Mr. Vais is a highly educated and skilled chemist with substantial experience within the environmental and organic sectors of chemistry. He received a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. He subsequently received his Masters and later his Ph. D in Organic Chemistry/Mass Spectrometry from the same institution.
Mr. Vais has been a lecturer and demonstrator within a variety of courses at the abovementioned institute, as well as a Lecture Assistant in General Chemistry at the University of Ottawa. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards including: Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellowship, Ottawa, Canada; Armin Meijere Prize for best lecture presented to graduate students, Technion, Haifa, Israel and the Scholarship of Distinction for graduate students, Haifa, Israel.
Mr. Vais previously worked for Toronto-based Apotex, Inc. as Method Development Chemist, where he participated in the analysis of active pharmaceutical ingredients in products and in the development and testing of new drug formulations. Prior, he was Research Fellow for Health Canada in Ottawa where he provided sample and data collection and analysis to identify and quantify environmental toxins, developed new techniques of determination of radionuclides in environmental samples, maintained laboratory equipment and prepared scientific articles and data to be presented at international conferences.
According to Ireland, "Next Alternative is extremely excited to bring a chemist of Vladimir's caliber on board. His vast research knowledge and experience will serve us well in acquiring and providing the required data in regard to the breakdown and documentation of formulas imperative to our mission." Mr. Vais will officially commence at NAI on February 1, 2011.