Damon Smith

CEO Altus Formulation

Damon is a founder member of the Altus team having worked for 10 years as Senior Vice President Research and Development at Labopharm Inc.  Prior to joining Labopharm he spent time at Conjuchem, a Montreal start up, and prior to this was Executive Director of Development at Protherics, a UK based antibody development company listed on the London Stock Exchange. During his time at these companies Damon was part of management teams responsible for 3 successful IPO raising in excess of $200MM.

Damon holds a Ph.D in Biochemistry

Shams Rustom


Shams is a founder member of Altus having spent the last 10 years at Labopharm as Senior Director Product Development and Manufacturing . Before joining Labopharm Shams was 7 years at Wyeth (now Pfizer) in various senior product development roles.

Shams holds a Master of Pharmacy degree and a Diploma in Operations Management from McGill University

Ali El-Jammal

Vice President Analytical Services

Ali is a founder member of Altus having having spent 15 years at Labopharm in senior analytical services and quality management roles and over 25 years in the Pharma business.  At Altus Ali is responsible for all analytical development services including API characterisation, pre-formulation testing, method development and validation and methods transfer. He is also responsible for all Quality Control operations.

Ali holds a Ph.D in chemistry.

Sonia Gervais

Senior Vice President Pharmaceutical Operations

Sonia is a founder member of Altus. Prior to joining the team Sonia spent over 10 years at Labopharm developing the various technologies Altus employs to generate value for our partners ; she was instrumental in the development of all the globally approved products developed by Labopharm. Prior to joining Labopharm Sonia was employed by Servier in the United Kingdom.


Sonia holds an MSc. in Pharmaceutical Development.

Board of Directors

Clive Bennett

Chairman Formerly President Patheon Inc.

Susan Hall

CSO Endo Pharmaceuticals

Mark Beaudet

CEO Paladin Labs

Manu Jetley

Co-Founder Halo Pharmaceutical

Sylvain Guenette

VP Finance American Iron & Metal Company Inc.

Damon Smith

CEO Altus Formulation