ArrowCan is led by Adi Treasurwala, Ph.d. Adi’s career of four decades has spanned the divide between industry and academia in a unique and fluid way. Almost three decades with such companies as Wyeth Ayerst, Sterling Drug, Pfizer, and Allelix provided Adi with a firm foundation of industry norms and attitudes in a range of positions from the bench to strategic levels of senior management in R&D and Business Development.
In 2001, Adi took on the roles of Director of Business Development and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation he was able to leverage this experience while learning about the “sell” side of the equation in early technologies of all kinds. He has served as CEO of five start-up companies, taking each of them to their unique successful next steps. As well, several significant licenses were signed during his tenure. His unique perspectives about how academia might best interact with industry led Adi in 2005 to start ArrowCan Partners Inc. – a private company dedicated to adding value to the academia/industry conversation through a rather different approach.