Our mission is to enable a safer cannabis experience through genetics.
Lobo Genetics is a Toronto-based healthcare technology company that was founded in 2018 by a dedicated team of technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs with the goal of helping people make informed choices around cannabis.
We believe in helping you better understand your response to cannabis through genetics, data and engagement. Through our proprietary genetic testing platform, the Lobo Cube, consumers can gain rapid genetic insights from a simple cheek swab.
Our leadership team and partners
Chief Executive Officer
John Lem is the co-founder and CEO of Lobo and brings 15 years experience in life sciences, medical devices and capital markets. Prior to Lobo, John was the co-founder and VP of Corporate Development of Spartan Bioscience.
Previously, John worked at Waterfall Investments, a Toronto-based hedge fund, where he specialized in Canadian and US healthcare investments. Waterfall was acquired by Sentry Investments, a $19-billion asset management company.
John holds a BASc in computer engineering from the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto.
Prakash Gowd is the co-founder and President of Lobo and brings 25 years of experience in life sciences, capital markets and the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to Lobo, Prakash was the Executive Director, Health and Biotech Equity Research at CIBC. Previously, Prakash was a corporate development consultant to life science companies, a highly ranked equity research analyst at Canaccord and National Bank Financial, and helped guide new product planning and commercial development at GlaxoSmithKline. He also served as Audit Chair and board director of a public drug development company.
Prakash holds an MBA from McGill University, a BSc Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia, and a Chartered Director designation.
Chief Financial officer
Avery Haw is the CFO of Lobo and brings 15 years of experience in finance and capital markets. Prior to Lobo, Avery was the VP of Investor Relations at Brookfield Renewable Partners where he oversaw communications with the investment community regarding corporate strategy, financial performance and growth initiatives. Previously, Avery was an equity research analyst at TD Securities where he provided research coverage of power, pipeline and utility companies across North America.
Avery holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a BASc in computer engineering from the University of Toronto.
Chief Technology Officer
Ajay Krishnan is the co-founder, CTO and General Counsel of Lobo, and brings 15 years of experience in technology, law and private equity. Prior to Lobo, Ajay was at Restaurant Brands International (RBI), which oversees the system of 35,000+ restaurants operating globally as Tim Hortons, Burger King and Popeyes. At RBI, Ajay was involved in all aspects of the vertically-integrated supply chain business, and he negotiated a broad range of commercial and technology agreements. Prior to RBI, Ajay worked as a corporate and commercial lawyer in private practice, and as a technology consultant with Infusion Development (acquired by Avanade).
Ajay holds a JD from the University of British Columbia and a BASc in computer engineering from the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto.
Vice President of Strategy
Ahab Abdou is the VP of Strategy of Lobo and brings 13 years of experience in capital markets and the cannabis industry. Prior to Lobo, Ahab was the VP of M&A and Capital Markets at iAnthus Capital, one of the largest US cannabis operators. At iAnthus, he was responsible for leading all strategic M&A and capital markets activities for the company. Ahab has been actively involved in the cannabis industry as an investor and consultant since 2014, and has in-depth knowledge of both the Canadian and US cannabis markets. Previously, Ahab was a member of a top-ranked equity research team at TD Securities, covering the telecom, cable & wireless industry.
Ahab is a CFA charter holder and holds an Honours BCom in Commerce from the DeGroote School of Business - McMaster University.
Vice President of Operations
Hemanshu Modi is the VP of Operations of Lobo and brings 20 years of experience in life sciences and operations. Prior to Lobo, Hemanshu was VP Operations at ACGT, a provider of oligo synthesis and DNA sequencing services. Hemanshu also spent over 10 years at Luminex Molecular Diagnostics in various senior roles including Director of Technical Support, Director of Operations and Quality Control, and Director of Design Transfer and Process Engineering.
Hemanshu holds a BSc in molecular biology from the University of Waterloo.
Vice President of Marketing
Mike Wiles is the VP of Marketing of Lobo and brings 12 years of agency experience at FCB, Publicis, SapientNitro, and most recently TribalDDB, where he was a VP Business Unit Director overseeing accounts and business development. He has worked on a wide range of projects including redesigns for Harley Davidson, Porter Airlines, and the original WestJet app. Mike has also worked on brand campaigns for Coors Light, WSIB, Ontario Tourism and brand launches for Dairy Farmers of Canada amongst others.
Mike holds a BSc in psychology from the University of Toronto.
Grassfed Ventures is a venture capital and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and life sciences industries. Grassfed was founded by Joseph del Moral, Ronan Levy and Hannan Fleiman, the co-founders of two leading companies in the Canadian medical cannabis industry. Canadian Cannabis Clinics is Canada's largest network of cannabis-specialized medical clinics and CanvasRx is Canada's leading cannabis outreach and counselling service provider. Both were successfully acquired by Aurora Cannabis in 2016.