Mr. Samuel Mercer has over 15 years of pharmaceutical development experience, previously managing outsourcing of global clinical trials, IT and scientific consulting. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Victoria. He worked for both Roche (F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.) and Novartis International AG in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to this, he managed proposals, contracts, and business development at several global contract research organizations in the United Kingdom and North America. More recently, he has worked as an executive, and advisor to several biotechnology startups. His focus is on technology development, executing clinical trials, regulatory processes, financial modelling, startup-company strategy and funding and the negotiation of complex business partnering agreements.