a team dedicated to gastroenterology-focused technologies

giiant pharma Inc is a Montreal-based biotech company, founded by two former Merck Frosst scientists, and repeat entrepreneurs with a significant depth of expertise in the area of Gastrointestinal drug development. Guided by the concept of Precision Delivery and using its proprietary GastroIntestinal-Induced ANti-inflammatory Technology (GIIANT) the company has developed its lead program GT-2108 for the treatment of moderate-to-severe ulcerative colitis. This approach capitalizes on the enzymatic activity of the colon microbiota to bioactivate the prodrug of phosphodiestherase-4 (PDE4) inhibitor and specifically release the active moiety at the site of inflammation.


Maxime RangerPhD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Maxime went back to his first love and jumped in full time as giiant’s CEO in 2021, after being General Partner at AmorChem. As a serial entrepreneur, Maxime played a leading role in the creation and management of Mperia therapeutics, Inversago Pharma, SemaThera and Neurasic Therapeutics, to name a few.

Elizabeth KwongPhD

Cofounder & Chief Development Officer

CMC expert specialized in formulation development from discovery to clinical stage, Elizabeth cofounded giiant pharma after more than 20 years at Merck Frosst. Elizabeth has supported over 100 pre-clinical candidates and several late-stage candidates including: Singulair®, Vioxx®, Arcoxia®, Laropiprant™, Belsomra® and odanacatib.

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Patrick ColinB.Pharm, PhD

Chief Clinical Officer

Bringing more than 33 years of experience in various corporate environments, encompassing large multinational firms, growing biopharmaceutical companies and biotechs/start-ups, Patrick is an expert in gastroenterology and hepatology preclinical and clinical drug development (Phases 1 to 4).

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Christophe MellonPhD

Vice-president, Discovery & Chemistry

After synthetic organic chemistry training at Université de Montréal and a post-doc at MIT, Christophe benefited from the large number of opportunities offered to innovative medicinal chemists at Merck Frosst. His entrepreneurial spirit let him to contribute significantly to the initial tools necessary to start two medicinal chemistry programs.

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Véronique BérubéLL.B.

Head, Operations & Strategy

Curiosity has been the common thread uniting the different stages of Véronique’s career. Starting as a journalist for TC Media in 2005, she was drawn to politics and worked her way up to the position of Editor-in-Chief. During this time, she assigned tasks and projects to journalists, created editorial boards and outlines and oversaw the planning and conception of both written and visual content to be featured in print and online media outlets.

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Micheline BeauvaisCPA, MBA

Acting CFO

Micheline brings key financial expertise to giiant, acquired throughout her career in the banking industry, as well as during her tenure as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Locus Dialogue Inc. Since 2002, Micheline has been working as part-time CFO for small, venture-backed, technology start-up companies. Her expertise is well recognized throughout the biotech industry (she has 20+ biopharmaceutical companies in her professional portfolio).

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Board of Directors

Elizabeth DouvillePhD

Managing Partner


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Marie LindnerMD

Independent Board member

BioValue Creation, LLC

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Jean-François PariseauMBA


Amplitude Ventures

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Jamie StiffMBA

Managing Director

Genesys Capital

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Maxime RangerPhD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

giiant pharma

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