The Next Generation of Stents for Brain Aneurysms
Fluid Biotech is a start-up firm located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The company is developing an innovative brain stent to heal aneurysms. It represents years of research work from the laboratories at the
University of Calgary.
Alim P. Mitha, MD SM
President, Chief Technology Officer, Co-founder
Dr. Alim P. Mitha is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and after graduating from medical school at the University of Alberta, completed his residency training in Neurosurgery at the University of Calgary. During that time, he also completed a Masters of Science degree with a focus on Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University and a research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Thereafter, he completed an additional two years of clinical subspecialty training at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Spetzler. Since 2011, he has been practicing as a Cerebrovascular, Endovascular, and Skull Base Neurosurgeon at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.
He is the scientific leader of a research laboratory at the University of Calgary affiliated with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Libin Cardiovascular Institute, that focuses on biomedical device development.
John H. Wong, MD MSc MBA (candidate)
CEO and Co-founder
Dr. John H. Wong is an associate professor in the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Radiology at the Cumming School of Medicine. He serves as Director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery and maintains a busy clinical practice almost exclusively dedicated to treating brain aneurysms and stroke.
Dr. Wong received his medical education and neurosurgical training at the University of Alberta. After a one-year fellowship in neurovascular surgery at Yale University and further two-year specialization in interventional neuroradiology in New York City, he was recruited to Calgary in 2001. Since then, he has helped develop one of the most collaborative and productive neurovascular and stroke units in North America with colleagues in neurology, radiology, and neurosurgery.
Dr. Wong has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and has served on several grant review panels including for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. He has held numerous local and national leadership roles including the provincial past president of the Alberta Neurosurgical Society for over a decade, previous Division Head of Neurosurgery at the University of Calgary, and is the current secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Wong is currently enrolled in the Wharton MBA for Executives program in San Francisco.
Rahim S. Nathu, BComm
Vice President, Business Development
Rahim S. Nathu completed his Bcomm at the University of Calgary, and is a former North American energy trader with over 18 years of experience.
In the last 5 years, Rahim has been spearheading and advising investment on behalf of family offices in early stage companies, including those in med tech and digital health. This endeavor has allowed Rahim to establish a well-connected network within the local innovation and investment (Angel) community, while maintaining a strong presence in the overall start-up ecosystem.
Rahim is currently completing a Corporate Finance certificate from Harvard.
Casey Smit, P.Eng
Vice President, Operations
Casey Smit joined Fluid Biotech with a decade of project management experience. After completing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Calgary, he managed project portfolios in Alberta’s energy, industrial, and utilities sectors.
Casey maintains a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.