The BioPacific Team

Our team has been assembled across the region from deep expertise, built over long careers in global food, health & agricultural markets. We apply this in each partnership engagement by taking a deep and fully confidential briefing about your particular interests. That increases the hit-rate of the opportunities we deliver and also allows us to search discretely for matching opportunities within our region.

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. Broadly experienced & networked across food & agriculture over a 35-year career spanning the spectrum from discovery science to commercial success.

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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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Emma Armitage

Business Analyst

Background studying immunology in world-renowned research group and in varied public sector roles. Interests in biotech innovation, IP strategy, sustainability, and science communication.

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Avantika Gupta

Business Analyst

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. She is also involved in BioPacific’s sales and marketing.

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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. Tim previously led the New Zealand government’s European investment activities based in London, and also has significant experience working in life science start-ups.

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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, including roles such as Senior Research Leader at Schering AG, and General Manager for IP with Celentis, the former commercial arm of AgResearch. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and The Licensing Executives Society of Australia and New Zealand, and has a PhD in organic chemistry.

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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. Janette has broad business development and licensing experience across Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.

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Professor Joerg Kistler

Venture Partner (Europe & NZ)

Educated at ETH Zurich and University of Basel, 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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Dr. Steve Meller

Venture Partner (US & Australia)

US company liaison for BioPacific Partners, to both new companies & technologies entering the US and to our multinational partners based there. PhD neuroscientist followed by a life-long career in innovation, including leading Open Innovation at P&G. Deep networks in Aust/NZ. Special experience in taking disruptive innovation into international markets.

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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; ex-Chief Scientist to the State of Queensland.

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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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Hannah Paterson

Administration Officer

Administration experience at the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and the Victoria University of Wellington Library. Holds a bachelor’s degree in both Theatre and Philosophy from Victoria University and a graduate of The Actors’ Program.

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Zoe Chen

Research Analyst

Currently completing her Masters in Bioscience Enterprise with a background in biomedical science. Zoe has developed commercialisation strategies for early stage technologies as well as projects assessing the of commercial viability technologies through comprehensive market research.

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Sheree Clifton

Research Analyst

Research intern at BioPacific Partners and Masters of Bioscience Enterprise Student at the University of Auckland. Combined knowledge in science and business, with interest in all aspects of research commercialisation.

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Winston

Director of Morale

Joined the BioPacific team in 2015 after a daring escape from an exhibitor booth at an Australian life sciences conference. Trained in methods of managing stress and instigating office entertainment. Background in anthropology and primate behaviour.

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