About Us

Who We Are

Qvella is a molecular diagnostics company founded in 2009 with a vision to revolutionize how potential blood stream infections are triaged and managed by offering actionable microbiology results in clinically relevant time frames to improve patient outcomes and save lives.

Headquartered in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, Qvella expanded operations in 2016 with an office in Carlsbad, California.

Leadership Team

Tino Alavie, Ph.D.

President & CEO


Dr. Tino Alavie is the President and CEO of Qvella. Tino has the primary responsibility of leading the company’s full range of Research and Development initiatives. Prior to founding Qvella, he was founder, CEO and executive chairman of NOVX Systems Inc..

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Stephen Clark, M.S.

Vice President of Marketing


Mr. Steve Clark is Vice President of Marketing. Steve is an experienced marketing professional with multiple successes in commercializing new clinical diagnostic products in markets worldwide.

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Aye Aye Khine, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist


Dr. AyeAye Khine is a Principal Scientist at Qvella. Early in her graduate career, Aye Aye’s research focused on the mechanism of verotoxin produced from Escherichia coli in the pathogenesis of hemolytic uremic syndrome...

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Stephen Leonard, Ph.D.

Intellectual Property and Strategy


Dr. Stephen Leonard is focused on Intellectual Property and Strategy at Qvella. Stephen began his career as a scientist working on optical design and product development, later transitioning to business development and intellectual property (IP) management...

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Robert Maaskant, P. ENG., Ph.D.

Vice President of Product Development


Dr. Robert Maaskant is Vice President of Product Development. Robert has a long history of successful technology product development and has held senior positions in both private start-ups as well as publicly held companies...

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Glenn Magnuson, B.Sc.

Vice President of Business Development


Mr. Glenn Magnuson is Vice President of North American Sales. Glenn will be focusing on Business Development activities as he transitions to building and managing the sales...

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Susan Novak-Weekley, Ph.D., D(ABMM), S(M) ASCP

Vice President of Medical Affairs


Dr. Susan Novak-Weekley is the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Qvella. Susan completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology at the University of California,...

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Samad Talebpour, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist


Dr. Samad Talebpour is a Chief Scientist at Qvella. Samad began his career as a laser physicist working on the interaction of high power laser generated electric fields with biological matter at Laval University in Quebec City..

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Qvella's Field Activated Sample Treatment (FAST™) technology

Qvella is a molecular diagnostics company founded in 2009 by a group of scientists and engineers with the primary goal of dramatically reducing time to results in microbiology. This objective, widely recognized as highly desirable, has proved elusive yet holds the promise of revolutionizing how medicine is practiced by offering actionable results in clinically relevant time frames to improve patient outcomes and save lives.

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