Building Trust Through Advanced Science

NuChem propels the dream of a potential breakthrough into a workable reality.

Our Story

The company was launched in 2011. Since then we have established a diverse customer base of biotech, pharma and academic research laboratories within North America. Our senior team members have extensive experience in drug discovery project management. This expertise was developed while working in a broad range of therapeutic areas including inflammation, diabetes, bone, obesity, infectious diseases, cancer and pain.

Drug Discovery is our passion

Our scientific team consists of experienced researchers recruited from former pharmaceutical companies in Montreal including AstraZeneca and Merck. We have also drawn from the strong academic pool of young scientists produced by Canadian and international universities to create a dynamic mix of youth and experience.

Our Leadership Team

The NuChem Team has shown to be successful, creative, and efficient in past pharma settings as demonstrated by its collective track record in drug discovery prior to joining the CRO world.

Marc Lebel, Pharm.D.


25 Years Experience in Clinical Research
Anapharm (Founder)
ULaval / Mass College

Daniel Guay, Ph.D.


35 Years Experience
Merck Frost Veteran / Singulair™ / Arcoxia
IRIC / Stanford

Marc Janes, Ph.D.

SVP, Commercial & Strategic Partnerships

15 Years Experience
Merck Frosst Santai Labs PCAS
UofM / Harvard

Dominique Dion, CPA

VP, Finance, Canada

27 years Experience
Nuvolt (Agrivolt) / Desjardins / Creaform

David Claveau, M.Sc.

VP, Business Development North America

25 Years Experience
Merck / Almirall / AstraZeneca / AVIR Pharma / Ventus Therapeutics / Arcoxia

Malken Bayrakdarian, Ph.D.

Executive Director

20 Years Experience
AstraZeneca / IntelliSyn / Parima

Francis Beaulieu, Ph.D.

VP, Research and Development

25 years Experience
BMS (Bristol Myers Squibb) / Ambrilia Biopharma
University of Waterloo / University of Geneva

Claudio Sturino, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Chemistry

25 Years Experience
Merck Frosst / Boehringer Ingelheim / Vertex /
Paraza / adMare / Bioinnovations

Sheldon Crane, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Chemistry

15 Years Experience
Merck Frosst Veteran / Odanacatib™

Yael Mamane, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Cell Biology & Translational Sciences

20 Years Experience
Merck Frosst / Vertex /
Repare Therapeutics

James Féthière, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Protein Sciences

25 Years Experience
IRIC / EMBL / M-Phasys GmbH
IniXium co-founder

René Coulombe, M.Sc.

Senior Director, Structural Biology

20 Years Experience
Boehringer Ingelheim
IniXium co-founder

Linh Nguyen, Ph.D.

Director, DMPK

20 Years Experience
Dalriada / Invitrozyme /
Charles River

Harun Rashid, M.Pharm., Ph.D.

Director, in vivo Pharmacology

20 Years Experience
AstraZeneca / Charles River / Nexelis

John Mancuso, Ph.D.

Director, Chemistry

15 Years Experience
Methylgene / Tranzyme
UofT / UofPitt

Martial Bertrand, Ph.D.

Director, Process Chemistry

25 years Experience
Eli Lilly / Wyeth / ENSCR
Université Paris-Saclay

Stéphane Trudeau, Ph.D.

Director, Chemistry

17 years Experience
University of  Sherbrooke 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill