Our Team

Judy Rubin

Jeff Spence  -  General Manager

Jeff has over 30 years of management and consulting experience in healthcare including roles in general management, operations management, sales and marketing and new product commercialization. He has held national and global sales and business development leadership roles (across Canada, United States and Asia) in the fields of laboratory diagnostics, medical devices, and pharmaceutical clinical trials. Further to these, Jeff has shared his expertise widely with consulting services to healthcare organizations focused on developing and executing business growth strategies, and commercialization of new products and services.
Jeff’s senior leadership responsibility included 5 years in the U.S. leading the global sales organization for phase 1 clinical trials and bioanalytical services for a global Contract Research Organization.
Jeff is a graduate from McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario.

Dr Mark Crowther

Dr. Mark Crowther  -  Medical Director

Dr Crowther’s research interests include exploring ways of improving the way that we use our current anticoagulant drugs.  These include exploring established and novel interventions to mitigate bleeding, and studies of currently available anticoagulant drugs in high-risk patient populations. Dr Crowther’s work also focused on developing systematic reviews of key questions in Hematology and Thrombosis, and basing Guidelines on those reviews. Dr Crowther has more than 400 peer reviewed publications, was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 2017, and received the 2017 International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis BACH Investigator Recognition Award. He was one of 14 scientists from the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University cited by Clarivate Analytics on its Highly Cited Researchers list (formerly known as Thomson Reuter's annual publication of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds). Dr Crowther is currently the Chair, Department of Medicine at McMaster University and holds the Leo Pharma Chair in Thromboembolism Research at McMaster University.

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Dr.  Davide Matino -  Technical Director

Dr. Davide Matino is an Assistant Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He also works at the MUMC Hemophilia Clinic and the Thrombosis Clinic at the Juravinski Hospital. Dr. Matino obtained his medical degree at the University of Perugia Medical School and his residency training at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” in 2014. He completed a Clinical Fellowship in Bleeding disorders at McMaster University where he also received his MSc in Health Research Methodology, defending his thesis “Clinical application of the Web-Accessible Population Pharmacokinetic Service – Hemophilia (WAPPS-Hemo): proposal for a pilot study of a population pharmacokinetic approach to tailored prophylaxis in hemophilia”. He then joined the University of Perugia as Assistant Professor in Pharmacology working on a research project focused on the study of the immune response to FVIII in hemophilia, funded through a Young Investigator Award from the Italian Ministry of Health.  His research is focused on inhibitor development in hemophilia, adaptive immunity and immunotolerance mechanisms, and the treatment of hemophilia patients with inhibitors. He is an active clinical trial Investigator.

Joanne McGrath

Joanne McGrath  -  Laboratory Manager 

Joanne McGrath has been with HRL since 1995. She serves as the Manager, Laboratory Services and has over 20 years of practical & laboratory management experience working within both research and clinical testing facilities. She has an extensive knowledge of coagulation testing, offering comprehensive technical support to help develop customer driven relationships.
Prior to her current role, Joanne worked within various diagnostic hospital laboratories and gained valuable experience in the disciplines of Coagulation, Hematology, Transfusion Medicine and Chemistry.
Joanne is a Registered Medical Laboratory Technologist with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologist of Ontario and has also completed the Preceptor Education Program for Health Professionals and Students through Western University and Fanshawe College for the mentorship of Medical Laboratory Technicians student placements and Co-op.

Kristen Ferris  -  Quality Assurance Manager, Senior Medical Laboratory Technologist

Kristen has been with HRL since 2014. She serves as the Quality Assurance Manager, overseeing HRL’s extensive quality system. Prior to this current role, Kristen spent 17 years in a SAMHSA certified Forensic Toxicology Laboratory and held the designation of Responsible Person through the National Laboratory Certification Program. Kristen holds a BSc degree (Biology) from Brock University and is a Registered Medical Laboratory Technologist with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario.

Dr. Sam Schulman  -  Medical Advisor

Sam Schulman graduated from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden in 1977 and has worked with coagulation disorders since 1984. His major research activities have been clinical studies in venous thromboembolism, in hemophilia and its complications. He is currently involved in studies of new antithrombotic agents, and management of bleeding. Sam Schulman has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Hemophilia, was President for the XXV ISTH Congress in Toronto, 2015, and is Member of the ISTH Council. Dr. Schulman is Director of the Thrombosis Service at Hamilton General Hospital and professor in Medicine at McMaster University, Canada.


Our customer focused team at HRL.