Commercialisation Advisory Board

The Commercialisation Advisory Board (CAB) provides IP Commercialisation with advice and guidance for all stages of the commercialisation lifecycle.

The Board evaluates all commercialisation projects and approves Kickstart investments. The Board consists of 11 members, comprising six external appointments and five members of Curtin staff. The current board members are listed below:

Larry Lopez - Chair (External representative)

Larry Lopez is a Partner at Perth-based Australian Venture Consultants (AVC). AVC enables their clients’ decision-making processes through fact-based analytics informed by research and the insights it has acquired through almost thirty years of hands-on experience and engagements across the innovation and technology startup ecosystem. AVC’s client list includes Fortune 100 companies, venture backed startups, industry advocacy groups, universities, venture capital funds and private equity managers.

Prior to moving to Australia in 2006, Lopez spent 17 years at Silicon Valley Bank. During his tenure at SVB he held various senior and executive positions, and played a key role in growing the company from a local community bank to a global leader in providing financial services for knowledge-based companies and investors. He was the founder and Managing Director of the Bank’s International Venture Capital Group and was an active investor in Israel, Australia and Europe.

Larry is a director of several IT related private companies and sits on several, not for profit boards. He has also been a partner or director of several venture capital funds in the US and Europe and he is currently a director of Jolimont Global Mining Systems, a global venture capital fund focused on the investing in technology that enables the mining sector.

Kath Giles (External representative)

Kath is an Investment Manager at Brandon Capital Partners, a $300M Life Sciences investment fund headquartered in Melbourne. Before this Kath was an Investment Manager with Perth-based Stone Ridge Ventures, a generalist fund manager specialising in seed-to-early stage technology investment.  In addition to her investment experience, Kath has had startup experience in medical app development, diagnostics and fitness devices.  Kath still practices as a medical doctor in the surgical field.

Denise Goldsworthy (External representative)

Qualifications: B.Met (Hons +Uni medal), FTSE, FAIM, GAICD

Over the last 2 years, Denise has successfully transitioned to the third phase of her career – as a Non-Executive Director and advisor on research, technology and innovation. As the founder of Alternate Futures Pty Ltd, a company that connects solutions to problems by addressing knowledge, cultural and system barriers, Denise and her team connect Australia’s research organisations, tech start-ups and industry to deliver results and proactively manage disruptive technologies.

Denise is also Chairman of ChemCentre WA; an NED for Arrium (ASX200); an NED for Export Finance and Insurance Commission (EFIC); a member of Council and Chair of the Quality, Audit and Risk Committee at Edith Cowan University; a member of the Commercialisation advisory Board for Curtin University; a trustee for the Navy Clearance Diver’s Trust; a judge for the Prime Minister’s National Science awards; an advisor to Australia’s Chief Scientist on the national Energy and Resources Research priorities; and an advisor to AusTrade’s Global Mining Customer Acceptance Programme (GMCAP). Previously Denise was also an NED and member of the Risk Committee for Aquila Resources (ASX200).

Denise started her career at BHP Steel Newcastle, with 17 years in leadership roles in both operations and technology for Ironmaking and Steelmaking. Following this, Denise worked as an executive for Rio Tinto for 15 years, with roles including CCO Autonomous Haul Trucks, Managing Director of Dampier Salt, Managing Director HIsmelt and Director Major Projects RTIO. Among Denise’s honours is being named the 2010 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW) and was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

David Henderson (External representative)

Mr Henderson is an experienced director and investment committee member, with good corporate governance background. He has been a member of 4 investment committees and a director or Chairman of 19 companies, including one which became Australia’s largest biotech IPO, and two companies that raised funds in the US. He combines strategy and analysis from his Harvard MBA and time at Booz Allen and McKinsey with a good understanding of a wide range of technologies from managing commercialisation across 5 universities, and a collegiate personal style that leads and guides teams to achieve their goals.

His experience spans investment, large corporates, startups, top tier management consulting, commercialisation and research in a university and public sector research environment. He has a track record of building businesses and assets, delivering strong growth in all the companies he has led.

Michael Quinn (External representative)

Michael co-founded Innovation Capital in 1999 and is Managing Partner of the firm.

Michael’s experience encompasses a broad range of industries including banking, high-technology plastics, environmental, electronics, wireless, web, alternative energy and life science in US, Europe and Australia. Michael has founded several companies and advised and mentored numerous others in operational, strategic and financial matters. As an executive and director, he has participated in ASX, AIM, NASDAQ and NYSE initial public offerings and has extensive M&A experience. He actively supports several ‘not for profits’ and ‘think tanks’.

In 2013 Michael retired as a director of ResMed Inc (ASX and NYSE: RMD), after 21 years. ResMed is a world leader in the respiratory healthcare market. Michael also co-founded Memtec which was acquired by US Filter in 1997 for US$400 million. Michael is currently chairman of Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited (ASX:IIL), the developer of a drug candidate to treat secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. He is also a director of unlisted companies including Windlab Ltd, Simply Wall St Pty Ltd, and others.

Bill Tai (External representative)

Bill is a co-creator of OzApps in his role as an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University. He is an investor based in Silicon Valley where he established the west coast presence for Charles River Ventures and represents the fund as an investor in Wish.com and Scribd. Trained as a silicon chip designer, he became a VC in 1991 and has served as Board Director of seven publicly listed companies he initially funded as startups.

