Jordan R. Plews PhD, Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Plews is one of our co-founders and has served as our Chief Executive Officer since our inception. Dr. Plews is also serves as President and Director of the Board of the Company. Dr. Plews led the acquisition of Reactive Medical Labs Inc and the development and design of Elevai Exosomes™. After completing his undergraduate in biochemical engineering at University College London in the UK, Dr. Plews worked as part of Pfizer’s bioprocess development group before returning to academia for his doctorate in Stem Cell Research and Molecular Biology. He was recruited by Stanford’s School of Medicine and worked under Dr. Joseph Wu, now head of the American Heart Association, and Joe Gold, who was previously Senior Director at Geron Corporation. After completing a certification from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Dr. Plews worked as a product and project manager in the biotech field, developing and launching projects to help researchers and clinicians, before eventually transitioning into entrepreneurship and the founding of Elevai.
Prior to cofounding Elevai, Dr. Plews was a senior leader in product management for the oncology division of Natera Inc from 2019-2021, where he led the launch and expansion of Natera Inc.’s first oncology product, Signatera. Signatera is a personalized cancer diagnostic based on next generation sequencing cellular data. Before Natera Inc., from 2015-2019, Dr. Plews served as Chief Scientific Officer of Xytogen Biotech Inc., which produced FACTORFIVE Skincare and a number of white label cosmetic and/or aesthetic products for the physician-dispensed market. Prior to Xytogen Biotech Inc., From 2014-2016 Dr. Plews served as a Global Product Marketing Manager for Becton, Dickinson and Company, focusing on development of products for scientific and regenerative medicine researchers, as well as participating in business development and merger and acquisition activities.
Dr. Plews holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Engineering Doctorate from University College London and completed his post-doctoral research at Stanford University in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine.
Graydon Bensler, CFA, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Bensler has served as our Chief Financial Officer since our inception. Mr. Bensler is a financial professional and analyst with over seven years of experience in financial consulting and management for both private businesses and US/Canadian publicly traded companies and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). In 2017, Mr. Bensler Co-founded an Ed Tech curriculum management and scheduling company that was implanted in academic schools in Canada and the United States. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Bensler was an account manager at a leading Canadian investor relations firm where he represented publicly traded companies across a wide range of sectors where he worked directly with investment banks, investment brokers and company executives and directors. During his tenure, Mr. Bensler created and conveyed messaging about his clients’ strategic position in the market and successfully guided several companies through multiple financings. From 2019 to 2021, Mr. Bensler was a Senior Associate at Evans & Evans, a Canadian boutique investment banking firm where he led valuations and going public transactions for Canadian and United States companies. In this capacity, Mr. Bensler gained strong knowledge of the capital markets, public company compliance requirements, and regularly interfaced with regulators, auditors, board and executive management. Mr. Bensler has also been a director of publicly traded Health Logic Interactive Inc. (TSXv:CHIP) since 2020. We believe that Mr. Bensler’s past experience as our Chief Financial Officer, his familiarity with both the banking and the financial consulting sectors and his having served as an account manager for similarly situated companies makes him a qualified director for our Company.
Mr. Bensler received his Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies degree from the University of Western Ontario, with specialization in Finance, and is a CFA Charter holder.
Hatem Abou-Sayed, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Hatem Abou-Sayed (“Dr. Tim Sayed”) is one of our co-founders and has served as our Chief Medical Officer since our inception. Dr. Sayed is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon with two decades of experience and oversees our product development and marketing, and brings academic knowledge and clinical experience in aesthetics, anti-aging, skincare, and health technology. Since 2017, Dr. Sayed has owned and operated his plastic surgery offices in Southern California where he draws patients from around the world and throughout the United States. From 2012-2015, Dr. Sayed served as a medical director and investor at the electronic health records and practice management company: Modernizing Medicine. From 2015-2017, he served as Vice President at Interpreta, Inc., which provides precision medicine clinical interpretation solutions (acquired by Centene Corporation). Since 2017, Dr. Sayed has served as ZamZam Skin, LLC’s (ZamZam) managing member, a Halal skincare product line that is currently in development. Dr. Sayed oversees ZamZam’s marketing strategy and assists the company with administering the financial aspects of ZamZam’s ongoing research and development. Since 2020, Dr. Sayed has served on the advisory board of ‘Yes Doctor’, a patient financing-driven acquisition platform for plastic surgeons. Dr. Sayed’s educational and professional experience in the medical field, his background and connections in the surgical discipline, his having co-founded our business and provided strategic advice makes him a qualified director for our Company.
