Multiplex Genomics is a recent spin off from the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG), a global leader in species surveillance, at the University of Guelph. The CBG's research capacity reflects the coupling of one of Canada’s largest genomics platforms with staff who bring world-class expertise in biodiversity science, DNA sequencing, and informatics. It analyzes millions of specimens per year to support biodiversity research around the world. Multiplex Genomics has used this expertise as a foundation to develop novel workflows that are advancing our capacity to track COVID-19 and its variants. In the longer-term, Multiplex Genomics will use molecular methods to diagnose a broader range of pathogens.
Paul Hebert, O.C., FRSC, PhD
CEO & Co-Founder
Paul is a molecular evolutionary biologist with 30 years of experience in leading large-scale scientific programs. He is an Officer in the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and Scientific Director of the International Barcode of Life Consortium. He holds four honorary degrees and received the 2018 Heineken Prize for the Environment as well as the 2020 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity.
COO & Co-Founder
Sujeevan Ratnasingham is a bioinformatician and entrepreneur with 15 years of experience leading international informatics projects and platforms. He is the Informatics Director of the International Barcode of Life Consortium. He is the winner of the 2010 Ebbe Nielson Prize, EcoLogic Award in 2018, and LAAIR Innovation Prize winner in 2019.
Carly Martin, Msc
Carly is an experienced HR Leader with a passion for developing individuals and teams to achieve high performance. Her experience spans multiple industries, in Canada and internationally. Carly has a Master of Arts in Learning & Technology with expertise in building organizational and leadership capability.
Jondavid de Jong, PhD
Jondavid holds a PhD. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and has over 20 years of experience in virology, molecular virology, oncology, and nanoparticle research. In addition, Jondavid has 5 years of experience in biotech start-up research and development, and intellectual property management.
Andrew McFarlane, Msc
Andrew is a Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) that has over 30 years of experience in clinical diagnostic settings. In 2010 Andrew received the CSMLS Distinguished Fellowship award and holds an Msc in Clinical Research Administration.
Laboratory Operations Director
Dan has 32 years of experience working in a healthcare laboratory setting. He has held leadership positions in clinical laboratories that have supported regional and provincial healthcare programs. Most recently, Dan was a laboratory manager for an Academic Health Science Centre in Hamilton.
LifeLabs and Multiplex Genomics have formed a strategic alliance that will greatly expand Canada’s capacity to track COVID-19 and its variants. The need for high-volume testing is critical for our national response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially for efforts to halt its transmission. Through this joint effort, LifeLabs and Multiplex Genomics are positioning their organizations to analyze 20,000 COVID-19 samples a day, with plans to grow to 50,000 by mid-2021. Moreover, every positive sample will be sequence characterized to assign it to a variant.