Experienced multidisciplinary management team

Management Team

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Paul Smith

Chief Financial Officer / Joint Company Secretary

Paul was recently the Chief Financial Officer for OPED Australia and comes to the team with more than 25 years of Australian and international experience of delivering financial and operational transformations for both private and public companies. With experience in the Australian, Chinese and US markets, Paul has led various financial, manufacturing, and operational projects to improve financial positions through systems, processes, and procedures.

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Paul has a Bachelor of Business and Postgraduate in Accounting from Monash University. His experience in the healthcare industry, including in manufacturing and commercialisation will be an important asset to the business.


Andrea Steele

Legal Counsel / Joint Company Secretary

Andrea Steele is an independent Melbourne based lawyer who specialises in providing legal, regulatory and compliance advice to the Australian life sciences, healthcare, energy and renewable industries. Andrea’s key practice includes advising both listed and private companies, multinationals and government organisations on matters relating to the negotiation of complex commercial contracts, regulatory advice, major procurement, strategic collaborations and mergers and acquisitions. Andrea’s deep experience and practical insights are particularly appreciated by clients who seek her guidance on how to plan and execute these important projects.

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Andrea also helps companies and organisations to review and update their governance framework, provides emotionally intelligent advice on engaging with key stakeholders as well as providing practical direction and advice on meeting continuous disclosure obligations for listed companies. To round out her legal experience, Andrea also has listed company secretarial experience.


Darren Moulton

Head of Operations

Darren is an enthusiastic Biotechnology (vaccines, pharmaceuticals and devices) Operations professional and leader with manufacturing, quality and supply chain experience, for over 20 years, with a focus on people coaching & mentoring, always looking for new ways of working, encouraging team collaboration and process / product continuous improvements. Darren has a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in physiology and is also formally trained in project management and frontline business management.

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Elena Deak

Chief Commercial Officer

Over 25 years of executive leadership and technical experience within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Elena brings a wealth of expertise in strategic innovation, strong business acumen, and a proven track record of driving successful commercial outcomes. Earlier experience includes the international commercialisation and product launch of a colorectal cancer diagnostic test in the European market.

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She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from Monash University and has held numerous senior management roles in global pharmaceutical companies, such as Novartis, Amgen, and Takeda.

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Bio21 Institute
30 Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3010

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