Don Enns has been a senior executive and leader in the life sciences industry for over 30 years, building companies that provide analytical testing, clinical, development, and manufacturing services to the environmental, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, petrochemical, and food industries globally. He is currently the Vice President and Head of Drug Delivery Services at Evonik, one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies, with over €14 billion in annual revenue. Before this, Enns was President and CEO of TRANSFERRA Nanosciences Inc. (formerly Northern Lipids Inc.), which specialized in the development and manufacture of complex drug delivery systems using lipid nanoparticle science for small molecules, peptides, proteins, mRNA, siRNA, and DNA oligonucleotides. The company was acquired by Evonik in 2016.
Prior to his tenure at TRANSFERRA Nanosciences, Enns served as President of LifeSciences BC, a non-profit, industry association which supports and represents the life science community of British Columbia thought leadership, investment, advocacy, and promotion. Previously, he was also President and CEO of CANTEST Ltd., a BC-headquartered organization providing professional analytical and clinical services to support the environmental quality, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and food safety industries. CANTEST Ltd. was acquired by Maxxam Analytics International Corp. (an OMERS owned company) in 2009.
Enns serves as chair of the NanoMedicines Innovation Network (NMIN), which brings together 60 principal investigators from 17 institutions across Canada with 15 companies and 8 not-for-profit research institutions to expand Canada’s position as a leader in nanomedicines R&D. In addition, he was a director for World Wildlife Fund, BC Advantage Fund, and an advisor to a number of different academic faculties and organizations such as Canada’s National Research Council. Formerly he also held director positions for BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network, Genome BC, Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, Canadian Association of Laboratory Accreditation, and B.C. Water and Waste Association.
Enns earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Trinity Western University and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.