Founder & CEO - Alon Friedman, MD PhD

As a Professor of Neuroscience, Dr. Friedman has held the Dennis Chair in Epilepsy Research in the Medical Faculty at Dalhousie University since 2014. Previously, he has also served as a Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Cell Biology at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Faculty of Health Sciences.


Between 2011 and 2014, Dr. Friedman acted as the director of the Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience and led the establishment of the new Interfaculty School for Brain Sciences, at Ben-Gurion University. In 2007 Dr. Friedman won the prestigious Michael Prize for Epilepsy research on his discoveries on the role of vascular pathology in epilepsy. Dr. Friedman’s research focuses on how nerve cells, glia and vasculature, interact to underlie abnormal brain functions following traumatic and ischemic brain injuries.

Dr. Friedman has published over 110 papers and chapters in books and submitted 5 patents on diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders. He has extensive experience in basic, translational and clinical research on pathologies arising from vascular integrity in the central nervous system (CNS), development and implementation of novel imaging methods for the diagnosis of vascular pathology using analysis algorithms for evaluation of blood-neural barrier integrity.

COO - Jim Trussler, FCPA, FCA

Jim has spent the last 20 years as an international tax expert, entrepreneur, C-Suite executive, mentor, advisor and corporate governance expert.


He has worked with multi-national businesses and also invested in and worked with several startups in 3D software & hardware, renewable energy and emergency medicine.  He has multiple experiences with financing startups, commercializing products and all forms of exit strategies. He has worked in regulated industries and put products through FDA and EPA approvals.

CFO - Natasha Sideris, CPA, CA

Natasha Sideris has over fifteen years of experience as a chartered professional accountant. As a finance executive and independent consultant for the past six years, she provides a diverse range of part-time CFO and financial consulting services to both emerging private companies and also public companies.  Most recently, her client focus has been on early stage, start-up organizations in the health and technology industry. 

​CTO - Jim Kukurin, BSc, BSc, BASc

Jim has a broad background in the sciences, with degrees in Biology, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering.  He has entrepreneurial experience as the co-founder of an I.T. support company, and a decade of working with clients in diverse fields, including telecommunications, healthcare, education, and advertising.  

Lyna Kamintsky, M.Sc., Ph.D candidate

Lyna is applying her background in biomedical engineering to develop imaging algorithms for the analysis of retinal and brain disorders. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Medical Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and her collaboration with Emagix has been recognized with the 2018 MITACS award for Outstanding Innovation.

Amir Abbasnejad, BSc

Amir's electrical engineering background and previous experience refining and analyzing medical diagnostic images provide a strong foundation for his work in algorithm revision and development. His prior work supporting physicians and researchers position him well in communicating with KOLs and clients; both in disseminating findings from our analyses, and incorporating their feedback on our product development process.

Colyn Munn, BSc

Colyn received his BSc. in Engineering from UNB in 2018 and is currently registered as an EIT with Engineers Nova Scotia.  Colyn has worked as a Programmer and Data Analyst for the Institute of Biomedical Engineering where he assisted Lower-Limb Dermoskeleton and gait research. He also collaborated with the Atlantic Clinic for Upper Limb Prosthetics to design the Single Site Myoelectric Controller which received the Irving Oil Plant Design Competition award in 2018

Shai Lipkovich, B.Comm

Shai received his B.Comm in Management Information Systems and Computer Science, from McGill University in 2010. He has over 10 years of experience in both systems design and managing development teams. His expertise in Java backend as well as a deep knowledge in Javascript and frontend technologies is helping Emagix bring Reticad to market.

Clinical and Scientific Advisors

Daniela Kaufer, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Professor of Neuroscience, UC Berkeley, CA

Daniela Kaufer received her PhD in molecular neuroscience from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and was a Human Frontiers Science Foundation and Life Science Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the departments of Biological Sciences and Neurosurgery at Stanford University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Integrative Biology Department and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. Research in the Kaufer lab focuses on the events that follow microvascular and blood-brain barrier pathology as well as plasticity of the brain in the face of stress and neurological insults throughout life


Dr. Kaufer has published in numerous journals including Nature Neuroscience, Nature, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Neuroscience, Molecular Psychiatry, Nature Medicine, eLIFE and Science. Professor Kaufer is the recipient of the 2010 National Institute of Mental Health Director's New Innovator Award (BRAINS), as well as NARSAD Young and independent Investigator Awards, and the 2013 BAKAR fellows award.

Oren Tomkins-Netzer, MD PhD

Research & Clinical Consultant

Director of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Department

Carmel Medical Center 

Haifa, Israel

Dr. Tomkins-Netzer is an ophthalmologist and retina specialist. His clinical practice includes widespread retinal diseases as well as uveitis. He is director of ophthalmology at Carmel Medical Center in Haifa, Israel.  The main research focus of his research group is on treatment and outcome of uveitis, as well as novel diagnostic approaches to retinal diseases using angiography and optical coherence tomography imaging methods.

Yonatan Serlin, MD

Research & ​Clinical Consultant

Neurology Training Program, McGill University, Montreal, QC

Dr. Serlin earned his B.Med.Sc., and MD degrees from the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel. He completed his post-doctoral research fellowship at the Department of Medical Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University. 

Sean Dickieson

Regulatory Consultant

Halifax, NS

Sean Dickieson  has worked as a quality and compliance expert within the regulated life sciences manufacturing industry, with a background that spans two decades of progressive responsibility and scope in risk-based implementation and management of quality-driven systems, processes, and organizations. Areas of support include the development and implementation of quality systems and deliverables at project, site, and corporate levels within GMP and ISO manufacturing environments in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

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