About Us

The Founder

Elias Sayias, BSc. CCRA, started his career in the pharmaceutical industry in 2008. He is of Cypriot and Lebanese descent and founded ILIKOS Drug Development Solutions (ILIKOS DDS) in 2019 with the purpose of combining made-to-measure drug development solutions with the highest levels of quality and compliance at the most competitive price point. Throughout his career, Elias held positions of increasing responsibility at renowned Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research Organizations. His focus lies in early stage development through Proof of Concept research and he has experience across a wide range of therapeutic areas as well as studies involving small or large molecules. He has developed skills across several disciplines of clinical research and has partnered with start-up biotechnology and top 10 pharmaceutical companies in North America, Europe and Asia while developing a strong network of collaborators.

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Our Team

Dr. Styliana Mirallai - Corporate Development Manager
Dr. Mirallai liaises with both internal and external stakeholders to identify, evaluate and progress opportunities for strategic development. She obtained her B. Sc. (2009) and Ph. D. in Chemistry (2015) from the University of Cyprus, participating in the discovery of new chemistry of N’-Arylbenzamidines and the development of potential drug candidates for the treatment of β-Thalassemia (β-thal). She also held positions of growing responsibility as a Lecturer at the Health and Life Sciences Department of the University of Nicosia. In 2016, she was awarded with the competitive Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship (IRC) to work on a Medicinal Chemistry project at NUI Galway. During her time at NUI Galway, she contributed to the synthesis of glycomimetics and the development of bioassays and in 2019 was conferred the title of Honorary Research Lecturer in the School of Chemistry. Dr. Mirallai is also a STEM ambassador, actively promoting women in STEM through her involvement in various outreach activities. In addition to deep academic experience, Dr. Mirallai also held a senior management role at eHeterocycles Ltd, a chemical manufacturer and supplier specializing in N,O,S-rich heterocycles. In parallel with her responsibilities at ILIKOS, she maintains a Lecturer position at the University of Nicosia.

Maria Sayia - Corporate Administrator
Maria fulfils the critical role of Corporate Administrator. She holds diplomas from institutions in the United Kingdom and Greece in addition to a business administration degree from Cyprus College. As Corporate Administrator, Maria is closely involved in the administration of the company ensuring statutory and regulatory requirements are met and that decisions of the board of directors are implemented.

Strategic Partners

AE Corporate Services
AE Corporate Services is a renowned certified chartered accountant firm based in Nicosia that provides accounting, international taxation, business advisory, audit and corporate services. We are working closely with AE Corporate Services founder, Mr. Andreas Charalambous and his team to ensure complete compliance with Cypriot taxation law while strengthening ILIKOS'’ financial position

Business Model

ILIKOS is the result of a vision on how drug development solutions should be offered: extremely tailored, adaptive and at a viable cost. Our purpose is to promote positive drug development outcomes by connecting life science companies to the solutions that best fit their needs.


Our focus is to:

1) Offer viable and highly tailored drug development solutions to lifescience companies and Clinical Research Organizations (CROs).

2) Leverage our geographical location to cover and cultivate relationships across the EU, Africa and Middle East regions.

3) Capitalize on Cyprus’ status as a renowned business hub with a reliable public and private health care system to progress research and present viable clinical trial opportunities to Patients on the island.


There is no straight line in drug development and often the biggest challenge for established or emerging companies is not finding a provider, it’s finding the provider that is best suited to their particular needs. Each company, be it a small start-up or a globally renowned entity, is on its own path and should therefore seek solutions based on its specific objectives. With that in mind, flexibility, responsiveness and quality work define what we offer day in and day out!

Our Solution

Drug development is a team sport but your drug candidate is unique. The solutions we offer are closely aligned to your resources and objectives.

Timelines, industry trends, development objectives and exit strategy are important factors to consider when deciding on the next steps of your development program. We provide in depth analyses of all your options to help you make the best decision.
ILIKOS is a partner that shares your vision. We do this by integrating our services within your corporate structure and by becoming an extension of your team.
The most important questions we ask are: what did we learn and how can we continuously improve? We believe this is the best way to navigate through the ups and downs of drug development.

Our Expertise

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