Board of Directors
The Company’s Board and senior team has a broad background of executive and non-executive board experience in the health and medical device industries and early stage companies, combined with publicly listed company, capital market, financial and commercial expertise. The board comprises:
Dr Mel BridgesChairman and Non-Executive Director
Mel has over 35 years’ experience founding and building international lifescience, diagnostic and medical device companies and commercialising a wide range of Australian technology. He is responsible for numerous commercial and M&A transactions and liquidity events, including listings on the ASX. Mel has received national and state business awards including the 2005 AusBiotech Chairman’s Industry Medal and 2004 Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year. Mel has founded and developed medical device and diagnostic companies, including Pacific Diagnostics (acquired by Baxter), PanBio Ltd (acquired by Inverness Medical), and ImpediMed Ltd (ASX: IPD). Mel is currently a director of ASX 100 Company ALS Ltd, and co-founder and chairman of Anatara Lifesciences Ltd.
Dr Neil AndersenManaging Director and Chief Executive Officer
An experienced company executive and biomaterial scientist, Neil started working with Dr Chris Hart three years ago, to develop and commercialise the O2VentTM and bring it to market. Neil has been responsible for managing the collaboration process with the CSIRO to develop a remotely-managed computer aided detection (CAD) imaging and 3D printing manufacturing platform, as well as the patent portfolio, quality systems and regulatory clearances for the product to date. Neil has 30 years’ experience in commercialising medical devices and managing the process from conception to market release including applied research, developing prototypes and testing, product development, manufacturing, regulatory submissions and clinical trials. Prior to taking on the role with Oventus, Neil founded and held the role of chief executive officer of CathRx for 10 years. In this role, Neil managed the process from the invention of the company’s technology through to commercialising a range of products leading to sales in Europe. Neil has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) and a Diploma of Management and is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Dr Chris HartFounder and Clinical Director
Chris is the founder of the Company and inventor of the O2VentTM design concept. Chris is overseeing the launch of the O2VentTM to patients and through clinicians by providing support and guidance to the management team in terms of patient management and clinician training. Chris graduated from the University of Queensland in 1998 with a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He has studied at Cambridge University where he graduated with a Master of Philosophy in Biomedical Science in 1999. Prior to establishing Oventus, Chris owned and managed a multi-site national dental practice, training institute and management consultancy which he sold to private equity investors. Chris also acts as an adviser to various bodies within the dental industry as well as the health care sector more broadly on the commercial aspects of health care delivery.
Ms Sue MacLemanNon-Executive Director
Sue is the CEO of the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Industry Innovation Growth Centre. She is also a non-executive director at Reproductive Health Sciences Ltd. Previously she has served as Mesoblast Ltd Head of Commercial and Senior Vice President Corporate. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a pharmaceutical executive with roles in corporate, medical, marketing, business development, and sales management at Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck), Amgen and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Sue has also served as CEO and director of several ASX and NASDAQ listed companies.
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