Board of Directors

Mr Michael J. Hoy

Mr Hoy has more than 30 years corporate experience in Australia, the United Kingdom, USA and Asia. He is Chairman of Lipotek Pty Limited and a former director of John Fairfax Holdings Limited, FXF Trust Limited and Telesso Technologies Limited.

He has been a Director since 7 February 2000 and Chairman since 16 March 2000.

Dr Michelle Miller, BSc, MSc, PhD GCertAppFin (Finsia)
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Dr Miller has worked for over 20 years in the bioscience industry, with extensive experience in commercial development of early to mid stage technologies. She completed her PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at Sydney University investigating molecular models of cancer development. Her experience includes several years at Johnson and Johnson developing anti-HIV gene therapeutics through preclinical research to clinical trials. She has finance industry experience from time spent as an Investment Manager with a specialist bioscience venture capital fund.

Dr Miller was appointed as Managing Director on 21 June 2002.

Dr Susan M Pond AM, MD DSc, FTSE FAHMS
Independent and Non-Executive Director

Dr Pond has a strong scientific and commercial background having held executive positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry for 12 years, most recently as Chairman and Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Research Pty Limited (2003-2009). Most recently, she was Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute from February 2017 – April 2018. She has held many previous Board positions including as Executive Director of Johnson & Johnson Pty Limited and Non-executive Director and Chairman of AusBiotech Limited, Director of Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Orgnaisation and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and Board member of Commercialisation Australia and Innovation Australia.

Dr Pond is currently on the Boards of the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre and Vectus Biosystems Ltd. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering and the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Dr Pond holds a first class honours degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Sydney and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of New South Wales. She obtained specialist clinical credentials in internal medicine, clinical pharmacology and clinical toxicology and has held academic appointments at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Queensland before joining industry.

Dr Pond was appointed as a Director on 7 March 2012.

Mr Robert B Thomas BEc, MSDIA, SF Fin, FICD
Independent and Non-Executive Director

Mr Thomas has over 35 years experience in the securities industry, with Potter Partners (now UBS), County NatWest and Citigroup.

He is the Chairman of Starpharma Holdings Limited and a Director of Aus Bio Limited, Heartware Inc, REVA Medical Limited and Virgin Australia Limited. He chairs Grahger Capital Securities, and is a Director of O’Connell Street Associates Pty Limited.

Mr Thomas has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University (1963–1966). He has been a member of the Securities Institute of Australia since 1976 and was appointed as a Fellow to the Institute in 1997. He is a Master Stockbroker and is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Thomas was appointed as a Director on 7 March 2012.

Professor Stephen Locarnini BSc(Hons), PhD, MBBS, FRC(Path)
Independent and Non-Executive Director

Professor Locarnini, is currently a director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Reference Laboratory for Hepatitis B and D. His current major research interests include viral hepatitis, hepatitis vaccines and antiviral chemotherapy with an emphasis on the basic virology of the various agents of hepatitis, the molecular pathogenesis of hepatitis, as well as prevention and public health control measures.

Curative treatments for hepatitis B infections with antiviral agents represent a major focus for Professor Locarnini who is also interested in intellectual property issues when applied to clinical and diagnostic virology. He is a named inventor on over 20 internationally granted patents.

He worked at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL, originally Fairfield Hospital Virus Laboratory) from 1989, as Director of Laboratory Services from 1990 to 1998 and, in 1993, he oversaw the amalgamation of all the Fairfield Laboratories into the one service of the VIDRL and subsequently assumed the position of Head, Research & Molecular Development of VIDRL when the laboratory relocated to Melbourne Health in 1998.

Professor Locarnini is the recipient of numerous awards including the European Association for the Study of Liver Disease (EASL) International Recognition Award and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA) Distinguished Research Prize. He is author of 289 peer-reviewed articles, 24 invited editorials and 100 book chapters and reviews and every year delivers numerous invited, plenary, and named lectures at major international meetings and conferences.

Professor Locarnini currently has an academic appointment at the University of Melbourne.

He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of a number of emerging as well as established pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. In 2017, he co-founded the biotech start-up company CLEAR-B with the Morningside-Newton Investment group in Boston, USA focusing on curative strategies for chronic hepatitis B. He is also the Hepatitis Virus Editor for Antiviral Therapy.

Professor Locarnini was appointed as a Director on 23 October 2018.