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:

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

Chief Operating Officer

Safa’a has more than 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech and automotive industry with significant expertise in the contract development and manufacturing of products. Throughout his career and since joining Therapure in May of 2009, Safa’a has held a number of senior management roles where he is credited with successfully driving profitability while building high-performance teams and delivering on a number of strategic initiatives. In his role as the Chief Operating Officer, Safa’a is responsible for the overall operations of the company, driving overall strategy and expanding to deliver significant value for customers, patients, employees and other stakeholders.

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.

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.

Keith Tucker, BComm, MBA

Senior Director, Human Resources

Keith is responsible for all facets of Human Resources. Prior to joining Therapure in 2017, based in the US, Keith held senior global leadership human resources positions with multinational companies across the pharmaceutical and technology industries.

Keith’s prior roles include serving as Vice President, Human Resourceswith Element Fleet Management and previously held the role of Global Vice President, Human Resources for ThermoFisher Scientific’s Research and Safety Market Division.

During his career, Keith has built extensive experience in global manufacturing and supply chain organizational transformation, mergers & acquisitions,and execution growth strategies.