Management

With multiple successful product launches and over $1bn in financing history, Aequus’ management has a strong ability to execute on commercial strategy. The team consists of former investment bankers and pharmaceutical executives who have extensive experience financing and advancing companies in the life sciences.

Doug Janzen

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Doug Janzen has been involved in the Life Sciences industry for the past 19 years. He is currently the Founder and President of Northview Ventures, an organization which invests in and provides strategic advisory services to a number of technology companies. Mr Janzen was part of the founding group of Aequus Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Mr Janzen was President and CEO of Cardiome Pharma, a NASDAQ listed drug development company that raised over $300 million from investors, and completed over $1 billion in licensing deals during his tenure. In 2010, Cardiome’s lead product, Brinavess, was approved and launched in Europe by Merck. Prior to that, he was an investment banker with Cormark Securities, acting as Managing Director of Life Sciences. Mr Janzen is Past Chair of LifeSciences BC, has served as a Director with Biotech Canada and currently sits as a Director on a number of public and private boards. He is a past winner of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.

Anne Stevens, BSc, MHA

Chief Operating Officer & Director

Ms Stevens has over ten years of progressive experience in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device industry. Anne is the Co-Founder and Senior Partner of Northview Ventures, an entity which invests in and provides strategic advisory services to a number of life sciences companies. Ms Stevens was part of the founding group of Aequus Pharmaceuticals and previously held the title of VP of Corporate Development. Prior to her involvement with Aequus, Ms Stevens served as the Corporate and External Affairs Analyst for Cardiome Pharma, where she was responsible for strategic planning and value analysis of internal R&D. Ms Stevens’ earlier experience includes 5 years with Bayer HealthCare, where she was responsible for the commercial success and business development of a portfolio of products within several key therapeutic areas.

Donald McAfee, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. McAfee has been a scientist and manager in academia and industry for more than 40 years. Most recently, he was Cardiome Pharma’s Chief Scientific Officer after serving as Vice President of New Product Development since 2004. Previously, he was Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Technical Officer of Aderis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he led the introduction of a number of clinical candidates including a therapeutic patch for Parkinson’s disease, now marketed.

Ann Fehr, CPA, CGA

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Fehr is the Principal at Fehr & Associates, and has held a number of senior level positions including having served as CFO of Carrus Capital Corporation (formerly BioWest Therapeutic Inc.), Global Minerals Ltd., and other companies listed on the TSX. During the course of her management and consulting career, Ms. Fehr has led a number of companies through significant change and corporate milestones such as public listing applications, mergers and acquisitions, as well as strategic planning and execution. Ms. Fehr is also an active volunteer in the community. Since 2013, she has been Treasurer and a Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC.

Ian Ball

Chief Commercial Officer

Ian joined the Pharma industry in 1995 and has spent the last 20 years in various sales and marketing roles for multinational companies. His experience is unique; an experienced General Manager across multiple territories, a top rated medical representative, award winning marketer, recognized expert in commercial supply chain within Pharma and an industry leader in parallel trade management. Ian has led Board level initiatives in Novartis and consulted with other Pharma companies on portfolio management and commercial strategy.

Ian’s most recent role was as CEO of TeOra Health, a specialty pharma company with a focus on Ophthalmology and Transplant which was acquired by Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. 

Marina Massingham

VP, Marketing

Marina is a senior marketing leader with a uniquely cross-disciplinary background. She brings extensive consumer marketing expertise and insight to Aequus, complemented by experience gained through senior roles in Strategy and HR functions. Her career to date spans both leading multinationals (including Novartis, Cadbury/Kraft) and small enterprises, across multiple geographies. Most recently, Marina was VP of Marketing for TeOra Health. Marina holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Leeds and a master's degree in management from King's College, University of London.