscience companies worldwide.
With the guidence of professors and medical physicians at UC Berkeley, Dr. Riley's Elsevier-awarded nanobiotechnology, RFID and security research has been presented and published extensively in North America and Europe. Dr. Riley was a U.S. Department of State IIE Fulbright Fellow and has taught graduate courses at UC Berkeley, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München's Center for Digital Technology and Management in Munich, Germany, and ETH Zürich's EGG in Zurich, Switzerland.
Mike Schmidt, BA, Sc.
VP Business Development Lead
Mike Schmidt is the dynamic Vice President of Business Development at Biologic Pharmamedical, known for his entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in technology and sales. His journey with Biologic Pharmamedical is marked by driving growth in the supplement industry, particularly in white label brand services.
Prior to his current role, Mike was the President of Urban Communications, an asset-based Fibre Optics company, where he showcased his ability to lead in the tech sector. His tenure as VP of Business Development for Teliphone Navigata Westel was instrumental, overseeing M&A activities and contributing to the company's rapid growth.
Earlier, as CEO of Uniserve Communications, a national Canadian ISP, Mike displayed his acumen in delivering comprehensive data and voice solutions. His foundational experience in sales and technology was solidified at Parasun Technologies, where as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, he played a key role in establishing the company as a leader in Internet delivery.
With a Bachelor's degree in Business or Marketing, Mike's career trajectory is characterized by a fusion of visionary leadership, strategic business development, and a deep understanding of the technology sector. His ability to navigate complex markets and his dedication to innovation have been instrumental in driving Biologic Pharmamedical towards new heights in the evolving supplement industry.
Dr. Dmitri A. Pavlov, Ph.D.
Presenting Dr. Dmitri A. Pavlov, an eminent figure in the fields of biotechnology and medical testing, whose exceptional skills and contributions exemplify the core tenets of Biologic Pharmamedical's visionary philosophy. With a remarkable career spanning over two decades, including a decade of leadership in laboratory management, project coordination, and technical prowess, Dr. Pavlov is an indomitable force driving scientific progress.
Dr. Pavlov's academic journey commenced with distinction, earning an undergraduate degree in Biology and a specialist degree in Military Parasitology and Epidemiology from Lomonosov Moscow State University. This foundation paved the way for a transformative Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the esteemed Bach Institute of Biochemistry. His insatiable quest for knowledge led him to the renowned University of California Los Angeles, where he completed two pivotal postdoctoral trainings, each unveiling new dimensions in molecular intricacies and cellular mobility. His international pursuits were further enriched by an exchange research tenure at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Salzburg, Austria, fostering a global perspective and fostering collaborations across cultural boundaries.
However, Dr. Pavlov's contributions extend far beyond the academic realm. His pivotal five-year role at the UBC Heart and Lung Institute, stands as a testament to his leadership and managerial acumen. Administering and orchestrating the technical landscape, educational initiatives, and the very infrastructure of the Clinical Research laboratory, he exemplified his adeptness in developing budgets, schedules, and performance criteria. His finesse in policy implementation, coordination with research staff, and advisory role on technical procedures underscored his commitment to operational excellence. Dr. Pavlov's astute evaluation of novel techniques and technologies, coupled with his proficiency in maintaining laboratory equipment, ensured a cutting-edge research environment.
A prolific author with over 20 articles to his name, Dr. Pavlov's research contributions have illuminated the realms of biotechnology and medical testing. His expertise aligns seamlessly with Biologic Pharmamedical's ethos of redefining wellness through scientific rigor. His problem-solving prowess, meticulous planning, and coordination aptitude form the bedrock of his distinguished career.
Beyond the laboratory's confines, Dr. Pavlov's soul finds solace in the embrace of nature. His affinity for travel, camping, and fishing reflects his quest for balance and harmony, mirroring his holistic approach to life.
As Dr. Pavlov integrates his wealth of experience into the Biologic Pharmamedical family, his remarkable journey intersects with the collective endeavor of rewriting wellness norms. His dedication to research, managerial finesse, and harmonious outlook make him an invaluable asset in the pursuit of a future where science fiction transforms into life-altering reality.
Christina Weizmann, BA
Marketing Communications Team Lead
Introducing Christina Weizmann, the visionary Marketing Communications Team Lead at Biologic Pharmamedical, where her prowess in digital marketing merges seamlessly with the core values and innovative vision of the organization.
With a career spanning over two decades, Christina has championed leaders in large corporations across South Africa and Canada, amassing a wealth of experience that fuels her dynamic approach. In 2002, she embarked on an entrepreneurial journey, founding her own digital marketing agency to empower entrepreneurs and small business owners.
As the Creative Director of Pivotal Concepts Communication Studio, Christina's impact is palpable. Working directly with numerous clients, she navigates the intricate landscape of values and objectives, expertly crafting transformative marketing strategies and powerful brands that resonate in the online sphere. Her prowess extends beyond the digital realm – for six years, she skillfully managed marketing and sales for a family diamond wholesale company in Vancouver while nurturing her own family.
In today's dynamic digital landscape, Christina thrives as a strategic architect, orchestrating transformational digital strategies that amplify brands and drive sales. Her true passion emerges in her alignment with socially conscious entrepreneurs who endeavour to make a positive impact on lives, communities, and the environment.
Christina's influence extends beyond her role at Biologic Pharmamedical. She chairs the Blanket BC Society and stands as a dedicated communications lead for various non-profit organizations, harnessing her skills to catalyze change.
Beyond her professional feats, Christina's spirit resonates with her commitment to health, longevity, and holistic well-being. As a mother and animal rights activist, her passion extends to the realms of alternative medicine, the welfare of animals, and the global environment. Through her digital marketing and communications expertise, she aspires to aid thought-leaders and disruptors in crafting legacies that leave a positive imprint and pave the way for a healthier planet for generations to come.
In Christina, the Marketing Communications Team Lead role flourishes with a dynamic leader, a strategic visionary, and a beacon of positive change, aligning seamlessly with the forward-thinking ethos of Biologic Pharmamedical.
Dr. Vincent Duronio, Ph.D.
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY TEAM LEAD
Professor, Department of Respiratory Medicine UBC; former UBC Director of Experimental Medicine Graduate program. Vincent Duronio received a B.Sc. in Chemistry/Biology from U. Windsor, followed by a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at U. Western Ontario. He then did a post-doctoral fellowship at Burroughs Wellcome Laboratories in North Carolina (now part of GlaxoSmithKline), working on the function and phosphorylation of insulin and IGF-I receptors.
Returning to Canada to join the Biomedical Research Centre and then the UBC Dept. of Medicine, he initiated studies of signalling via cytokine receptors, making many novel findings regarding their key role in cell proliferation and cell survival. Expanding on the key role of the newly described PI 3-kinase pathways, and discovering its essential role in cell survival, the Duronio laboratory went on to examine the role of BCL-2 family proteins in apoptosis, and extended the scope of its research from cytokines involved in inflammation into the fields of cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory science, as well as tendon biology. Dr. Duronio progressed through the ranks at UBC, becoming a full Professor in 2003.
He held continuous funding since his Ph.D. studies from the Medical Research Council of Canada, and subsequently the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, beginning with scholarship and fellowship funding and then grant support. His research has also been supported by numerous agencies including the National Cancer Institute of Canada, the Cancer Research Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC Lung Association and he was in the inaugural group of awardees from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.