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 has over thirty 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 has 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.

Eileen McLaughlin – Director

Eileen is Executive Dean for Science and Technology at the University of Canberra. She has domain expertise in reproductive biology.

Eileen graduated from The University of Bristol UK in 1994 with a PhD in assisted reproduction and reproductive cryobiology, after which she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in reproductive biology to work on the development of human male contraceptive targets at the School of Biochemistry. In 2000, she took up a post-doctoral fellowship to expand her work to female virally vectored immunocontraceptives in wildlife feral animal control with CSIRO and the Invasive Animal CRC in Canberra. In 2002, she obtained a lectureship at the University of Newcastle NSW, where she established a highly productive lab working on ovarian follicular development, female and male germ cell development and the effects of reproductive toxicants in multigenerational fertility.

She was appointed to a personal chair in Reproductive Biology in 2010 and interim Pro Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and IT at the University of Newcastle in 2013. Eileen migrated to NZ in 2015 and took up the position of Director of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland before returning to Canberra.


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