Ian Nisbet (PhD, MAICD), Chairman
Ian has over 30 years of drug development, business development and general management experience in the local and international biotechnology sector. He is a founder and partner in the biotechnology consulting company Afandin Pty Ltd. He has previously been CEO/MD of Xenome Ltd and Meditech Research Ltd and held senior management positions at Millennium Pharmaceuticals Inc, ChemGenex Pharmaceuticals Ltd and CSL Ltd. Ian currently serves as Chairman of Verva Pharmaceuticals Ltd and vivoPharm Pty Ltd, a non-Executive Director of Velacor Pty Ltd and Deputy Director (Commercialisation) at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN).
Dr. Ralf Brandt (PhD), CEO and Managing Director
Dr. Brandt is the co-founder of vivoPharm. He is a biochemist and cell biologist with over 15 years experience in research programs of experimental oncology. Furthermore, he has immense experience in in vivo pharmacology and anti-cancer drug profiling. He received his Licence (BSc in Biochemistry and Animal Physiology) in 1986, and his PhD (in Biochemistry) in 1991 from the Martin-Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Dr. Brandt was employed at research positions at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD, USA and at Schering AG, Germany. Since 1990, Dr. Brandt has been active in the field of preclinical oncology. He led the Tumour Biology program at Novartis Pharma AG, Switzerland and established several transgenic mouse lines developing tumours under the control of oncogenes. During Dr. Brandt’s long career in the pharmaceutical industry he has acquired significant knowledge and expertise in leading business units and representation of services to the pre-clinical research market. Dr. Brandt is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Receptor Inc. in Toronto Canada and Propanc in Melbourne VIC, Australia.
Mr. Brenton Wright, Non-executive Director
Mr. Wright is an experienced executive with senior roles in relationship management, team leadership, business development and strategic planning in the commercial development, government and non-government sectors. He has a unique combination of precise analytical skills and creative “outside the square” problem solving skills. He is a clear, persuasive communicator and skilled negotiator and a trusted manager and leader with an open, consultative style. His recent clients include numerous departments of the South Australian government, ETSA utilities, Prescott Securities, Tenix Defence, Electronic Data Systems and many others.