Our Promise to You
for extraordinary competitive advantage
We’re on an exciting mission: to invent, develop and manufacture game-changing solutions that give you extraordinary competitive advantage. We’re a young regenerative medicine company with a long history of innovation. Octane started operations in 2007 but our team has spent the last three decades developing class-leading technology in biomaterials and bioprocesses.
We aimed high from the start. Our legacy began with technology platforms that were developed and applied to study fundamentals in biology within the unique microgravity environment of the Space Shuttle.
Today, we offer advanced, market-ready technologies that build on our strong history of breakthrough insights into the linkages between biology, biomaterials and bioreactors. Working with our customers – primarily regenerative medicine companies such as cell therapy and medical device manufacturers – we commercialize and manufacture regenerative medicine products that accelerate healing and restore quality of life.
Just Like You
Progress happens quickly at Octane, thanks to an experienced and proactive management team that is nimble, fast and driven by a commitment to innovation and high quality.
CEO and Co-founder
With 25 years in medical device commercialization, Tim Smith draws on a wealth of expertise in R&D, sales and marketing, business development and intellectual property management. Tim works closely with the regenerative medicine companies within Octane’s network of partners, bringing senior management perspective on private and public company business strategy and financing.View profile
COO and Co-founder
Ian Grant brings more than 25 years of experience in operations management. Our partners count on him for expert insight into regulated product development, production process implementation and dynamic manufacturing environments.View profile
Director of Biological Programs
Nuala Trainor is a talented scientist and leader, with more than a decade of academic and work experience in biomedical engineering, including stem cell research and bioreactor design. She also has in-depth knowledge of biotech-related patents. Nuala holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from the University of Toronto, and a doctorate in...View profile
Manager of Biomaterials Development, R&D
Monica Garcia has extensive experience in medical product development, from designing experiment methodologies, to preparing regulatory submissions. Monica holds two Master of Science degrees, one in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and another in mechanical engineering – biomaterials from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in electro-mechanical engineering from the Technology...View profile
J. Drew Phillips is a finance professional with more than 30 years of experience in the biotech, aerospace, telecommunications and aluminum industries, and in the not-for-profit sector. He has worked for global leaders such as Alcan Aluminum and Rolls-Royce Canada, and has extensive experience in raising public and private funds, as well as venture debt and asset financing.View profile
As a ASQ-CQE, Jeremy Randall oversees every aspect of quality and quality systems control at Octane, ensuring that we consistently meet ISO requirements and maintain ISO and other third-party certifications. Jeremy obtained his quality engineering certification from the American Society for Quality, and is a member of the society’s Ottawa division. He is also certified as a technical specifications internal...View profile
Manager, Systems Engineering
As a mechanical engineer educated at the University of Toronto and the Dublin Institute of Technology, Guy Oram leads product design and development at Octane, with a scope of responsibility that includes ensuring adherence to quality procedures to collaborating on design and equipment procurement with vendors and the regenerative medicine companies that form our client network. Before joining Octane,...View profile
R&D Manager – Skeletal MSC Programs
Lauren Hails brings to Octane extensive knowledge of tissue culture techniques, synthesis of bio- and nanomaterials, and biological and inorganic materials characterization. She holds a Master of Science degree and doctorate from the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry in the United Kingdom. Prior to her studies at the University of Bristol, Lauren was an undergraduate researcher at the...View profile
R&D Manager – Blood Cell Programs
Kelly A. Purpura’s career is marked with high achievement, including numerous academic awards, an impressive portfolio of published research articles, and a fellowship with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where she earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering Science, a Master of Applied Science...View profile
Careers with Octane
INNOVATE WITH US
Want to be part of a driving vision to transform healthcare through cutting-edge regenerative medicine? If you’re a forward-thinking team player in search of a forward-thinking team, Octane may be just the place for you.
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