Advisory Committee

Dr. Khoja

Dr. Khoja; is an elocutionist, philosopher, a visionary entrepreneur & a business savvy. He has had a distinguished professional career, within the high technology realms with strong adaptive ability in leading diverse regulatory programs combined with functional expertise in science and policy domains. His industrial experience spans from advising, innovating & developing cutting-edge projects. He led multidisciplinary teams consisting of Professionals-Engineers, Scientists, and Planners. While working with them; he built a foundation of strong cross-functional skills including Research & Business Development. He has been instrumental in advising to the board for several private and publicly traded start-up companies. Since then he has been a liaison for many industrial programs.

In 2010, he founded ‘LeoFric Consultants, Inc.’ which helped design highly targeted knowledge-based solutions to address the global client’s challenges. Early in 2014, he Co-Founded InMed Pharmaceuticals and directed Botanical Drug development for their pre-clinical stage R&D, developing novel therapies into the extensive pharmacological application through cannabinoids. In 2015, he joined Affinor, Inc as a VP of Research and innovations and sat on the board of governors. He now serves as a CSO for NASH Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Oceanix Biotech; specializes in developing novel therapies through R&D into the extensive pharmacology from marine biomass and to develop GMP(APIs).

Dr. Khoja earned his PhD., with honors in Cellular & Molecular Biology’ from a French Ivy league: INP-ENSAT. He had his postdoctoral training from the Michigan State University a US land grant university. Soon after, he was appointed as a Research Faculty for Virginia-Tech, University of Wyoming & Texas-Tech University-Health Science Center. His breakthrough research work on “Algae 4 Fuel” was recognized by the US-DOE (Department of Energy) and raised $25 million. His scientific works have been published in over 30 peer-reviewed journals. In 2011, his work was honored by the United Nation’s-FAO. He is an elocutionist and has a command over 12 international languages.

Dr. Carlos Aragon

PhD, Biotechnology, M.Sc., Analytical Chemistry

Dr. Carlos Aragon is a Manager in Process and Products at Sanofi Pasteur Limited, in Toronto. He has 15 years of experience working in research laboratory, pharmaceutical and analytical chemistry; research & development and Quality Control achieving results, improving new techniques, procedures and products with advance scientific knowledge.

He has strong understanding and knowledge in analytical method development such as Bioreactors fermentation processes, Chromatographic Procedures focus on HPLC, FPLC, and UPLC. He also possesses good knowledge of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP’s), for labs and knowledge of FDA, TPD and ICH requirements. Dr. Aragon is a Biochemist who completed a PhD in Biotechnology from University of Lisbon, Portugal and was associated with University of Lisbon (Portugal) and University of Ciego de Avila (Cuba) as Researcher and Supervisor. Through his research work, Carlos developed in-depth knowledge and skills in cannabis bio-technology.

Vijay Sappani

Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of TerraAscend Corporation

Vijay Sappani, is a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of TerraAscend Copr., a publicly listed diversified Canadian Cannabis Company. Vijay has held senior positions with Natco Pharma (Canada) Inc. and Biovail. He also served as Senior Special Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-term Care and was a member of the board of the ministry’s Pharmacy Council. Vijay has a B.Pharm and post-graduate degree in Marketing.

Dr. Hameed A Mirza

PhD, Chemistry

Dr. Hameed is the Vice President (R&D) of A.S. Chemical laboratory Inc in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. .He is a Chemistry professor at the University of York in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has more than 25 years of leadership and hands-on experience in the pharmaceutical industry, complemented with many years of academic teaching experience. He possesses extensive expertise and knowledge of Research and Development in pharmaceutical and bio-technology industries.

Naheed Kausar

M.Sc., QA Senior Manager from SGS

With 20 years of quality control and quality assurance experience in pharmaceutical industry and M.Sc. in Chemistry, Naheed Kausar has joined North American College of Pharmaceutical Technology in 2013.She is heading the Quality Assurance, Regulatory Affairs, GMP, GPP, GCP, GLP and GDP courses and teaching students to handle industry regulations with care. Her expertise on the technical and regulatory divisions of cannabis and pharmaceutical companies helps students to understand the need of regulatory body and compliance of the companies.