About Us Board of Directors
Howard J. Verrico, MD, Chairman of the Board, Founder and Secretary – Director
Dr. Verrico obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1985 and has been a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia since July 1986. Dr Verrico is currently a practicing emergency room physician. In addition, Dr. Verrico has extensive experience as a venture capitalist in the junior capital markets.
Géraldine Deliencourt-Godefroy, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer & Director
Dr. Géraldine Deliencourt-Godefroy is an award-winning synthetic chemist and the founder of France-based biotechnology company TFChem. Since the acquisition of TFChem by Sirona Biochem in March 2011, Dr. Deliencourt-Godefroy has assumed the role of Chief Scientific Officer. Her scientific research in carbohydrate chemistry has led to the discovery of new drug families and the development of drug candidates for diabetes and obesity, cosmetic ingredients and biological adjuvants. Previous to founding TFChem, Dr. Deliencourt-Godefroy was a scientific leader at INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences) in Rouen, France, where she developed a new technology on stabilized carbohydrates. Previous roles also include a post-doctoral position at the University College London and doctoral research at the Research Institute of Fine Organic Chemistry in Rouen, France. Dr. Deliencourt-Godefroy received a PhD and Masters in Organic Chemistry as well as her business degree from the University of France. She is the author of several publications and patents and is also the recipient of the acclaimed Francinov Research and Innovation Medal, French Ministry of Research Award and the French Senate Award.
Christopher Hopton, Director
Mr. Christopher Hopton is Sirona Biochem’s Chief Financial Officer. He brings 15 years of expertise in financial management and operations. His extensive experience covers areas of financial planning, accounting policy and business process improvement. As a business investment and finance consultant, Mr. Hopton has worked with several public and privately-held companies. Most recently, Mr. Hopton was the Chief Financial Officer of Central Resources Corp., a junior mineral exploration company. Formerly, he held the position of Division Controller at Canadian Airlines where he was responsible for an annual operating budget of $200M. Mr. Hopton was also involved in the restructuring of 360 Networks, a network communications company, which led to a buyout by Bell Canada. Mr. Hopton earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada and received his professional designation as a Certified General Accountant.
Michael Rogers, Director
Michael Rogers is an accomplished business executive with more than 25 years of progressive experience in the investment industry. Currently, Mr. Rogers is President of Palmer Rogers Encore Ventures, a company he co-founded with business partner and advertising leader, Frank Palmer. Prior to co-founding Palmer Rogers, Mr. Rogers held several leadership roles including Vice-President at Canaccord Capital and Senior Vice-President at Yorkton Securities. Previously, he also played a significant role in building the Bank of British Columbia to a major banking operation. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Rogers is deeply rooted in the local community and has served on the board of the Whistler Land Corporation, Whistler Resort Association and several charitable organizations.
Alex Sandro Marazzi, MD, Director
Dr. Marazzi is a family physician with certification in both Family and Emergency Medicine. He has been in family practice in Mission, British Columbia since 1997. He is also a part owner of a well established walk-in-clinic. Most recently he served as the Chief of the Emergency Department at Mission Memorial Hospital. Prior to practicing medicine in British Columbia, Dr. Marazzi was an Emergency Room physician for 7 years in Midland, Ontario. Dr. Marazzi earned his Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC in 1985. While studying medicine he worked as a Hospital Pharmacist at Langley Memorial Hospital. He earned his Doctor of Medicine at UBC in 1989 and pursued an internship at Toronto East General Hospital.
Chris Verrico, Director
Mr. Verrico has 25 years of construction and mine development/operations experience within BC, Yukon, Alaska and Nuuavut including 9 years as an independent contractor performing contract mining, bulk ore handling and containment construction. More recently, he has had instrumental involvement in raising in excess of $20 million dollars for scoping studies and exploration financing for numerous projects throughout the Americas. Mr. Verrico is presently the Chief Executive Officer and a director of Lateegra Gold Corp. since October, 2006; director of Raytec Metals Corp. since November, 2006; also director of Auric Development Corp., Universal Potash Corp., and Weststar Resources Corp.