Acting CEO: Dr Dean Moss BSc, MPhil, PhD, GAICD
Dean Moss has over 25 years’ experience in science, academia, business, management and commercialisation in Australia, USA and the UK. He has been managing director or senior business development executive of several health and biotech companies worldwide, including Agen Biomedical, Launch Diagnostics, AMRAD ICT, AMRAD Biotech, and United Drug. He established his own start-up business in the UK, York Medical Technologies. Prior to moving into the commercial world, Dean was principal R&D scientist at Agen Biomedical. He also worked as an NH&MRC research scientist at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. He is a recipient of the Campion-Ma-Playoust Memorial Award for Medical Research. Dean is a board member of several Australian companies and a member of the investment committee of the pre-seed venture funds Uniseed, the Medical Research Commercialisation Fund and the New Zealand Government’s KiwiNet. He has contributed to raising over $50m in venture capital investment.
Technology Commercialisation General Manager: Mr Andrew Davis BSc (Hons), MBA
Andrew is currently a General Manager of UniQuest's Technology Commercialisation division, overseeing commercialisation services provided to clients in the Physical Sciences and Engineering disciplines. He also manages the transactional activities and operational aspects of the division. He is a director on the Board of six technology venture companies, whose operations span engineering and manufacturing, medical imaging and vaccine development. Andrew has more than 20 years experience in technology, venture management and financing, and has previously held executive positions in a range of organisations, from an Australian technology start-up to a new venture division of Telstra with an annual turnover in excess of $200 million from the commercialisation of new technologies.
Technology Commercialisation Group Manager (Queensland Partnerships): Dr Judy Halliday BSc (Hons), PhD, GAICD
Judy has more than 20 years experience in the biotechnology field as both an academic and an industry professional. After a career as an academic scientist she joined a biotech company, Alchemia, in 2001 as part of the senior management team. During the six years that Judy was at the company it went from being a start-up to a public company after a successful listing on the Australian Stock Exchange. Whilst at Alchemia Judy moved through several management roles, from drug discovery through to clinical development. Judy joined UniQuest in April 2007. She is an inventor on granted patents and has been involved in multiple projects leading to the commercialisation of university technologies. She has management responsibility for the relationship between UniQuest and several of its partner institutions. She is a director of a number of Australian companies and a member of the investment committee of the early stage venture fund MRCF. In 2008 she was the recipient of a Woman in Technology Executive of the Year Award.
Chief Financial Officer: Mr Rob Hewitt, BA (Hons), CA
Maintaining UniQuest’s position as one of Australia’s largest and most successful university technology transfer companies, with group revenues exceeding A$50 million, adds another dimension to Rob's already multi-faceted career. Originally from the UK, where he studied to become a Chartered Accountant and completed a BA (Honours) in Modern Languages, Rob spent five years with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as a Chartered Accountant and Audit Senior. He also honed his technical acumen whilst holding senior financial management positions in organisations operating in a range of industries, including textiles, building materials, cleantech, and private equity. As CFO he draws on his experience in due diligence, acquisitions, integration and capital raising to produce the kind of robust financial intelligence that UniQuest needs to develop positive growth strategies, while ensuring the day-to-day financial processes provide smart and reliable support for that growth.
Executive Manager, Commercialisation & Resources: Ms Jennifer Howe, BSc, GAICD
Jennifer has been a member of the executive team since joining UniQuest in 2002. She is responsible for developing and managing the human resources and capabilities of the company and also for managing the team which provides the back-office operations for our commercialisation business. Jennifer is a science graduate of ANU and has more than 20 years' commercial experience. Her background is in the high technology industry in client relationship management, sales team management, general operations, human resources and staff management. Prior to joining UniQuest, Jennifer worked for IBM for ten years, primarily in emerging markets, living and working in Eastern Europe.
Technology Commercialisation Group Manager (Southern Partnerships): Mr David Israel BA
David has been with UniQuest since 2001. He has a diverse background across higher education, business and technology. During the late 1980s, David was involved in managing major institutional strategic change in the higher education sector, helping drive efficiencies from organisational restructuring and changes to the management and governance of universities. He then worked in commercialisation and the internationalisation of education as Director of Continuing Education at the University of Adelaide. At UniQuest, David has worked closely with researchers licensing technologies and establishing a number of start-up companies, including ActiveTorque Pty Ltd, Ausonex Pty Ltd, and Imprezzeo Pty Ltd. He has raised venture, strategic and angel investment and guided commercial strategy on a significant number of deals. He is responsible for UniQuest’s relationships with public research partners outside Queensland.
Consulting & Research General Manager & International Development Acting General Manager: Mr Joe McLean BBus (Hons), Dip Teach, GAICD
Joe was appointed to this role in September 2012, following ten years with UniQuest in senior roles for the company's Technology Commercialisation division. Joe has been engaged in research matters at a university-wide level as a member of the UQ Research Committee, and has contributed to the Latin American Strategy Group building UQ's relations with universities and governments in South America. Joe was instrumental in establishing the UQ Cultural Heritage Unit within the School of Social Science, and initiated the relationship between the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and UniQuest C&R. He has negotiated licences for a variety of projects from UQ's Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and is a Director of its first start-up, Leximancer Pty Ltd. He also managed the licences for the Triple P Positive Parenting Program and Latch On, a literacy program for young adults with intellectual disabilities which has been licensed to Endeavour Foundation in Australia and organisations in Ireland and Canada. Prior to joining UniQuest Joe worked with the Queensland government and Co-operative Research Centres (CRCs), before being engaged as a consultant to UQ on the development of IT policy and management.
Leanne's brand management, public relations, event management and marketing experience spans more than 20 years, working for local government, professional services, arts and health organisations, education, and other not-for-profit clients. Prior to joining UniQuest in September 2007 Leanne was an active member of the Ipswich business community, one of the fastest commercial and social growth regions in Queensland. Leanne's involvement with Mater Health Services and her teaching roles at Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology stimulated her interest in science, engineering and technology. Leanne completed her Honours at the University of NSW and her Grad.Dip (with Distinction) at Queensland University of Technology. As UniQuest's Corporate Development Manager Leanne is responsible for promoting the company's brand, reputation, capabilities and achievements as well as enhancing relationships with UniQuest's key clients and collaboration partners.