About us

METIS Labs is a preclinical Contract Research Organization (CRO) providing radiotracer services for pharma, biotech, and academic organizations. Our core expertise is in performing standard and custom radioligand binding assays, receptor occupancy assays, and autoradiography imaging in systems ranging from human cell cultures to primate tissues to live animals (rodents). We also provide custom radiolabeling and radiosynthesis, as well as a variety of related behavioral, cellular, and molecular services featuring proteomic profiling.

The Team

Elias Dimitrakakis, MBA – Chief Executive Officer, co-founder

Mr. Dimitrakakis is a entrepreneur and investor who has co-founded and managed several successful companies.  He brings significant management and sales experience to METIS Labs.  In addition, Mr. Dimitrakakis has an undergraduate degree in Biology and several years of experience in neuropharmacology and behavioral research.

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Louis PeñaLouis A. Peña, PhD, MBA – Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Peña earned degrees from Harvard and UCLA, doing advanced work at Cold Spring Harbor Lab and Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr.  At Brookhaven National Laboratory he is co-director of the Nuclear & Radiochemistry Summer School and was a Principal Investigator in the Radiation Biology program and in the radiotracer/PET probe development program. His scientific expertise ranges from cell & molecular biology to biophysics; from oncology to neuroscience.  An adjunct professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University and of Management at Dowling College Townsend School of Business, he has consulted for medical device and biotech companies and worked to commercialize compounds including some he invented that are currently in clinical trials.

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Yianni Piyis – Director of Operations, co-founder

Mr. Piyis has managerial, operational, and leadership experience in the biomedical, sales, and insurance sectors. He has over a decade of hands-on experience in receptor autoradiography, behavioral pharmacology and neuroimaging by microPET.  He has previously held appointments as senior laboratory technician and lab manager in the Radiotracer Chemistry, Instrumentation and Biological Imaging program at Brookhaven National Laboratory and he has been a member of the Society for Quantitative Whole Body Autoradiography (SWBA).

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