by Heidi Riley
Pegasus BioTech Inc. is a contract research organization founded in November 2019 by three partners: Daniel Wilson, Jonathan Wilts, and Yimy Mena. The three senior Scientists have expertise in developing vaccines and biotherapeutics.
Pegasus Biotech provides high-quality pharmaceutical development services and develops accurate and reliable analytical testing methods for the human and animal health industry. They also provide technical support and regulatory advice for companies that want to scale up production of biopharmaceuticals or vaccines.
In December 2020, Pegasus was awarded a $25,000 grant through the provincial Ignition Fund. “One of the reasons why the company decided to incorporate on PEI is because of government support from Innovation PEI and the Emergence incubator program,” says Yimy Mena, CEO/Director of Process Development.
“For example, this recent grant enabled us to buy a brand-new qPCR machine for our molecular biology projects. We are grateful for that government support. It will help us expand our portfolio and deliver results faster to our clients.”
Pegasus expects an increase in the number of projects they are working on. “Within the next two months, we will need to hire a Lab Technician with expertise in analytical development to help us complete our projects.
“If everything proceeds according to plan, we anticipate hiring additional Lab Technicians to enable us to accommodate our growing workload.
“These are highly skilled positions. We are looking for applicants holding a Bachelor’s or Master of Science degree in Biology or Chemistry, or a diploma from the Holland College Bioscience Technology program. However, applicants with other educational backgrounds with the required scientific skill sets are also welcome.
“We are looking for someone with a desire and ability to grow with our long-term vision for the company. The skill and intelligence of the candidate we hire is extremely important to us. For example, it is important that the person who we will train to operate our new qPCR machine is also able to understand, analyze, and interpret the results.”
Why choose PEI?
“One reason we chose to start the company on PEI is the quality of the educational programs offered here, especially the Bioscience program at Holland College and the UPEI Chemistry and Biology faculties. The provincial government has invested heavily in the Biotechnology field to provide companies like us with personnel who have the skill sets we need.”
“I don’t think people are aware of how well the PEI government supports the biotechnology industry here. In a larger biotech cluster located in Montreal or Toronto for example, we would just be another small company which would not even have an opportunity to form a close relationship with the provincial government.
“In contrast, Innovation PEI and Emergence PEI have been very supportive of Pegasus in this critical initial startup period, and we greatly appreciate that.”
Open positions are posted on the PEI BioAlliance website at www.peibioalliance.com
Applicants can also send a resumé and cover letter to [email protected]