Michael T. Costanzo, Ph.D., Chief Executive 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.
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.