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Our Team

Dr Tomas Stojanov, PhD

CEO of Genea Limited

Dr Stojanov has over 26 years experience in diverse aspects of the health, biotechnology and agriculture sectors from the perspective of scientific research, operational management and technology commercialisation.

Dr Uli Schmidt, PhD

General Manager – Genea Biocells

Dr Schmidt has a longstanding interest in the development of novel drug discovery-related technologies with a strong focus on entrepreneurship. His scientific expertise includes molecular and cell biology as well as assay development, high-throughput screening and high-content analysis. He is an inventor on nine Australian and international patents and the author of 16 original research publications. Prior to joining Genea (formerly Sydney IVF) in 2007, he was the co-founder of Dimerix Bioscience, a company based on novel GPCR drug screening technologies and the scientific founder of a European diagnostics/drug delivery company. Dr Schmidt is now an executive of Genea Limited and as General Manager of Genea Biocells shapes the company’s scientific direction and advances its business development.

Dr Julia Schaft, PhD

Manager of Strategy and Regulation – Genea Biocells

Dr Julia Schaft, PhD, has a background in developmental and molecular biology. She obtained her PhD at the University of Giessen and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and has gained experience in animal stem cell techniques, as well as transgenic mouse production. After joining Genea in 2004 as a stem cell research scientist, Dr Schaft was trained in human embryonic stem cell techniques and has played a key role in securing funding and other opportunities furthering Genea’s stem cell business strategy. Dr Schaft manages all of Genea’s embryo research licences and provides expert advice on all ethical matters involving research. She assists in identifying and facilitating strategic alliances with international pharmaceutical and academic partners to further the development of embryonic stem cell driven disease research and drug development.

Professor Alan Colman

Scientific advisor

Alan Colman is currently a Principal Investigator in the Singapore A*STAR Institute of Medical Biology and also Executive Director of the Singapore Stem Cell Consortium. In the mid 1990’s, working with researchers at the UK Roslin Institute who pioneered the technique of  somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) in mammals, Prof Colman jointly managed the program that led to Dolly, the world’s first cloned sheep and reproductive SCNT in various other large animal species.

Mr Euan Pizzey

Strategic advisor

As director of finance for Vision Systems Ltd, then a large ASX listed histopathology and contract R&D group, Mr Pizzey gained specialist expertise in the areas of strategic and business planning, business restructure, business valuations, mergers and acquisitions, core technology valuations, R&D syndicate financing, capital raising and structured finance.

Dr Dianne Glenn

Strategic advisor

As Principal of Corelli Consulting, Dr Glenn has been involved in diverse aspects of technology commercialisation, from scientific research to investment and corporate activities within government and academic research institutes and the private biotech sector. Dianne holds a PhD in molecular biology and is an invited lecturer at the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of NSW. On behalf of Corelli Consulting, Dianne Glenn has provided advice on technology and partner due diligence, merger and acquisition transactions, Initial Public Offerings, as well as the investment readiness of listed biotechnology companies.

Dr Heather Main

Heather pursued her doctoral studies at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, and has over a decade of experience researching the development of brain cells from embryonic stem cells, spanning five countries. Presently, she held the position of Senior Scientist at Genea Biocells, Australia. The company focused on disease modeling using human embryonic stem cells derived from preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Since earning her degree in Molecular Biology in 2001, Heather has actively engaged in science communication, collaborating with EuroStemCell since 2005.

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