About Us

Who We Are

AcelaBio (US), Inc. is wholly owned by The Alimentiv Health Trust. Central to the purpose of the Trust is to develop health care innovation through investment in human health initiatives, research and commercial entities, and to foster collaboration and commitment among stakeholders. Thereby, AcelaBio aligns with the Evergreen Principles to grow an enduring company with a long-term view that prioritizes people and purpose.

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People

Niels Vande Casteele

President

Niels Vande Casteele

President

Summary

Dr. Niels Vande Casteele oversees and directs all business and scientific aspects at AcelaBio. He sets the organization’s vision and mission, develops and executes strategic and operational plans and oversees employees, ensuring engagement and compliance. Niels leads and protects the organization’s culture, values, diversity, and reputation.

Background

Dr. Vande Casteele is trained as a Clinical Pharmacologist and holds a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Master in Drug Design and Development from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He performed research in the field of Molecular Biology at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland and in the field of Immunology at Sanquin, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Niels obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, focused on Personalized Medicine to treat patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Prior to starting AcelaBio, Niels was with Alimentiv Inc. for seven years where he established the Precision Medicine group and oversaw the implementation of Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine in over 25 clinical trials in all phases of drug development. He remains a Senior Scientific Advisor to Alimentiv and continues to lead the global Alimentiv Translational Research Consortium.

Besides his work in the Life Sciences industry, Niels holds an academic position as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, United States, where he conducts academic research, mentors students, and teaches a course on Biologics and Biosimilars Drug Development. His main research efforts focus on the application of Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine to ascertain efficient drug development.

Major achievements

Dr. Vande Casteele has published over 120 peer reviewed research articles and book chapters, has given over 40 invited lectures globally, and has received awards for his research contributions from distinguished professional organizations such as the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization (ECCO), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF) and United European Gastroenterology (UEG) association.

Ethos

In order to see the view, you have to climb the mountain.


Mark Valasek

Medical Laboratory Director

Mark Valasek

Medical Laboratory Director

Summary

Dr. Mark Valasek is responsible for ensuring that the overall operation and administration of the laboratory is in accordance with federal and state regulations, including oversight of the quality management plan to ascertain provision of accurate and reliable testing results.

Background

Dr. Valasek is a physician-scientist and a practicing gastrointestinal and liver pathologist focused on strategic innovations in diagnostic applications. He regularly participates as a consultant in numerous clinical trials related to gastrointestinal diseases, and he serves on the clinical faculty at the University of California San Diego as a Professor of Pathology.  He is particularly interested in practical molecular, imaging and digital pathology techniques (including artificial intelligence) for the evaluation of gastrointestinal tissues utilizing emerging technologies.

Major achievements

Dr. Valasek was awarded the San Diego Medical Society’s “2014 Top Doctors” — Physicians of Exceptional Excellence in the Field of Pathology and was an American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) “40 Under Forty” Honoree in 2015. He established the first Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship at UCSD and served as the first Director of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Section.  


Pamela Vizcarra

Histopathology Supervisor

Pamela Vizcarra

Histopathology Supervisor

Summary

Pamela is responsible for maintaining and managing the laboratory and staff in a CLIA/CAP accredited environment. She also supports validation of various histological procedures for implementation in the laboratory and will communicate and provide high quality data for our clientele in histopathology. In addition, Pamela will assess new technologies to drive innovation in the histology field.

Background

Pamela has a thorough knowledge of the translational research environment developing and validating various immunohistochemistry companion diagnostic assays for novel targets for patient stratification in Phase I dose expansion. In addition, she spent six years in a CLIA/CAP accredited histopathology laboratory at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Major achievements

Pamela is currently maintaining an ASCP certification as a Histotechnologist (HTL), and a Qualification in Immunohistochemistry (QIHC).

Ethos

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”  Colleen Hoover



Niels Vande Casteele

President

Summary

Dr. Niels Vande Casteele oversees and directs all business and scientific aspects at AcelaBio. He sets the organization’s vision and mission, develops and executes strategic and operational plans and oversees employees, ensuring engagement and compliance. Niels leads and protects the organization’s culture, values, diversity, and reputation.

Background

Dr. Vande Casteele is trained as a Clinical Pharmacologist and holds a Bachelor in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Master in Drug Design and Development from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He performed research in the field of Molecular Biology at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland and in the field of Immunology at Sanquin, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Niels obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, focused on Personalized Medicine to treat patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Prior to starting AcelaBio, Niels was with Alimentiv Inc. for seven years where he established the Precision Medicine group and oversaw the implementation of Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine in over 25 clinical trials in all phases of drug development. He remains a Senior Scientific Advisor to Alimentiv and continues to lead the global Alimentiv Translational Research Consortium.

