David Gagnon

R&D Chemist


  • Organic chemistry
  • Medicinal chemistry and synthesis of pharmaceutical intermediates
  • Process chemistry development
  • Extraction – Chromatography – Crystallization
  • Analytical chemistry and method development
  • Continuous flow synthesis
  • Project management


  • Postdoctoral fellowship in medicinal chemistry (2012) – Pr Pierre Deslongchamps, OmegaChem
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in organic synthesis (2010) – Pr Alois Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany
  • PhD in Organic Synthesis (2008) – Université de Sherbrooke
  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (2003) – Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Diploma of college studies (DEC) in Analytical Chemistry (1997) – Cégep de Rimouski


R&D Chemist, Kemitek –  since 2022

Senior Scientist and Team Leader, OmegaChem – 2019 to 2022

Research Chemist – Senior Scientist I and II, OmegaChem – 2010 to 2019

Chemical and Metallurgical Technician, Bradken Foundry – 1997 to 2000

Dr. Gagnon has nearly 20 years in academic and industrial research. After his graduate studies in organic chemistry, he completed two post-doctoral fellowships in medicinal chemistry and organic synthesis, one of which was in a pharmaceutical company. He contributed for 12 years to the development of a pharmaceutical chemistry contract research organization (CRO) where he planned and carried out more than 150 confidential process development projects contracted for major pharmaceutical companies. In particular, he led a team of researchers in the execution of large-scale projects at the scales of grams and several kilograms. He joined the Kemitek’s team in 2022.


  • Member of the Ordre des Chimistes du Québec (#Membre 2015-120)


  • Gagnon, D.; Spino, C. Total Synthesis of (+)-Aspidofractinine, Chem.  2008, 74, 6035 – 6041.
  • Gagnon, D. Doctoral thesis, Université de Sherbrooke, 2008, 288 pages.
  • Lauzon, S.; Tremblay, F.; Gagnon, D.; Godbout, C.; Chabot, C.; Mercier-Shanks, C.; Perreault, S.; DeSève H.; Spino, C. Chem. 2008, 73, 6239 – 6250.
  • Spino, C.; Boisvert, L.; Douville, J.; Roy, S.; Lauzon, S.; Minville, J.; Gagnon, D.; Beaumier F.; Chabot, C. Chem. 2006, 691, 5336 – 5355.
  • Gagnon, D.; Lauzon, S.; Godbout, C.; Spino, C. Lett. 2005, 7, 4769 – 4771.