Dr. Chandra Panchal


Dr. Panchal is the CEO of Axcelon Biopolymers, has authored over 70 scientific papers, has several patents in oncology, diagnostics, biopolymers and microbiology, and is a Professor in chemical and biochemical engineering at the Western University. He currently sits on the boards of Medicenna Therapeutics (MDNA) an oncology company and Canadian Oil Recovery and Remediation Inc (CVR). Dr. Panchal obtained a M.Sc. in molecular biology and a PhD in biochemical engineering from the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Saeid Babaei


Dr. Babaei brings over 20 years of research and executive experience to Avicanna. He led several novel and first-in-class product opportunities to either commercialization or to late-stage development. Dr. Babaei brings a tremendous business foresight having closed over 15 licensing and strategic alliance transactions, as well as raising over $50 million in equity financing. He is currently President & CEO of AbCelex Technologies and Chairman of two TSX-V listed clinical stage immuno-oncology companies.

Dr. Nimish N. Purohit

B.Sc., MBBS, DPM (Dublin, Ireland), MRCPsych (U.K.), FRANZCP, FRCPC

Dr. Purohit is the former Chief of Psychiatry at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital (Burlington, Ontario) and an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster Unversity. He practices as a consultant psychiatrist in his private practice and the Ontario Tele-Health Network. Dr. Purohit is a lead consultant in three methadone clinics in the Hamilton Region and the Principal and Chief Consultant at a medical clinic specializing in the use and research of medical cannabis for a range of illnesses.

Aras Azadian

MBA, Chief Executive Officer

Aras brings with him extensive senior management experience in the biotechnology and financial sectors including his involvement in several successful start-ups. In addition to his international experience in corporate development his diverse roles include his position as the president of an investment corporation in the cannabis space and former COO of an oncology company. Aras has degree in economics from York University in Toronto and MBA from EADA Business School in Barcelona.

Setu Purohit

JD, President & Chief Legal Officer

Setu is a lawyer and entrepreneur with experience in complex corporate and legal strategy, contract negotiations, and litigation. He has been involved in the cannabis industry for several years as an advocate for patients’ rights and advising healthcare professionals, licensed producers of cannabis, and other corporate and regulatory stakeholders in Canada and abroad. Setu holds both business and law degrees. He operated his own practice for several years before co-founding Avicanna.