Professor, the University of Otago, Co-director, Genomics Aotearoa
Board Director, Azura Ophthalmics
Chris was previously the Director of Commercialisation at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Australia. Prior to this, Chris was the Manager of the Biotechnology Team at Melbourne Ventures, the commercialisation company of the University of Melbourne. Concurrently he was an Investment Manager for, and on the investment committee of, Uniseed Pty Ltd. Chris has international experience working for the business development group of Leiras Pharmaceuticals in Finland, a wholly owned subsidiary of Schering AG.
Chris is currently a director of Azura Ophthalmics, Certa Therapeutics, EBR Systems, Global Kinetics Corporation, OccuRx, Osprey Medical, PolyActiva and Que Oncology. He is also an advisory board member for The WILD Program. Chris was the former Chairperson of Fibrotech Therapeutics (acquired by Shire in 2014) and a former director of Spinifex Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Novartis in 2015).
Chris has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from The University of Melbourne and a PhD in Endocrinology and Physiology from The University of Melbourne.