Our story

Every day we wake up inspired to empower people with simple and affordable diagnostics, so that together we can help others achieve a higher quality of care. 

sn biomedical was founded in a garage in Leduc, Alberta by Dr. Hillary Sweet and Dr. Matthew Nickel in 2019 shortly after graduating from their PhDs at the University of Alberta. Hillary and Matthew met in 2014 while doing their PhDs under one of Canada's top biomedical engineers, Dr. Robert Burrell, and have been working together ever since.

 

They both imagined building a company that was devoted to helping improve the lives of animals and people. Together the team at sn biomedical is driven to make this dream a reality by providing simple and affordable diagnostics to those that need them.

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Our Team

Hillary Sweet cofounder of sn biomedical

Matthew Nickel, PhD

CTO & Co-founder

Matthew wakes up inspired every day to help build a better world. 

Matthew graduated with a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2018, specializing in nano-structured materials in medicine.

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Hillary Sweet, PhD

CEO & Co-founder 

Hillary wakes up every day inspired to help others.

 

Hillary graduated with a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2018, specializing in point-of-care clinical diagnostics.

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Alicia Naundorf, BSc, RVT

Sales Representative

Alicia wakes up every day with a passion to improve the lives of animals and their people.

Alicia graduated with from the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT in 2011, and went on to achieve a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta in 2018. She has worked as an RVT in many capacities including emergency, high volume spay and neuter, general practice, and equine.

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Mentors

Merle Olson from Solvet

Barb Olson, MSc, PhD

Barb left academia in 2004 to pursue biotechnology in the private sector. She founded AVL and Solvet, with her husband Merle and is now in charge of quality control, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs. Part of her role is maintaining a facility to fulfill requirements of Good Manufacturing Practices and that complies with Health Canada.

Barb was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2021 - the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen.

Merle Olson, MSc, DVM

Merle, alongside his wife Barb, currently owns and operates Alberta Veterinary Laboratories (AVL) and Solvet, manufacturing and distributing veterinary pharmaceuticals across CanadaAVL specializes in veterinary products to control pain and protect the health and well-being of animals.

Merle was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2021 - the highest honour the Province of Alberta can bestow on a citizen.

Barb Olson from AVL