Dr. Sayed completed medical training at UCSF and surgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Sayed holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from University of California, Berkeley, an M.D. from the School of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Juliana Daley, CPA Independent Director, Chair of the Audit Committee and member of the of Compensation Committee and Nominating Committee
Ms. Daley was appointed as an independent director in June 2023 and holds over eleven years of accounting, controller, and financial reporting experience in the public sector. Ms. Daley has worked a variety of industries in both the United States and Canada. Since July 2021, Ms. Daley has served as Manager of Accounting at Anavex Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: AVXL), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company based in New York, NY that is focused on developing treatments for debilitating neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases. In addition, from August 2021 to July 2022, she served as an independent director and audit committee chair to Vegano Foods (CSE: VAGN) during Vegano Food’s initial public offering in February 2022. From October 2015 to July 2021, Ms. Daley was a Manager of Financial Reporting and Advisory Services to various public companies in the United States and Canada, through her position with the accounting firm, Treewalk (previously ACM Management, Inc.). At Treewalk Ms. Daley assisted clients in meeting their quarterly and annual reporting requirements including the preparation of complete financial reporting packages and managing assurance engagements from start to finish. At Treewalk, she also served as chief financial officer to Makena Resources Inc. (CSE: MKNA) (April 2018 – April 2019) and Naked Brand Group Inc. (NASDAQ: NAKD) (March 2018 – June 2018) until the completion of their prospective mergers in April 2019 and June 2018, respectively. From September 2011 to April 2015, Ms. Daley was employed with Naked Brand Group Inc., where she worked in the accounting department, serving as controller from August 2013 until her departure in April 2015, and where she was also responsible for assisting in various operational functions including EDI implementation, ERP implementation, inventory management, information technology and office administration. From July 2021 to present, Ms. Daley has acted as manager of accounting at Anavex Life Sciences where she assists to in the finalization of all internal reporting, budgeting, and operational matters such as annual SOX audits, quarterly reviews, IT audits, and annual audits. Ms. Daley’s expertise in financial accounting for public companies and her having served as a chief financial officer and controller on companies listed on United States public exchanges makes her a qualified director candidate for our company.
In September 2015, Ms. Daley wrote her Common Final Examination (CFE) through the CPA Western School of Business and became designated in May 2016. She also holds a BBA in Accounting and Economics from the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
Jeffrey Parry, Independent Director, Chair of the Nominating Committee and member of the of Audit Committee and Compensation Committee
Mr. Parry was appointed as an independent director in June 2023 and is the president of Mystic Marine Advisors LLC, a Connecticut based advisory firm he founded in 1998 focused on emerging and turnaround situations for strategic and financial stakeholders. Jeffrey served as Executive Chairman of TBS Shipping Limited from 2012 to 2018 where he led a successful restructuring and co-founded Valhalla Shipping, Inc with an $167 million equity investment by institutional investors. From July 2008 to October 2009, Mr. Parry was the Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq-listed Aries Maritime Transport Limited and led a successful turn-around and sale to strategic investors. Mr. Parry was a Managing Director of Poten & Partners, an international energy advisor, from 2001 to 2007 where in 2006 he co-founded Poten Capital Services LLC, a New York based broker-dealer. Earlier in his career, Mr. Parry founded Cool FM and 7X Television in Athens, Greece and served as President of One Fifth Avenue Apartment Corporation. Since 2010, Jeffrey has served as an independent director of Nasdaq listed Globus Maritime Ltd. where he sits on the audit committee. Since 2022, Jeffrey has also become an independent director of Digitrax Entertainment Inc., a Tennessee based music technology start-up. Mr. Parry’s educational and professional experience in business, his background and familiarity in investment banking, his having served as a director of a company listed on Nasdaq makes him a qualified director candidate for our Company.
Jeff holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University and a B.A. in Literature from Brown University.
Crystal Muilenburg, Independent Director, Chair of the Compensation Committee and member of the of Audit Committee and Nominating Committee
Ms. Muilenburg was appointed as an independent director in June 2023 and has more than two decades of experience in marketing, corporate communications and public relations branding for global Fortune 500 companies and public start-ups. Most recently, Crystal served as Chief Marketing Officer for Evolus. While at Evolus from 2019 to 2023, Ms. Muilenburg also led human relations, operations and supply chain management. There, Ms. Muilenburg established Evolvus’s international business operations. Ms. Muilenburg was Head of Global Marketing for Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, a publicly-traded, clinical stage medical dermatology and aesthetics company from 2017 to 2019. Ms. Muilenburg has worked in the aesthetics industry since 2006 starting with Allergan (now AbbVie Inc.) where she held various domestic and international marketing and communications leadership roles from 2006 to 2017. We believe that Ms. Muilenburg’s service as our strategic advisor and her service in executive roles at several companies listed on U.S. exchanges makes her a qualified director candidate for our company.
Ms. Muilenburg is a regular speaker on topics including corporate reputation, product launches, diversity, equity, and inclusion and women’s leadership. She is the Orange County Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association mentor chair and a member of Chief—a private network for businesswomen.
Ms. Muilenburg holds a B.S. degree in Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.