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 Expert  729861

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

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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 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.



licensable technology




technology licensing


technology transfer

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

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

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1994 to 2011




Intellectual Property & Licensing


Executive Manager: Commercial


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. [www.csiro.au/AGP] Expert also leads the company's commercialisation and licensing effort for the organisation's RAFT technology.

2002 to 2003


GBS Venture Partners



Investment Manager


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.

2011 to 2008


CIS Consulting





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.

Career Accomplishments:

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.

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1994 to   CSIRO   Executive Manager Commercial   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.

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

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

Additional Skills and Services:

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 Skills and Services

He is a non-executive director on two early stage technology based companies.


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