Besides his work in the Life Sciences industry, Niels holds an academic position as Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, United States, where he conducts academic research, mentors students, and teaches a course on Biologics and Biosimilars Drug Development. His main research efforts focus on the application of Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Medicine to ascertain efficient drug development.

Major achievements

Dr. Vande Casteele has published over 120 peer reviewed research articles and book chapters, has given over 40 invited lectures globally, and has received awards for his research contributions from distinguished professional organizations such as the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organization (ECCO), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF) and United European Gastroenterology (UEG) association.

Ethos

In order to see the view, you have to climb the mountain.



Mark Valasek

Medical Laboratory Director

Summary

Dr. Mark Valasek is responsible for ensuring that the overall operation and administration of the laboratory is in accordance with federal and state regulations, including oversight of the quality management plan to ascertain provision of accurate and reliable testing results.

Background

Dr. Valasek is a physician-scientist and a practicing gastrointestinal and liver pathologist focused on strategic innovations in diagnostic applications. He regularly participates as a consultant in numerous clinical trials related to gastrointestinal diseases, and he serves on the clinical faculty at the University of California San Diego as a Professor of Pathology.  He is particularly interested in practical molecular, imaging and digital pathology techniques (including artificial intelligence) for the evaluation of gastrointestinal tissues utilizing emerging technologies.

Major achievements

Dr. Valasek was awarded the San Diego Medical Society’s “2014 Top Doctors” — Physicians of Exceptional Excellence in the Field of Pathology and was an American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) “40 Under Forty” Honoree in 2015. He established the first Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship at UCSD and served as the first Director of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Section.  



Pamela Vizcarra

Histopathology Supervisor

Summary

Pamela is responsible for maintaining and managing the laboratory and staff in a CLIA/CAP accredited environment. She also supports validation of various histological procedures for implementation in the laboratory and will communicate and provide high quality data for our clientele in histopathology. In addition, Pamela will assess new technologies to drive innovation in the histology field.

Background

Pamela has a thorough knowledge of the translational research environment developing and validating various immunohistochemistry companion diagnostic assays for novel targets for patient stratification in Phase I dose expansion. In addition, she spent six years in a CLIA/CAP accredited histopathology laboratory at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Major achievements

Pamela is currently maintaining an ASCP certification as a Histotechnologist (HTL), and a Qualification in Immunohistochemistry (QIHC).

Ethos

“If you only shine light on your flaws, all your perfects will dim.”  Colleen Hoover


Cornelius "Con" Moran

Laboratory Information Systems Manager

Cornelius "Con" Moran

Laboratory Information Systems Manager

Summary

Con is implementing and validating a Laboratory Information System to support AcelaBio’s workflow and is looking forward to supporting the AcelaBio team in accomplishing the grand vision of the laboratory and its services.

Background

Con received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Cal-Poly Pomona and continued his post-graduate education, obtaining an MBA with an IT Concentration from the University of La Verne. He later completed a Medical Technology Internship with the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles.

Con has several years of experience as a contractor with Sutter Healthcare system in northern California, taking on various assignments throughout many of their 27 hospitals, mostly in the Bay Area. He worked with Sunquest Information System for ten years in the Professional Services group focusing on implementations, training and support with hospital clients all around the country. As a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Con has performed testing in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology and Blood Banks in addition to various supervisory roles.

Major achievements

Con’s best achievement is his family, for which he is incredibly grateful.

Ethos

“Credo Ut Intelligam” (I Believe So That I May Understand) – Saint Augustine


Tom Martini

Histotechnologist

Tom Martini

Histotechnologist

Summary

Tom engages in all technical aspects of the histopathology workflow from start to finish, including grossing, tissue processing, paraffin embedding, microtomy, routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Immunohistochemistry (IHC)/special staining, and digital whole-slide imaging.

Background

Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in microbiology from UNC Charlotte, then completed his post-baccalaureate training in histology at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Scottsdale, AZ. As an ASCP-certified Histotechnologist, he has worked in routine histology and specialized in dermatopathology for several years. In addition to histology, Tom has experience in serology, hematology, analytical chemistry, and molecular testing.

Major achievements

Tom is an ASCP-certified Histotechnologist and Technologist in Molecular Biology.

Ethos

“There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” – Vince Lombardi


Vicky Lor

Histology Laboratory Assistant

Vicky Lor

Histology Laboratory Assistant

Summary

Vicky provides support in the histology laboratory, specifically tasks related to specimen handling, accessioning, processing, scanning archiving and routine preparation of microscopic slides as well as support in maintaining laboratory instrumentation and ensure cleanliness. Additional to laboratory tasks, Vicky assists with office related administrative responsibilities including but not limited to, upkeep of documentation, ordering consumables/supplies and shipping documents and samples.

