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Adi M. Treasurywala Class of '64 (Science)


After a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and a fulfilling career in Pharmaceuticals in the US and Canada over a span of two and a half decades, Dr. Adi Treasurywala joined the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation in 2001. Adi rose through the ranks from a bench scientist to the Head of Research at Allelix Biopharmaceuticals and eventually to a senior position in Business Development at Pfizer in the US. The five years spent as the COO of UTIF expanded his horizons to include deals and startups in IT/Telecom, Physical Sciences and an expanded view of Life Sciences which included human health, agricultural sciences, diagnostics and many other areas. The commonality in all of these areas from the business perspective, and the obvious need for industry-experienced people in the area of translating pure research into commercial activities led Adi to eventually start his own business in 2005. ArrowCan Partners is a unique service model that helps connect the best researchers in Canada with the best industry receptors globally. It has proved itself as a valuable tool to its industry clients in many different areas from materials sciences to software and beyond.

Adi is a consummate networker and has connected more than four hundred people to one another in vetted, value-added, non-obvious connections last year alone and continues to be a source of appropriate connections in many different fields today. Adi has served on several Boards including the Board of Directors of the Toronto Biotechnology Initiative (TBI), and that of Youth Science Ontario and he has served as the CEO of six companies both in the life sciences and non-life sciences areas. Adi currently serves on the award adjudication committee of several Canadian innovation-promoting organizations. In 2009, Adi was awarded the TBI Volunteer of the Year award in acknowledgment of his many volunteer activities with different organizations. He has a passion for helping promising young people make their career choices and plan their individual paths through various forms of mentorship. Watching their careers unfold has become a prominent motivator for him over the years. Throughout his career, Adi has retained a strong commitment to contributing to the success of the teams with which he has been associated.