• Chairman & CEO

    Dr Mel Bridges

    Mel has over 30 years' experience building successful, international lifescience, diagnostic and medical device companies and commercialising a wide range of Australian technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology. Mel is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and is also on their Council. Mel is responsible for numerous commercial and M&A transactions and liquidity events exceeding $1 billion. He has raised over $400 million in biotech investment capital.

    Mel has received numerous prestigious national and state business awards including the 2005 AusBiotech Chairman’s Industry Medal and 2004 Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year. Mel has successfully founded and exited veterinary and human lifescience companies, including the recent sale of Peptech Animal Health to Virbac in 2011, and Catapult Genetics to Pfizer Animal Health in 2008.

    Mel is currently a director of ASX100 company ALS Ltd (ASX:ALQ) , and Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Oventus Medical Ltd (ASX:OVN).

    Iain Ross, BSc Biochemistry, CDir

    Iain is a biochemistry graduate of London University, and is an experienced businessman with more than 30 years’ experience largely in the international life sciences and technology sectors. Following a career with multi-national companies, including Sandoz AG, Fisons plc, Hoffman La Roche, Celltech plc and Reed International plc, for the past 18 years he has undertaken a number of company turnarounds and start-ups as a board member on behalf of banks and private equity groups.

    Iain's track record includes multiple financing transactions as well as extensive experience of divestments and strategic restructurings and more than 20 years in cross-border management as a Chairman and CEO. He has led and participated in four initial public offerings, and has direct experience of M&A transactions in Europe, USA and Pacific Rim.

    Currently he is Chairman of e-Therapeutics plc and RedX Pharma plc, each of which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. In addition Iain is Chairman of Biomer Technology Limited, a private UK Company, and Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Novogen Limited which is listed in Australia on the ASX. He is a qualified Chartered Director of the UK Insitute of Directors and former Vice-Chairman of the Council of Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Dr Tracie Ramsdale

    Tracie is one of the founders of Alchemia Limited and led the company’s development as its General Manager and Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2007. Tracie joined the Alchemia Board in July 2003. During her tenure as CEO, Tracie led the development of fondaparinux and Alchemia's drug discovery technology. Prior to establishing Alchemia, Tracie was a Principal Investigator and Commercial Manager of the Centre for Drug Design and Development at the University of Queensland. Tracie is an adjunct Professor at the School of Chemical and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, a member of the Australian Federal Government Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tracie holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Queensland, a Master of Pharmacy from the Victorian College of Pharmacy and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She currently provides independent consulting advice to the biotechnology industry, academia and government.

    Dr Jay Hetzel

    Jay holds a Bachelor in Agricultural Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Animal Genetics from the University of Sydney. He had a distinguished scientific career with CSIRO for over 20 years in the field of animal genetics. In 1998, he co-founded Genetic Solutions Pty Ltd to commercialise genomics technology in livestock and held positions of Managing Director and Scientific Director. The company was sold to Pfizer Animal Health in 2008. Jay has served on a number of industry and government advisory groups including the Queensland Biotechnology Advisory Council, Australian Government Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee and the Life Sciences Queensland Steering Committee. Jay is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently chairman of ASX listed Leaf Energy Ltd.

    Paul Grujic

    Paul is a graduate in Applied Biology and in Marketing with more than 30 years experience in the Animal Health industry. His roles have included Sales, Marketing, Business Development and General Management in the UK, USA and Australia.

    He was previously the President of CSL Animal Health with 250 staff and operations in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. He has also held senior positions with Glaxo, Pitman-Moore, Webster Animal Health, American Cyanamid and Fort Dodge(Wyeth). In addition he has worked as an advisor to several Animal Health companies and was a Non Executive Director of Catapult Genetics, an Executive Director of Peptech Animal Health and a Director of NOAH the UK Animal Health trade association.

    Paul has wide experience in acquisition, divestment and integration of companies and played a major role in the sale of CSL Animal Health and Catapult Genetics to Pfizer and Peptech Animal Health to Virbac, a global Animal Health company.

    Stephen Denaro

    Stephen has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, business valuations, accountancy services, and income tax compliance gained from positions as Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of various public companies and with major chartered accountancy firms in Australia and the United Kingdom. He provides company secretarial services for a number of start-up technology and ASX listed and unlisted public companies.

    Stephen has a Bachelor of Business in Accountancy, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.