Board of Directors

Gamma Vaccines' Board of Directors combines extensive business and commercialisation experience with scientific and technical knowledge in the field.

Tim Hirst
Professor Tim Hirst
(Executive Chairman)

Professor Tim Hirst is an entrepreneurial academic with wide-ranging experience in establishing new venture-backed companies. Prior to forming Gamma Vaccines in July 2009 he was the CEO of ANU Connect Ventures - a $30M pre-seed investment fund established by the Australian National University and MTAA Super. Tim was a Non-Executive Director of all of the companies established and funded by ANU Connect Ventures, including Cryptopharma Pty Ltd, Dosimetry & Imaging Pty Ltd, Savine Therapeutics Pty Ltd and Warm Contact Pty Ltd as well as both Director and Chairman of Mylexa Pty Ltd and Synergetic Services Pty Ltd. Prior to joining ANU Connect Ventures, Tim acted as an advisor in the establishment of respiratory- vaccine developer Hunter Immunology Ltd, and became a non-executive director of the company in 2004 and Executive Chairman from 2006 to 2007.

Before migrating to Australia Tim was also a Director of Hunter-Fleming Ltd from 2001 - 2004, a UK drug discovery company developing immunotherapeutic products based on Tim’s research at the University of Bristol. Hunter-Fleming was acquired in 2008 by the Italian-based company Newron (SIX:NWRN). Prior to the Newron transaction Tim’s proprietary immunotherapeutic technology was spun-out of Hunter-Fleming into a special purpose vehicle, Trident Pharmaceuticals Inc., based in Boston, MA. Trident has received US$20m of investment from Advent Venture Partners.

Tim has also held Senior Executive positions in universities in the United Kingdom and Australia. From 2003 to 2006 he was Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at the University of Sydney, with overall responsibility for research and innovation strategy. Prior to migrating to Australia in 2003 he was the Professor of Microbiology at the University of Bristol for 7 years and Lecturer/Snr Lecturer/Reader in Molecular Microbiology at University of Kent at Canterbury.

In addition to his current role in Gamma Vaccines, Tim is the Non-Executive Chairman of OzStar Therapeutics Pty Ltd.  He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide, Australia and in the School of Life Sciences and Technology at the Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia.


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Dr Mohammed Alsharifi
(Chief Scientific Officer)

Dr Mohammed Alsharifi is a Lecturer in Virology & Immunology in the School of Molecular and Biomedical Science at the University of Adelaide where he leads the Viral Immunology Laboratory with a research focus on virus recognition by host cells and the initiation of the immune response during acute viral infections. Previously, he held a Hanson Fellowship in the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science (South Australia) and at the University of Adelaide before taking up his current academic role.

Mohammed has extensive medical research experience and training including degrees in Veterinary Medicine from Baghdad University (Iraq), Biomedical Science with first class Honours from Monash University, and a Ph.D in Viral Immunology from the Australian National University.

His PhD studies with Professor Arno Müllbacher at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (ANU) led to important findings including the underlying mechanisms of enhanced susceptibility to secondary viral and/or bacterial infection following primary viral infection. His post-doctoral research with Professor Müllbacher resulted in the discovery of the potential of intranasal gamma-irradiated influenza viruses as effective universal flu vaccines.

In addition to his current roles in Gamma Vaccines and at the University of Adelaide, Mohammed is a Visiting Professor in Microbiology at the Management & Sciences University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Dr Jean Petre
(Non-Executive Director)

Dr Jean Petre has specialized in vaccine development for over 30 years working with leading pharmaceutical/vaccine companies. Jean worked for Solvay & Cie before becoming Head of Human Vaccine Development for SmithKline Biologicals (now GSK) located in Rixensart, Belgium in 1985. He then joined Biocine in 1994 (now part of Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics) where he developed new presentations of combined vaccines, including glycoconjugates, to suit collaborative projects with developing country vaccine manufacturers. During a distinguished career he has made significant contributions to the development of recombinant hepatitis B, acellular pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type B, and several multivalent pediatric combination vaccines. In 2001 he founded Bio-Net Asia Co Ltd, which provides services on vaccine production and development projects, particularly in developing countries

He holds a Bachelor degree in Chemical Science and a Doctorate in Molecular Biology (PhD) both from Brussels University (Belgium). He also undertook post-doctoral research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA).

Scientific & Advisory Board Members

Mr Justin B Davies, Leader, Radiation Technology, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Sydney, Australia.

Dr Otfried Kistner, Previously Senior Director of Clinical Virology & Scientific Affairs at Baxter Bioscience, Vienna, Austria.

Professor James Paton, Research Centre for Infectious Diseases, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.

Dr Darodjatun Sanusi, President-Emeritus, PT Bio Farma, Bandung, Indonesia.

Professor Dr Markus M Simon, Metschnikoff Laboratory, Max-Planck Institut für Immunologie, Freiburg, Germany.

 

External Contractors

Accountant
PKF, Sydney
Hardwickes Chartered Accountants, Canberra

Auditor
Hardwickes, Canberra

Consultants
Australian Biologics Pty Ltd, Melbourne
BSI Management Pty Ltd, Sydney
Cole & Associates, Chicago
GreenDot Consulting, Sydney
Hay Group, Sydney
Viria Pty Ltd, Canberra

Legal Services
Bellanhouse Legal, Perth
Dibbs Barker, Sydney
Spruson& Ferguson, Sydney

Patent Attorney
Spruson & Ferguson, Sydney

R&D
The Australian National University, Canberra
The University of Adelaide, Adelaide
PT Rel-ion, Jakarta
Retroscreen Virology, London
Australian Animal Health Laboratory – CSIRO, Geelong
Meridian Life Sciences Inc., Memphis

 

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