Dr Leanna Read has executive, board and investment experience across a range of technology-based enterprises, particularly biotechnology. She was CEO and Chair of the CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing (CTM CRC) that established TekCyte, and has been Chair of TekCyte since its formation in 2018. She also chairs the second spin-out from CTM CRC, Carina Biotech Pty Ltd. Dr Read was Chief Scientist for South Australia for a four-year term until 2019.
She is a current member of several private and public sector boards including Uniseed venture capital investment company, Biosensis Pty Ltd, RSPCA SA and the Federal Government Biomedical Translation Fund Committee. Dr Read has been elected to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Livesey has a career history spanning medicine, medical research and commercialisation. Dr Livesey co-founded LifeCell Corporation in the United States and served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer. LifeCell was founded through a technology transfer from the University of Texas stemming from Dr Livesey’s invention of a cell and tissue preservation technology. He has also been the Chief Scientific Officer and CEO of the Australian Stem Cell Centre and maintains an active research interest in matrix-based research at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.
Dr Alexander Gosling has been working in the field of process and product development for 40 years, and is founding director of Invetech, a global innovation and product realisation partner. Dr Gosling sits on a number of industry advisory committees and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to business through innovative support for research and development, and to the community. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering, and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technology & Engineering and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.
Professor Robert Short has a track record of research and commercialisation in the fields of thin film coatings, biomaterial science and life science tools research. Over a 25 year career in academia and industry, he has published more than 200 papers and is an inventor on 10 distinct patents that underpin globally sold products, including myskin™, a cell therapy used in the treatment of burns. Prof Short held the Chair of Material and Biomaterial Chemistry at the University of Sheffield from 2001, and in 2006 joined the University of South Australia where he held the positions of Director of a Research Institute, Dean of Research and Pro Vice Chancellor and Vice President. Prof Short is currently the Executive Director of the Material Science Institute at Lancaster University.
Charlie is a Chartered Accountant with over 45 years’ experience in science, finance and compliance. Mr Latham has had over 20 years’ experience as Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of small ASX-listed entities and extensive experience as director, CFO and secretary of other companies. He has served on several audit and risk, due diligence and capital raising committees. Charlie is chair of Carina Biotech’s Audit and Risk Committee and has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in zoology.
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