Bringing the power of
DNA testing to everyone.

Company

Spartan is bringing complete sample-to-result DNA testing systems to medicine. Spartan’s technology fully integrates DNA collection, extraction and analysis, with an intuitive interface that is easy to operate. For the first time, healthcare providers and their patients can get DNA results on demand.

Clinical Need

In the same way that mainframe computers gave way to personal computers, high-throughput DNA testing systems in central labs are giving way to non-batch devices. Stop waiting days to weeks—get results on demand with Spartan.



Management Team

Paul Lem, M.D.

Founder & CEO

As Spartan’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul is responsible for setting the company’s strategy and leading its implementation. He also oversees sales and marketing, and ensures that Spartan’s culture stays true to its values. Paul co-founded Spartan with John Lem and Dr. Jamie Spiegelman in 2005.

Prior to Spartan, Paul served as Vice President, Product Management at DNA Genotek (acquired by Orasure Technologies). He was also founder and CEO of Plexagen.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology from the University of Toronto, and a medical degree from the University of Ottawa. He graduated from the inaugural class of Singularity University. In 2010, Paul was honored with the $200K Premier’s Catalyst Award for Best Young Innovator.

John Lem

Founder & VP Corporate Development

John co-founded Spartan in 2005. He is responsible for financing and corporate strategy. Prior to Spartan, John worked at Waterfall Investments, a Toronto-based hedge fund, where he specialized in Canadian and US healthcare investments. Waterfall was acquired by Sentry Investments, a $7-billion asset management company.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto.

Paul Markell

Chief Operating Officer

Paul joined Spartan in 2007. As Chief Operating Officer, he oversees all finances, manufacturing, day-to-day operations and quality assurance.

Paul has over 30 years of experience with startups and multinational companies, including chief operating officer at Sciemetric Instruments, and director of finance and operations at Gandalf, a division of Mitel.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in genetics from the University of Guelph.

Derek Glennie, M.A.Sc.

Vice President, Engineering

Since joining Spartan in 2010, Derek has served as Vice President of Engineering. He is responsible for hardware and software development.

Derek has over 20 years of experience in product development engineering and operations management, including Senior Manager of Operations at Newport Instruments Canada and Senior Manager of Optical Modules Development at JDS Uniphase.

Derek holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto.

Chris Harder, Ph.D.

Vice President, Diagnostics

Chris joined Spartan in 2006. As one of Spartan’s first employees, Chris assembled the R&D team and invented many of the company’s core technologies. Chris oversees the development of new diagnostic tests, clinical affairs and regulatory affairs. Chris was the project manager on Spartan’s first FDA 510(k) cleared test.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Ottawa.

Sean Tomalty

Vice President, Manufacturing

Sean joined Spartan in 2015, and is responsible for the manufacturing of Spartan’s instruments and tests.

Sean has more than 30 years of experience in operations and manufacturing at companies including Abbott Point of Care, JDSU, and Nortel. At Abbott, he was Plant Director of a 500,000 square-foot medical device manufacturing facility that produced the i-STAT® portable clinical analyzer and 35 million test cartridges annually.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Carleton University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Katy Pelletier

Director, Sales

Katy joined Spartan in 2010, and is responsible for sales and marketing strategy, and management of the sales team and distributors.

Prior to Spartan, Katy was a top sales performer at Roche Diagnostics, Sigma-Aldrich and DNA Genotek (acquired by Orasure Technologies). At DNA Genotek, she was instrumental in developing the sales process and bringing in early revenue.

Katy holds a bachelor’s degree in Biopharmaceutical Science from the University of Ottawa.

Board of Directors

Michael Stork

FJ Stork Holdings Ltd.

Mike is Spartan’s Chairman of the Board. He is also a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He has invested in over 20 companies, including LiveHive, MioVision, Patrys Limited Australia, SolutionQ, Systems Logic and iWatchLife (formerly Telewatch). Previously, Mike served as President and Chairman of Unitron Industries. He is a business graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Ken Paige, C.A.

CEO, Contract Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Ken is CEO of Contract Pharmaceuticals, a contract manufacturer specializing in liquid and semi-solid pharmaceuticals. Previously, Ken held executive positions in finance, manufacturing operations, marketing, and general management at Steelcase, McCain Foods, and Russel Metals. Ken is past Chair of the Toronto Angel Group and founding Chair of the Maple Leaf Angels. Ken is a chartered accountant with a degree in commerce and economics from the University of Toronto.

Paul Lem, M.D.

Founder & CEO, Spartan Bioscience

As Spartan’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul is responsible for setting the company’s strategy and leading its implementation. He also oversees sales and marketing, and ensures that Spartan’s culture stays true to its values. Paul co-founded Spartan with John Lem and Dr. Jamie Spiegelman in 2005.

Prior to Spartan, Paul served as Vice President, Product Management at DNA Genotek (acquired by Orasure Technologies). He was also founder and CEO of Plexagen.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology from the University of Toronto, and a medical degree from the University of Ottawa. He graduated from the inaugural class of Singularity University. In 2010, Paul was honored with the $200K Premier’s Catalyst Award for Best Young Innovator.

John Lem

Founder & VP Corporate Development, Spartan Bioscience

John co-founded Spartan in 2005. He is responsible for financing and corporate strategy. Prior to Spartan, John worked at Waterfall Investments, a Toronto-based hedge fund, where he specialized in Canadian and US healthcare investments. Waterfall was acquired by Sentry Investments, a $7-billion asset management company.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto.

Jamie Spiegelman M.D., F.R.C.P.

Humber River Regional Hospital

Jamie co-founded Spartan in 2005. Jamie is currently a staff doctor at Humber River Regional Hospital in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. Jamie is a co-founder of Plexagen and performed research at Stanford University’s Genome Technology Center. Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a medical degree from the University of Toronto. He completed his fellowship in Intensive Care Medicine at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

Seymour Liebman

Executive Vice President, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Seymour Liebman is Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Canon U.S.A., Inc., Senior Executive Officer of Canon Inc., Japan, and Vice Chairman, Canon Solutions America, Inc. Mr. Liebman oversees all legal affairs and corporate administration functions for Canon Americas.

Mr. Liebman is currently on the Board of Directors of Zygo Corporation, on the Supervisory Board of Directors of Océ in Venlo, Holland, and a member of the Board of Directors of Canon BioMedical, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Touro Law Center, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Long Island Association, Information Technology Industry Council, and a member of the Council of Overseers for the Tilles Center.

Mr. Liebman earned his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Hofstra University, a Master’s Degree in mathematics from Rutgers University, a Master’s Degree in accounting from Long Island University and a Law Degree from Touro Law School. He is a Certified Public Accountant and an Attorney admitted in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

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