Guy LaTorre, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. LaTorre brings over 25 years of experience in the development and commercialization of medical devices and consumer products in a startup company environment. Guy was a co-founder and Vice President of Business Development at Novamin Technology Inc. where he was responsible for identifying and managing the Company’s relationships with its key clients in the dental products field, including product development of in-office and at-home use products using the company’s proprietary ingredient. In that role, he formed and managed product development partnerships between NTI and the leading marketers of professional dental products, including Dentsply Corp, 3M Corp, Sultan Healthcare, Sunstar and others until the company was sold to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2010 for USD $135 million.
Previously, Guy was the Director of Scientific Affairs at USBiomaterials Corp. which developed and sold synthetic bone grafting products for use in dental, head, neck and orthopedic surgeries. His responsibilities also included product development, manufacturing and business development activities. Prior to USBiomaterials, Guy was the Laboratory Manager of the University of Florida Advanced Materials Research Center where he was responsible for the managed transfer of licensed university technologies to private startup companies. Guy has been author or co-author of over fifty scientific publications and holds seven US patents with associated filings worldwide.
Kal Malhi, President and Director
Mr. Malhi is a Canadian entrepreneur and businessman. He is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and also President of BullRun Group, a private investment company specializing in early stage business development.
His interest in issues of individual rights aligned with public safety through law enforcement initiatives shaped his vision in the founding of Cannabix Breathalyzer, Inc where Mr. Malhi was instrumental in growing the company from a startup to a publicly traded company with a valuation in excess of $30 million dollars.
This successful enterprise broadened his interest in breath analysis and the extraordinary opportunities in the sector. His extensive network of contacts and personal relationships has enabled him to assemble a growing team aimed at unearthing the potential for commercial breath analysis applications as a new and potentially high growth sector
Raj Attariwala, MD, PhD., Lead Engineer
Dr. Attariwala is a dual board certified Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine physician certified in both Canada and the United States. He received his formal medical training at University of British Columbia with periods of specialized medical training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre (New York), UCLA and USC. He holds a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).
Dr. Attariwala is a practicing physician in British Columbia and owner of AIM medical imaging. He has pioneered advances in the field of whole body medical imaging and authored numerous publications and presented at international medical conferences on whole body imaging and cancer detection.
Dr. Attariwala has extensively investigated breath testing applications and efficacy in a related role at Cannabix Technologies Inc. where he developed a breath testing system for drug impairment.
Richard A. Yost Ph.D., Scientific Advisor
Dr. Yost, Col. Allen R. & Margaret G. Crow Professor and Head of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Florida received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Arizona in 1974. In 1975 he pursued an NSF graduate fellowship at Michigan State University focusing on electronics and computerized instrumentation. He received his Ph.D. in 1979 and assumed the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Florida and went on to become head of the Analytical Chemistry Division.
Dr. Yost’s research has involved over 100 graduate students funded by over $40 million in research grants, and has published over 160 papers and 16 patents. Over $30 billion worth of instruments have been sold based on these patents.
He serves as a member of the Florida Board of Governors (Regents) and as the Chair of the Advisory Council of Faculty Senates of Florida. He is past Chair of the UF Faculty Senate and served on the UF Board of Trustees. He served as Treasurer and Secretary of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, and on the editorial boards of The Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and The International Journal of Mass Spectrometry.
Prof. Hossam Haick, Consultant
Dr. Haick is a full Professor in Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and an expert in the field of nanotechnology and non-invasive disease diagnosis. Dr. Haick is the recipient of the prestigious Marie Curie Excellence Award, ERC Award, and the FP-7 and Horizon 2020 consortium Awards. He is also the recipient of more than 56 international honors and prizes for his achievements. Prof. Haick has published over 170 articles and serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals, and is a senior scientific advisory member of several national and international companies and institutes. Prof. Haick’s ground-breaking research has led to the development of the NA-NOSE nanotechnology-based breath test technology for detecting biomarkers of disease. Certain disease conditions produce chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which easily evaporate into the air and produce a discernible scent profile. The Na-NOSE chip detects the unique “signature” of VOCs in exhaled breath. As a consultant to Breathtec, Prof. Haick will guide the company’s development of the NA-NOSE disease detection system and design the clinical trials to be undertaken by the company.
