Our Team

Jennifer O’Donnell, M.Sc.

Executive Director

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  • With over 10 years of experience working with early-stage companies in the biotech space, Jennifer is committed to exploring commercial opportunities powered by bioscience and is a champion for the up-and-coming technologies of New Brunswick researchers and biotech organizations.

    Jennifer has a technical background in biomedical research, diagnostic testing for the agriculture industry, high-throughput genomics, and crop biotechnology.

    From 2006 – 2010 she set up and directed a research program in Fredericton (Targeted Growth) where her team supplied plants with new agronomic traits for use in biofuel production.  She was also the organization’s lead on technology transfer with industry collaborators.

    Wendy Yerxa

    Office Manager

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  • Wendy is responsible for all office administration duties at BioNB including records management, financial claims and travel arrangement for international guests. Wendy also assists with the quarterly meetings of BioNB’s Board of Directors. Prior to joining BioNB, Wendy held administrative positions with the Government of New Brunswick and NB Power.

    Silvia Moreno, MBA

    Project Development Officer

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  • Silvia joins the BioNB team to support commercialization and sector development opportunities and foster relationships with BioNB’s stakeholders. She has worked as a project manager and business analyst in the telecom industry and for the US Department of Commerce gaining experience in Customer Relationship Management, International Trade, and Market Research. Silvia came from Ecuador to graduate as an IT Business Analyst at NBCC complemented by an enriching internship at the NBIF. Her background working with teams in different cultures and enthusiasm will be an asset to the BioNB family.

    Andrew Byrne

    Marketing & Comms. Director

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  • Originally from Newfoundland, Andrew studied business with a focus in marketing at Memorial University before moving to China to study Mandarin. There, he was an ESL teacher for 2 years, a marketing manager for a creative startup enterprise for over 3 years, and a marketing consultant for companies such as Edrington China who were trying to understand the realms of both traditional and digital marketing.

    He has 5 languages under his belt as well as over 300 marketing certificates from worldwide corporations such as Facebook, Google, and Tencent. He has spent the last 3+ years of his life in pursuit of understanding worldwide marketing structures, platforms, and tactics.

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    Cynthia Callahan, M.Sc.

    Project Officer - Business Support Services

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  • A classically-trained scientist, Cynthia has diverse experience and interest in aquaculture, agriculture and education. She has worked all over North America in the biological sciences and has comprehensive experience in project development and management, financial planning, outreach, non-profit conservation initiatives and business operations management.  Cynthia was the Manager of the Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium from 2016 prior to joining the BioNB team in 2019.