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Expert in Technology Commercialisation: Life Sciences; Venture Capital Deal Structuring & Licensing

Expert ID: 729861 Australia

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Expert. Expert has been involved in chemistry, life-sciences, and technology commercialization for over 17 years. Having graduated with a PhD in organic chemistry, a Masters degree in Science & Technology Commercialisation and having spent two years in the venture capital industry and over 10 years in Australia's largest R&D organisation, Expert has amassed an impressive repertoire of skills in technology transfer, investment in early stage companies and developed a deep expertise in licensing and intellectual property.
Expert. Expert has hands-on experience in the evaluation of early-stage companies, deal structuring for investment (e.g. venture based placements and convertible debt finance), and licensing agreements focussed on intellectual property rights.
His experience in the assessment of companies makes Expert an ideal consultant to assist with the review and development of business plans and grant applications. His extensive background in deal structuring, valuation and licensing provides a valuable resource to clients seeking advice on negotiating terms (terms sheets) for the access of rights to client intellectual property or raising capital in exchange for equity or other forms of security.

Expert is intermittently employed as a contractor to CIS Consulting in Melbourne. In that capacity Expert provides a number of consulting services including, business plan review, specialty contibutions to grant applications and review, and fundraising advice. Expert is routinely employed by the Victorian Government (i.e. once annually) to provide expert opinion on applications made to the state's Vistech program.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1991 Degree: PhD Subject: Organic Chmistry Institution: University of Queensalnd, QLD
Year: 2001 Degree: Masters Sci Tech Comm Subject: Science & technology Commercialisation Institution: Adelaide University, SA
Year: 2009 Degree: Exec. Mgmt. Subject: Private Equity and Venture Capital Institution: Harvard Business School, Boston, Mass. USA

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1994 to 2011 Employer: CSIRO Title: Executive Manager: Commercial Department: Intellectual Property & Licensing Responsibilities: Expert. Expert manages the firm's AU$16M Australian Growth Partnership program and is responsible for the selection of and investment into high potential technology-receptive small to medium sized companies. [] Expert. Expert also leads the company's commercialisation and licensing effort for the organisation's RAFT technology.
Years: 2002 to 2003 Employer: GBS Venture Partners Title: Investment Manager Department: Responsibilities: As an investment manager in a venture capital firm, Expert was responsible for conducting due diligence on the target investment early-stage opportunity in the life-science space. This requires an understanding of the technology underpinning the company as well as its global competitiveness and therefore return opportunities for the investor. Investment managers must also be familiar with venture deal structuring and IP.
Years: 2011 to 2008 Employer: CIS Consulting Title: Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Expert provides ad hoc consultancy services to CIS in order to access his speciality skills and/or to assist when the firm has insufficient capacity to meet client demand.
Expert is particularly helpful in reviewing business plans, or providing advice for clients on deal structuring.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1994 to Present Agency: CSIRO Role: Executive Manager Commercial Description: Expert has had a variety of roles. Commencing as a post-Doctoral chemist. Expert was fortunate enough to secure the role of Executive Officer to the Chief Executive for more than 2 years, prior to securing his current position in the organsiation's Intellectual Property & Licensing Group.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1992 to 1994 Country / Region: United States Summary: Expert became the senior post-doctoral student within a resarch group (of around 40 post-doctoral students) at the University of Florida.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
Professional Appointments
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published 15 journal articles in organic chemistry, a list is available on request.

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
1 day presentation "Commercialsiing Scientific Research" for the Australian Academy of Science, May 2010.

An annual lecture to Monash University Bachelor of Biotechnology:
"Betabiotics - A case study on investing in early stage biotechnology companies."
Other Relevant Experience
He is a non-executive director on two early stage technology based companies.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Expert has completed a graduate French translation course. He would describe his competency levels as: Reading: Good Written: Moderate Spoken: Basic-Moderate

Fields of Expertise

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