Michael T. Costanzo, Ph.D., Chief Technical Officer
Dr. Costanzo enjoys a passion for science that has directed his career path firmly into the field of analytical chemistry. Over the past five years he has investigated a variety of advanced experimental methodologies and instrumentation with the Yost Research Group at the University of Florida. During this period he utilized UV spectroscopy to help in standardizing procedures for manufacturing respiratory medications, employed novel ion mobility spectrometric techniques and devices to analyze exhaled breath, and performed multiple metabolomics studies of melanoma. Through his efforts, he acquired a vast knowledge of analytical techniques and methodologies and an immense desire for scientific progress.
Previously, Costanzo obtained his Bachelor of Science in chemistry at the State University of New York (Buffalo). During this period he conducted research under Dr. Troy Wood utilizing mass spectrometry to examine products of enzymatic protein digestion in the interest of studying metabolic markers of autism in children. Upon graduation in 2010 he moved to the University of Florida for Ph.D. studies and as a result of his efforts has recently joined with Breathtec Biomedical to propel his own bioanalytical research through the development of revolutionary clinical devices utilizing his background in ion mobility, mass spectrometry, and exhaled breath analysis.
BREATHTEC BIOMEDICAL INC.
Suite 890, 789 West Pender Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C 1H2
Breathtec Biomedical Provides Corporate Overview
-- Company offers update of events and outlook for near term opportunity
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – October 17, 2016 – Breathtec BioMedical, Inc. (CSE: BTH.CN) (CNSX: BTH) (CSE: BTH) (XFRA: BTI) (OTCQB: BTHCF) (the “Company” or “Breathtec”), a medical diagnostics company focused on developing, in-licensing and commercializing proprietary, innovative and best-in-class breath analysis devices for the early detection of infectious and life threatening diseases wishes to address recent corporate events and to provide an update regarding its immediate outlook and future plans.
In response to recent volatility in its share price, the Company notesthat fluctuations are an example of development stage market volatility which in Management’s opinion should be viewed in the context of the Company’s underlying financial health and strength of its product portfolio. Breathtec maintains a healthy working capital position of $1.3M. Additionally, management of the Company have voluntarily escrowed a significant number of shares with no insider sales having occurred or contemplated.
Breathtec’s technology portfolio continues to move ahead with all licensing and development agreements in-place and a number of ongoing achievements and development phases underway. A brief summary of recent and ongoing activities is summarized below.
Breathtec continues to progress its flagship FAIMS technology with the recent completion of a V2 prototype breathalyzer design. The latest design has significant advances over the previous prototype including larger dynamic range and improved efficiency in the square waveform generator, greater sensitivity achievable by the detector, improvements in the design, implementation of the novel ionization source, and is overall more than 10X smaller than the V1 prototype.The current design is well under development and includes features to allow for the addition of an onboard processor, touch screen and rechargeable battery in a handheld device configuration.
The Company anticipates receiving requisite IRB regulatory approval in order to commence clinical studies in Surrey, BC, Canada this month. The study has been designed to determine if the NaNose technology can identify differences in the breath signatures of patients with bacterial infections versus patients with viral infections. The ability to differentiate between bacterial versus viral infections at the Point of Care is anticipated to greatly assist physicians with treatment recommendations which could significantly and positively impact the excessive prescribing and resulting overuse of antibiotic-based treatments.
Management has engaged regulatory consultants with extensiveexperience in medical device and in vitro diagnostics strategies to evaluate potential regulatory options to propel both the FAIMS and NaNose technology platforms to market. The Company has furtherengaged experienced product development consultants to initiate the design controls, and quality systems processes to meet regulatory approval and to lead the establishment of product manufacturing protocols as a precursor to commercialization.
Dr. Michael Costanzo, Breathtec’s CTO recently gave a well-received presentation “Developing a Point-of-Care Device for Breath Analysis Utilizing FAIMS and FAIMS/MS,” to a prestigious group of leading experts in the field of breath analysis in Zurich, Switzerland. At the event, Dr. Costanzo affirmed, “Breathtec anticipates completion of a prototype of the FAIMS device in Q4 of 2016 and will work alongside our partner to advance the technology towards the clinic.” Dr. Costanzo’s presentation can be found here: http://breathtecbiomedical.com/news/presentations/.
