A Board of Directors with deep expertise in infectious disease, drug development, innovative financing models, and biopharmaceutical senior management roles advises the Appili leadership team.


Stephen Nicolle has 20 years of experience leading companies and growing shareholder value. He is currently a partner in the venture capital fund, Island Capital Partners, and sits on a number of boards. Mr. Nicolle is the former CEO of the pharmaceutical reimbursement and analytics company, STI Technologies, which was acquired by IQVIA as Canada’s largest ever healthcare technology exit. Before STI Technologies Mr. Nicolle spent 10 years leading venture-backed technology companies, including: CEO of Tatara Systems, CEO of Sigma Systems, COO at March Networks, and President of Nortel’s Service Provider eBusiness Solutions Group. He is a graduate of Western University with an honours degree in computer science.

Stephen Nicolle


Brian Bloom is a co-founder of Bloom Burton & Co. and serves as the firm’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. By forging unique relationships with international healthcare-specialized investors, Brian raises capital for Canadian healthcare companies while helping investors realize returns.


Brian serves as the Chairman of the Board of Triumvira Immunologics, and serves on the Board of Directors of Appili Therapeutics, Satellos Bioscience and Qing Bile Therapeutics. Brian is also on the Faculty of Science Dean’s Advisory Board at McMaster University. Brian was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Grey Wolf Animal Health, a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Board at the National Research Council of Canada and on the Boards of BIOTECanada and the Baycrest Foundation.


Before co-founding Bloom Burton in 2008, Brian spent six years at Dundee Securities in the healthcare and biotechnology institutional sales and equity research groups. Brian started his career at New York-based investment banking firms SCO Financial Group and Molecular Securities. Brian received an Honors Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from McMaster University and subsequently studied at the Mount Sinai Graduate School for Biological Sciences of New York University, with a focus in molecular endocrinology and biophysics. Brian is the proud recipient of the McMaster University 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award in Science.

Brian Bloom


Dr. Theresa Matkovits has more than 20 years of experience as a leader in global drug development, with extensive expertise in infectious disease. She currently serves as the Chief Development Officer at Matinas Biopharma. Prior to this role, she was the Chief Operating Officer at ContraVir (Nasdaq: CTRV), where she led global development of the company’s clinical-stage antiviral portfolio. She also served as ContraVir's Executive Vice President, Head of Drug Development, where she was responsible for leading all global drug development functional areas for the company's infectious disease programs. Dr. Matkovits’ career also includes steering the clinical development and approval efforts for Natpara® at NPS Pharmaceuticals; serving as a Vice President and Innovation Leader at The Medicines Company (Nasdaq: MDCO), where she managed global development and commercialization efforts for the Company’s infectious disease franchise; and several leadership positions at Novartis in its U.S. Medical and Drug Regulatory Affairs and Global Development Divisions. Dr. Matkovits is a member of the Board of Directors for BioSurplus and Aradigm Corporation (Nasdaq: ARDM), and earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School.

Theresa Matkovits, PhD


Ian Mortimer has over 20 years of experience in the biotechnology sector. He is currently President and Chief Financial Officer of Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: XENE), a company developing innovative therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with neurological disorders. Prior to joining Xenon in 2013, Mr. Mortimer spent six years at Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation, now Arbutus Biopharma Corporation (NASDAQ: ABUS), as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He led both Xenon’s and Tekmira’s listings on the NASDAQ, in 2014 and 2010 respectively. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Mortimer was Chief Financial Officer of Inex Pharmaceuticals Corporation. Mr. Mortimer has an M.B.A. from Queen’s University, a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant.

Ian Mortimer


Armand Balboni's career includes medical research and drug development experience in civilian, academic and military organizations, most recently as a partner at Bloom Burton & Co. where he was the firms senior advisor for regulatory and medical affairs. As an active duty military officer, Dr. Balboni served as a staff officer at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). He completed a military staff fellowship at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and went on to serve as the deputy director of clinical and regulatory affairs for the U.S. Army. Armand completed his doctoral work in the MD/PhD program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and earned his law degree at Brooklyn Law School.

Armand Balboni, MD, PhD