June 01, 2020
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Canatsey joins RockStep Solutions as director of software engineering

Community Author: Chuck Donnelly
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PORTLAND — RockStep’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that David Canatsey has joined the company as director of software engineering. Canatsey will take over the leadership of RockStep’s technology stack and software engineering team.


“I’m excited to be joining the RockStep team at this transitional time for the company. With their recent release of Climb 2.0, a transformative product for in vivo drug discovery, they are leading the biopharmaceutical industry into the future. We have a great product, are poised for rapid scale, and the team energy is amazing,” says Canatsey.


His first foray into technology startups was in 2003 when he joined Recruiternet’s founding team to deliver a best in class HR applicant tracking system. He saw Recruiternet through its acquisition in 2006 by First Advantage, where he carried on as Architect and Director and of Product Development.


After First Advantage, Canatsey joined the founding team of Certify, a leading fintech travel and expense management solution for companies of all sizes. He took Certify from early phase of a few employees to over a thousand employees and global dominance. K1 Capital Management acquired Certify in 2017, where he led his technology teams as senior vice president of product development until his departure in 2019.


RockStep has just released its transformative product, Climb 2.0, for early phase drug discovery research and development. They are now working with tier-1 pharmaceutical companies on large scale deployments. The company has a strong customer base and global sales funnel. Canatsey takes on the leadership role with a team of six developers. His early focus is on scaling the technology stack for global deployments and working with RockStep’s executive team on the product vision.


“When we first met Dave, we realized immediately that he was a perfect match for our company.  His enthusiasm and background in startups along with his skills as a technology team leader, are exactly what we need to scale,” says  Julie Morrison, president of RockStep.


RockStep was founded with backing from the NIH and the Maine Technology Institute. The company’s headquarters are located in Portland. RockStep currently has customers in 14 US states and Europe.