image   Who we are

Company founded in 2010, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

IROA Technologies, LLC is revolutionizing metabolomics technologies for the Life Science marketplace by enabling and automating the measurement of biochemicals in a biological system. IROA methodologies easily produce clear, concise, interpretable biological information so that Life Science investigators can do what they do best; make better drugs, produce diagnostics, optimize biologics, etc.

 

Chris Beecher, Board Member, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer



Chris has more than 25 years of experience in metabolomics, drug discovery and development, and holds 12 patents and 75 publications. His Ph.D. was awarded in Pharmaceutical Sciences (specialty, Natural Products Chemistry and Biochemistry) from the University of Connecticut in 1986. Dr. Beecher served as Director for Drug Development with Ancile Pharmaceuticals and Associate Director for Natural Products Drug Discovery for Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). Before joining BMS, Chris was a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Chris is a metabolomic platform development pioneer. In 2001, Dr. Beecher was appointed as the Director of Metabolic Profiling at Paradigm Genetics, Inc. where he was responsible for building the world's first parallel metabolomics platform. He later became the sole technical founder of Metabolon, Inc. where he continued to build metabolomics platforms and work in discovery. Following the discovery of the metabolite biomarker sarcosine in prostate cancer, Dr. Beecher became a Professor in the Department of Pathology, at the Medical School of the University of Michigan and assumed the position of Director of the UM Metabolomics Facility. Chris is currently Chief Scientific Officer for IROA Technologies where he oversees the continuous development of next generation metabolomics, data generation and data interpretation platforms.

 

Felice A. de Jong, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Felice has an extensive and distinguished career in metabolomics, and life science. She holds post-graduate degrees in Technology Management from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Connecticut; and a doctorate in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. de Jong was Technical Manager, Biochemistry at Boehringer Mannheim (Roche), Australia and the founding President of Sigma Aldrich Australia, developing her first company to a successful venture from the ground up. Dr. de Jong returned to Sigma-Aldrich in Boston, USA where she ran Sigma's neurobiology subsidiary, RBI, as its President.

Felice has been an active leader and proponent in the field of metabolomics since its emergence. She developed metabolomics business and marketing strategies during her 6 years as Senior/ Director of Business Development for Metabolon. Her current focus is the automation of methodologies for the measurement of biological response to stress, i.e. disease, environment, drugs, toxins etc.