Bill is a co-founder and serves as Chairman of Treasure Data, a Board Director and Head of the Strategy Committee for Bitfury.org and a Director of Voxer. When not building tech companies, he is supporting Ocean Conservation as a co-founder of MaiTai Global and serves on theTechnology Pioneer Committee of the World Economic Forum.

Chris Moran (Curtin representative)

Professor Chris Moran joined Curtin University on 1 August 2016 as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research. From 2007 to 2016 Professor Moran was Professor and Director, Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland (UQ). The Institute comprises seven discipline-based research centres and is one of the largest entities of its kind in the world.

Previously, Professor Moran was Founding Director, Centre for Coal Seam Gas (UQ) and Founding Director, Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry (UQ). Across a 16 year career with CSIRO, he held a range of leadership roles, including heading the team that developed the Water for a Healthy Country Flagship Program.

Professor Moran has been a Board Member of five Cooperative Research Centres. In the International domain, he was Director of the International Mining for Development Centre and established an International Centre of Excellence for the mining industry in Chile.

He holds a bachelor of Agricultural Sciences (with Honours) and a PhD from the University of Sydney and has a strong international and national reputation for his research and expertise in soil science (digital image processing), natural resources (spatial modelling and statistics) and water management. Professor Moran has published widely in scientific literature and the broader media.

Kevin Fynn (Curtin representative)

Kevin Fynn is Professor and Head of School, School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Curtin University of Technology, Bentley. The School has undergraduate programs that are delivered in Bentley, Sarawak and Sri Lanka.

Professor Fynn is a distinguished research engineer, engineering manager, and electrical engineering practitioner. He has been closely associated with industry and engineering research and development for over twenty years and has an outstanding record of design leadership and of building major research and development facilities. As director of the Western Australian Telecommunications Research Institute, he was responsible for its over-all strategic direction and its corporate performance. At an operational level, he was responsible for commercialisation and management functions.

His success in running a commercially focused centre as evidenced by the funding the Institute received including Cooperative-Research Centres, WA State Government Centres of Excellence in Industry Focused Research, an AusIndustry Technology Diffusion grant, AusIndustry Comet grants, AusIndustry Commercial Ready Grants, and many industry consultancies. Kevin has filed eight patents and has over thirty publications in diverse fields in Electrical Engineering.

His commercial experience includes providing technology systems and services to the resources industry, establishing strategic relationships with leading ICT corporations and has been involved in numerous industry projects including international companies such as Boeing (USA). He sits on the Curtin’s Commercialisation Advisory Board. He is the co-founder of Xelor Pty Ltd, Sensear Pty Ltd, TheBuzz Corp Pty Ltd, iCentena Pty Ltd, Hearmore Pty Ltd, Nuheara Pty Ltd, and MobiRoam PtyLtd.

Brett Kirk (Curtin representative)

Brett Kirk completed his Bachelor of Engineering (1988) and PhD (1992) degrees at University of Western Australia (UWA). In 1992 he took up a lectureship in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Monash University. In 1995 he moved back to UWA leading to a 10-year term as Head of the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering 2001 to 2010, subsequently taking up the role of Deputy Dean (External Relations) in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics 2010 to 2011. Brett was also elected to the position of Associate Chair of Academic Board at UWA 2007 – 2011. Brett was then appointed Associate DVC Research at Curtin University in February 2011 with an affiliation to the Department of Mechanical Engineering for his continuing research.

Brett has pursued two parallel lines of research around the development and application of novel imaging technologies and analysis techniques for application in both biological and mechanical systems. He established the three-dimensional imaging laboratory at UWA which has now been transferred to Curtin University. He has 25 years of research experience in the development of microscopy equipment and methods. He is a current member of the ARC College of Experts, reflecting an active research career attracting in excess of $3.5m research funding and generating more than 100 research publications.

In bioengineering, he has a strong research background relating to the degeneration and repair of orthopaedic tissues, initially connected with arthritic degeneration and more recently with the development of tissue engineered biological repair materials. He is a current CI on an ARC Linkage project in this field.

In Engineering Asset Management, Brett was a research program leader of the CRC for Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM) 2006-2010 and subsequently Research Director for CIEAM 2010-2011. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of CIEAM over the period 2005-2013.

Brett was also a member of the Board of Directors of Dreamfit for the period 2008 to 2012 and was instrumental in the establishment of this organisation, which provides Engineering solutions to afford recreational opportunities for the disabled community.

Rohan McDougall (Curtin representative)

Rohan has been the Director of IP Commercialisation at Curtin University since 2008. He has over twenty years of experience in the commercialisation of new technologies including being integrally involved in the establishment and operation of numerous technology-based companies. Rohan has played a lead role in negotiation and completion of countless technology-based agreements and partnerships with companies in Australia and internationally. He has worked in both a commercial start-up environment and in institutional technology transfer roles.

Before Curtin, he worked for a listed biotechnology company as the Chief Operating Officer and in the commercialisation of technology out of UNSW as a General Manager, Life Sciences at Unisearch Ltd. Qualifications include a Bachelor of Science degree, an MBA from the AGSM and he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Current directorships include i-Cetana Pty Ltd (Chairman), HiSeis Pty Ltd (Chairman), ePAT Pty Ltd (Chairman) Skrydata Pty Ltd and Renergi Pty Ltd. Other activities include cofounding a number of innovation community events including Univation and the OzAPP Awards.

David Menarry (Curtin representative)

David is Curtin University’s Chief Financial Officer and also has extensive corporate experience including corporate finance, due diligence, stock exchange listings, risk management and audit in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

David is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. David also holds a number of Board and community-based roles.