About Acorn

Acorn is a Toronto-based healthcare technology company focused on giving everyone access to the future of cell-based medicine with the world’s first non-invasive, follicle-based cell collection and cryopreservation service.

Our services are offered directly to consumers via at-home and in-clinic collections, with availability across Canada through our network of clinic and pharmacy partners. We also offer our cell banking service as a part of employee benefits programs for a growing list of businesses and organizations.

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Dr. Drew Taylor

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

As a researcher in Toronto, Acorn founder Dr. Drew Taylor saw an urgent need to prepare people for the future of medicine. He struggled to accept the scenario where we have to tell patients that “there is a stem cell therapy available for your condition, but unfortunately your cells are too old and damaged to be leveraged.” To solve this, he founded Acorn Biolabs in 2017.

Prior to founding Acorn, Drew spent several years as Chief Science Officer at Epic Capital Management working across the flourishing biotech start-up community. Prior to Epic, Drew was part of Mount Sinai Hospital’s BioEngineering of Skeletal Tissues Team.

Drew completed a bachelor’s degree in Biology and master’s degree in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Drew also enjoyed a successful career in professional minor league baseball as a pitcher for both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies. A career-ending injury spurred personal motivation to help unlock the future of regenerative medicine for everyone.

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William Hall

Head of Operations & Finance

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Andre De Pape

Head of Marketing

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Andrew Velan

Director of Product & Technology

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Amatullah Fatehi

Processing & Research Lead


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Dr. Jennifer Pearlman MD, CCFP, NCMP, FAARM, ABAARM

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder Pearl MD Rejuvenation

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Dr. Elaine Chin MD, MBA

Founder and Medical Director Executive Health Centre, Innovation Health Group

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Dr. Patrick Galange MD, MBA, CCFP

Family Physician, Assistant Professor McMaster University

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Dr. Rahul Gawri MD, PhD

Biomedical Scientist, Assistant Professor McGill University