Background

Vicky has worked in a laboratory setting for just over four years, with one year at Millennium Health and three years at Precision Diagnostics. Her time at Millennium was spent focusing on accessioning and she continued her expertise with that at Precision Diagnostics. After six months, Vicky was promoted as a Specimen Verification Specialist and shortly after to Accessioning Lead. Although Vicky has had some experience in revenue cycle, her focus and expertise is in accessioning.

Ethos

“For my hustlers, here’s some motivation: he who has begun is half done.” – Nas



Cornelius "Con" Moran

Laboratory Information Systems Manager

Summary

Con is implementing and validating a Laboratory Information System to support AcelaBio’s workflow and is looking forward to supporting the AcelaBio team in accomplishing the grand vision of the laboratory and its services.

Background

Con received his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Cal-Poly Pomona and continued his post-graduate education, obtaining an MBA with an IT Concentration from the University of La Verne. He later completed a Medical Technology Internship with the Veterans Administration Hospital in West Los Angeles.

Con has several years of experience as a contractor with Sutter Healthcare system in northern California, taking on various assignments throughout many of their 27 hospitals, mostly in the Bay Area. He worked with Sunquest Information System for ten years in the Professional Services group focusing on implementations, training and support with hospital clients all around the country. As a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Con has performed testing in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology and Blood Banks in addition to various supervisory roles.

Major achievements

Con’s best achievement is his family, for which he is incredibly grateful.

Ethos

“Credo Ut Intelligam” (I Believe So That I May Understand) – Saint Augustine



Tom Martini

Histotechnologist

Summary

Tom engages in all technical aspects of the histopathology workflow from start to finish, including grossing, tissue processing, paraffin embedding, microtomy, routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Immunohistochemistry (IHC)/special staining, and digital whole-slide imaging.

Background

Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in microbiology from UNC Charlotte, then completed his post-baccalaureate training in histology at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Scottsdale, AZ. As an ASCP-certified Histotechnologist, he has worked in routine histology and specialized in dermatopathology for several years. In addition to histology, Tom has experience in serology, hematology, analytical chemistry, and molecular testing.

Major achievements

Tom is an ASCP-certified Histotechnologist and Technologist in Molecular Biology.

Ethos

“There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.” – Vince Lombardi



Vicky Lor

Histology Laboratory Assistant

Summary

Vicky provides support in the histology laboratory, specifically tasks related to specimen handling, accessioning, processing, scanning archiving and routine preparation of microscopic slides as well as support in maintaining laboratory instrumentation and ensure cleanliness. Additional to laboratory tasks, Vicky assists with office related administrative responsibilities including but not limited to, upkeep of documentation, ordering consumables/supplies and shipping documents and samples.

Background

Vicky has worked in a laboratory setting for just over four years, with one year at Millennium Health and three years at Precision Diagnostics. Her time at Millennium was spent focusing on accessioning and she continued her expertise with that at Precision Diagnostics. After six months, Vicky was promoted as a Specimen Verification Specialist and shortly after to Accessioning Lead. Although Vicky has had some experience in revenue cycle, her focus and expertise is in accessioning.

Ethos

“For my hustlers, here’s some motivation: he who has begun is half done.” – Nas


More information about the The Alimentiv Health Trust can be found here.

The Evergreen Principles

Alimentiv Health Trust companies are built on the Evergreen principles that prioritize purpose and growing enduring companies that make a long-term difference in the world for 100+ years.

Evergreen 7Ps Principles

The Evergreen 7Ps™ principles are the defining characteristics of Evergreen. The first three Ps—Purpose, Perseverance, and People First—define the character of the leaders and team. The last four Ps—Private, Profit, Paced Growth, and Pragmatic Innovation—reflect the long-term strategy tenets of an Evergreen business.

Purpose

Being passionately driven by a compelling vision and mission.

Private

Taking advantage of the ability of closely-held private companies to have a longer-term view, greater confidentiality around strategies, and more operating flexibility than public or exit-oriented businesses.

Perseverance

Having the ambition and the resilience to overcome obstacles and keep pursuing the mission indefinitely into the future.

Profit

Not mistaking profit as the purpose of the business; but recognizing it is essential to survival and independence, and the most accurate measure of customer value delivered.

People First

Engaging a workforce of talented associates who excel as a team and are motivated by the mission and the culture, as well as by total compensation, in the belief that, by taking care of them, they will take care of the customers, suppliers, partners, communities, and their families.

Paced Growth

Having the discipline to focus on long-term strategy, balance short-term and long-term performance, and grow steadily and consistently from year to year.

Pragmatic Innovation

Embracing a continuous-improvement process built around taking capital-efficient, calculated risks to innovate creatively within constraints.