Frances Shannon – Chair
Frances is Professor and Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at the University of Canberra with responsibility for developing and implementing the research strategy of the university, research education and training, university research centres and research student management. Frances was educated in Ireland at University College Dublin completing a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in biochemistry there before moving to Australia.
Prior to this role, Frances was Group Leader in a Gene Expression and Epigenomics Laboratory at the Australian National University. Professor Shannon was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Adelaide and then Founding Member of the Hanson Centre for Cancer Research at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science in Adelaide, South Australia.
Jeremy Chrisp – CEO
Jeremy is a biotechnology entrepreneur with extensive experience in the commercialisation of Australian technology, with a focus on business development and the management of early stage opportunities. Jeremy holds a PhD in physiology from the University of Canterbury (NZ) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
He is an Investment Director for ANU Connect Ventures, with over twenty-eight years experience in the Australian healthcare market, initially by working with leading global multinational companies, including Merck & Co, Stryker, Becton Dickinson & Medtronic.
Sudha Rao – CSO
Sudha is a Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biology and the University of Canberra, Australia. She is a domain expertise in epigenetics and cancer biology.
Sudha completed her PhD at Kings College London prior to moving to industry, where she gained valuable drug development experience. This included the development of phase 1 and 2 assets in asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Sudha was engaged by Aventis (now Sanofi) as a Senior Scientist for over 8 years before she was recruited to Australia to work under Professor Frances Shannon and later Professor Chris Parish at the Australian National University. More recently, she was recruited to the University of Canberra.
Brand Hoff – Director
Brand has had a long and successful career in ICT both in Government and Private Industry. Brand is a successful entrepreneur, company director and investor. He founded TOWER Software which was acquired by HP in May of 2008. Brand has a degree in Computer Studies from the University of Canberra, has served as a Councillor of the University of Canberra and is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra.
Brand has served as a Director of NICTA, the Australian ICT Centre of Excellence, Taggle Systems, SNAPeWallet and MyTaggles Pty Ltds. Brand also served as Chairman of Canberra Business Council and a Councilor of the NSW Business Chamber. He has served as Chairman Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Canberra Division and as a Director on the National Board of AICD. He was awarded the 2011 National Pearcey Medal, for a lifetime contribution to Australian ICT and in 2012 he was inducted as a Member into the Order of Australia.
Nick McNaughton – Director
Nick has an Honours Degree in Computing in Business from The University Huddersfield in the UK, an MBA from the University of South Australia and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He has a long track record of helping to build and grow early-stage companies, and has been a successful angel investor, business mentor, and CEO of a successful investment fund. Nick is a former Chair of Capital Angels, was a founding member of Sydney Angels. He currently sits on the Board of Entry29 and the GRIFFIN Accelerator.
Paul Kelly (Company Secretary), Jeremy Chrisp, Brand Hoff, Frances Shannon & Sudha Rao