Mispro Biotech Services offers the biomedical & pharmaceutical research community access to an innovative off-site solution for conducting early-stage in-vivo drug development studies. Our solution combines premium multi-user vivarium research facilities with comprehensive laboratory animal science services, including husbandry, colony management, and compliance oversight. More affordable & efficient than operating your own vivarium or outsourcing to a CRO, Mispro’s space plus services solution allows scientists to focus on science, instead of infrastructure, which clears the path to drug development.
Our business model was created by scientists, for scientists, and was founded on providing the following services to research organizations to enable the development of therapeutic products that improve the health & wellness of all living beings:
We currently operate a network of facilities conveniently located in key life sciences areas in the eastern U.S. & Canada. In all of our locations, we also offer our Insource solution, which brings Mispro’s proven operational infrastructure & best-in-class animal care services into your vivarium research facility.
In 2003, two faculty scientists from McGill University introduced a new concept to the world of laboratory animal science – off-site vivarium space & animal care services that could support multiple research organizations in a single facility. Co-founders Drs. Richard Latt and Michel Tremblay named the concept the ‘Mouse Incubator Space Project’ and courted a team of construction & finance experts to help form this new venture. Mispro Biotech Services evolved as the name of the company and they would soon open the doors to Montréal’s first multi-user vivarium facility. Inspired by the success of the Montréal facility, Mispro soon expanded into the U.S. market and now operates multiple facilities in major biotech clusters along the east coast. Today, with an expansion into Insource solutions, as well as continued growth into new markets, Mispro is fast becoming North America’s leading space & services solution for research organizations large & small pursuing pre-clinical drug development.
As an engineer by training, and investigative and scientific by nature, I have always seen the world we live in as an infinite set of challenges waiting to be solved. After 15-years as an executive with one of Canada’s largest engineering & construction firms, I was presented with an opportunity to lead a new venture in the life sciences sector. The concept was to provide infrastructure & services to small biotech and pharmaceutical organizations in support of early-stage drug development. This was an undeniably innovative & pioneering idea, conceived by and for scientists, and I immediately jumped on board to launch this new venture.
Today, Mispro Biotech Services operates a network of multi-user laboratory animal facilities accessible to research organizations of any size. Building on our founding principles of providing affordable infrastructure & services in support of in-vivo studies, Mispro is committed to providing our client’s with stable & compliant research environments that enable the critical development of therapeutics that improve quality of life for all living beings. Ranking equal to our commitment to science, and paramount to our core values is the ethical & humane treatment of the laboratory animals under our care. We also believe strongly in maintaining a working environment that fosters mutual respect and opportunities for personal growth to both Mispro’s and our client’s employees.
Mispro continues to rapidly grow in this evolving market, but our dedication to these principles will remain our yardstick for measuring our company’s success.
Dr. Astrofsky joined Mispro in August 2017 as Director of Operations and is responsible for managing Mispro’s daily operations, including facilities, staff, and services. Dr. Astrofsky has more than 20 years’ experience in veterinary & animal laboratory sciences, with expertise in animal care & welfare, program accreditation & compliance, animal model development, husbandry & technical procedures, and animal facility design. Prior to joining Mispro, Dr. Astrofsky was Executive Director & Global Head, Laboratory Animal Services (LAS) at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR). Previous to that, he served as Attending Veterinarian & Head, Vivarium Operations with Praecis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Astrofsky is an active member of several professional societies & committees and continues to serve in consulting, teaching, and advisory positions with several biotechnology, non-profit, and academic institutions.
Dr. Astrofsky received his DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in comparative medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the laboratory of James G. Fox, DVM.
As Senior Director of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Yohan is responsible for managing the Strategic Development, Sales & Marketing division of Mispro. Since 2007, Yohan has been on the forefront of Mispro’s growth from a single site in Montréal to the company’s current network of multiple facilities in key U.S. biotech clusters. With several years’ experience in big pharma and a background in science & healthcare, Yohan has an acute understanding of the challenges associated with drug development. His tireless enthusiasm for identifying opportunities & solutions to support the life sciences industry in the pursuit of drug therapies has been a cornerstone in establishing Mispro as a leader in space & services solutions for in-vivo science.
Yohan recently completed the Executive MBA programs at ESG-UQAM/Paris –Dauphine universities and has also received a B.Sc. in Biochemistry from McGill University.
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