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  • EMERITUS PROFESSOR GRAHAM MACDONALD
    EMERITUS PROFESSOR GRAHAM MACDONALDAM, MD, BS, BSC (MED), FRACP, FRCP, FANZCC (CHAIRMAN)

    Professor Macdonald brings his valuable experience in clinical medicine and basic biomedical science. He spent 28 years in academic nephrology before moving into the pharmaceutical industry with Merck Sharp and Dohme (Australia). Since his retirement in 2007, Professor Macdonald has been engaged in biotechnology consulting projects and was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Australian Stem Cell Centre from 2008-2011. Today, Graham also holds positions as a director and Chairman of Vectus Biosciences Limited and non-executive Deputy Chairman of the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia. In June 2012, Professor Macdonald received an Australian Queen’s Birthday Honour in the General Division of the Order of Australia for ‘service to the biomedical research in the areas of hypertension and renal disease, to medical education, to the promotion and awareness raising of organ donation, and as a mentor’.

  • PROFESSOR ROSS COPPEL
    PROFESSOR ROSS COPPELB.MED.SCI, MBBS, DTM&H, PHD (DIRECTOR)

    Professor Coppel graduated in medicine at The University of Melbourne before later commencing a PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). He went on to become an internationally recognised scientist in the field of malaria and primary biliary cirrhosis. Ross has authored and co-authored more than 420 scientific publications and his work in bioinformatics led to the establishment of the Victorian Bioinformatics Consortium (VBC), of which he remains a Director. Ross currently holds the position of Deputy Dean and Director of Research of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.

  • PROFESSOR PETER GRAY
    PROFESSOR PETER GRAYBSC CHEM ENG (HONS) SYD, PHD NSW, FTSE, FIEAUST, FAICD (DIRECTOR)

    Professor Peter Gray is the founding Director of the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at the University of Queensland and he is also a member of the Board of Directors for Stem Cells Ltd. Professor Gray is internationally recognised for his work on the expression and production of complex proteins in mammalian cell cultures. His research is aimed at reducing some of the ‘bottlenecks’ present when mammalian cells are used to produce biopharmaceuticals and he is applying his experience to the development of conditions and strategies which will allow the scalable expansion of pluripotent stem cells under fully defined conditions. Professor Gray’s research group has an extensive collaborative network of international research groups and corporations. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institution of Engineers Australia, and was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government (2003).

  • STEPHEN DENARO
    STEPHEN DENAROB.BUS., CA MAICD, GradDipAppCorpGov (COMPANY SECRETARY)

    Stephen has a wealth of expertise in accountancy and Board corporate governance. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Stephen has held positions as Company Secretary or Chief Financial Officer of various start-up technology and public companies and major chartered accountancy firms both in Australia and the UK.