Dr John Parker, Chair
From 2013 to 2021, John was the founder, CEO, and a director of closed-loop feedback spinal stimulation company Saluda Medical, and remains as the Chief Scientific Officer. Prior to Saluda, John founded the Implant Systems team at NICTA, where the core Saluda technology was developed.
Dr. Parker has nearly 30 years of experience in active implantable medical devices, including 13 years at Cochlear Limited, where he served in the role of Chief Technology Officer / executive member of the board of directors.
John has a PhD in physical chemistry from ANU and has worked in both Australian and international universities, authored numerous scientific publications and patents, is an ATSE fellow, Harvard business School (PMD) graduate, Docent at the Royal Institute of technology in Stockholm Sweden, ATSE Clunies Ross Medallist (2010), Adjunct Professor UNSW School of Biomedical Engineering, and expert advisor to the NSW Medical Device Fund.
Peter Devine, Director
Peter Devine is the CEO of Uniseed. Peter has extensive experience at board and executive management levels in the commercialisation of early stage life-science companies, having held senior R&D, business development and commercialisation positions in a number of Australian companies and Australian universities. He was formally Vice President of Business Development at Progen Industries Ltd, R&D and Commercialisation Manager at PanBio Pty Ltd and worked in business development at UniQuest Pty Ltd.
Peter holds a PhD from the University of Queensland and received the Dean’s Prize for his MBA Studies at the Australian Graduate School of Management. He received a Centenary Medal in 2003 for outstanding contribution to the business of biotechnology. He is a Graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Markets) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from Kaplan Professional. In 2011 & 2012, Peter was named on the Kaplan High Achievers Honour Roll.
Russell Yardley, Director
Russell has been a professional Non-Executive Director and Chairman for the past decade following a career in the informational technology and communications sector. He is Chairman of ASX listed Tesserent Limited, on the boards of two WPP companies Wunderman and Bienalto, Chairman of the Australian Federal Government funded National eResearch Collaboration Resources and Tools project, a member of the Victorian Government Purchasing Board as well as being an honorary member of the board of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
After spending more than 7 years at IBM he founded his first company Decision Engineers that was merged with ASI to form Applied Learning that was then listed on the ASX in 1993. Russell was the Victorian State Chair 2010-2011 and the National Treasurer 2011-2014 of the Australian Information Industry Association.
Tamara Mills, Director
Tamara is Managing Director of ImpactXHealth, an organisation supporting the growth and facilitating strategic investments companies involved in the development of breakthrough medical and healthcare technologies.
Tamara has extensive experience in global regulatory affairs, health economics, product development, market access and commercialization of innovative medical technologies in the diagnostic imaging sector, across the United States, Japan, Brazil, Europe and Australia. Tamara built and led the Cardiovascular Diagnostics Business for Jubilant Life Sciences, where she successfully led complex drug-device diagnostic imaging products through regulatory approval and commercialization.
Tamara most recently held the position of Chair of the Health Policy, Regulatory and Reimbursement committee for the North American Radiopharmaceutical Industry organization CORAR in addition to holding a key leadership role for the Medical Imaging Technology Alliance. Tamara has an MBA, Masters in Health Economics, a Degree in Applied Nuclear Physics and a qualification in New Ventures Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.