PEI has done an excellent job at supporting the traditional economy while creating the right conditions for the growth of the new economy. It helps to have a roadmap to development and the PEI BioAlliance has been very instrumental in facilitating this process for our company.

Garth Greenham
President, Phyterra Yeast Inc.

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Dr. Russ Kerr - Chair, PEI BioAlliance
(CEO Nautilus Biosciences Canada Inc., Professor and Canada Research Chair in Marine Natural Products, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Biomedical Sciences at UPEI)

Dr. Kerr joined the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Prince Edward Island as a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Marine Natural Products in August 2006. He received his B.Sc. in chemistry and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the Universiry of Calgary, and subsequently worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. Kerr joined Florida Atlantic University in 1991 where he has established a research group in the field of marine natural products.

Dr. Kerr has produced over 75 publications and 5 patents. He serves on the scientific advisory board of three biotech companies and in 2007 he co-founded Nautilus Biosciences Canada which aims to commercialize some of the applied work conducted in his academic lab related to the discovery and development of bioactive compounds of marine origin.