Company CEO, Guy LaTorre comments, “We earnestly appreciate the continued interest and support of all our stakeholders, partners, affiliates and shareholders alike. As such, I wanted to take this opportunity to recap our continued technical achievements as we continue to be motivated daily with overwhelmingly positive feedback as regards the need for a Point-of-Care device such as ours as a means to save countless healthcare dollars and untold numbers of lives in the foreseeable future. These factors compel us to move ahead as quickly as possible with this exciting endeavor and we sincerely thank our supporters for the means to do so.”
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Breathtec BioMedical, Inc
BREATHTEC BIOMEDICAL INC.
Suite 890, 789 West Pender Street Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C 1H2
Breathtec Biomedical Announces Plans for Breath Analysis Clinical Trials at Canadian Tech Facility
--City of Surrey’s Health &Technology District to host Breathtec’s in-licensed Na-Nose study for disease detection.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – June 28, 2016 – Breathtec BioMedical, Inc. (CSE: BTH) (CNSX: BTH) (XFRA: BTI) (OTCQB: BTHCF) (the “Company” or “Breathtec”), a medical diagnostics company focused on developing, in-licensing and commercializing proprietary, innovative and best-in- class breath analysis devices for the early detection of infectious and life threatening diseases, is holding a press conference today to announce plans for the commencement of the company’s clinical trial program at Innovation Boulevard located in Surrey, British Columbia.
Today’s announcement marks the beginning of an intensive research review into NA-NOSE, an advanced stage, nanotechnology-based breath analysis device from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology which has been in-licensed by Breathtec. The system has been developed to detect the volatile biomarkers of diseases from exhaled breath, and Breathtec has chosen the Province of British Columbia and the City of Surrey to hold its clinical trials for selected respiratory infections at the Health & Technology District on Innovation Boulevard.
“Breathtec’s exciting technology, developed in Israel, is going through the highest quality clinic trials right here in British Columbia,” said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Amrik Virk. “We have a vibrant tech sector attracting companies from clean tech, to information and communications systems, to life sciences – this kind of innovative work is a key part of our diversified economy.”
“The City of Surrey supports the development of health technologies and we welcome Breathtec Biomedical to our growing stable of health technology specialist firms,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “The addition of Breathtec is another example of how the City of Surrey is committed to working together to help take innovative science and technology ideas off the drawing board and turning them into real working solutions that will improve the quality of life for all.”
Breathtec CEO Mr. Guy LaTorre states, “We are delighted to come to the City of Surrey, British Columbia and to have the opportunity to access such a world-class facility and team. The NA-NOSE device is an exciting new late stage technology that has already been clinically proven in the early detection of cancer and has the potential to change the way we diagnose respiratory diseases which will be our company’s focus.”
During the event, NA-NOSE lead researcher Professor Hossam Haick will demonstrate how the nanotechnology-based breath analysis system is used for screening of potentially life-threatening diseases. The licensed technology will be clinically evaluated as a non-invasive point of care device for early detection of community and hospital based infections such as Streptococcus; Methicillin resistant (MRSA); Staphylococcus; Enterococcus; Vancomycin resistant (VRE); Pneumococcus; Hemophilus influenza (HiB); Chickenpox; and the common cold, etc.
Press Conference – Tuesday, June 28th at 11 a.m. (PDT), 2 pm (EDT).
Where: City Centre 1, 13737 96th Avenue, HealthTech Innovation Hub (2nd Floor), Surrey, Canada. In Attendance:
? Honourable Minister Amrik Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
? Mayor Linda Hepner, City of Surrey
? Guy LaTorre, Chief Executive Officer, Breathtec Biomedical
? Dr. Hossam Haick, Professor in Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology at Technion -Israel
Institute of Technology (product demonstrations)
? Dr. Raj Attariwala, MD, PhD., Lead Engineer, Breathtec Biomedical
Innovation Boulevard is an agile partnership of health, business, higher education and government coming together and creating new health technologies to improve peoples’ lives through a shared vision to achieve innovative results, improve health outcomes for patients, implement intelligent solutions for the health care economy, attract talented clinicians and researchers, and to grow companies in the health care technology and services sector. Find out more at: www.innovationboulevard.ca.
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"Guy LaTorre" CEO & Director
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