We are on a mission to create better and safer therapeutics enabled by cryopreservation.

Professor Allison Hubel, PhD

Evia Bio is a life sciences innovation company that develops non-DMSO cryopreservation solutions for the cell therapy industry.

Our cryopreservation technology was developed by world-leading cryobiologist, Professor Allison Hubel, PhD, at the University of Minnesota and is optimized for each cell to deliver the highest cell viability, recovery, and functional performance.

Leadership Team

Christiaan Engstrom, MBA


  • Former Founder & CEO at Cell Culture Company
  • Former COO at Medical Advanced Pain Specialists (MAPS)
  • Multiple successful exits in healthcare technologies
Allison Hubel, Ph.D.

Allison Hubel, Ph.D.

CSO & Founder

  • World-leading cryopreservation expert
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering – University of Minnesota
  • Director, Biopreservation Core Resource – University of Minnesota
  • President, Society for Cryobiology
Jeff Williams, Ph.D.

Jeff Williams, Ph.D.


  • Former President – Lucigen
  • Former President & CEO – Platypus Technologies
  • Multiple successful exits in biotech
Bryan Poltilove, MBA

Bryan Poltilove, MBA

Board Chairman

  • Operating Partner – Broad Oak Capital Partners
  • Former Cell & Gene Therapy General Manager – Thermo Fisher
  • Multiple cell and gene therapy tool investments, acquisitions, and exits
Sandy Williams, Ph.D.

Sandy Williams, Ph.D.

Strategy Advisor

  • Founder & President – Access Biomedical Solutions
  • Biomedical engineering and marketing consulting for medtech and biotech
  • Former Biologics Business Unit Manager, Bose Corporation
Jason Maidment, MBA

Jason Maidment, MBA

Financial Advisor

  • Fractional CFO – JAM Services
  • Senior Director Finance – UnitedHealth Group
  • General Manager – Hanratty & Associates 


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