Acrux's Board is comprised of outstanding achievers in the pharmaceutical industry, finance and business sectors.
Ross Dobinson , BBus. Acc
Ross has been a Director since 1998 and was appointed Chairman in January 2006 and then Executive Chairman from 1 July 2012 to October 2014. He is a founder and former CEO of Acrux. Ross has a background in investment banking and stockbroking. He is a Director of Reliance Worldwide Corporation (ASX: RWC). He was previously a founding Director of Starpharma Holdings Limited (ASX: SPL), Executive Chairman of Hexima Limited (ASX: HXL), Chairman of TPI Enterprises Limited (now Palla Pharma Ltd. ASX: PAL), Director of Roc Oil Company Limited (ASX: ROC) and a Director of Racing Victoria Limited.
Tim Oldham , BSc(Hons), LLB(Hons), PhD
Tim joined the Board in October 2013. He has almost 20 years of life sciences business development, alliance management and sales and marketing experience in Europe, Asia and Australia. Tim is the CEO and Managing Director at AdAlta (ASX: 1AD). AdAlta is a clinical stage biotech company developing an innovative range of new antibody drugs.
Prior to this, he was Executive Leader of Tijan Ventures, an advisory business focussed on growing life sciences companies through strategic advisory and interim CEO, executive and non-executive leadership services. He was previously CEO and Managing Director of Cell Therapies Pty Ltd and President of Asia Pacific for Hospira, Inc., having held a variety of senior management roles with Mayne Pharma Ltd prior to its acquisition by Hospira. These roles encompassed the development and commercialisation of generic pharmaceuticals, devices, biologics and cellular therapies. Tim began his business career as an engagement manager with McKinsey & Co. Tim is a Director of BioMelbourne Network Inc and has been chairman of the European Generic Medicines Association Biosimilars and Biotechnology Committee, a Director of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, a Director of the Generic Medicines Industry Association and a member of the Pharmaceutical Industry Strategy Group. He has also been a Director of Respiri Ltd (ASX: RSH).
Michael Kotsanis , BSc, MBus
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
Michael is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has significant senior leadership experience across the global pharmaceutical markets. He was formerly the Chief Commercial Officer and a Board Member of Synthon Holding BV, a Dutch based pharmaceutical company with global revenue over EUR250 million. Prior to Synthon, he served as President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, for Hospira and where he was responsible for delivering over US$500 million in annual revenue. Hospira was the global leader in generic injectable pharmaceuticals prior to its acquisition by Pfizer. Michael joined Hospira following its acquisition of Mayne Pharma in 2007, where he had served as President, Asia Pacific. He joined Mayne following their acquisition of FH Faulding in 2001, where he held responsibility for commercial activities of the pharmaceutical business in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to Faulding, Michael held a variety of sales and marketing positions with a German multinational pharmaceutical company over an 11 year period. Michael was formerly a Board Member of the European Generics Association and a Director of the Generic Medicines Industry Association of Australia. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science from Monash University, Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Business from Edith Cowan University, Perth and a Master of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney. Michael is also a Non-executive Director of IDT Australia Limited.
Geoff Brooke , MBBS, MBA
Geoff joined the Board in June 2016. He founded GBS Venture Partners Pty Ltd in 1996 and has more than 20 years’ venture capital experience. In January 2014, he reduced his involvement in GBS and is now special adviser to the firm and its funds. Geoff was formally President of Medvest Inc., a US-based early-stage venture capital group he founded with Johnson & Johnson. Geoff's experience includes company formation and acquisitions, as well as public listings on the NYSE, NASDAQ and ASX exchanges. He commenced in March 2017 as Chairman of Actinogen Medical Limited (ASX: ACW) and has been a founder, executive and director of private and public companies. In August 2020 Geoff commenced as Chairman of Cynata Therapeutics Limited (ASX: CYP). From 2009 until 2015, he was an independent director of the Victoria WorkCover Authority. Geoff is licensed in clinical medicine by the Medical Board of Victoria, Australia and his post-graduate work was in anaesthetics and intensive care. He earned his Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Master of Business Administration from IMEDE (now IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Norman joined the board in November 2019. He currently operates a consulting business focussed on helping organisations to gain the benefits of the effective execution of business strategies. He commenced this consultancy after retiring from four years as the Chief Executive Officer of Box Hill Institute and Centre for Adult Education, during which time he developed and executed a transformation of the business to ensure its long-term financial sustainability. Prior to taking on the position as CEO of Box Hill Institute Group, Norman was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Network Operations of Public Transport Victoria, a State Statutory Authority. In this role he was accountable for the business relationship with, and performance of, all contracted public transport operators in Victoria. Norman joined Public Transport Victoria, after resigning from the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Thales Australia, a large system engineering company and leading edge provider of solutions for the commercial and defence sectors, with a turnover in excess of $1 billion annually. Prior to this, Norman had completed a career in the Department of Defence. He served in The Royal Australian Air Force, having held several leadership positions and rising to the rank of Vice Air Marshall. Other positions held include: Deputy CEO Defence Materiel Organisation; Head, Airborne Surveillance and Control division; and Director General Aerospace Development. Norman’s service was recognised in June 1993 when he was made a Member of the Order of Australia. He was also awarded the Australian Service Medal South East Asia and the Australian Service Medal Irian Jaya. Norman is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a former Member of the Business Council of Australia (2006-2008). Throughout his career he has obtained a number of qualifications including postgraduate qualifications in Corporate Leadership and Strategy. He also holds tertiary qualifications in aviation, management, administration, air navigation and engineering. Norman has a Diploma in Company Directorship and is a Graduate of the Company Director Advanced Program. He has held a number of Board positions including Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.