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.
Andrew Fong, BSc, MBA
Vice President, Quality Operations
Andrew joined Therapure in January of 2018 with over 23 years of experience leading Quality, Manufacturing Operations and Supply Chain management in vaccines and biologics manufacturing in both the US and Canada. Prior to industry he worked in academic research laboratories associated with the University of Toronto in the areas of cancer biology and hematopoietic development using stem cell retroviral gene transfer. Before joining Therapure, Andrew held senior leadership positions at Wyeth, Pfizer and Bristol Myers Squibb operations in the US. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked closely to ensure manufacturing operations, quality and supporting functions worked collaboratively to ensure process alignment that met or exceeded both regulatory compliance and product supply needs. Andrew has worked through remediations for a FDA Consent Decree and led sites through successful audits from various regulatory agencies including FDA, Health Canada, MHRA, EMA, TGA, ANVISA, KFDA, and PMDA. Andrew is responsible for overseeing the quality assurance and quality control operations related to manufacturing, development, validation, testing and release of products manufactured by Therapure for its clients. Andrew holds a BSc in Molecular Genetics, Molecular Biology and Microbiology from the University of Toronto, and a MBA in International Business from York University in Toronto. Andrew is also a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), Certified Quality Manager (CQM) and Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional (CPGP) with the American Society for Quality (ASQ)
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.