BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mr Lou Panaccio

Non- Exec Chair 

Mr Panaccio is a Chartered Accountant with extensive executive management experience in business and healthcare services. 

Mr Panaccio is currently on the boards of ASX listed companies Genera Biosystems Limited (non-executive Chairman from July 2011, non-executive Director from November 2010), Avita Medical Limited (non-executive Chairman from July 2014) and Rhythm Biosciences Limited (non-executive Director from August 2017). 

He is also non-executive Director of Unison Housing Limited and Invictus Biopharma Limited. Mr Panaccio was the Chief Executive Officer and executive Director of Melbourne Pathology (acquired by Sonic in 1999) for ten years to 2001, the Chief Executive Officer of Monash IVF until 2009 and the executive Chairman of Health Networks Australia until 2017. 

Mr Panaccio has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in healthcare services. 


Mr Charles Hider

Executive Director 

Charles is formerly Chairman of Partners of Rigby Cooke, Solicitors, Melbourne. 

For 10 years he was a member of the Victorian Parliament. 

Charles was formerly a director and Chairman of a number of listed resource companies and has gained extensive international legal, commercial and negotiating experience in respect of Technology and Resources. 


Dr Len Walker

Non-Executive Director

Len has two degrees in engineering from Melbourne University. He graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from Cambridge University in 1967, and Master of Business Administration from Melbourne University in 1973. 

Since 1985, Len has initiated and invested in the development of a number of resource companies, both private and publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, involving the acquisition of assets, management of staff and raising of capital for project development in a range of countries in Europe, America and Asia. 


Associate Prof Harry Minas

Non-Executive Director

Harry graduated in medicine and surgery, and medical science, from the University of Melbourne [UoM]. During his BMedSc studies, he contributed to the early scientific work that resulted in the cochlear implant. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a Distinguished Fellow of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists. He was foundation director of the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit. 

Since 1995 he has also been Director of the UoM Centre for International Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. 

He has served as a member of the Executive of the Mental Health Council of Australia and on numerous state, national and international boards and committees, and has been a member of state and national ministerial advisory groups. 

He has led the development of research, teaching and service development activities in the area of transcultural mental health and in the field of international mental health development. 

Harry has been a consultant to the Commonwealth Department of Human Services, the International Organization for Migration, and the World Health Organization, and co-leads a WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. 

In 2007, he was appointed by the Director General of the World Health Organisation to the International Expert Panel on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. 


Dr Roger Edwards

Chief Operating Officer 

As Executive Director of the Food and Packaging CRC, Roger was instrumental in creating four spin-offs, licensing two technologies internationally and raising over $5 million in investment capital and other grants. Roger is a Bio-Medical Engineer and has worked in Therapeutic Device regulation, R&D and manufacturing of medical devices. 


Mr Jason Thelander

Non-Executive Consultant Engineer 

Jason has focused on business development and was until recently CEO of Precision Mechatronic Pty Ltd, a spin-off from the Silverbrook Research P/L. Jason has a strong practical engineering background with experience in biomedical technology, precision mechatronics, design, construction, prototyping, and manufacture. 

Precision Mechatronics was one of Australia’s largest precision engineering design and manufacturing houses, providing expertise and services to organizations such as Cochlear Ltd and NICTA. Jason is now General Manager and the Vice –President of Engineering of Memjet Australia Inc., with responsibility for >$40M product development program.