Acrux's management team have extensive experience in the development and commercialisation of pharmaceutical products in the global marketplace.
Michael Kotsanis , BSc, MBus
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Michael has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has significant senior leadership experience across the global pharmaceutical markets. Michael was formally the Chief Commercial Officer for Synthon Holding BV, an international pharmaceutical company and a leader in the field of generic medicines, and was based in The Netherlands, a position he held for four years. Prior to Synthon, he served as President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, for Hospira, the global leader in generic injectable pharmaceuticals. Michael joined Hospira following its acquisition of Mayne Pharma in 2007, where he served as President Asia Pacific from 2002. He joined Mayne following their acquisition of Faulding Pharmaceuticals in 2001, where he held responsibility for commercial activities in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Faulding, Michael held a variety of sales and marketing positions with Boehringer Ingelheim over an 11 year period. Michael earned a bachelor's degree in science from Monash University, and a master's degree in business from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Tim Bateman , CA
Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Tim commenced at Acrux as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in October 2016. He has extensive financial experience, leading international finance functions and holding senior finance roles within ASX listed and private organisations, including Vix Technology and Mayne Pharma (before its acquisition by Hospira). Tim’s experience spans across various industries including information technology, pharmaceuticals, automotive manufacturing and health services. Prior to Acrux Tim was the Group Chief Financial Officer at Vix Technology for 10 years where his responsibilities included financial management, corporate governance, supporting strategic planning and commercial activities, M&A activities and capital raising. Tim commenced his career at Pannell Kerr Forster (chartered accountants) in 1993 working with a broad range of clients including ASX listed and private entities before moving to Mayne in 1998 where he held a number of positions within the corporate office and treasury division. Tim is a Chartered Accountant who also holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting.
Nina Webster , Ph.D., M.IP.Law, MBA
Nina has over twenty five years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with leadership roles in business development, project management, intellectual property portfolio management, R&D and general management. Nina is currently responsible for the strategic identification, development and maintenance of commercial partnerships globally, the intellectual property portfolio and investor relations. Prior to Acrux, Nina spent two years with lmmuron Limited Director of Commercialisation and Intellectual Property and six years with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in the UK. Nina holds a Ph.D in Pharmaceutics from Cardiff University, a Bachelor degree in Pharmacology, a Masters degree in Intellectual Property Law from Melbourne University and an MBA from RMIT.
Felicia Colagrande , BSc(Hons)
Product Development and Technical Affairs Director
Felicia was appointed Product Development and Technical Affairs Director in February 2015. Felicia has a broad background in pharmaceutical operations, dermal drug development, analytical development and production. Felicia leads and facilitates all technical aspects of pharmaceutical product development including R&D, analytical development, project management and CMC development, with a focus on exploiting and optimising the company’s drug delivery technology. Felicia has 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry and joined Acrux in 2001. Felicia has previously held positions at Faulding Pharmaceuticals, the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Austin Hospital, Silliker-Microtech Laboratories and was an Adjunct Appointee Lecturer with the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University. Felicia has a Bachelor of Science degree (with Honours) from La Trobe University and an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.
Charles O'Sullivan , B. Pharm
Charles commenced at Acrux as Portfolio Director in July 2015. He is an experienced healthcare executive with senior and international leadership roles in scientific affairs, medical affairs, health economics and government affairs.
Prior to Acrux, Charles was Asia Pacific Director of Medical and Government Affairs for Hospira (now Pfizer). Other pharmaceutical industry roles were at Mayne Pharma (Pricing and Reimbursement Manager), GSK and Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. Additional external roles included being a Director of the Generic Medicines Industry Association of Australia (now the Generic and Biosimilar Association) and membership of a number of industry and government working parties.
As a qualified pharmacist, Charles has senior experience in the public hospital sector including pharmacy management and key committee membership including Bio-Ethics Committee, and Drug and Therapeutics Committees.
Charles has a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Melbourne University.