Leadership Team

Therapure Biopharma Inc. is led by an experienced team of life sciences professionals who bring a broad range of experience to all of our projects:

Dirk Alkema, BSc, PhD (Biochemistry)

Vice President, Technical Operations

Dirk oversees Therapure's clinical and commercial manufacturing operations and its biomanufacturing services. Prior to joining the company in early 1994, Dirk worked at Connaught Laboratories Ltd. where he held a number of production management positions prior to his appointment to Director, Viral Vaccine Manufacturing Division in 1989. During his tenure at Connaught, Dirk managed the plasma fractionation facility that serviced the Canadian market.

Safa'a Al-Rais, BSc, MSc, MBA

Vice President, Operations

Safa’a joined Therapure in May of 2009. He is an accomplished operations executive with 16 years’ experience in both automotive and pharmaceutical/biotech industries successfully driving profitability while building high-performance teams and delivering on a number of critical and challenging initiatives. As a proactive and responsive senior leader, Safa’a is known for his strong management skills, streamlining complex processes and being accountable to the organization, his team and global clients. In his role as VP of Operations, Safa’a is responsible for driving growth and profitability with expertise developing and delivering on manufacturing excellence thereby impacting employee and client experience and patient care..

Dina Iezzi

Vice president, Marketing & Business Development

Prior to joining Therapure in September 2010, Dina worked for Draxis Pharma Inc. There, she held a number of director positions in various divisions of the organization, including Director of the Commercial Pharmaceutical Contract Manufacturing division. Dina started her career in the pharmaceutical industry, holding a range of positions in sales and marketing, and she led many initiatives involving medical, regulatory (FDA, EMA, Health Canada) and government affairs. Dina has extensive experience in the marketing and sales of therapeutic products, and in contract manufacturing services focused on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Dina is also the current President of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) Canada Affiliate.