Management

Tim Hirst, PhD

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Tim is the Chairman & CEO of GPN Vaccines. He has extensive expertise in the life sciences, executive management and venture capital investment. Tim was previously CEO of ANU Connect Ventures, a $30M pre-seed VC fund, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation at The University of Sydney and Professor & Head of Microbiology at the University of Bristol, UK. He is an active angel investor working with investment groups throughout Australia and US to assist early stage companies to raise capital and develop their innovative technologies. Tim is also Chairman of Gamma Vaccines Pty Ltd, Chairman of Brain Changer Pty Ltd, Director of Emudent Technologies Pty Ltd, Director of Flex-G Pty Ltd, Trustee Director of Griffin Accelerator Holdings Pty Ltd and an Honorary Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide.

Lauren Giorgio, PHD GAICD

Chief Operating Officer

Lauren is the Chief Operating Officer of GPN Vaccines. She brings valuable experience in intellectual property management, business development, stakeholder engagement, commercialisation and operations in the life sciences sector, having worked broadly across the pharmaceutical, medical device, digital health and diagnostic industries.  Lauren has spent her career working alongside world-leading academics and clinicians to commercialise medical research. Most recently, she led the Business Development Office at the Centre for Eye Research Australia and prior to this, was part of the Business Development team at the internationally acclaimed Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Lauren has also been involved in the establishment, management and strategic direction of several small companies including OccuRx, Enlighten Imaging and Catalyst Therapeutics.

Eve Martin, LLB (Hons)

Company Secretary & General Counsel

Eve is an experienced commercial and operations professional, business development manager and intellectual property lawyer. She has worked extensively in universities, in private industry and for government. Eve also has significant Company Secretarial experience as the current Company Secretary for the Digital Health CRC Ltd and having been Company Secretary for FEI Company’s two Australian subsidiaries, FEI Australia Pty Ltd and FEI Melbourne Pty Ltd and providing advice in a legal capacity to many company boards and their secretaries. Eve has extensive experience advising companies in relation to intellectual property transactions and commercialisation including on matters relating to IP ownership, licensing, assignments, collaborations, alliances, sponsorships and Corporations Act compliance. 

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