The BioPacific Team

Our team are trained and experienced in both science and business, with a broad range of expertise across various industries including life sciences, food and agriculture. Acting as an independent partner, we utilize our extensive skills to provide you with the capability & information you need to achieve your goals. Reach out to our team to discuss how we can best work with you.

Dr. Andrew Kelly

Executive Director

Executive Director & Co-Founder of BioPacific Partners. PhD with management training and dedicated to bringing world-class innovation to address major unmet needs.

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Margot Bethell

Executive Director

Margot Bethell is co-founder and Executive Director of BioPacific Partners, and has broad experience in education, industry liaison, incubators and innovation hubs across Australia and New Zealand.

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Avantika Gupta

Key Account Manager

Avantika leads BioPacific’s pharmaceutical and animal health activity. Her role includes engaging with clients and innovators, asset discovery, technology and risk assessment, deal and market analysis.

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Tim McCready

Development Manager

Strong background in business development, strategy, and capital raising in the bioscience, agricultural and functional foods industries.

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Zoe Chen

Business Analyst

Business Analyst at BioPacific Partners with a background in biomedical science.

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Sheree Clifton

Business Analyst

Combined knowledge in science and business, with interest in all aspects of research commercialisation.

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Dr. Lesley Stevenson

Venture Partner

A specialist in strategic innovation and R&D within the Food & Beverage and dietary supplement industries.

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Dr. Steve Meller

Venture Partner (US & Australia)

US company liaison for BioPacific Partners. PhD neuroscientist followed by a life-long career in innovation, including leading Open Innovation at P&G.

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Professor Peter Andrews

Venture Partner

Bioentrepreneur, academic and promoter of knowledge-intensive industry development in Australia. Founder, CEO and Chairman of a string of life science companies.

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Alice Dunn

Research Analyst

Research Analyst at BioPacific Partners, working closely with our team to review and present opportunities of interest for our clients. Background in both biomedical science and commerce.

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Dr. Ian Boddy

Venture Partner

Principal of his own technology consultancy and on the boards of numerous start-up companies, as well as being a Director at Terax Ltd. Strong background in commercialisation and intellectual property management.

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Dr. Janette Dixon

Venture Partner

Extensive commercial experience at executive management and director level in both start-up and corporate organizations in the fields of pharmaceuticals and clinical diagnostics.

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Professor Joerg Kistler

Venture Partner (Europe & NZ)

Former Chair in Cellular & Molecular Biology, University of Auckland, over 100 published articles, Fellow of the Royal Society New Zealand, ex-Director of the School of Biological Sciences, founding Director of the Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology (life sciences incubator).

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Aki von Roy

Venture Partner

Venture Partner at BioPacificVentures since 2005. Previous roles include: President, Europe for Bristol-Myers Squibb; Schering AG (now Bayer Pharma) in the UK, NZ, Sweden, USA and Germany; Founding CEO of Proacta and CoDaTherapeutics. Entrepreneur and angel investor in the life sciences.

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Grace Lowery

Administration Officer

BioPacific Partner’s administration officer providing support to our team and managing our general administrative activities. Currently studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry and Biology.

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Lucy Pearce

Business Analyst

Lucy represents BioPacific Partners in Melbourne, working with the team to engage with clients & researchers, and identifying & assessing technologies from across Australia and New Zealand.

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Dr. Mel Bridges

Venture Partner

Deeply experienced technology & life science investor & company builder with a demonstrated track record in transitioning companies and leading them to liquidity events for shareholders, including trade sales, mergers & IPOs.

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David Hudson

Venture Partner

Extensive experience in Australian & New Zealand agriculture including a 23 year career with Monsanto involving development of Roundup and introduction of Australia’s first genetically modified crops. CEO and Director of start-up agbiotech companies, Chair of Ausbiotech’s Food & Ag National Committee.

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Alexander Gosling

Venture Partner

Founding Director of Invetech, a large scale design/engineering consultancy firm with a focus on consumer goods and biomed. Clients include Coca Cola, GSK, Reckitt Benckiser, P&G, Abbott, Unilever, and Bayer. Past President Australasian Industrial Research Group. Now with Capstone, a firm specialising in technology commercialisation.

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